Code of Conduct 

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

The mission of Brea Olinda High School is to provide an effective, comprehensive education for every student which fosters high academic achievement, positive self-worth, and responsible citizenship in an environment of mutual respect, trust and cooperation among students, staff, and parents.  In order to fulfill this mission and increase the likelihood of student academic and personal success, BOHS students are expected to be academically honest, follow the “Code of Conduct,” and strive to fulfill the expected school-wide learning results (WILDCATS).

CODE OF CONDUCT

  1. Accept responsibility for your education, decisions, words, and actions.
  2. Attend and arrive to class on-time.
  3. Balance best effort among academics, activities, community, and family.
  4. Demonstrate care and consideration of school property as well as the property of others.
  5. Maintain academic honesty and personal integrity.
  6. Prepare for and actively participate in class.
  7. Respect and show consideration of others regardless of differences.
  8. Think about your future goals and the choices you need to make in order to fulfill them.

Under the mandate of the California Education Code, schools have the duty to provide a safe and orderly environment for students and staff.  Our discipline policy and procedures are a reflection of this obligation to our school stakeholders.  The scope of this duty applies most often directly to campus or school sanctioned activities; however, school authority can extend to any activity impacting negatively on school order and discipline, regardless of time or place of occurrence. 

Although the vast majority of our students follow these behavior expectations, disciplinary action is required whenever a student conduct is disruptive, illegal, or inconsiderate of others.  The school will discipline students for discretions which occur while on school grounds or at a school-related activity, coming to or leaving school or a school-related activity, and off-campus during school hours.  Violations of the BOHS progressive discipline policies are cumulative throughout a student’s entire enrollment at BOHS.

There are four categories of inappropriate student behaviors (CA Education Code violations) which will result in disciplinary action by the school. The four categories are violations against others, violations that jeopardy public health and safety, violations against property, and violations that disrupt the educational environment.  These categories are described in further detail and potential consequences are listed in this planner.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY, CHEATING & PLAGIARISM

Academic dishonesty or cheating is defined as the act of obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for work by dishonest, deceptive, fraudulent, or unauthorized means.  Assisting others in doing so is also academic dishonesty.  Collaborative work is not academic dishonesty when specifically permitted or required by a teacher.  Plagiarism is defined as presenting or stealing someone else’s’ work as your own, to commit literary theft, or to present an idea or product taken from an existing source as new and original.  Specific examples of academic dishonesty include the following:

  • Changing the grade or score of an assignment or exam.
  • Conspiring with other students to cheat on a major project or exam.*
  • Copying another student’s homework, test, lab report, or data
  • Exchanging answers with another student, either, before, during, or after an exam.
  • Helping another student to cheat on an exam or assignment.
  • Looking at another student’s paper or talking during a test or quiz.
  • Not following additional guidelines as provided by a teacher, class, or department.
  • Plagiarizing any material, including material from the Internet, books, databases, encyclopedias, magazines, or other sources, without giving the author/artist name and/or source.
  • Plagiarizing all or part of a term paper or major research paper or project.*
  • Providing material (answers or work) to be used by someone else as his/her own work, i.e., providing homework answers or test answers to another student.
  • Stealing, possessing, or using a stolen exam or stolen exam answers.*
  • Submitting all or part of someone else’s assignment as your own.
  • Submitting or using falsified data or records.
  • Unauthorized use of textbooks, notes, computer programs, or written aides during a test or quiz.
  • Using an electronic or other device to code, photograph, post, record, or videotape material without permission.
  • Writing formulas, codes, key words, or other forms of answers on your body, clothing or other objects for use during an exam.
  • Tampering or altering official school or teacher records (such as attendance, grades, and discipline) or assisting or conspiring with others to do so*

INCIDENT #1:  Teacher confers with the student, contacts the parent, assigns a zero for the work, lowers the citizenship grade, and sends a referral to the student’s guidance counselor.  Depending on the circumstances, the guidance counselor may assign detention, Saturday School, suspension, or other appropriate disciplinary action.  The guidance counselor will make a notation in the student’s discipline file of the violation and disciplinary consequences.  Guidance counselors will notify National Honors Society (NHS) or California Scholarship Federation (CSF) advisors if the student is a member.  Letters of recommendation may reflect disciplinary infractions.

