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Parent/Guardian Rights & Annual District Notification Booklet 2016-2017

FAMILY INVOLVEMENT The Governing Board recognizes the necessity and value of family/parent/guardian involvement to support student success and academic achievement. In order to assure collaborative partnerships among schools, parents/guardians and the community, the Board, working through the administration, is committed to: 

• involving parents/guardians as partners in school governance, including shared decision making; 
• establishing effective two-way communication with all parents/ guardians, respecting the diversity and differing needs of families; 
• developing strategies and programmatic structures at schools to empower parents/guardians to participate actively in their children’s education; 
• providing support and coordination for school staff and parents/guardians to implement and sustain meaningful parent/guardian involvement from kindergarten through grade twelve; 
• utilizing schools to connect students and families with community resources that provide educational enrichment and support.

Grossmont Union High School District Calendar for 2016 - 2017 School Year

(August Start, Week of Thanksgiving Off; 2-week Winter Break; 2 week Spring Break) Adopted: December 10, 2015 

 July 4 Mon Independence Day (Holiday - All District Units Closed)
 August  1 Mon Administrators on Duty
  10 11, 12  Wed/Thurs/Fri Staff Development Days
  15 Mon School Begins for Regular High Schools
 September 5 Mon Labor Day (Holiday - All District Units Closed)
  23 Fri First Student Progress Report (6th Week) (Reports to Students, Friday, September 30)
 November 4  Fri Second Student Progress Report(12th Week) (Reports To Students Thursday, November 10)
  11 Fri Veterans Day Observance (Holiday - All District Units Closed)
  14 – 18  Mon-Fri American Education Week (Week Prior To Thanksgiving)
  21 - 25 Mon-Fri Thanksgiving Student Recess for Regular High Schools (No School for Faculty & Students)
  21, 22, 23 Mon/Tues/ Wed Administrators and Classified Personnel on Duty
  24, 25 Thurs/Fri Thanksgiving Recess (Holiday - All District Units Closed)
 December 19, 20, 21 Mon/Tues/Wed Final Exams for Students
  21  Wed Last Day of Student Attendance/First Semester Ends
  22 Thurs Faculty Workday (Reports to Students Friday January 13,)
  23 - Jan. 6  Two Weeks Winter Student Recess For Regular High Schools (No School for Faculty & Students)
  23 & 26  Fri/Mon Classified Employees Holiday (All District Units Closed)
  *27 Tues Holiday in *Lieu of Admissions Day (All District Units Closed)
  28, 29 Wed/Thurs Administrators and Classified Personnel On Duty
  30  Fri  Classified Employees Holiday (All District Units Closed)
 January 2  Mon  Classified Employees Holiday (All District Units Closed)
  9 Mon School Resumes, Second Semester Begins for Regular High School Students
  16  Mon Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Holiday - All District Units Closed)
 February 6 - 10  Mon-Fri  National School Counseling Week (1st full week in February)
  13  Mon  Lincoln Day Observance (Holiday - All District Units Closed)
  17  Fri  First Student Progress Report (6th week) Reports to Students, Friday, February 24)
  20  Mon Washington Day Observance (Holiday - All District Units Closed)
 April  7 Fri  Second Student Progress Report (13th week) (Reports to Students; Friday April 28)
 10-21  Mon-Fri Spring Student Recess for Regular High Schools (No School for Students & Faculty)
  14 FriClassified Employees Holiday (All District Units Closed)
  Any Week  Mon-Fr Public Schools Week
 May  10 Wed Day of the Teacher (2nd Wednesday In May)
  15-19 Mon-Fri  Classified Employee Week (3rd Full Week In May)
  22 Mon  Day of the Administrator (4th Monday in May)
  29  Mon Memorial Day (Holiday - All District Units Closed)
 June 5, 6, 7 Mon/Tues/Wed Final Exams For Students
  7 Wed Last Day Of Student Attendance, Regular Year
  7 or 8 Wed/Thurs Graduation In Regular High Schools
  8  Thurs  Faculty Workday

  Teaching Days Staff Development Days  Faculty Workdays  No. of Days All Units Closed For Students No. of District Holidays For Classified Personnel
 Summer 2016     1 1
 First Semester 86  3  1 18 9 (Incl. Labor Day)
 Second Semester 94   1 14 5
 TOTALS 180 3 2 33 15

Allows for 180 Total Teaching Days. Allows for one faculty workday at the end of each semester. Allows for three staff development days prior to start of school. Allows for 5-day Thanksgiving Recess, 11-day Winter Break and 10-day Spring Break. Last day of regular school will be Thursday, June 7, 2017. NOTE: First semester has 18 weeks and second semester has 20 weeks. Reporting periods are every six (6) weeks for first semester; for second semester the first reporting period is 6 weeks; the second and last reporting periods are seven (7) weeks. Issued by the Associate Administrator, Human Resources. CALENDAR 16 ~ 17 - Adopted 12/10/15

Parent/Guardian and Student Rights, Health Education, and Student Services Annual Notification
Dear Parent/Guardian: State and federal laws require school districts to notify parents and guardians of minor pupils of parental rights. The law requires the parents or guardians to sign a notification form and return it to school. The signature is an acknowledgment that the parents or guardians have been informed of their rights but does not indicate that consent to participate in any particular program has been either given or withheld. Some legislation requires additional notification to the parents or guardians during the school term or at least 15 days prior to a specific activity. (A separate letter will be sent to parents or guardians prior to any of these specified activities or classes, and the student will be excused whenever the parents or guardians file with the principal of the school a state in writing requesting that their child not participate.) Other legislation grants certain rights that are spelled out in this form. Items marked with a ** references specific documentation to be provided by the district. EC § 48980 requires the governing boards of school districts to notify parents and guardians of minor students of their right to exclude the students from specified activities. This law requires the parents or guardians to sign a notification form and return it to the school. The signature is an acknowledgment that the parents or guardians have been informed of their rights but does not indicate that consent to participate in any particular program has either been given or withheld. The following rights, responsibilities, and protections are provided (when used in this notification “parent” includes a parent or legal guardian):

STUDENT INFORMATION REPORTED TO THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: The Grossmont Union High School District transmits electronic school, teacher, and student information each year as required by the state. All such data is in compliance with federal and state privacy and confidentiality requirements. CALIFORNIA HEALTHY YOUTH ACT-EC 51938 Students enrolled in DISTRICT programs or activities may receive instruction in personal health and public safety, which may include accident prevention, first aid, fire prevention, conservation of resources, and health education including comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention. DISTRICT plans to provide comprehensive sexual health education and/or HIV prevention education during the 2016-2017 school year. Students will be taught by GUHSD personnel/ and possible Board approved outside agency.] If DISTRICT decides to arrange for an outside consultant to provide comprehensive sexual health education and/or HIV prevention education, DISTRICT will provide notice to parents no fewer than 14 days before the instruction is delivered by mail or another form of communication.. A pupil's parent or guardian has the right to request from GUHSD, a copy of the California Healthy Youth Act, Education Code section 51930 et. seq. A pupil's parent or guardian also has the right to inspect and review the written and audiovisual educational materials used in comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education. A pupil's parent or guardian may submit a written request to excuse the pupil from participation in any class involving comprehensive sexual education or HIV prevention education by submitting their request in writing to GUHSD. GUHSD may administer for pupils in grades 7 to 12 inclusive, anonymous, voluntary, and confidential research and evaluation tools to measure pupils’ health behaviors and risks, including tests, questionnaires, and surveys containing age-appropriate questions about the pupil’s attitudes concerning or practices relating to sex. A parent or guardian may excuse their child from the test, questionnaire, or survey by opting out of their student’s participation in the tests, questionnaires or surveys. An opt-out form is provided within these notifications. Parents or guardians have a right review the test, questionnaire, or survey if they wish. The excused pupil shall not be subject to disciplinary action, academic penalty, or other sanction if the pupil's parent or guardian declines to permit the pupil to receive comprehensive sexual health education or HIV prevention education or to participate in anonymous, voluntary, and confidential tests, questionnaires, or surveys on pupil health behaviors and risks.

While comprehensive sexual health education, HIV prevention education, or anonymous, voluntary, and confidential test, questionnaire, or survey on pupil health behaviors and risks is being administered, an alternative educational activity shall be made available to pupils whose parents or guardians have requested that they not receive the instruction or participate in the test, questionnaire, or survey. More information can be found online at www.guhsd.net. CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT REPORTING-PENAL CODE 11164 DISTRICT staff is required by law to report cases of child abuse and neglect to the appropriate law enforcement agency when they have a reasonable suspicion that a child has been a victim of child abuse and/ or neglect. Reasonable suspicion does not require certainty that the child abuse and/or neglect has occurred. The reporting staff member’s name and report are confidential. The fact that a child is homeless or an unaccompanied minor is not, in and of itself, a sufficient basis for reporting child abuse or neglect. CHILDREN IN HOMELESS SITUATIONS: Each local district shall appoint a liaison for homeless children who shall ensure the dissemination of public notice of the educational rights of students in homeless situations. COMPLAINTS CONCERNING DEFICIENCIES RELATED TO INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS, ETC. (EC § 35186): Notice must be provided regarding the requirement of schools to have sufficient textbooks and instructional materials, clean and safe facilities, no teacher vacancies or misassignments as defined, and provision of intensive instruction and services to students not passing the high school exit exam. Forms to file a complaint of deficiencies are available at the district office. Please reference the Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures section of this handbook. COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL SAFETY PLAN (EC §§ 32286, 32288): Each school is required to report on the status of its school safety plan, including a description of its key elements, in the annual school accountability report card. The planning committee is required to hold a public meeting to allow members of the public the opportunity to express an opinion about the school plan. The planning committee is to notify in writing specified persons and entities. District to notify State Department of Education by October 15 of schools that are not in compliance with safety plans. A copy may be obtained from the school site principal upon request. CONTINUING MEDICATION REGIMEN (EC § 49480): The parent or legal guardian of any public school pupil on a continuing medication regimen for a non-episodic condition shall inform the school nurse or other designated certificated school employee of the medication being taken, the current dosage, and the name of the supervising physician. With the consent of the parent or legal guardian of the pupil, the school nurse may communicate with the physician and may counsel with the school personnel regarding the possible effects of the drug on the child’s physical, intellectual, and social behavior, as well as possible behavioral signs and symptoms of adverse side effects, omission, or overdose. CUSTODY ISSUES Schools are not a forum to settle custody disputes and the school has no legal jurisdiction to refuse a biological parent access to his or her child and the child’s school records unless a signed restraining order or proper divorce papers specifically setting forth limitations are on file at the school office. Custody disputes must be handled by the courts. DRUG FREE CAMPUS (Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention Education): Possession, use or sale of narcotics, alcohol or other controlled substances is prohibited and strictly enforced at all school activities. Records will be forwarded to local law enforcement, and district sanctions will result from violations. ELECTRONIC LISTENING OR RECORDING DEVICE (EC51512) The use by any person, including a student, of any electronic listening or recording device in any classroom without prior consent of the teacher and the principal is prohibited. Any person, other than the student, willfully in violation shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any pupil in violation is subject to the District’s disciplinary procedures. ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN (Ed Code: Title 1, Chapter 3, Section 300): This law requires school districts to undertake an annual census of limited-English-proficient students and to provide those students with bilingual learning opportunities while assisting them in becoming proficient in English. For more information, contact the District office, Director of English Learner Programs. ENGLISH LEARNER 20 USC § 7012(a)(8)(a): School districts must notify parents of limited English proficient students, no later than 30 days after the beginning of the school year of the following information: 5 1. The reasons for the identification of their child as limited English proficient and in need of placement in in a language instruction education program. 2. Their child’s level of English proficiency, how such level was assessed, and the status of the child’s academic achievement 3. The methods of instruction used in the program in which their child is participating and the methods of instruction used in other available programs, including how such programs differ in content, instructional goals, and the use of English and a native language in instruction 4. How the program in which their child is participating will meet the educational strengths and needs of their child 5. How the program will specifically help their children learn English, and meet age-appropriate academic achievement standards for grade promotion and graduation 6. The specific exit requirements for the program, including the expected rate of transition from such program into classrooms that are not tailored for limited English proficient children, and the expected rate of graduation from secondary school for such program if Title I funds are used for children in secondary schools 7. In the case of a child with a disability, how such program meets the objectives of the individualized education program of the child 8. The parents have the right to opt out of the language instruction programs or to choose another program or method of instruction, if available, and be assisted by the school district in selecting among various programs and methods of instruction FOSTER YOUTH BILL OF RIGHTS – EC 48853; 48853.5; 49069.5; 51225.1; 51225.2 “Foster child” means a child who has been removed from his or her home pursuant to Section 309 of the Welfare and Institutions Code (“WIC”), is the subject of a petition filed under Section 300 or 602 of the WIC, or has been removed from his or her home and is the subject of a petition filed under WIC section 300 or 602. A foster child who is placed in a licensed children's institution or foster family home shall attend programs operated by the local educational agency in which that licensed children’s institution or foster family home is located, unless one of the following applies: (1) The pupil is entitled to remain in his or her school of origin; (2) The pupil has an individualized education program requiring placement in a nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency, or in another local educational agency. (3) The parent or guardian, or other person holding the right to make educational decisions for the pupil pursuant to Section 361 or 726 of the WIC or Section 56055 (“educational rights holder”), determines that it is in the best interests of the pupil to be placed in another educational program and has submitted a written statement to the local educational agency that he or she has made that determination. This statement shall include a declaration that the parent, guardian, or educational rights holder is aware of all of the following: (A) The pupil has a right to attend a regular public school in the least restrictive environment. (B) The alternate education program is a special education program, if applicable. (C) The decision to unilaterally remove the pupil from the regular public school and to place the pupil in an alternate education program may not be financed by the local educational agency. (D) Any attempt to seek reimbursement for the alternate education program may be at the expense of the parent, guardian, or educational rights holder. The parent or guardian, or educational rights holder shall first consider placement in the regular public school before deciding to place the foster child in a juvenile court school, a community school, or another alternative educational setting. A foster child may still be subject to expulsion under applicable law and board policy. Foster youth are subject to other laws governing the educational placement in a juvenile court school, of a pupil detained in a county juvenile hall, or committed to a county juvenile ranch, camp, forestry camp, or regional facility, notwithstanding the rights contained in this notice. 6 Foster children living in emergency shelters (as referenced in the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11301 et seq.)), may receive educational services at the emergency shelter as necessary for short periods of time for either of the following reasons: (1) For health and safety emergencies. (2) To provide temporary, special, and supplementary services to meet the child's unique needs if a decision regarding whether it is in the child's best interests to attend the school of origin cannot be made promptly, it is not practical to transport the child to the school of origin, and the child would otherwise not receive educational services. The educational services may be provided at the shelter pending a determination by the educational rights holder regarding the educational placement of the child. All educational and school placement decisions shall be made to ensure that the child is placed in the least restrictive educational programs and has access to academic resources, services, and extracurricular and enrichment activities that are available to all pupils. In all instances, educational and school placement decisions shall be based on the best interests of the child. GUHSD has designated Jeni Mendel as the educational liaison for foster children. The role of educational liaison is advisory with respect to placement decisions and determination of school of origin and does not supersede the role of the parent or guardian retaining educational rights, a responsible adult appointed by the court, a surrogate parent or a foster parent exercising their legal rights with respect to the foster child’s education. The educational liaison serves the following roles: (3) Ensures and facilitates proper educational placement, enrollment in school, and checkout from school for foster children; (4) Assists foster children when transferring from one school to another school or from one school district to another school district in ensuring proper transfer of credits, records and grades. (5) When designated by the Superintendent, notifies a foster child’s attorney and child welfare agency representative(s) of pending disciplinary proceedings and pending manifestation determination proceedings if the foster child is also eligible to receive special education and related services under the IDEA. At the initial detention or placement by the Juvenile Court, or any subsequent change in placement of a foster child by the Court, the local educational agency serving the child shall allow the foster child to continue his or her education in the school of origin for the duration of the jurisdiction of the court. If the jurisdiction of the court is terminated prior to the end of the academic year: (1) Former foster children in grades kindergarten, or 1 to 8, inclusive, shall be allowed to continue his or her education in the school of origin through the duration of the academic year; (2) Former foster children in high school shall be allowed to continue his or her education in the school of origin through graduation; (3) Transportation is not required unless the former foster child has an IEP and the IEP team determines transportation is a necessary related service, required by the unique educational needs of the pupil in order to benefit from their special education program. Transportation may be provided at the local educational agency’s discretion. The rights of foster youth do not supersede any other law governing special education for eligible foster children. (4) To ensure that the foster child has the benefit of matriculating with his or her peers in accordance with the established feeder patterns of school districts, if the foster child is transitioning between school grade levels, the foster child shall be allowed to continue in the school district of origin in the same attendance area, or, if the foster child is transitioning to a middle school or high school, and the school designated for matriculation is in another school district, to the school designated for matriculation in that school district. In consultation with the foster child and educational rights holder, the educational liaison may recommend that the foster child waive his or her right to attend the school of origin and enroll in a public school within his or her attendance area. The educational liaison’s recommendation must be accompanied by a written explanation for the basis of the recommendation and how it serves the foster child’s best interests. 7 (1) If the educational liaison, foster child and educational rights holder agree it is in the best interest of the foster child to waive his or her right to attend the school of origin and attend the recommended school, the foster child shall immediately be enrolled within the recommended school. (2) The recommended school shall immediately enroll the foster child regardless of any outstanding fees, fines, textbooks or moneys due to any previous schools of attendance or if the foster child is unable to produce clothing or records normally required for enrollment, such as previous academic records, medical records, including proof of immunization, proof of residency or other documentation. Within two business days of the foster child's request for enrollment, the educational liaison for the new school shall contact the school last attended by the foster child to obtain all academic and other records. The last school attended by the foster child shall provide all required records to the new school regardless of any outstanding fees, fines, textbooks, or other items or moneys owed to the school last attended. The educational liaison for the school last attended shall provide a complete copy of the foster child’s education record to the new school within two business days of receiving the request. If any dispute arises as to the school placement of a pupil under this section, the pupil has the right to remain in his or her school of origin, pending resolution of the dispute. “School of origin" means the school that the foster child attended when permanently housed or the school in which the foster child was last enrolled. If the school the foster child attended when permanently housed is different from the school in which the foster child was last enrolled, or if there is some other school that the foster child attended with which the foster child is connected and that the foster child attended within the immediately preceding 15 months, the educational liaison, in consultation with, and with the agreement of, the foster child and the educational rights holder, shall determine, in the best interests of the foster child, the school that shall be deemed the school of origin. If the foster child is absent from school due to a decision to change the placement of the foster child made by a court or placing agency, the grades and credits of the foster child will be calculated as of the date the foster child left school and no lowering of grades will occur as a result of the absence of the foster child under these circumstances. If the foster child is absent from school due to a verified court appearance or related court ordered activity, no lowering of his or her grades will occur as a result of the absence of the pupil under these circumstances. A foster child or homeless youth who transfers between schools any time after the completion of the pupil’s second year of high school shall be exempt from all coursework and other graduation requirements adopted by the governing board of the local educational agency that are in addition to the statewide coursework requirements, unless the local educational agency makes a finding that the foster child or homeless youth is reasonably able to complete the local educational agency’s graduation requirements in time to graduate from high school by the end of the pupil’s fourth year of high school. Within 30 days of the foster child’s transfer into a school, the local educational agency should determine whether a foster child or homeless youth is reasonably able to complete the local educational agency’s graduation requirements within the pupil’s fifth year of high school. If the pupil is reasonably able to complete the local educational agency’s graduation requirements within a fifth year of high school, the local educational agency shall do all of the following:

(1) Inform the pupil of his or her option to remain in school for a fifth year to complete the local educational agency’s graduation requirements. Inform the pupil, and the educational rights holder, about how remaining in school for a fifth year to complete the local educational agency’s graduation requirements will affect the pupil’s ability to gain admission to a postsecondary educational institution. 
(2) Provide information to the pupil about transfer opportunities available through the California Community Colleges. 
(3) Permit the pupil to stay in school for a fifth year to complete the local educational agency’s graduation requirements upon agreement with the pupil, if the pupil is 18 years of age or older, or, if the pupil is under 18 years of age, upon agreement with the educational rights holder.
If the local educational agency fails to provide timely notice of the exemption, the pupil shall be eligible for the exemption, once notified, even if that notification occurs after the termination of the court’s jurisdiction of the pupil or after the pupil is no longer considered a homeless youth. If a foster child or homeless youth is exempt from local graduation requirements pursuant to this section and completes the statewide coursework requirements before the end of his or her fourth year of high school and that pupil would otherwise be entitled to remain in attendance at the school, a school or local educational agency shall not require or request that the pupil graduate before the end of his or her fourth year of high school, nor shall the foster child or homeless youth be required to accept the exemption or be denied enrollment in courses for which they are otherwise eligible. If a foster child or homeless youth is not exempt from local graduation requirements or has previously declined the exemption pursuant to this section, a local educational agency shall exempt the pupil at any time if an exemption is requested by the pupil and the pupil qualifies for the exemption. The exemption shall apply after termination of the court’s jurisdiction or after pupil is no longer considered a homeless youth. A transfer shall not be requested solely to qualify for an exemption under this section. The local educational agency shall accept coursework satisfactorily completed by a foster child or homeless youth while attending another public school, a juvenile court school, or a nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency even if the pupil did not complete the entire course and issue that pupil full or partial credit for the coursework completed. The local educational agency may not require a foster child or homeless youth to retake a course if the pupil has satisfactorily completed the entire course in a public school, a juvenile court school, or a nonpublic, nonsectarian school or agency. If the pupil did not complete the entire course, the local educational agency may not require the pupil to retake the portion of the course the pupil completed unless the local educational agency in consultation with the educational rights holder, finds that the pupil is reasonably able to complete the requirements in time to graduate from high school. When partial credit is awarded in a particular course, the foster child or homeless youth shall be enrolled in the same or equivalent course, if applicable, so that the pupil may continue and complete the entire course. The pupil shall not be prevented from taking or retaking a course to meet eligibility requirements for admission to the California State University or University of California. A complaint of noncompliance with the requirements of this section may be filed with the local educational agency under the Uniform Complaint Procedures set forth in Chapter 5.1 (commencing with Section 4600) of Division 1 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. HEALTH, FAMILY LIFE, AND SEX EDUCATION: CONFLICT WITH RELIGIOUS BELIEFS (EC § 51240): Whenever any part of the instruction in health, family life, or sex education conflicts with religious training and beliefs or personal moral convictions of the parent or guardian, the student shall be excused from that part of the instruction upon written parental request. IMMUNIZATIONS (EC § 48216, 49403; H&S Code § 120325, 120335,: To be admitted to school, students must be fully immunized in accordance with the law. If there is good cause to believe a student has been exposed to a disease and his or her proof of immunization does not show proof of immunization against that disease, DISTRICT may temporarily exclude the child from school until the local health officer is satisfied that the child is no longer at risk of developing or transmitting the disease. If the parent or guardian files with the governing authority a written statement by a licensed physician to the effect that the physical condition of the child is such, or medical circumstances relating to the child are such, that immunization is not considered safe, indicating the specific nature and probable duration of the medical condition or circumstances, including, but not limited to, family medical history, for which the physician does not recommend immunization, that child shall be exempt from the immunization requirements. Effective January 1, 2016: The California Legislature eliminated the exemption from specified immunization requirements based upon personal beliefs. A pupil who, prior to January 1, 2016, submitted a letter or affidavit on file with DISTRICT stating beliefs opposed to immunization shall be allowed enrollment to any DISTRICT school until the pupil enrolls in the next grade span. Grade span means (1) from birth to preschool; (2) Kindergarten and grades 1 to 6, inclusive, including transitional kindergarten; and (3) grades 7 to 12 inclusive. INVESTING FOR FUTURE EDUCATION (EC § 48980(d)): Parents are advised of the importance of investing for higher education through activities at the school site. 9 MEDICAL AND HOSPITAL SERVICES FOR PUPILS (EC § 49472): The Governing Board may provide or make available medical or hospital services for injuries to students arising from school programs or activities. No student shall be compelled to accept such service without his/her consent or, if a minor, without the consent of a parent or guardian. MEDICATION (EC §§ 49423/49723.1/49423.5/49480): Any student who must take prescribed medication at school and who desires assistance of school personnel must submit a written statement of instructions from the physician and a parental request for assistance in administering the medications. Any student may carry and self-administer prescription auto-injectable epinephrine only if the student submits a written statement of instructions from the physician and written parental consent authorizing the self- administration of medication, providing a release for the school nurse or other personnel to consult with the child’s health care provider as questions arise, and releasing the district and personnel from civil liability if the child suffers any adverse reaction as a result of the self-administration of medication. MILITARY RECRUITERS ACCESS(20 U.S.C. 7908): Requires all school districts receiving assistance under NCLB to provide military recruiters access to secondary school students names, addresses and telephone listings upon request by the military recruiters. A pupil or parent may request that this information not be released to military recruiters without prior written parental consent. NOTICE OF ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS (EC § 58501): California State law authorizes all school districts to provide for alternative schools. The Education Code defines alternative school as a school or separate class group within a school, which is operated in a manner designed to:
(1) Maximize the opportunity for students to develop the positive values of self-reliance, initiative, kindness, spontaneity, resourcefulness, courage, creativity, responsibility, and joy. 
(2) Recognize that the best learning takes place when the student learns because of his desire to learn. 
(3) Maintain a learning situation maximizing student self-motivation and encouraging the student in his own time to follow his own interests. These interests may result in whole or in part from a presentation by his teachers of choices of learning projects. 
(4) Maximize the opportunity for teachers, parents and students to cooperatively develop the learning process and its subject matter. This opportunity shall be a continuous, permanent process. 
(5) Maximize the opportunity for the students, teachers, and parents to continuously react to the changing world, including but not limited to the community in which the school is located.
In the event any parent, pupil, or teacher is interested in further information concerning alternative schools, the County Superintendent of Schools, the administrative office of this district, and the principal’s office in each attendance unit have copies of the law available for your information. This law particularly authorizes interested persons to request the governing board of the district to establish alternative school programs in each district. NOTIFICATION OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION (EC §§49073): Federal and state laws grant certain rights of privacy and rights of access to: (1) parents of students age 17 and younger; (2) parents of students age 18 and older if the student is a dependent for tax purposes, and (3) students age 18 and older, or students who are enrolled in an institution of post-secondary instruction (called “eligible students”). The District makes student directory information available in accordance with state and federal laws. This means that each student’s name, birth date, birthplace, address, telephone number, major course of study, email address, participation in school activities, dates of attendance, awards, and previous school attendance MAY be provided to any agency or person except private, profit-making organizations (other than employers, potential employers, or news media). The height and weight of student athletes MAY be made available. Names and addresses of seniors or terminating students MAY be given to public or private schools and colleges, and branches of the military. Upon written request from the parent of a student age 17 or younger, the District will withhold directory information about the student. If the student is 18 or older, or enrolled in an institution of post-secondary instruction and makes written request, the pupil’s request to deny access to directory information will be honored. Requests must be submitted to the school within 30 calendar days of the receipt of this notification. PARENT ATTENDANCE OF SUSPENDED STUDENT DURING SCHOOL DAY (EC § 48900.1): Parents or guardians must be provided with notice prior to a school district adopting a policy authorizing teachers to require the parent or guardian of a suspended pupil to attend a portion of a school day in the class of the suspended pupil. 10 PHYSICAL EXAMINATION; PARENT REFUSAL TO CONSENT (EC §§ 49451/): A parent or guardian may, by written statement filed annually, refuse to consent to the physical examination, including the vision, hearing and scoliosis screening, of his/her child; however, a child may be sent home if, for good reasons, he or she is believed to be suffering from a recognized contagious or infectious disease. [EC 49451]. School children are examined for vision, hearing, and curvature of the spine at selected grade levels. PUPIL FEES (EC § 49010; AB 1575): Effective March 1, 2013 DISTRICT maintains a policy concerning the provision of a free education to pupils and for filing a complaint of non-compliance pursuant to the Uniform Complaint Procedures with the principal of the school alleged to be in non-compliance. PUPIL INSURANCE FOR ATHLETIC TEAMS (EC § 32221.5): Requires school districts that elect to operate an interscholastic athletic team or teams to include a specified statement regarding no-cost or low-cost local, state, or federally sponsored health programs in offers of insurance coverage and in other letters and printed materials. Please reference the Student Accident Insurance Information section of this handbook. PUPIL NUTRITION (EC §§ 49510-49520): Free or Reduced Price Lunches: Pupils in receipt of public assistance may be eligible for free or reduced priced meals. Details are available at your child’s school site. PUPIL RECORDS; NOTIFICATION OF RIGHTS (FERPA; EC §§ 49063, 49069, 49073): Federal and State laws grant certain rights of privacy and right of access to students and to their parents. District must annually inform parents or “eligible” pupils of their rights concerning pupil records under Section 49063. Full access to all personally identifiable student records maintained by the school district must be granted to:
(1) Parents of students age 17 and younger,
(2) Parents of students age 18 and older if the student is a dependent for tax purposes, 
(3) Students age 18 and older, or students who are enrolled in an institution of postsecondary instruction (called “eligible students”).