In any case where the first instance of academic dishonesty is serious, premeditated, part of a larger scheme, or performed as a teacher’s aide (see those examples marked above with an asterisk), the student will be referred to the school’s Leadership Team which will consider any of the following actions:  removal from the class with a “WF” grade, student behavior contract, suspension from co-curricular and extra-curricular activities or leadership, loss of honors at graduation (such as Distinguished Scholar, Honors Graduate, valedictorian, salutatorian, or any other school recognition), possible school transfer, and/or possible recommendation for expulsion.

INCIDENT #2 (SAME CLASS):  Teacher confers with the student, suspends the student from class, contacts the parents, and sends a referral to the student’s guidance counselor.  The guidance counselor has a conference with the student, parent, and teacher.  The guidance counselor removes the student from the class and the teacher records a “WF” grade and a citizenship grade of “U”.  The guidance counselor assigns a Saturday School, suspension, or other appropriate disciplinary action, and makes a notation in the student’s discipline file of the violation and disciplinary consequences.   After two academic dishonesty violations, the student will lose all academic honors at graduation, NHS and/or CSF membership, and be referred to the school Leadership Team for consideration of suspension or removal from extracurricular activities or leadership, school transfer, and/or expulsion.

INCIDENT #2 (DIFFERENT CLASS):  Teacher confers with the student, contacts the parent, assigns a zero for the work, lowers the citizenship grade, and sends a referral to the student’s guidance counselor.  The guidance counselor has a conference with the student, parent, and teacher.  Depending on the circumstances, the guidance counselor assigns a Saturday School, suspension, or other appropriate disciplinary action.  The guidance counselor will make a notation in the student’s discipline file of the violation and disciplinary consequences.  After two academic dishonesty violations, the student will lose all academic honors at graduation, NHS and/or CSF membership, and be referred to the school Leadership Team for consideration of removing the student from the class with a “WF” grade, suspension or removal from extracurricular activities or leadership, school transfer, and/or expulsion.  Letters of recommendation may reflect disciplinary infractions.

DRESS CODE & HYGIENE

Students must be dressed, groomed appropriately, and meet reasonable standards of hygiene for school at all times.  Clothing must be sanitary, neat, clean, and in good repair.  Clothing must provide appropriate coverage of the body.  Shoes must be worn at all times.  All tops and dresses must have straps across the shoulders. The wearing of hats is at the discretion of the classroom teacher.  Student apparel may not detract from or interfere with any phase of the educational program, environment, general morale, or general image of the school. The following dress codes apply to all students while on campus or in attendance at any school event:

PROHIBITED

·         ACCESSORIES:  large metal buckles; dangerous or spiked jewelry; wallet chains; non-prescription dark glasses worn in the classroom

·         DRESSES & SKIRTS: backless dresses; very short or revealing dresses or skirts

·         FOOTWEAR:  not wearing shoes; inappropriate or dangerous footwear such as steel-toed shoes

·         HEADWEAR:  bandanas; doo-rags; hairnets; scarves

·         OTHER ATTIRE:  swimwear which does not cover backs, shoulders or midriffs

·         PANTS & SHORTS:  very short shorts; pants or shorts which expose undergarments

·         SHIRTS & BLOUSES:  tube tops or strapless tops; backless tops; white sleeveless undershirts worn as outerwear

·         UNDERGARMENTS: without appropriate outer clothing, or outer-clothing which exposes the undergarments

In addition, students may not wear clothing imprinted with inappropriate or offensive symbols or language that has the potential to distract from or disrupt the educational environment.  This includes but is not limited to the promotion of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, obscenities, sexual connotations, gang involvement, hate speech, any type of weapon, or acts of violence.  Students may not wear or possess apparel, accessories, jewelry or personal items with inscriptions that by virtue of color, arrangement, trademark, universal meaning or any other attributes, express or advocate racial, ethnic, religious, or other discriminatory prejudice. 

Finally, no list of dress guidelines for students can be written that will anticipate all potential dress and grooming extremes. In the case of questionable attire that is not specifically covered in the list above, BOHS personnel retains the sole discretion to make the final determination as to whether clothing, jewelry, and/or accessories meet acceptable standards.  Students dressed inappropriately will be asked to change or be sent home.  Disciplinary action will be taken for students not adhering to dress code policies as follows:

INCIDENT #1:  Depending on the circumstances, item may be confiscated, alternative clothing may be loaned, warning given, parent contacted, and/or student may be sent home.  Possible behavior contract, school suspension, and/or school transfer.

INCIDENT #2:  Depending on the circumstances, item may be confiscated, alternative clothing may be loaned, parent contacted, student may be sent home, and/or 1 hour of detention assigned.  Possible parent conference, behavior contract, school suspension, and/or school transfer.

INCIDENT #3:  Depending on the circumstances, item may be confiscated, alternative clothing may be loaned, parent conference held, 2 hours of detention assigned.  Possible behavior contract, school suspension, and/or school transfer.

INCIDENT #4:  Depending on the circumstances, item may be confiscated, alternative clothing may be loaned, parent conference held, behavior contract, Saturday School assigned.  Possible 1-5 days of home suspension, suspension from participation in co-curricular and extra-curricular programs and/or school activities, and/or school transfer.

INCIDENT #5:  Depending on the circumstances, item may be confiscated, alternative clothing may be loaned, parent conference held, student suspended from 1-5 days, suspension from participation in co-curricular and extra-curricular programs and/or school activities.  School transfer is possible due to status as a habitual violator.

DUE PROCESS RIGHTS FOR STUDENTS

The school acts in the best interest of students, taking on some of the functions and responsibilities of a parent; however, the school must respect all of the legal rights that are guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the U.S Constitution under due process of law.  The CA Education Code provides the following due processprocedures for students:  1. suspensions are to be preceded by an informal conference between administrator and the student; 2. at the conference, the student is to be informed of the reasons for the suspension; 3. a student will be given the opportunity to present his/her side of the issue; 4. the student’s parents/guardians are to be notified of the reason for the suspension, date and time of return, right of access to school records and appeal process; 5. teachers may require students to complete all assignments and tests missed during the suspension.  Note: during the appeals process, the suspension remains in effect.

EATING ON CAMPUS

In order to control vermin and maintain a clean campus, eating is to be confined to the food court, inner quad, and cafeteria at all times.  The Senior Court is an eating area only for twelfth graders.  Food and/or drinks should not be eaten on the athletic fields or in classrooms, computer labs, gymnasiums, hallways, locker rooms, Performing Arts Center, or the library unless the occasion it has been approved by the school.  Students are not allowed to eat in the student parking lots, in their cars, or in any out-of-bounds area.  All food and containers are to be disposed of in trash containers before entering the hallways.  Students may not place food or drink items on the top of walls adjacent to walkways and ramps for safety reasons.  Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action.

SEARCH AND SEIZURE BY SCHOOL PERSONNEL

In the 1985 case of New Jersey v. T.L.O., the United States Supreme Court ruled that the need to maintain order in the schools is of such great importance that searches by school officials based upon reasonable suspicion are permissible. California Educational Code 49050 states that no school employee shall conduct a search that involves:  1. conducting a body cavity search of a pupil manually or with an instrument; or 2. removing or arranging any or all of the clothing of a pupil to permit a visual inspection of the underclothing, breasts, buttocks, or genitalia of the pupil.  BOHS students are hereby notified that they are subject to being searched if there is reasonable suspicion that they are in possession of any inappropriate item(s).


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