Parents, or an eligible student, may review individual records by making a request to the principal. District must respond to a pupil record request by providing access no later than five business days following the date of request. The principal will see that explanation and interpretations are provided if requested (BP 5125). Information that is alleged to be inaccurate or inappropriate may be removed upon request. In addition, parents, or eligible students, may receive a copy of any information in the records at reasonable cost per page. District policies and procedures relating to: location of, and types of, records; kinds of information retained; persons responsible for records; directory information; access by other persons; review; and challenge of records are available through the principal of each school. When a student moves to a new district, records will be forwarded upon the request of the new school district. At the time of transfer the parent (or eligible student) may review, receive a copy (at a reasonable fee), and/or challenge the records. If you believe the District is not in compliance with federal regulations regarding privacy, you may file a complaint with the United States Secretary of Education. Grossmont Union High School District Administrative Regulation 5125 establishes that student records may be recorded in writing, print, microfiche and/or electronic/computer media such as CD, Optical Disc, or by other means, after a period of three years has elapsed following withdrawal or graduation. Any mandatory permanent student record originals shall be retained in the District warehouse for one year after completion of transfer to microfiche and/or electronic media, at which time the Governing Board may authorize the destruction of the original. The mandatory permanent student record is required to be retained on Microfiche and/or electronic media indefinitely. PUPILS WITH TEMPORARY DISABILITIES; INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION (EC §§ 48206.3, 48207, 48208): The school district shall provide individual instruction in a home, hospital, or other appropriate setting to a pupil with a temporary disability which makes attendance in the regular day class or alternative education program impossible or inadvisable. RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS (EC 48200, 48204): School districts must notify parents of the age requirements for pupils subject to compulsory education and the requirement for parents to enroll pupils of compulsory age in the school district in which the residence of either the parent or legal guardian's location. A pupil may alternatively comply with the residency requirements for school attendance in a school district, if he or she meets any of the following: placed in a foster home or licensed children's institution within the boundaries of the school district pursuant to a commitment of placement under the Welfare and Institutions Code; a pupil who is a foster child who remains in his/her school of origin; a pupil for whom interdistrict transfer has been approved; an emancipated pupil who resides within the boundaries of the school district; a pupil who lives in thehome of a care giving adult that is located within the boundaries of the school district. A school district may also deem a pupil to have complied with the residency requirements for school attendance in the school district if one or both of the parents or legal guardians of the pupil are physically employed within the boundaries of the school district for a minimum of 10 hours during the school week, or a parent/guardian who lives with thee pupil at their place of employment within the boundaries of the school district for a minimum of three days during the school week RIGHT TO REFRAIN FROM HARMFUL USE OF ANIMALS (EC § 32255-32255.6): Pupils may choose to refrain from participating in educational projects involving the harmful or destructive use of animals, based on moral objections, and complete an alternative educational project acceptable to the teacher. Parents must submit a written note of objections. RULES AND PROCEDURES ON SCHOOL DISCIPLINE (EC § 35291): Rules pertaining to student discipline, including those that govern suspension or expulsion, are outlined in EC§ 48900 et seq. and are available from the building principal. They are also communicated to all students every year. In addition the following disciplinary information is to be provided to parents:
Bullying Policy (EC § 234-234.5, 46600, 48900): Each district shall have a written policy on bullying/harassment, and shall provide a copy of such policy, as it pertains to students, with the annual notification. Districts are also required to display the policy in a prominent location and include in orientation for employees and students. Please reference Board Policy 5145.7.
Dress Code/Gang Apparel (EC § 35183): Please reference Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5132: Dress and Grooming or refer to the Student Behavior Handbook of the school site.
Duties of Pupils (5 CCR § 300): Requires pupils to conform to school regulations; obey all directions; be diligent in study and respectful of teachers and others in authority; and refrain from profane and vulgar language.
Duty Concerning Conduct of Pupils (EC § 44807): Every teacher shall hold pupils accountable for their conduct on the way to and from school, and on the playground.
Laser Pointers (PC § 417.27): Prohibits possession of laser pointer for any student, unless possession is for valid instructional or other school related purpose.
Sexual Harassment Policy (EC § 231.5; 5 CCR § 4917): Each district shall have a written policy on sexual harassment, and shall provide a copy of such policy, as it pertains to students, with the annual notification. Districts are also required to display the policy in a prominent location and include in orientation for employees and students. Please reference Board Policy 5145.7.
Sun Protective Clothing/Use of Sunscreen (EC § 35183.5): School sites shall allow sun-protective clothing for outdoor use, and for the use of sunscreen by students during the school day, without a physician’s note or prescription. Each school must abide by the dress code policies of the state and the District, yet schools may establish policy related to the type of sun-protective clothing that is acceptable for the school.

SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT CARD (EC §§ 33126, 35256, 35258, 33286): Districts must provide parents and guardians with a copy of the school accountability report card and make a concerted effort to notify parents of the purpose of the school accountability report cards. A copy may be obtained from the school site principal on request or through the web at the following URL: http://www.guhsd.net. SCHOOL ACCREDITATION (EC § 35178.4): Requires a school district to notify each parent or guardian of a pupil in a school that has lost its accreditation status and the potential consequences of the school’s loss of status, in writing or by posting the information on the school district’s or school’s Internet Web, or by any combination of these methods. 
SCHOOL BUS AND PASSENGER SAFETY (EC § 39831.5): Requires bus safety regulations to be provided to all new students. Bus safety regulations can be located on the District’s Transportation webpage located at http://www.guhsd.net/index.php/policies. All students who request bus transportation are notified on page two of the School Bus Application. 
STATE FUNDED ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMINATIONS-EC 489809(k), 52244 State funds are available to cover costs of advanced placement examination fees for eligible economically disadvantaged high school pupils. More information can be found at www.guhsd.net.
STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION (Title VI CRA ‘64): Discrimination in education programs is prohibited by state and federal law. Education Code 200, et seq. requires school district to afford all pupils regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, race, color, religion, natural origin, ethnic group identification, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or the perception of one or more of such characteristics, equal rights and opportunities in accessing educational programs, activities and facilities. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GUHSD will take the required steps to assure that the lack of English will not be a barrier to admission and participation in district programs. This policy applies to all students insofar as participation in programs and activities is concerned, with few exceptions such as contact sports. In accordance with federal law, complaints alleging non-compliance with this policy should be directed to the school principal. Appeals may be made to the District Superintendent. Please reference the Uniform Complaint Procedures section of this booklet. (See table of contents for page number.)
TITLE 1-20 U.S.C. 6311
Permits parents to request information regarding the professional qualifications of the student's classroom teachers, including the following:
  • Whether the teacher has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction. 
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualification or licensing criteria have been waived. 
  • The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree. 
  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
In addition to the information that parents may request regarding their child’s teacher, parents may also request:
  • Information on the level of achievement of the parent's child in each of the State academic assessments, and 
  • Timely notice that the parent's child has been assigned, or has been taught for four (4) or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.
Parents may obtain this information by logging on to www.ctc.ca.gov/ and looking up the child’s teacher’s credentials by entering the first and last name. The law also requires that parents be notified when a teacher who is not highly qualified is hired and teaches the child four (4) consecutive weeks or more.
UNSAFE SCHOOL CHOICE (5 CCR § 11992(k)): Parents/guardians shall be notified of elementary and/or secondary schools considered to be “persistently dangerous” pursuant to California Department of Education guidelines and of available options. “Any firearms violations” is an event which must be considered in determining whether a school site is at risk of being classified as persistently dangerous. 
USE OF PESTICIDES (EC §§ 48980.3, 17612): School districts shall inform parents or guardians about the use of pesticides on school grounds as part of the annual parent notice. Such notice must include the name of all pesticide products expected to be applied at the school site during the upcoming year, the active ingredient(s) in each pesticide product. Parents may register with the school site if they wish to receive notification of individual pesticide applications at the school site at least 72 hours prior to the application. Additional information on pesticides is made available by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation at http://www.cdpr.ca.gov.

Attendance Policies
ABSENCE FOR RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION OR JUSTIFIABLE PERSONAL REASONS (EC § 46014 and 48205):
The principal may grant permission to a student to be absent for participation in religious holidays or exercises (EC § 46014), or for justifiable personal reasons (EC § 48205), if the request is submitted in writing by the parents to the principal before the activity.
Excused Absence (work may be made up for full credit) Education Code (EC § 48205):
(1). Notwithstanding Section 48200, a pupil shall be excused from school when the absence is:
(a) Due to his or her illness.
(b) Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer.
(c) For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic services rendered.
(d) For the purpose of attending the funeral services for a member of his or her immediate family, so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside California. 13
(e) For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law.
(f) Due to the illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial parent.
(g) For justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to: an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats, or attendance at an employment conference, when the pupil’s absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative pursuant to uniform standards established by the governing board.
(h) For the purpose of serving as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Section 12302 of the Elections Code.
(i) For the purpose of spending time with a member of the pupil’s immediate family, who is an active duty member of the uniformed services, as defined in EC § 49701, and has been called to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from, deployment to a combat zone or combat support position. Absences grated pursuant to this paragraph shall be granted for a period of time to be determined at the discretion of the superintendent of the school district.
(j) A valid excuse may include other reasons that are within the discretion of school administrators, and, based on the pupil's circumstances. 
(2). A pupil absent from school under this section shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion within a reasonable period of time, shall be given full credit therefore. The teacher of any class from which a pupil is absent shall determine the tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence.
(3). For purpose of this section, attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed four hours per semester.
(4). Absences pursuant to this section are deemed to be absences in computing average daily attendance and shall not generate state apportionment payments.
(5). “Immediate family,” as used in this section, has the same meaning as that set forth in Education Code Section 45194, except that references therein to “employee” shall be deemed to be references to “pupil.” Members of the immediate family mean the mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, spouse, or any relative living in the immediate household of the pupil.
Unexcused Absence 
(1). Truancy
(2). Leaving school without first receiving permission from the attendance office or nurse 
Truancy (EC § 48260.5): 
Upon a pupil’s initial classification as a truant, the school district shall notify the pupil’s parent or guardian, by first-class mail or other reasonable means, of the following: 
(a) That the pupil is truant. 
(b) That the parent or guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the pupil at school. 
(c) That parents or guardians who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and subject to prosecution pursuant to Article 6 (commencing with Section 48290) of Chapter 2 of Part 27 . 
(d) That alternative educational programs are available in the district. 
(e) That the parent or guardian has the right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions to the pupil’s truancy. 
(f) That the pupil may be subject to prosecution under Section 48264. 
(g) That the pupil may be subject to suspension, restriction, or delay of the pupil’s driving privilege pursuant to Section 13202.7 of the Vehicle Code. 
(h) That it is recommended that the parent or guardian accompany the pupil to school and attend classes with the pupil for one day.

Effect of Absence on Grades
Parents/guardians shall be notified in writing when accumulated absences for quarter system schools reach three and five absences and semester system schools reach five and ten absences. Parents should contact the school in the event of extenuating circumstances; the administration should discuss the case with the teacher involved. Parents should clear absences within three school days or the student will be considered truant. There will be no automatic drop from class. However, students who accumulate more than five unexcused absences in a quarter system class or ten unexcused absences in a semester system class may not earn a passing grade and must attend Saturday School or after-school intervention in order to ensure receiving a passing grade. Excused absences may also be made-up by attending Saturday School or afterschool interventions. In accordance with Education Code, Section 37223, students with unexcused 14 absences may be required to attend Saturday School(s). Students may be dropped for excessive absences (exceeding five absences in a quarter system class or exceeding ten absences in a semester class), if it is determined that the absences, in combination with, lack of effort, lack of academic success, or poor attitude results in disruptive behavior. Suggested strategies for contacting parents/guardians would include telephone contact or in-office conference. Students and parents/guardians must recognize that there is a direct relationship between school attendance and grades/credits earned.
Credit/No Credit Option
A student may, with prior administrative approval, enroll in elective courses on a Credit/No Credit basis. An elective course is a course that the student is not taking in order to meet a specific graduation course requirement. A maximum of 20 units of Credit/No Credit course work may be applied to the 220 unit graduation requirement. The Credit/No Credit option may only be exercised if the student is concurrently enrolled in at least five other five-credit courses for which a letter grade will be issued. (The student is cautioned that colleges and universities may decline to consider course work completed on a Credit/No Credit basis when evaluating the transcript of an applicant for admission.)
Absence for Confidential Medical Services (EC § 46010.1): Requires district to notify pupils in grades 7 to 12, and their parents, that law permits school to excuse pupils for purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without consent of parent.
Early Check Out From All Classes
(1). If a student checks out of school prior to the end of the semester, and the teacher determines the student has not met minimum attendance and course requirements, the teacher will issue the student a grade to date of leaving. 
(2). If a student checks out prior to the end of a semester and the teacher determines the student has met minimum attendance and course requirements, the teacher will issue a final grade.
Grade Reduction/ Loss of Academic Credit (EC § 48980(j)):
No pupil shall have his/her grade reduced or lose academic credit for any excused absence pursuant to Education Code Section 48205 for missed assignments/tests that can reasonably be provided are satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time. Long-term Illness Students who may experience documented long-term illness need to contact their counselor as soon as possible. Notification of Minimum Days and Pupil Free Staff Development Day (EC § 48980(c)): Requires annual notification to advise parents of the schedule of minimum days and pupil-free staff development days at the beginning of year or as early as possible (no later than one month prior). Please refer to the school’s student handbook for school calendar.
Responsibilities for Grading
(1). Teachers - The classroom teacher is the sole arbiter of the grade given a student. No grade or course title is to be changed by either an administrator, guidance department/counselor, or records clerk without specific written authorization of the teacher, or that the grade was issued as a result of a mistake, bad faith, fraud, or incompetence (EC § 49066). The classroom teacher has the responsibility to meet with parents/guardians and students to explain grades given when such grades are challenged.
(2). Guidance/Counseling Department-The teacher is the first line of contact for the parents/guardians or students seeking information about a grade. Students and parents/guardians will be urged to try to work the problem out with the teacher prior to consulting the guidance personnel/counselor. When appropriate, guidance personnel/counselors will notify the teacher regarding the problem and will, when appropriate, arrange for meetings among parents/guardians, students, and teachers. The position of guidance personnel/counselor is to facilitate communication between teacher, student, and parents/guardians
(3). Principal - The principal will work closely with his/her faculty in establishing grading standards which are reasonable and consistent and fulfill the district tradition of quality. He/she should ensure establishment and publication of teachers’ policies for grading, attendance (as it affects grading), and makeup. (These statements shall be distributed in the first 15 days of each semester.) It is also the responsibility of the principal to examine grade distribution reports prepared each semester by data processing. It shall be within his/her prerogative to discuss with individual teachers and departments instances where the grading appears to be at variance with standards across the district. His/her responsibility shall extend to discussion of grading standard with teachers but does not include the right to change grades. On the request of either the teacher or principal, the department head shall be included in the discussion.
Withdrawal Passing and Withdrawal Failure From Individual Regular School Year Classes
(1). There are two types of withdrawals from class which can be initiated by the student or the school site administration. They are: withdrawal passing and withdrawal failure.
(2). During the first nine weeks of a semester, a student may withdraw from any class without penalty - nothing will be displayed on the mark history file.
(3). Beginning with week 10, and extending to the third week before the end of a semester, a student may withdraw without credit, but will receive a withdrawal grade which will be recorded on the mark history file.
(4). During the last three weeks of a semester (finals week included), any withdrawal will be a W/F or F. Exceptions may be granted by the principal or designee on an individual basis due to extenuating circumstances.
(5). Withdrawal failure may be used by an administrator for disciplinary withdrawal from class at any time during a semester.
(6). This procedure allows comprehensive high schools to offer an alternative path for course completion via contract classes at their site.
Withdrawal Failure From Individual Summer School Classes
(1). During the first 32 scheduled hours of a one-semester summer school course, a student may withdraw without penalty, and no record will be displayed on the mark history file. (This equates to the first 8 days of a 3 1/2 week/4-hours-per-day schedule, or the first 16 days of a 7 week/2- hoursper- day schedule).
(2). Beginning with the 33rd scheduled hour of a one-semester summer school course and extending through the 56th scheduled hour, a student may withdraw without credit, but will receive a withdrawal grade (WP or WF) which will be recorded on the mark history file. (This equates to days 9 through 14 of a 3 1/2 week/4-hours-per-day schedule, or days 17 through 28 of a 7 week/2- hours-per-day schedule).
(3). During the last 12 scheduled hours of a one-semester summer school course, any withdrawal will be recorded as a W/F or F. (This equates to the last 3 days of a 3 1/2 week/4-hours-per-day schedule, or the last 6 days of a 7 week/2-hours-per-day schedule). Exceptions may be granted by the principal or designee on an individual basis due to extenuating circumstances.
INTERDISTRICT ATTENDANCE PERMITS (EC § 46600.et.seq):
The District has entered into agreements with San Diego County school districts to accommodate parent requests to have their student transfer to a school outside the Grossmont District attendance area. Existing law authorizes the governing board of two or more school districts to enter into an agreement, for a term not to exceed five school years, for the interdistrict attendance of pupils. Under the revisions to Education Code Section 46600, once a pupil in grades kindergarten or any grades 1 through 12, inclusive, is enrolled in a school district pursuant to an interdistrict transfer, the pupil shall not be required to reapply for an interdistrict transfer, and the governing board of the school district of enrollment shall allow the pupil to continue to attend the school in which he or she is enrolled.
INTRADISTRICT OPEN ENROLLMENT - SCHOOL CHOICE (EC § 35160.5):
Procedures have been established, in compliance with Assembly Bill 1114, to provide parents an opportunity to have their student attend a high school other than the high school of residence. Parents will be provided notice each spring of the application period to request enrollment in schools declared open (space available) by the Governing Board. Students attending school under the Choice Enrollment Option are not eligible for transportation services.
OPEN ENROLLMENT ACT (EC § 48350 et seq.):
At the start of each school year, parents with students enrolled in schools that have been identified by the Superintendent of Public Instruction as California’s “1,000 low-achieving schools” will be notified of their right to request a transfer to a higher-achieving school for the next school year. In order to ensure that priorities for enrollment in district schools are implemented in accordance with law, the Board hereby waives the January 1 deadline in Education Code 48354 for all applications for transfer from nonresident parents/guardians of children attending a school on the Open Enrollment List in another district. Transfer applications shall be submitted between February and March of the preceding school year for which the transfer is requested. The District of enrollment is entitled to adopt written standards of acceptance and rejection of applicants, based upon capacity of programs; classes; school buildings; or adverse financial impact. Upon receipt of a request for enrollment, parents are entitled
to receive notice of receipt of application within sixty days of submission.
PARENT EMPOWERMENT ACT (EC § 53300 et. seq.):
A school not identified as a persistently lowest-achieving school which, after one full school year, is subject to corrective action and continues to fail to make adequate yearly progress, and has an Academic Performance Index of less than 800, parents have the right to insist the school district implement recommended options of corrections.
The requirement is that at least one-half of the parents or legal guardians of pupils attending the school, or a combination of one-half of the parents of pupils who attend the elementary school or middle schools that matriculate into a middle or high school, must sign a petitioner request that the local educational agency implement one or more of the four interventions identified pursuant to Education Code Subsection 53202 (a)(1) to (4). (EC § 53300 et. seq.)
NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT MISCONDUCT UPON TRANSFER TO ANOTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT (EC §48201):
(a) Except for pupils exempt from compulsory school attendance under Section 48231, any parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of any minor between the ages of 6 and 16 years who removes the minor from any city, city and county, or school district before the completion of the current school term, shall enroll the minor in a public full-time day school of the city, city and county, or school district to which the minor is removed. (b) (1) Upon a pupil’s transfer from one school district to another, the school district into which the pupil is transferring shall request that the school district in which the pupil was last enrolled provide any records that the district maintains in its ordinary course of business or receives from a law enforcement agency regarding acts committed by the transferring pupil that resulted in the pupil’s suspension from school or expulsion from the school district. Upon receipt of this information, the receiving school district shall inform any teacher of the pupil that the pupil was suspended from school or expelled from the school district and shall inform the teacher of the act that resulted in that action. (b) (2) A
school district, or school district officer or employee, is not civilly or criminally liable for providing information under this subdivision unless it is proven that the information was false and that the district or district officer or employee knew or should have known that the information was false or the information was provided with a reckless disregard for its truth or falsity. (3) Any information received by a teacher pursuant to this subdivision shall be received in confidence for the limited purpose for which it was provided and shall not be further disseminated by the teacher.
California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)
HIGH SCHOOL EXIT EXAM-EC 48980(e), 60850, 60851.5
Pupils completing 12th grade are no longer required to successfully complete the high school exit exam as a condition of graduation for the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years. 
CALIFORNIA ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS EC52052, 60640
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (“CAASPP”) System was established on June 1, 2014. Commencing with the 2014-2015 school year, the CAASPP System includes Smarter Balanced Summative assessment in English Language Arts and Math in grades three
through eight and eleven and alternate assessments in English Language Arts and Math in grades three through eight and eleven for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The CST for science is required for all students in grades five, eight and ten unless the student’s IEP indicates administration of the CMA or CAPA. The District will not administer a standards based test in Spanish for reading/language arts in grades two through eleven for Spanish-Speaking Engish learners who either receive instruction in their primary language or have been enrolled in a school in the United States for less than twelve months. Parents may refer to EC60615 to learn more regarding participation details.
California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE)
CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL PROFICIENCY EXAM-5 C.C.R. 11523
The California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) is a voluntary test that assesses proficiency in basic reading, writing, and mathematics skills taught in public schools. Eligible pupils who pass the CHSPE are awarded a Certificate of Proficiency by the State Board of Education. A pupil who receives a Certificate of Proficiency may, with verified approval from the parent or legal guardian, leave high school early. The Certificate of Proficiency, however, is not equivalent to completing all course work required for regular graduation from high school. For more information, including administration dates and registration deadlines, visit the following website: http://www.chspe.net/.
Passing the CHSPE does not, by itself, exempt minors from attending school. Minors who have a Certificate of Proficiency must also have verified parent/guardian permission to stop attending school. Many students who pass the CHSPE continue to attend school. State law provides that, if you leave school after passing the CHSPE and are no more than 18 years old, you may reenroll in the district in which you were registered with no adverse consequences.
If you do reenroll you may be required to meet new or additional requirements established since you were previously enrolled. If you reenroll and then leave school again, you may be denied readmittance until the beginning of the following semester. Contact your guidance counselor or school administrator for further information and details about leaving school after passing the CHSPE. Dropping out of school after registering for the CHSPE, or while awaiting results, is unlawful for those under 18 years old. It may also result in failing grades for courses in which you are enrolled. Excerpted from: California High School Proficiency Examination website, http://www.chspe.net/
College and Career Technical Education Notification
SEX EQUITY IN CAREER COUNSELING AND COURSE
SELECTION (EC § 221.5):
Requires notification to parents about sex equity related to career counseling and course selection opportunities commencing with course selections for grade 7. Also informs parents of right to participate in counseling sessions and decisions. Please reference Board Policy 6164.2: Guidance Services.
CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION (CTE):
Career technical education engages all students in a dynamic and seamless learning experience resulting in their mastery of the career and academic knowledge and skills necessary to become productive, contributing members of society. For more information related to career technical education contact: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/
COLLEGE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY AND UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA UC CODE:
(A) U.S. History & Social Science 2 years
(B) English 4 years
(C) Math 3 years
(Algebra IC, Geometry IC, Algebra IIC, etc.)
(D) Laboratory Science 2 years
(Biology, Chemistry or Physics)
(E) Foreign Language 2 years
(Same Language)
(F) Visual and Performing Arts 1 year
Examples of approved electives:
Art, Choir, Photo, 3-D Design, Concert or Symphonic Band
(G) Approved Electives 1 year
Examples of approved electives:
Pre-Calculus, American Government, Advanced
Foreign Language, Advanced Physics, Advanced, Chemistry,
Advanced, Biology, Creative Writing, World History or Geography
All required classes must be College Preparatory level with a grade of “C” or better.
COLLEGE PREPARATORY (EC § 51229):
College admission requirements and courses offered by the district that satisfy subject requirements for
admission to California State University and the University of California are available from the Counseling
Department at your student’s school site.
IMPORTANT COLLEGE AND CAREER WEBSITES
CAL Grants http://www.csac.ca.gov/
California State University Schools (CSU) http://www.calstate.edu/
CSU Mentor 
http://www.csumentor.edu/
F.A.F.S.A. 
(Federal Financial Aid Application) http://fafsa.ed.gov/
Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community 
Colleges http://www.gcccd.edu/
Grossmont College Transfer Center http://www.grossmont.edu/transfercenter/ Intersegmental Gen.
Ed.Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) http://www.grossmont.edu/transfercenter/igetc.asp
PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject http://www.collegeboard.com/
San Diego State University (SDSU) http://www.sdsu.edu/
UC Pathways http://ucop.edu/pathways/
University of California San Diego (UCSD) http://www.ucsd.edu/
University of California Schools 
(UC) http://www.ucop.edu/
If assistance is needed with reviewing college options, contact the school’s Guidance Department. An approved
course list for all school sites is available at https://doorways.ucop.edu/list/
Exemption Requirements for Physical Education (FITNESSGRAM®)
Effective July 1, 2007, students must pass five (5) of the six (6) components of the FITNESSGRAM Physical Performance Test while in 9th grade to be eligible for the two-year exemption from physical education in grades 10-12. The FITNESSGRAM is administered to 9th grade students in the testing window of February 1 through May 31. Additional information is available at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf.
The Elementary & Secondary School Education Act as amended by the No Child
Left Behind Act of 2001
HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS
Title II of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB, 20 USC § 6301) legislation requires that school
districts annually notify Parent/Guardians of their right to request and receive timely information about the
professional qualifications of the classroom teachers assigned to instruct the student.
MCKINNEY-VENTO HOMELESS ASSISTANCE ACT (42 U.S.C. § 11431 et seq.) (Homeless Education)
School requirements- For the state to be eligible to receive funds, the school shall provide written notice annually
notifying parents that Children and Youths Experiencing Homelessness are ensured the right to.
CHILDREN IN HOMELESS SITUATIONS-42 U.S.C. 11432
The District has appointed a liaison(s) for homeless children responsible for ensuring the dissemination of public
notice of the education rights of students in homeless situations.
1. Right to immediate enrollment in school of origin or school where currently residing without proof of residency, immunization records or tuberculosis skintest results, school records, or legal guardianship papers;
2. Right to education and other services including to participate fully in all school activities and programs for which child is eligible, to qualify automatically for school meal programs, to receive transportation services, and to contact liaison to resolve disputes that arise during enrollment;
3. That no homeless youth shall be required to attend a separate school for homeless children or youth; and
4. That homeless youth shall not be stigmatized by school personnel.
5. The Act applies to children up to the age of 21, Inclusive, consistent with their eligibility for public education services, i.e. Special Education.
6. In the case of an unaccompanied youth, the District’s Homeless Liaison will assist such youth in placement or enrollment and educational decisions.
Please contact your school site for more information.
If there is a dispute that arises from school selection or enrollment in a school, please contact Jennifer Mendel, Coordinator Child Welfare and Attendance at 619-644-8014 or email at jmendel@guhsd.net.
Sex Education
We welcome you and your child to the 2016-2017 school year, and extend our best wishes for a truly successful year. The Grossmont Union High School District will offer the following semester, year-long, and summer school courses, which may include instruction regarding sexually transmitted diseases and/or sex education:

Biology    Child Development    Government    Family Relations    Human Anatomy    Integrated/Coordinated Science    Life Management Skills
On Your Own    Physical Education    Physiology    Psychology    Single Survival    Sociology 
The course descriptions for these classes are available at your student’s school site. If you are interested indiscussing the course content or reviewing the materials for any of the above classes, please contact the principal at your school, who will make arrangements with a staff member to discuss questions or concerns. Through the Director of Curriculum, (619) 644-8036, you may obtain a list of films/videotapes that are available for review. The California Education Code (EC § 51934 et seq.) requires instruction in AIDS prevention and instruction in personaland public health and safety. It is the intent of the Legislature to encourage pupils to communicate with their parents or guardians about human sexuality and HIV/AIDS and to respect the rights of parents or guardians to supervise their children’s education on these subjects (EC § 51937). The Legislature intends to create a streamlined process to make it easier for parents and guardians to review materials and evaluation tools related to
comprehensive sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention education, and, if they wish, to excuse their children from participation in all or part of that instruction or evaluation. The Legislature recognizes that while parents and guardians overwhelmingly support medically accurate, comprehensive sex education, parents and guardians have the ultimate responsibility for imparting values regarding human sexuality to their children. The California Education Code (EC § 51938): A parent or guardian of a pupil has the right to excuse their child from all or part of comprehensive sexual health education, HIV/AIDS prevention education, and assessments related to that education. It also requires written and audio visual educational materials used in comprehensive sexual healtheducation and HIV/AIDS prevention education to be available for inspection. The comprehensive sexual health education or HIV/AIDS prevention education will be taught by school district personnel or by outside consultants (within discretion of GUHSD). Parents or guardians may request a copy of instructional materials from the student’s school site. Parents or guardians who do not wish their child to receive comprehensive sexual health or HIV/AIDS prevention education may make their requests in writing to the student’s school site. The California Education Code (EC § 51939) states that if a written request has been received from the pupil’s parent or guardian excusing the pupil from participation in comprehensive sexual education or HIV/AIDS prevention education, or participation in
any anonymous, voluntary, and confidential test, questionnaire, or survey on pupil health behaviors and risks, then a pupil may not attend any such excused activity, may not be subject to disciplinary action, academic penalty, or other sanction, and an alternative educational activity shall be made available to the pupil.
Sexual Harassment
SEXUAL HARASSMENT (EC §§ 221.5 (d), 221.5, 231.5, 48980 and BP-5145.7):
The Grossmont Union High School District is committed to making the educational environment for students free from sexual harassment. Board Policy 5145.7 prohibits sexual harassment as defined in the Education Code to mean unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone from or in the educational setting. The District prohibits conduct that has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual’s work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment. The District further prohibits sexual harassment that conditions a student’s academic status, progress, benefits, services, honors, program or activities based on submission to such conduct. Students should report any sexual harassment to their school principal, vice principal, counselor, or teacher. Students who violate this policy shall be disciplined appropriately, including suspension or possible expulsion. Employees who violate this policy shall be disciplined, pursuant to Board Policy 4119.11. Complaints must be initiated no later than six (6) months from the date when the alleged discrimination occurred or when the individual first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination. Investigation of alleged discrimination complaints shall be conducted in a manner that protects confidentiality of individuals and the facts. The District prohibits retaliatory behavior against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process. The initiation of a complaint of sexual harassment will not reflect negatively on the student who initiates the complaint nor will it affect the student’s academic standing, rights or privileges. Most harassment complaints can be settled at the school and sometimes at the District office. If the complaint is not settled after mediation and/or investigation, you have the right to discuss your concerns with the Superintendent. If it is not resolved there, you
may go to the Governing Board, Child Protective Services, and/or law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Office for Civil Rights, which may also investigate complaints of sexual harassment. The U.S. Office for Civil Rights may be contacted directly to file complaints. This notice is prepared and disseminated in compliance with Board Policies regarding students’ rights and required notifications. It is designed for students and paraphrases the details of actual Board Policies and Administrative Regulations. For additional information or the complete District policy governing sexual harassment (BP 5145.7) contact:
Steve Sonnich, Associate Administrator Human Resources
Grossmont Union High School District
P.O. Box 1043
La Mesa, CA 91944-1043 (619) 644-8018
Bullying/Harassment
BULLYING/HARASSMENT (EC § 234, 234.1, 234.2, 234.3, 234.5, 46600, 48900):
The Grossmont Union High School District is committed to making the educational environment for students free from bullying and harassment. Bard Policy 5131.2 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 or those pupil’s person or property, causing a reasonable pupil to experience asubstantial detrimental effect on his or her physical or mental health, casing 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.” The District prohibits conduct that has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual’s work or academic performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Students should report any bullying/harassment to their school principal, vice principal, counselor, or teacher. Students who violate this policy shall be disciplined appropriately, including suspension and possible expulsion. Complaints must be initiated no later than six (6) months from the date when the alleged discrimination occurred orwhen the individual first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination. Investigation of alleged discrimination complaints shall be conducted in a manner that protect confidentiality of individuals and the facts The District prohibits retaliatory behavior against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process. The initiation of a complaint of bullying/harassment will not reflect negatively on the student who initiates the complaint nor will it affect the student’s academic standing, rights or privileges. Sometimes complaints can be settled at the school and sometimes at the District office. If the complaint is not settled after mediation and/or investigation, you have the right to discuss your concerns with the Superintendent or designee. If it is not resolved there, you may go to the Governing Board, Child Protective Services, and/or law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, which may also investigate complaints of harassment. The U.S. Office of Civil Rights may be contacted directly to file complaints. This notice is prepared and disseminated in compliance with Board Policies regarding student rights and required notification. It is designed for students and paraphrases the details of actual Board Policies and Administrative Regulations.
Students with Disabilities
SPECIAL EDUCATION (EC § 56040, EC § 56043):
Every individual with exceptional needs who is eligible to receive special education instruction and related services, shall receive that instruction and those services at no cost to his or her parents or, as appropriate, to him or her (EC §56040). The primary timelines affecting special education programs (EC § 56043) can be found at http://www.guhsd.net/index.php/departments/educational-services/special-ed > Procedures and Resources >Timelines. Parents are provided a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards: Special Education Rights of Parents and Children annually and whenever the parent asks for a copy, the first time their child is referred for a special education assessment, each time the parent requests an assessment of their child, and the first time you request a due process hearing. This notice can be found at the same website listed above by selecting Parent Information >Rights and Safeguards. For further information regarding special education, reference the above named website or
contact the special education office at (619) 644-8115.
UNILATERAL WITHDRAWAL FROM SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
A parent of a child in special education may at any time revoke consent to the provision of special education services. The revocation must be done in writing, and must revoke consent to special education eligibility in its entirety. Once written notification of revocation is received by the District, the District (i) Must provide a prior written notice to the parents in accordance with Title 34 C.F.R. Section 300.503, without unnecessary delay but before ceasing services to the pupil; (ii) May not continue to provide special education and related services to the pupil, once the prior written notice has been sent. The District may not use the procedures in subpart E of this part (including the mediation procedures under Sec. 300.506 or the due process procedures under Sec. Sec. 300.507 through 300.516) in order to obtain agreement or a ruling that the services may be provided to the child. It is important to note that, once a parent revokes full consent to special education and related services, the District will not be considered to be in violation of the requirement to make Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) available to the child because of the failure to provide the child with further special education and related services; nor will the District be required to convene an IEP Team meeting or develop an IEP under Sec. Sec. 300.320 and 300.324 for the child for further provision of special education and related services (Title 34 C.F.R. Section 300.300; and EC
Subsection 56356 (d)).
SPECIAL EDUCATION: AIDING PARENTS IN DUE PROCESS HEARINGS (EC § 56502):
Requires the State Superintendent to develop a model form to assist parents and guardians in filing requests for due process. Forms are available at the district office for parents that wish to initiate due process hearings relating to special education rights.
SPECIAL EDUCATION; CHILD FIND SYSTEM (IDEA; EC § 56301):
District must inform parents of federal law requirement that a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment be offered to qualified pupils with disabilities from birth through 21 years. Any parent suspecting a child has exceptional needs due to a disability may request an assessment for eligibility for special education services by submitting the request in writing to the school psychologist serving the child’s high school, the child’s teachers or to other supervisory or administrative personnel of the school. Assistance in writing the request can be obtained from the local high school or by contacting special education personnel. Policy and procedures must include written notification to all parents of their rights pursuant to EC § 56300. Students can be referred for Special Education services by parents, the school’s Student Study Team (SST), or individual school personnel (teachers, counselors, and administrators), or other agencies and professionals. For more information, please refer to the above web site and select Services > Requesting/Revoking Services.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: COMPLAINTS (5 CCR § 3080):
State regulations require the district to establish procedures to deal with complaints regarding special education. If you believe that the district is in violation of federal or state law governing the identification or placement of special education students, or similar issues, you may file a written complaint with the district. State regulations require the district forward your complaint to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Procedures are available from your building principal and in the Notice of Procedural Safeguards available on the website referenced above.
SPECIAL EDUCATION: INSPECTION OF SCHOOL RECORDS (EC § 56043(n)):
Specifies the rights of parents with children with exceptional needs to examine and receive copies of records within five calendar days after a request is made, and before any IEP meeting, hearing or resolution session regarding their child.
STATEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION/SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973:
DISABLED PUPILS-SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973 Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 USC 12101, et seq.) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Section 504 requires school districts to identify and evaluate children with disabilities in order to provide them a free, appropriate public education. Individuals with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, including seeing,hearing, walking, breathing, working, performing manual tasks, learning, eating, sleeping, standing, lifting, bending, reading, concentrating, thinking, speaking, are eligible to receive services and aids designed to meet their needs as adequately as the needs of non-disabled students are met. Parents should contact their school
site administration for more information.
Suspendable and Expellable Offenses (Discipline Policy)
The following list of offenses may result in suspension, referral to Student Support Services, or expulsion from the Grossmont Union High School District. All cases recommended for expulsion will be investigated and determined on specific articulable facts.
Attendance of suspended child's parent or guardian for portion of school day (EC 48900.1):
If the school district adopts a policy that teachers may require a parent or guardian of a pupil who has been suspended by a teacher to attend a portion of a school day in the classroom of his child or ward, the school district must notify parents of the policy prior to its implementation.
Suspension/Expulsion: Alternative and Other Mean of Correction (EC 48900, 48900.5):
A school district may document other means of correction short of suspension and expulsion and place the documentation in the pupil's record. Other means of correction may include: a conference between school personnel, the pupil's parent or guardian and the pupil; referrals to the school counselor or psychologist; study teams, guidance teams or other intervention-related teams that assess behavior and develop and implement behavior plans; referral for psycho-educational assessment; and after-school programs that address specific behavioral issues. A pupil may be suspended for any of the reasons enumerated in section 48900 upon a first offense if the principal or their designee determine that the pupil violated subdivision (a)-(e) of section 48900 or that the pupils presence causes a danger to persons. It should be noted that students who have received a suspension during their high school careers will need to report this on the common application for college.
MANDATORY
Recommendation for Expulsion
[California Education Code Section 48915 (c)]:
The Principal must recommend expulsion for the following:
1. Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing a firearm.
2. Brandishing a knife at another person.
3. Selling a controlled substance.
4. Committing or attempting to commit sexual assault.
5. Possession of explosives (as defined in US Code, Section 921, Title 18)
QUASI-MANDATORY/PERMISSIVE
Recommendation for Expulsion: [California Education Code Section
48915 (a)]
The Principal shall recommend expulsion for the following:
The Governing Board is required to make an additional finding that either of the following conditions exists:
(a) Other means of correction are not feasible or have repeatedly failed to bring about proper conduct; or
(b) Due to the nature of the violation, the presence of the pupil causes a continuing danger to the physical
safety of the pupil or others.
1. Causing serious physical injury
2. Possession of any knife, explosive, or dangerous object of no reasonable use to a student.
3. Possession of any controlled substance
4. Robbery or extortion
5. Assault or battery on a school employee
Discretionary Recommendation
[California Education Code Section 48900]
The Principal may recommend expulsion for the following if:
(a) Other means of correction are not feasible or have repeatedly failed to bring about proper conduct; or
(b) Due to the nature of the violation, the presence of the pupil causes a continuing danger to the physical safety of the pupil or others.
a. (1) Physical injury to another person
a. (2) Willfully caused physical injury by force or violence upon another person
b. Possession of weapons, explosives or dangerous objects
c. Possession or use of controlled substance, alcohol or intoxicant
d. Offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell a substance represented to be a controlled substance
e. Committed robbery or extortion
f. Vandalism to school property or private property
g. Theft
h. Possession of tobacco
i. Excessive use of profanity or repeated vulgarity
j. Possession of drug paraphernalia
k. Defiance or disruption of school activities
l. Possession of stolen property
m. Possession of an imitation firearm
n. Commit or attempt to commit sexual assault or sexual battery
o. Harass, threaten or intimidate a student witness
p. Selling Soma
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q. Hazing
r. Bullying
48900.2 Sexual harassment
48900.3 Hate violence
48900.4 Intentional harassment, threats, or intimidation
48900.7 Intentional terrorist harassment, threats or intimidation against school staff or property
Jurisdiction
(Education Codes Sections 48900 through 48915)
All school rules will be enforced:
1. While on school grounds,
2. While coming to or going from school,
3. During school hours whether on or off campus, including while truant from school and
4. During or while coming to or going from a school-sponsored activity.
SEARCHES AND SEIZURES
The law provides school officials with wide latitude to search students, their possessions, and automobiles, in the ongoing effort to maintain a safe and secure campus. When a school official has a “reasonable suspicion” that a student may be in possession of contraband or dangerous objects, the student will be asked to empty all pockets and provide the official access to other personal items (backpacks, lockers, cars) which may contain contraband or dangerous objects. Reasonable suspicion may also warrant school officials’ use of a metal detector to identify concealed weapons or a Breathalyzer to determine if a student is under the influence of alcohol. It is hoped all students will be cooperative, as the school official will make every attempt to be unobtrusive and respectful of privacy.
Students should be aware that grounds for suspicion commonly include being “out-of-bounds” without permission or a report by another student, parent or staff member of possession of contraband or dangerous objects. Students should also be aware that any contraband or dangerous objects found in their possession will be assumed to belong to them. Finally, if a student should discover contraband or dangerous objects on campus, he or she should go directly to a vice principal or other staff member and turn it over without delay (EC § 48905).
DEFINITION OF BEHAVIOR TERMS
1. Suspensions/Expulsions
Suspension or expulsion will be imposed only when other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct. However, any pupil, including pupils with exceptional needs may be suspended--and possibly expelled--for any of the reasons enumerated in California Education Code Sections 48900 and 48915 (a), or if the school determines that the pupil’s presence causes a danger to persons or property or threatens to disrupt the instructional process. Suspensions remove a student from campus from one to five days, after which time the student may return. Expulsion, by contrast, is a formal process that entails suspension and a hearing at the District Office to determine if a student will be dismissed from their current educational setting. Students with disabilities have additional due process protections. Students who have been expelled by the Governing Board may not attend any school or program operated by the Grossmont Union High School District until the Governing Board acts to lift the expulsion.
2. In-School Alternative (ISA)
ISA is an alternative to home suspensions. Students will be completely separated from the remainder of the student body for an entire day and may not participate in any extracurricular activities. The class climate will be strictly business, and students will be required to work the entire time they are in the ISA room. The rules will be simple: students will do assigned work without talking, sleeping, or leaving desks. Lunch and breaks will be controlled, supervised, and taken when other students are in class. Failure to comply with ISA rules will result in home suspension. Note: Students are required to request work from their teachers 24 hours before attending ISA. Students must turn in makeup work upon returning from ISA.
3. Saturday School
This program is a disciplinary and/or attendance alternative or an enrichment activity and is held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students must bring either schoolwork or appropriate reading material; talking is not permitted. Students who fail to bring work or insist on talking/misbehaving will be sent home. Credit for attendance depends upon full cooperation with the teacher.
4. Detention
A teacher or administrator may assign detention. Detention may be held in a teacher’s classroom at lunch or after school, to be determined by the teacher. Detention assigned by the Vice Principal may be held during lunch, before 24 or after school depending on when the student is scheduled with regular classes. Students must bring something to read or schoolwork to do. Talking, sleeping, passes, radios and all other distractions are not allowed. Students who are tardy will not be allowed to enter.
Violation of Ed Code 48900 Sections (a) - (q) and 48900.2-48900.7
All cases recommended for expulsion will be investigated and determined on findings of facts.
Behavior 48900 (a): PHYSICAL INJURY TO ANOTHER PERSON
48915 (a)(1): CAUSING SERIOUS PHYSICAL INJURY
Students are expected to seek non-violent and constructive solutions to conflict.
1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person (Mutual Combat)
[EC § 48900 (a)(1)]
Mutual Combat means two or more students are both actively involved or engaged in a fight. An incident may begin as a battery but end as a mutual combat. For example, if an aggressor hits another student, and the victim strikes back and becomes engaged in a fight with the aggressor, this becomes mutual combat.
2) Willfully used force or violence upon another person [EC § 48900 (a)(2)].
If an aggressor strikes another student and the victim does not fight back, this is a battery. If two students are actively engaged in a fight, but one stops fighting or is no longer able to fight back, and the second student continues to beat him or her, this incident has turned into a battery.
Interventions:
1. Student involved in a “first” fight will be referred to the S.T.E.P. (Systems to Encourage Peace) Program at Chaparral High School in lieu of suspension. If they complete the program satisfactorily, their absence will be coded as a field trip and they may make up work missed.
2. Students involved in verbal or physical confrontations may be referred to on site:
a. Peer Mediation
b. Anger Management/Conflict Resolution Counseling
3. Law enforcement will be contacted.
Disciplinary Consequences: Students involved in fighting for the first offense within a four-year period while enrolled at a Grossmont District school: Suspension from three to five days. Students may be referred to the S.T.E.P. Program on a “first” fight and they will not be suspended. Consequence for a second offense while enrolled at a Grossmont District school: the student may be referred to alternative education. Students who commit an assault, battery, or cause severe injury are subject to arrest and/or referral to the Governing Board for expulsion. There will
be mandatory contact with law enforcement (EC § 48902 (a).
Behavior 48900 (b): DANGEROUS OBJECTS
48915 (a)(2): POSSESSION OF ANY DANGEROUS OBJECT OR WEAPON
48915 (c)(2): BRANDISHING A KNIFE
48915 (c)(5): POSSESSION OF EXPLOSIVES
Students are expected . . .
· To maintain a safe environment in the school free of weapons and/or dangerous object.
Students may not possess, sell or otherwise furnish any knife, explosive, or other dangerous object unless, in the case of possession of any such object of this type, the pupil had obtained writtenpermission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, with concurrence by the Principal or
the designee of the Principal.
Definition: Students may not possess any dangerous object that constitutes a potential threat to the safety and security of the school. Students are hereby informed not to bring any of the following items to campus or any school-related activity (including but not limited to): gun, rifle, pistol, revolver, and semi-automatic weapon. Firearms represent a danger to safety and security of the school and must be recommended for a mandatory expulsion [EC § 48915 (c)]. Students may not possess the following items: BB gun, cap gun, dart gun, pellet gun, spot marker gun, stun gun, model gun, toy gun, squirt gun, replica gun, “zip gun,” model rifle, taser, model semiautomatic weapon, toy semi-automatic weapon, knife, locking blade, switchblade knife, butterfly knife, pocket knife, 25 Swiss Army knife, pen knife, key chain knife, kitchen knife, box-knife, Exacto knife, dirk, dagger, ice pick, razor, razor blades, bombs, pipe bomb, time bomb, containers of inflammable fluids, clubs, billy club, blackjack, slingshot, nunchaku, sandclub, sandbag, metal knuckles, any metal plate with radiating points with one or more sharp edges, and spiked jewelry & apparel, chains (including wallet chains), pepper spray or mace, anything that expels a projectile by force of air or explosion, fireworks or any incendiary devices, pressurized cartridges, and replica weapons, and the using or flashing of laser pointers. These dangerous objects may be recommended for expulsion as a quasi-mandatory.
Interventions: Students involved in verbal or physical confrontations may be referred to on site:
a. Peer Mediation
b. Anger Management/Conflict Resolution Counseling
Disciplinary Consequences: Suspension and possible referral to the Governing Board for expulsion on the first
offense. There will be mandatory contact with law enforcement.
Behavior 48900 (c) & (d): CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
48915 (a)(3): POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
48915 (c)(3): SELLING A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
Students are expected to be drug, alcohol and weapon free.
Students may not possess, use, *sell, be under the influence of, or furnish any amount of controlled substance, alcohol, or intoxicant of any kind. These include, but are not limited to all alcoholic beverages, narcotics, marijuana, methamphetamines, inhalants, synthetic drugs and hallucinogens. All prescription and over-the-counter medication must remain in the possession of the school nurse. In addition, students may not offer, arrange or negotiate to sell any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant and then furnish a substitute item intended to represent the controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA ON CAMPUS: While possession of prescription medical marijuana is legal in California, school districts are subject to federal law which makes it unlawful while under the jurisdiction of the school. The school district will continue to comply with federal law and state education code on this issue and students in possession of or under the influence of marijuana, even those carrying a medical marijuana card, will be subject to current disciplinary procedures and/or interventions. Also, the medical marijuana legislation itself prohibits smoking or being under the influence of marijuana on the school campus. *Students who unlawfully sell a controlled substance shall be recommended for expulsion (Mandatory) [EC § 48915 (c)(3)].
Interventions: [EC § 48900 (c)] Students will be referred to P.A.T.H. (Pointing Adolescents Toward Health), a fiveday intervention program at Chaparral in lieu of suspension for first time involvement with alcohol, marijuana, controlled substances and intoxicants (excluding selling of a controlled substance - a mandatory expulsion). If they complete the program satisfactorily, their absence will be coded as a field trip and they may make up work missed.
a. Students who do not complete the program satisfactorily are transferred to an alternative education program.
b. Alcohol, tobacco, and other drug counseling
Disciplinary Consequences: Alcohol/Controlled Substances/Marijuana: Students found in possession of alcohol, marijuana, or any controlled substance or who use alcohol/marijuana or any controlled substance or intoxicant while under the school’s jurisdiction will be suspended for five days. If this is the student’s first incident with alcohol, marijuana, and/or any controlled substance or intoxicant while enrolled at a Grossmont District school, the student may serve that five-day suspension at the P.A.T.H. (Pointing Adolescents Toward Health) program, a five (5) day intervention, at an alternative school before returning to the school of residence. If a student has a second involvement with a controlled substance (alcohol, drugs, prescription medicines, intoxicants, etc.) they will be offered the P.A.S.S. (Positive Actions for Student Sobriety) Program. This program requires both a counseling session and a random drug test once a week for 2 semesters. It is a voluntary program and a parent may opt for expulsion instead of enrolling their student in the PASS Program, or if the Principal feels the infraction is egregious enough, he/she will
be referred to the Governing Board for expulsion. There will be mandatory contact with law enforcement.Behavior 48900 (d): FALSE REPRESENTATION
Students who provide other persons with an item intended to represent any alcoholic beverage, intoxicant, or controlled substance will be suspended from school and will be referred to the P.A.T.H. Program. Students may also be recommended for expulsion. Students who sell alcohol/marijuana or any controlled substance to another person will be suspended for five days and must be recommended to the Governing Board for expulsion.
Behavior 48900 (e): ROBBERY
48915 (a)(4): ROBBERY OR EXTORTION
Students are expected to respect the property of others.
Students may not commit or attempt to commit robbery or extortion. This includes the theft of any property not belonging to the student or any attempts made to force or create fear in others while attempting to steal or while stealing another’s property.
Interventions: Schools will determine appropriate interventions (e.g. counseling, community service, campus
projects, etc.)
Disciplinary Consequences: The consequences for robbery or extortion will range from suspension to referral to the Governing Board for expulsion. The student and/or parent will be responsible for returning the stolen property or for full payment. In addition, law enforcement may be contacted.
Behavior 48900 (f): DAMAGE TO PROPERTY
Students are expected to respect the property of others.
Interventions: Schools will determine appropriate interventions (e.g. counseling, community service, campus
projects, etc.)
Disciplinary Consequences: The consequences for attempting to cause or causing damage to other’s property will
range from suspension to referral to the Governing Board for expulsion. The student and/or parent will be
responsible for payment for the damage. In addition, law enforcement may be contacted.
Behavior 48900 (g): THEFT
Students are expected to respect the property of others.
Interventions: Schools will determine appropriate interventions (e.g. community services, campus projects, etc.)
Disciplinary Consequences: The consequences for theft will range from suspension to referral to the Governing
Board for expulsion. The student and/or parent will be responsible for returning the stolen property or for full payment
of the property. In addition, law enforcement may be contacted.
Behavior 48900 (h): TOBACCO
Students are expected to live healthy lifestyles.
Students may not possess or use tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, betel and e-cigarettes or hookah pens.
Interventions: First and Second Offense: Students will complete a tobacco cessation programs as described
below. Third Offense: Students will be enrolled at an Alternative Education site.
Disciplinary Consequences: Students found in possession or who use tobacco, or products containing tobacco or
nicotine will receive the following consequences: First offense within a four-year period while enrolled at a Grossmont
District school: the student will be referred to the Alternatives to Smoking (ATS), an intervention program or an onsite
intervention program. Consequences for a second offense while enrolled at a Grossmont District school: the
student will be referred to the No On Tobacco (NOT) Program on campus. Third offense while enrolled at a
Grossmont District school: the student may be referred to alternative education.
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Behavior 48900 (i): OBSCENITY, PROFANITY & VULGARITY
Students are expected . . .
· To treat all members of the school community with respect.
· To practice responsible and honest behavior.
Students may not engage in obscene acts or engage in habitual profanity or vulgarity, which includes: writing, speaking, gesturing or acting in contempt of sacred or holy things, or using irreverent or coarse language.
Interventions: Student may participate in an appropriate program or counseling to deter obscenity, profanity and
vulgarity.
Disciplinary consequences:Will range from detention to referral to the Governing Board for expulsion.
Behavior 48900 (j): PARAPHERNALIA
Students are expected . . .
· To live healthy lifestyles.
· To be drug, alcohol and weapon free.
Students may not possess, offer, arrange, or negotiate to sell any drug paraphernalia as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code. Examples of paraphernalia include, but are not limited to, pipes, bongs, roach clips, rolling papers, and any other devices used in conjunction with illicit substances. This may include e-cigarettes or hookah pens.
Interventions: Students who are found with drug paraphernalia on a first offense will be referred to the P.A.T.H.
(Pointing Adolescents Toward Health), five-day intervention program, Students who are found with paraphernalia on
a second offense may be recommended for a long-term substance abuse counseling program such as P.A.S.S.
(Positive Actions for Student Sobriety).
Disciplinary Consequences: Students who possess, offer, arrange or negotiate to sell drug paraphernalia will receive consequences ranging from suspension through referral to the Governing Board for expulsion. In addition, law enforcement may be contacted.
Behavior 48900 (k): DEFIANCE & DISRUPTION
Students are expected . . .
· To follow all school rules and respect the authority and direction of school staff.
· 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.
Students may not be defiant, disruptive, disrespectful, or deceptive. These behaviors negatively impact the orderly operation of the classroom or general educational environment of the school.
Interventions: Students may be referred to an appropriate campus support group that addresses anger management, conflict resolution, and decision-making.
Disciplinary Consequences: Students who defy the directions of a school employee or disrupt the orderly operation of any school-related activity will receive consequences ranging from a detention, through involuntary transfer to Alternative Education. In addition, students who run from or attempt to evade a school official may be referred to alternative education on the first offense.
Standardized testing security breaches are considered a serious matter. Consequences for violating test security could result in suspension through referral to an alternative education program. Examples of testing security breaches include any photographing of testing booklets or answer documents, and includes sharing of test questions/answers with other students.
Behavior 48900 (l): RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY
Students are expected to respect the property of others.
Interventions: Students may participate in a student support group that addresses:
· Values clarification
· Character education
· Responsible decision making
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Disciplinary Consequences: Students who knowingly receive stolen property will be suspended and may be
referred to the Governing
Board for expulsion. In addition, law enforcement may be contacted.
Behavior 48900 (m): POSSESSION OF AN IMITATION FIREARM
(Reference Penal Code 12556)
Students are expected . . .
· To maintain a safe environment in the school.
· To be weapon free.
As used in this section, “imitation firearm” means a replica of a firearm that is substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm. This includes pellet guns, BB guns, air-soft guns, and or other “toy” guns that may be mistaken for a real firearm.
Interventions: Student may be referred to an appropriate campus support group:
· Anger Management
· Conflict Resolution
· Peer Mediation
Disciplinary Consequences: Suspension and possible referral to the Governing Board for expulsion on the firstoffense. Law enforcement will be contacted.
Behavior 48900 (n): COMMIT OR ATTEMPT TO COMMIT A SEXUAL ASSAULT OR SEXUAL
BATTERY
Section (c)(4): COMMITTING OR ATTEMPTING TO COMMIT SEXUAL ASSAULT
Students are expected to treat all members of the school community with respect.
As used in this section, sexual assault includes any sexual acts performed against the victim’s will by means of force, violence, threats, or duress, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury on the victim.
As used in this section, sexual battery means intentionally touching the breasts, buttocks, or groin area of another person without his/her consent.
Disciplinary Consequences: Suspension and referral to the Governing Board for expulsion. In addition, law enforcement will be contacted.
Behavior 48900 (o): HARASS, THREATEN OR INTIMIDATE A STUDENTWITNESS
Students are expected to treat all members of the school community with respect.
Interventions: Student may be referred to a campus support group for:
· Character Education
· Values Clarification
· Peer Mediation
· Conflict Resolution/Anger Management
Disciplinary Consequences: Students who knowingly harass, threaten or intimidate a student who is a complaining witness or who is a witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that student for being a witness or both will face suspension and possible referral to the Governing Board for expulsion on the first offense. In addition, law enforcement may be contacted.
Behavior 48900 (p): SELLING SOMA
(SOMA is believed to be harmful and dangerous)
Students are expected to be drug and alcohol free while at school or school activities.
Students may not use, possess, or be under the influence of SOMA.
Interventions: Students will be referred to PATH, a five-day intervention program for first time involvement with
SOMA.
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Disciplinary Consequences: Students who are found to be in possession of, and/or under the influence of, and/or selling or attempting to sell the prescription drug, SOMA, will be suspended for five days. If this is a first time offense with SOMA at school or school activities, they may be referred to PATH, the five-day intervention program for SOMA violations. If the student has a previous incident on their records involving SOMA, marijuana, alcohol, or a controlled substance, as outlined in 48900 (c) and (p), they will be offered the P.A.S.S. (Positive Actions for Student Sobriety) Program. This program requires both a counseling session and a random drug test once a week for 2 semesters. It is a voluntary program and a parent may opt for expulsion instead of enrolling their student in the PASS Program, or if the Principal feels the infraction is egregious enough, he/she will be referred to the Governing Board for expulsion.
There will be mandatory contact with law enforcement.
Behavior 48900 (q): HAZING
(Reference Penal Code 245.6)
Students are expected…
· To treat all members of the school community with respect
· To practice responsible and honest behavior
Intervention: Students may participate in an appropriate program dealing with appropriateness of behavior toward
others.
Disciplinary Consequences: Will range from a disciplinary referral to detention all the way to a recommendation to the Governing Board for expulsion. In addition, law enforcement may be contacted.
Behavior 48900 (r): BULLYING
Students are expected…
· To treat all members of the school community with respect
“Bullying“ means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, and including one or more acts committed by a pupil or group of pupils as defined in Section 48900.2, 48900.3, or 48900.4, directed toward one or more pupils that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of placing a reasonable pupil or pupils in fear. An “electronic act” means the creation of transmission originated on or off the school site, by means of an electronic device, including but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager.
Interventions: Students may participate in campus support groups on
· Character Education
· Values Clarification
· Conflict Resolutions
· Counseling Programs
· Other Appropriate Activities
Disciplinary Consequences: The consequences for bullying will be a referral to the Respectful Relations class, a one-day intervention program at Chaparral through referral to the Governing Board for expulsion. In addition, law enforcement may be contacted.
Behavior 48900.2: SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Students are expected to treat all members of the school community with respect.
Students may not engage in conduct constituting sexual harassment such as, but not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, including harassment for sexual orientation, severe enough to have a negative impact upon another student’s academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Any student wishing to make a complaint of sexual harassment should immediately report it to a vice principal.
The Grossmont Union High School District is committed to making the educational environment for students free from sexual harassment. Board Policy 5145.7 prohibits sexual harassment as defined in the Education Code to
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mean unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone from or in the educational setting.
The District prohibits conduct that has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual’s work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment. The District further prohibits sexual harassment that conditions a student’s academic status, progress, benefits, services, honors, program or activities based on submission to such conduct.
Students should report any sexual harassment to their school principal, vice principal, counselor, or teacher.
Students who violate this policy shall be disciplined appropriately, including suspension or possible expulsion.
Employees who violate this policy shall be disciplined, pursuant to Board Policy 4119.11.
Complaints must be initiated no later than six (6) months from the date when the alleged discrimination occurred or when the individual first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination. Investigation of alleged discrimination complaints shall be conducted in a manner that protects confidentiality of individuals and the facts. The District prohibits retaliatory behavior against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process. The initiation of a complaint of sexual harassment will not reflect negatively on the student who initiates the complaint nor
will it affect the student’s academic standing, rights or privileges.
Sometimes harassment complaints can be settled at the school and sometimes at the District Office. If the complaint is not settled after mediation and/or investigation, you have the right to discuss your concerns with the Superintendent or the Superintendent’s Designee. If it is not resolved there, you may go to the Governing Board, Child Protective Services, and/or law enforcement agencies including the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, which may also investigate complaints of sexual harassment. The U.S. Office of Civil Rights may be contacted directly to file complaints. (For additional information or the complete District policy governing sexual harassment (BP5145.7)
contact: Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator, Grossmont Union High School District Office).
Interventions: Students may participate in campus support groups on
· Character Education
· Values Clarification
· Conflict Resolution
· Counseling programs
· Other Appropriate Activities
Disciplinary Consequences: The consequences for sexual harassment will range from a warning through referral
to the Governing Board for expulsion. In addition, law enforcement will be contacted.
Behavior 48900.3: HATE VIOLENCE
Students are expected to treat all members of the school community with respect.
Students may not cause, attempt to cause, threaten to cause, or participate in an act of hate violence as defined in
Education Code Section 33032.5 (Such acts include injuring or intimidating another person either verbally or
physically; interfering with the exercise of a person’s civil rights; and or damaging a person’s property because of
the person’s race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation.) This includes
racial/ethnic/religious slurs.
Interventions: Students may participate in campus support groups on
· Anger Management
· Conflict Resolution
· Character Education
· Peer Mediation
· Values Clarification
· Site programs on hate violence
· Counseling programs
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Disciplinary Consequences: The consequences for hate violence will range from suspension through referral to the Governing Board for expulsion. In addition, law enforcement will be contacted.
Behavior 48900.4: HARASSMENT, THREATS & INTIMIDATION
Students are expected to treat all members of the school community with respect.
Students may not intentionally engage in bullying behavior including: harassment, threats, or intimidation
directed against any other student(s) that is severe enough to disrupt class work, create disorder, and invade the rights of the other student(s) or school personnel by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment. This includes verbal, non-verbal and physical acts.
Interventions: Students may participate in appropriate campus support groups on:
· Anger Management
· Conflict Resolution
· Character Education
· Values Clarification
Disciplinary Consequences: The consequences for harassing, threatening or intimidating behavior will range from referral to Respectful Relations, through suspension and referral to the Governing Board for expulsion.
Behavior 48900.7: TERRORIST THREATS ON SCHOOL STAFF AND/OR PROPERTY
48915 (a)(5): ASSAULT OR BATTERY ON A SCHOOL EMPLOYEE
Students are expected to treat all members of the school community with respect.
Students may not make terrorist threats against school officials and or school property as defined in AB 307,
Chapter 405 (such acts include any written or oral statement) by a person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death, great bodily injury to another person or property damage in excess of $1000 with the specific intent that the statement is taken as a threat, EVEN IF THERE IS NO INTENT OF ACTUALLY
CARRYING IT OUT.
Interventions: Students may participate in campus support groups on
· Anger Management
· Conflict Resolution
· Character Education
· Peer Mediation
· Values Clarification
Disciplinary Consequences: The consequences for terrorist threats will range from suspension through referral to the Governing Board for expulsion. In addition, law enforcement will be contacted.
Rev. 2-09 /Student Support Services
UCP Annual Notice for 2016 - 2017
Grossmont Union High School District
For students, employees, parents/guardians, school and district advisory committee members, private
school officials, and other interested parties The Grossmont Union High School District has the primary responsibility for compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. We have established Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) to address allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and complaints alleging violation of state or federal laws governing educational programs, the charging of unlawful pupil fees and the non-compliance of our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
We will investigate all allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying against any protected group as identified in Education Code section 200 and 220 and Government Code section 11135, including any actual or perceived characteristics as set forth in Penal Code section 422.55 or on the basis or a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any program or activity conducted by the LEA, which is funded directly by, or that receives or benefits from any
state financial assistance.
The UCP shall also be used when addressing complaints alleging failure to comply with state and/or federal
laws in:
• Adult Education
• After School Education and Safety
• Agricultural Vocational Education
• American Indian Education Centers and American Indian Early Childhood Education Program
Assessments
• Career Technical Education
• Child Care and Development Programs including state preschool
• Consolidated Categorical Programs
• Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying
• Foster and Homeless Youth
• Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control Accountability Plans
• Migrant Education
• NCLB Titles I-VII
• Nutrition Services - USDA Civil Rights
• Regional Occupational Centers and Programs
• School Facilities
• Special Education
• Tobacco-Use Prevention Education Program
• Unlawful Pupil Fees
A pupil fees and/or LCAP complaint may be filed anonymously if the complainant provides evidence or information leading to evidence to support the complaint.
A pupil enrolled in a public school shall not be required to pay a pupil fee for participation in an educational
activity.
A pupil fee includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:
1. A fee charged to a pupil as a condition for registering for school or classes, or as a condition for
participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is
elective or compulsory, or is for credit.
2. A security deposit, or other payment, that a pupil is required to make to obtain a lock, locker, book,
class apparatus, musical instrument, clothes, or other materials or equipment.
3. A purchase that a pupil is required to make to obtain materials, supplies, equipment, or clothes
associated with an educational activity.
A pupil fee complaint shall be filed no later than one year from the date the alleged violation occurred.
Complaints other than issues relating to pupil fees must be filed in writing with the following designated to
receive complaints:
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Name or title:
Unit or office:
Address:
Phone: E-mail address:
A pupil fees complaint is filed with the Grossmont Union High School District and/or the principal of a school. Complaints alleging discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, must be filed within six (6) months from the date the alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, occurred or the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or
bullying, unless the time for filing is extended by the superintendent or his or her designee. Complaints will be investigated and a written Decision or report will be sent to the complainant within sixty (60) days from the receipt of the complaint. This sixty (60) day time period may be extended by written agreement of the complainant. The LEA person responsible for investigating the complaint shall conduct and complete the
investigation in accordance with sections 4680-4687 and in accordance with local procedures adopted under section 4621.
The complainant has a right to appeal our Decision of complaints regarding specific programs, pupil fees and the LCAP to the California Department of Education (CDE) by filing a written appeal within 15 days of receiving our Decision. The appeal must be accompanied by a copy of the originally-filed complaint and a copy of our Decision. The complainant is advised of civil law remedies, including, but not limited to, injunctions, restraining orders, or other remedies or orders that may be available under state or federal discrimination, harassment, intimidation
or bullying laws, if applicable.
A copy of our UCP compliant policies and procedures is available free of charge.
Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures
WILLIAMS UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURES (EC § 35186; 5 C.C.R. Sections 4681, 4682)
I. TYPES OF COMPLAINTS
The district shall use the following procedures to investigate and resolve complaints when the complainant alleges
that any of the following has occurred: (EC § 35186; 5 C.C.R. §§ 4681, 4682, 4683)
1. Textbooks and instructional materials
a. A pupil, including an English learner, does not have standards-aligned textbooks or instructional materials
or state- or district-adopted textbooks or other required instructional materials to use in class.
b. A pupil does not have access to textbooks or instructional materials to use at home or after school. c.
Textbooks or instructional materials are in poor or unusable condition, have missing pages, or are
unreadable due to damage (cf. 6161.1 – Selection and Evaluation of Instructional Materials).
2. Teacher vacancy or misassignment
a. A semester begins and a teacher vacancy exists.
b. A teacher who lacks credentials or training to teach English learners is assigned to teach a class with more
than 20 percent English learner students in a class. (cf. 4112.22 – Staff Teaching Students of Limited
English Proficiency).
c. A teacher is assigned to teach a class for which the teacher lacks subject matter competency. Teacher Vacancy means a position to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of the year for an entire year or, if the position is for a one- semester course, a position to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of the semester for an entire semester. (EC § 35186; 5 C.C.R. § 4600) Beginning of the year or semester means the first day classes necessary to serve all the students enrolled are established with a single designated certificated employee assigned for the duration of the class, but not later than 20 working days after the first day students attend classes for that semester. (5 C.C.R. § 4600)
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Misassignment means the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or services position for which the employee does not hold a legally recognized certificate or credential or the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or services position that the employee is not otherwise authorized by statute to hold.
(EC § 35186; 5 C.C.R. § 4600) (cf. 4112.2 Certification); (cf. 4113 – Assignment)
3. Facilities
a. A condition poses an emergency or urgent threat to the health or safety of students or staff. Emergency or urgent threat means structures or systems that are in a condition that poses a threat to the health and safety of students or staff while at school, including, but not limited to, gas leaks; nonfunctioning heating, ventilation, fire sprinklers, or air-conditioning systems; electrical power failure; major sewer stoppage; major
pest or vermin infestation; broken windows or exterior doors or gates that will not lock and that pose a security risk; abatement of hazardous materials previously undiscovered that pose an immediate threat to students or staff; or structural damage creating a hazardous or uninhabitable condition. (EC § 17592.72)
b. A school restroom has not been cleaned, maintained, or kept open in accordance with Education Code Section 35292.5.
Clean or maintained school restroom means a school restroom has been cleaned or maintained regularly, is fully operational, or has been stocked at all times with toilet paper, soap, and paper towels or functional hand dryers. (EC § 35292.5)
Open restroom means, except as necessary for student safety or to make repairs, the school has kept all restrooms open during school hours when students are not in classes and has kept a sufficient number of restrooms open during school hours when students are in classes (EC§35292.5).
II. FILING OF COMPLAINT
A complaint alleging any condition(s) specified in items #1-3 above shall be filed with the principal or designee at the school in which the complaint arises. The principal or designee shall forward a complaint about problems beyond his/her authority to the Superintendent or designee in a timely manner, but not to exceed 10 working days. (EC §35186; 5 C.C.R. § 4680) A complaint alleging any deficiency specified in item #4 above shall be filed with a district official designated by the Superintendent. Such complaints may be filed at the district office or at a school site and shall be immediately forwarded to the Superintendent or designee. (EC § 35186)
III. INVESTIGATION AND RESPONSE
The principal or designee shall make all reasonable efforts to investigate any problem within his/her authority.
He/she shall remedy a valid complaint within a reasonable time period not to exceed 30 working days from the date the complaint was received. (EC §35186; 5 C.C.R. § 4685)
Complaints may be filed anonymously. If the complainant has indicated on the complaint form that he/she would like a response to the complaint, the principal or designee shall report the resolution of the complaint to him/ her within 45 working days of the initial filing of the complaint. If a response is requested, the response shall be made to the mailing address of the complainant as indicated on the complaint form. At the same time, the principal or designee shall report the same information to the Superintendent or designee. (EC § 35186; 5 C.C.R. §§ 4680, 4685)
When fifteen percent (15%) or more of the students in a school speak a single primary language other than English, the response to the complainant shall be written in the primary language in which the complaint was filed. (EC §48985)
When Education Code Section 48985 is applicable and the complainant has requested a response, the response shall be written in English and in the primary language in which the complaint was filed. (EC § 35186)
If a complainant is not satisfied with the resolution of a complaint, he/she has the right to describe the complaint to the Governing Board at a regularly scheduled meeting. (EC § 35186; 5 C.C.R. § 4686)
For any complaint concerning a facilities condition that poses an emergency or urgent threat to the health or safety of students or staff as described in item #3a above, a complainant who is not satisfied with the resolution proffered by the principal or Superintendent or designee may file an appeal to the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) within 15 days of receiving the district’s response. The complainant shall comply with the appeal requirements specified in 5 C.C.R. Section 4632. (EC § 35186; 5 C.C.R. § 4687). All complaints and written responses shall be
public records. (EC § 35186; 5 C.C.R. § 4686) (cf. 1340 - Access to District Records) IV. REPORTS
The Superintendent or designee shall report summarized data on the nature and resolution of all complaints to the Board and the County Superintendent of Schools on a quarterly basis. The report shall include the number of complaints by general subject area with the number of resolved and unresolved complaints. These summaries shall be publicly reported on a quarterly basis at a regularly scheduled Board meeting. (EC § 35186; 5 C.C.R. § 4686)
V. FORMS AND NOTICES
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that the district’s complaint form contains a space to indicate whether the complainant desires a response to his/her complaint and specifies the location for filing a complaint. A complainant may add as much text to explain the complaint as he/she wishes. However, complainants need not use the district’s Williams complaint form in order to file a complaint. (EC § 35186)
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that a notice is posted in each classroom in each school containing the components specified in Education Code Section 35186. (EC § 35186)
INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act - Issued by Risk Management
To: Parents, Faculty, and Staff
On October 22, 1986, the President signed into law the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, AHERA, to CFR 763, which requires that we inform employees, building occupants, or their legal guardians, and outside vendors about the results of our compliance with AHERA. This includes building inspections, re-inspections, response actions, and post-response action activities that are planned or are in progress. We completed reinspections in 1995, 1998, 2002, 2005, and 2010 as required by AHERA.
All information is available to you for review by contacting the Manager of School Facilities at your student’s school. A copy of the Management Plan is available for your review at those offices. You may obtain a copy of the Inspection Reporter Management Plan. A fee of 25cents/page for duplication and labor will be assessed. All requests for copies must be in writing.
ASBESTOS (40 CFR § 763.93):
The district has a plan for eliminating health risks that are created by the presence of asbestos in school buildings.
It may be reviewed at the district office.
California Healthy Kids Survey Notification 2016-17 School Year
Your student is being asked to be a part of our district’s Healthy Kids Survey sponsored by the California Department of Education. This is a very important survey that will help promote better health among our youth and combat problems such as drug abuse and violence. Please read this section for information about the survey, and for instructions on how to withdraw your student. If you do not want your student to complete the survey, you must contact your school. Survey Content. The survey gathers information on behaviors such as physical activity and nutritional habits,
alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; school safety; and environmental and individual strengths and weaknesses. It also includes questions regarding considering, planning, or attempting to commit suicide. You may examine the questionnaire in the school office or at the district’s website http://www.guhsd.net.
It is Voluntary. Your child does not have to take the survey. If you do not want your student to complete the survey, you must notify your student’s school. Students who participate only have to answer the questions they want to answer, and they may stop taking it at any time.
It is Anonymous. No names will be recorded or attached to the survey forms or data. The results will be made available for analysis only, under strict confidentiality controls.
Administration. The survey will be administered in the spring semester. It will take about one class period to complete (about 50 minutes).
Potential Risks. There are no known risks of physical harm to your child. Risks of psychological or social harm are very small. None have been reported in ten years of survey administration. In rare instances, some discomfort might be experienced from the questions. The school’s counseling services will be available to answer any personal questions that may materialize. For Further Information. The survey was developed by WestEd, a public, non-profit educational institution. If you have any questions about this survey, or about your rights, call your student’s school. If you do not want your student to participate, you must contact your student’s school counseling department.
Crisis and Earthquake Preparedness
The Grossmont Union High School District has developed disaster preparedness plans in the event we are subjected to a severe seismic or other disturbance. The following information is provided to you so that you remain aware of these preparations and what actions the school administration will take to safeguard your student.
1. Each site has a written disaster plans and procedure that details what actions the school will take should an earthquake or other crisis occur during school hours. You may examine the plan by contacting the Assistant Principal at your student’s school site.
2. Each site has emergency supply kits that are strategically placed on campus to assist any injured student or staff member in order to render aid.
3. District Office administration and site principals have access to the Wireless Priority Service that supports federal, state and local governments and other authorized national security and emergency preparedness users. This service provides priority in the wireless network during times of emergency congestion and allows us to effectively communicate with emergency and support personnel.
4. Annually each site conducts two unannounced emergency evacuation drills. These drills may involve a duck, cover, and hold exercise, building evacuations, roll-taking in designated areas, and emergency team simulated actions.
5. Should a major earthquake or other crisis occur, your school as part of the Grossmont Union High School District, intends to retain all students as long as possible or until information is received that it is safe to release students. The primary concern of each site is the safety and welfare of your student. Please encourage your student to stay at the school evacuation area until he/she is released to a parent/guardian or until the school administration finds it is safe to release him/her. Your cooperation in this matter will be appreciated.
Should you have any questions regarding the preparations of your student’s school site safety plan, please contact the Assistant Principal (School site contact information is printed in the back of this booklet).
Responsible Use Policy (RUP)
Grossmont Union High School District
All students in the Grossmont Union High School District are expected to embrace the following principles as they utilize technology to enhance their learning experience, collaborate, and communicate with school community members:
• Be empowered and be innovative. Do awesome things. Amaze us.
• Be smart and be safe. Make good choices. Protect yourself and others.
• Be careful and be courteous. Foster a community that is respectful, helpful, and kind. Act with integrity.
As a student in GUHSD, I agree to the following principles:
1. Respect and Protect Myself
I will make school-appropriate judgements about the information and images that I view and share online. I will be careful with what personal information and images I share about myself. I will protect passwords, accounts, and resources. I will not use district resources for inappropriate and/or unlawful activities. I will report any attacks or inappropriate behavior directed at me.
2. Respect and Protect Others
Everything in #1 also applies to my treatment of others. I will not use any medium to bully, harass, or stalk other people. I will not share information and images about others without permission, and I will not tag them on social media without their consent. I will show respect for other people by not using/altering their passwords/accounts. I will report any attacks or inappropriate behavior directed at others.
3. Respect and Protect Intellectual and Physical Property
I will not plagiarize the work of others and I will abide by copyright laws. I will only use the school’s technology, network, and resources for school-appropriate activities and encourage others to do the same. I will treat the school’s digital equipment with care. I will follow testing protocols. I will not share or photograph testing materials.
In today’s world of social media and extensive communication via the Internet, there is NO distinction between online and offline activities regarding school behavior and the assignment of disciplinary consequences. I understand that the rules for behavior set by the district and school cover both physical and digital actions by students and interactions among students. Additionally, these policies apply to use of district and personal devices both ON and OFF campus. 
Healthy Schools Act
Notification of Expected Pesticide Use
Dear Parent or Guardian:
The Healthy Schools Act of 2000 was signed into law in September 2000 and requires that all schools provide parents or guardians of students with annual written notification of expected pesticide use on school sites. The notification will identify the active ingredient or ingredients in each pesticide product and will include the Internet address (http://www.cdpr.ca.gov) for further information on pesticides and their
alternatives. Following this notice you will find the annual notification of planned pesticide use for the upcoming school year. Parents or guardians have the option of requesting prior notification of individual pesticide applications at the school site. Beginning August 20, 2007, people listed on a registry will be notified at least 72 hours before pesticides are applied. If you would like to be notified every time we apply a pesticide, or if you have any questions, please contact the Manager of School Facilities at your student’s school site.
Notification of Planned Pesticide Use
The Health Schools Act of 2000 requires all California School Districts to notify parents and guardians of pesticides that may be applied during the year. The following pesticides may be used at your student’s school this year. Target Pest Name of Pesticide/
Herbicide
Active Ingredients Uses
Weeds Roundup Herbicide Glyphosate, N-
(phosphonomethly) glycine
District and site
gardeners
Weeds in Turf Gordon’s MECOMEC
2.5 Turf Herbicide
Diathanolamine, potassium
Salt of 2-(2-methyl 4-
District and site
gardeners
Rodents,
Gophers,
Wilco Gopher Getter
AG Bait Strychnine Alkaloid
ARV Pest
Control
Rodents,
Gophers,
Aluminum
Phosphide, Fumitoxin Hydrogen Phosphide, Ammonia
ARV Pest
Control
Rodents,
Gophers,
Rodent Bait, Zinc
Phosphide Grain Zinc Phosphide
ARV Pest Control
You can find more information regarding these pesticides/herbicides and pesticide use reduction at the Department of Pesticide Regulation’s Web Site at http://www.cdpr.ca.gov. If you have any questions, please contact the Manager of School Facilities on the school site.
Student Accident Insurance Information
Dear Parent/Guardian:
The Grossmont Union High School District does not carry medical or dental insurance for students injured on school premises, while under school jurisdiction, or while participating in school district activities. For these reasons, the school district has arranged a student accident insurance program for your review and consideration. Please consider one of the plans as a means of assuring that your child is protected from unforeseen accidents that may occur during the school year.
Student Accident Insurance (General Plan)
This insurance plan is optional and complies with Education Code Sections 49470 and 49472, which permits distribution of necessary information from the company providing the coverage. The plans can provide 24-Hour Coverage, School Time Coverage and a Dental Plan. This insurance program does not cover injuries which result from participation in school sponsored California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) approved sports. For information
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about Student Accident Insurance coverage, please contact your student’s high school Finance Clerk or Athletic Director. Please read the brochure carefully so that you are aware of the benefits, costs, limitations, and exclusions.
School Time Sports Accident Coverage (Interscholastic Sports Plans)
Each student trying out and/or playing a school sponsored C.I.F. approved sport must maintain accident insurance coverage. This insurance plan is required of all athletes unless they are provided accident insurance coverage from another insurance plan. If your student is trying out for sports and you already maintain adequate insurance to completely protect your student in football or in another sport, then your student must request a waiver form from the school’s Finance Clerk. The School Time Sports Accident insurance application or the waiver form must be completed and returned to the school’s Finance Clerk before your student can participate. For information about School Time Sports Accident coverage, please contact your student’s high school Finance Clerk or Athletic Director.
Under state law, school districts are required to ensure that all members of school athletic teams have accidental injury insurance that covers medical and hospital expenses. This insurance requirement can be met by the school district offering insurance or other health benefits that cover medical and hospital expenses. Some pupils may qualify to enroll in no-cost or low-cost local, state or federally insured programs. Information about these programs, which include The Healthy Families Program, Medi-Cal, or any other comparable no-cost or low- cost local, state, or
federally sponsored health insurance programs, may be obtained by calling 1-800-234-1317.
To enroll your student in an accident insurance program, please request the applicable brochure/application from the school’s Finance Clerk, complete the application, include the correct payment in the envelope, and return it to your student’s high school Finance Clerk. Please note that the accident insurance plans have limitations and provide a maximum benefit as shown in the brochure. The difference between the fees charged by a provider of service and maximum benefit payable by the plan is your responsibility. The district is not responsible for amounts not covered
by the plan. Please feel free to contact Student Insurance, Inc. at 1-800-367-5830 with any questions or concerns.
Concussion and Head Injuries – (EC 49475):
Each school district that offers an athletic program (apart from athletic activity during the regular school day or as part of a physical education course) must provide each student athlete's parent and guardian with a "concussion and head injury" information sheet. The sheet shall be signed and returned by the athlete's parent or guardian before the athlete may participate in practice or competition.
Tobacco-Free District . . . A Reminder to Parents Student use and possession of tobacco products has always been prohibited in the Grossmont District. In Compliance with the District’s Tobacco Use Prevention Education Plan and HSC 104495, Tobacco use (smoked or smokeless) as well as any nicotine products including e-cigarettes or hookah pens is prohibited at all times on all areas of school district property and in district vehicles. This applies to all employees. This policy took effect November 18, 1993, on the American Cancer Society’s “Great American Smokeout.” If you have
questions or would like a list of tobacco cessation programs available in the San Diego Area, please contact Student Support Services at the Grossmont District office at (619) 644-8012, or our local branch of The American Cancer Society. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Weapons Detection: Meet the Interquest Detection Canine!
To provide another resource in helping to ensure safe schools, Grossmont Union High School District has contracted with Interquest Detection Canines of San Diego to bring specially trained dogs on to the high school campuses to conduct periodic weapons searches. The canines are capable of finding guns, ammunition, homemade devices and fireworks, alcohol, contraband drugs and over the counter medication. The purpose of this effort is to serve as a deterrent to students who might bring weapons and contraband to school. All students are made aware of this program prior to its implementation. The dogs will make random visits to all Grossmont District campuses during the school year. They will check lockers, gym areas, hallways, classrooms, parking lots, and school grounds. If a classroom is searched, students will be asked to leave the
room during the brief time the canine team checks the personal belongings left behind--book bags, etc. Under no conditions, will the dogs be allowed to sniff the person of a student, employee, visitor, or anyone else while on District property or at any District event. The Interquest Detection Canines of San Diego is licensed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, and currently serves school districts in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties encompassing 110 campuses. If you require further

information, please contact Student Support Services at the Grossmont Union High School District Office,
(619) 644-8012.
Safe Place to Learn Act – (EC 234, 234.1):
School districts shall adopt policies that address the following:
1) Prohibits discrimination and harassment based on characteristics set forth in Education Code Section 220
and Penal Code 422.55;
2) Adopts a process for receiving and investigating complaints of discrimination and harassment;
3) Maintenance of documentation of complaints and their resolution;
4) Process to ensure complainants are protected from retaliation and the identity of a complainant is kept confidential if appropriate; and
5) Identification of a responsible LEA officer to ensure compliance. The school district's policies and process for filing a complaint should be publicized to pupils, parents, employees and agents of the governing board. The notice shall be in English and in the primary language of
the recipient. The antidiscrimination and anti-harassment policies shall also be posted in schools and offices. Availability of Prospectus - EC 49091.4 - Each school site shall create a prospectus which includes the curriculum, including titles, descriptions, and instructional aims of every course offered. The prospectus shall be compiled at least once annually and shall be made available upon request by parent or guardian.
Notification of Rights under FERPA for Secondary Schools
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights are:
(1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within five business days of the day the School receives a request for access.
Parents or eligible students should submit to the School principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
(2) The right to request amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask the School to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the School principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise the
parent or eligible student of the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the School has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the School discloses education records, without prior consent, to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
• When a student moves to a new district, DISTRICT will forward the student’s records upon the request of the new school district within 10 school days. If parent/guardian or eligible student consent is given in writing, DISTRICT will release the following information to the identified party(ies) in the consent:
• Student’s date and place of birth
• Student’s major field of study, if any
• Student’s participation in DISTRICT-sponsored or recognized organizations or sports
• Weight and height of sports team members
• Student’s dates of attendance in a DISTRICT program or activity
• Degrees and/or awards received by the student
• Most recent educational institution or program of attendance
“Student Records” do not include:
• Instructional, supervisory or administrative notes by DISTRICT staff that are made only for that staff member or his/her substitute
• Records of a law enforcement unit that were created for use by the law enforcement unit
• Employee records made for personnel use
• Records of a doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist or other treatment provider and/or assistant regarding a student who is 18 or older or who is attending a postsecondary educational institution. In this case, “treatment” does not include remedial instructional measures.
(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5920
Model Notification of Rights under the Protection of
Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to the following:
· Consent before students are required to submit a survey that concerns one or more of the following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a program of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)--
1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
2.Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
3. Sex behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
· Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of --
1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screening, or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law; and
3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.
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· Inspect, upon request and before administration or use --
1. Protected information surveys of students;
2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
3. Instructional material used as part of the education curriculum.
These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor under State law. GUHSD has adopted policies, in consultation with parents, regarding these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution purposes. GUHSD will directly notify parents of these policies at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. GUHSD will also directly notify, such as through U.S. Mail or email, parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her child out of participation of the specific activity or survey. GUHSD will make this notification to parents at the beginning of the school year if the District has identified the specific or approximate dates of the activities or surveys at that time. For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts, parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys.
Parents will also be provided an opportunity to review any pertinent surveys. Following is a list of the specific
activities and surveys covered under this requirement:
· Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales or other distribution.
· Administration of any unprotected information survey not funded in whole or in part by the California Department of Education.
· Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above.
Parents/eligible students who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
Governing Board Members
Dr. Gary Woods
Jim Kelly
Priscilla Schreiber
Robert Shield
Jim Stieringer
Superintendent
Ralf Swenson
Grossmont Union High School District
P.O. Box 1043
La Mesa, CA 91944-1043
Phone: (619) 644-8000
Fax: (619) 465-1349
TDD/TTY: (619) 644-8132
The information in this booklet contains required notifications for the School Year 2016-17.
Please also check online for school policy updates after the time of this printing. The GUHSD Web site is available at http://www.guhsd.net