WAIAKEA HIGH SCHOOL

PROACTIVE SCHOOL-WIDE DISCIPLINE PLAN

SCHOOL YEAR 2010-2011

             

LEARN FOR LIFE!

PURPOSE.  PASSION.  PRIDE.

 

SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY AND MISSION

Life has many challenges.  Students must become self-directed, lifelong learners in order to adapt to life’s changes and to meet its challenges.  Waiakea High School is committed to smaller learning communities that offer all students opportunities for intellectual and personal development.  The school provides a strong foundation for students to grow into contributing members of a democratic global society.  Pride, respect, and responsibility are emphasized school-wide to make the Waiakea High environment safe and conducive to learning.

 

The mission of Waiakea High School is to graduate real-life problem solvers, effective communicators and creative and critical thinkers, who are positive contributors to their communities.

 

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

Education is the fundamental function of the state and is the foundation of good citizenship.  Discipline is an integral part of instruction and learning.  The purpose of the Proactive School-Wide Discipline Plan at Waiakea High School is to:

 

Waiakea High School is committed to developing a campus atmosphere which promotes optimal instruction and learning for all.  This can only be accomplished in a structured environment fortified with order, respect, responsibility, and accountability throughout the entire school community.  In order to facilitate this type of environment successfully, students must be taught and thus understand the importance of complying with all school rules and also state and federal laws.  Waiakea High School employs a proactive systematic approach to dealing with student problem behavior.  The overall focus of the Proactive School-Wide Discipline Plan is to support and promote positive behavior by redirecting unacceptable student behavior.

 

SMALLER LEARNING COMMUNITIES (SLC) and ADVANCEMENT THROUGH

INDIVIDUAL DETERMINATION (AVID)

 

We are proud to be part of the Hawaii Consortium of Smaller Learning Communities (SLC).  Being an SLC school means that each of our students belong to either the 9th grade house or one of six career academies.  SLC high school design further means that we personalize the education of students as we prepare them for life after high school.

 

In addition, we are also pleased to be an AVID school.  AVID (Advancement Through Individual Determination) is a nationally recognized successful program that prepares students for post-high school education.  We join 4,000 other schools in the United States as we launch our first class of 10th graders.

 

 

SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNER OUTCOMES (SLOs)

Waiakea High School students will become contributing members of society who:

Are responsible for their own learning

Understand that it is essential for human beings to work together

Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving

Recognize and produce quality performances and quality products

Communicate effectively

Use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically

 

STUDENT ACTS REQUIRING DISCIPLINARY CONSEQUENCES

School infractions are categorized as either minor, serious, or illegal offenses.  Within each category, a progressive procedure ranging from counseling to long-term suspension and/or dismissal will be implemented.  Again, it is critically important that all students understand that they are ultimately responsible for and will be held accountable for their inappropriate behavior.  

 

All Department of Education and school rules are enforceable and in effect:

 

For each alleged violation, students are entitled to fairness, consistency, and due process.  Parent/guardians are informed of infractions and consequences, following the intervention and/or investigation by a school staff member.  Parent/Guardian cooperation and support in encouraging their child to redirect his/her behavior to more constructive and positive purposes are an integral part in the school’s effort to maintain a safe and secure campus.

 

8-19-6 PROHIBITED SCHOOL CONDUCT; PENALITIES:  The following prohibited conduct applies to all students in the public school system during school hours, on school premises, or during DOE supervised activities, on or off school property.

 

REFERENCE:  Title 8 Department of Education; Subtitle 2 Education; Part 1 Public Schools; Chapter 19:  Student Misconduct, Discipline, School Searches and Seizures, Reporting Offenses, Police Interviews and Arrests, and Restitution for Vandalism and Negligence.

 

CLASS A OFFENSES (State Law) – Police Report Mandatory

Assault; Burglary; Dangerous Weapons or Instruments (Possession or Use of); Extortion, Fighting, Firearms (Possession or use of); Illicit Drugs & Intoxicating Substances (Possession, Use of, Sale of, Possession by Consumption; Possession of Rolling Paper & Drug Paraphernalia); Homicide; Property Damage; Sexual Offenses; Terroristic Threatening.

 

        1st Offense:               3-90 days suspension; and/or crisis suspension; and/or serious discipline; and/or restitution; and/or treatment program

        2nd Offense:              5-90 days suspension; and/or crisis suspension; and/or serious discipline; and/or restitution; and/or treatment program

       

 

CLASS B OFFENSES, Unlawful Conduct – Police Report Mandatory

Bullying, Cyber bullying, Disorderly Conduct; False Alarm (rendering of), Forgery; Gambling; Harassment; Hazing, Inappropriate or questionable uses, or both of internet materials or equipment, or both, Theft; Trespassing.

 

        1st Offense:                 1-30 days suspension; and/or treatment program

        2nd Offense:              3-30 days suspension; and/or treatment program

       

 

CLASS C OFFENSES – Department of Education Prohibited Rules

Abusive language, Class cutting, Insubordination:  Major and repeated minor school offenses, Laser pen/pointer; possession or use of, Leaving Campus without consent, Smoking or use of tobacco substances, Truancy.

 

Abusive Language, Insubordination:  Major and repeated minor school offenses.

        1st Offense:                 1-2 days In School Remediation Center and/or suspension

        2nd Offense:              2-4 days suspension

 

Class Cutting, Truancy

        1st Offense:                 1 day In School Remediation Center

        2nd Offense:              1-3 days suspension

 

Leaving Campus without Consent

                    1st Offense:                 1 day In School Remediation Center, parent notified

        2nd Offense:              1-3 days suspension

 

Off-Limits Area Infraction

        1st Offense:                 Warning

        2nd Offense:              1 day In School Remediation Center

       

School Bus Incidents              Handled case by case.

 

Smoking:  use of tobacco substances (includes smokeless/chewing tobacco)

        1st Offense:                 Warning

        2nd Offense:              1 day of In School Remediation Center/completion of smoking report

CLASS D OFFENSES – School Prohibited Conduct

Contraband (property, other than which is unlawful to possess/produce, which is prohibited from possession or use on school premises because of disruption, nuisance, potential for bodily injury, and /or other undesirable reasons.  Contraband items include, but are not limited to the following:  boom-boxes, tobacco products, lighters/matches, cigarette papers, laser-pointers, pocket knives, spray paint, ammunition cans, gambling paraphernalia, skateboards, roller blades, playing cards, animals, inappropriate reading materials, dangerous instruments, weapons, “look a like” guns or weapons.  Cell phone and electronic device use will not be tolerated in class at any time, if cell phones or electronic devices are used during class time, they will be immediately confiscated. Although the following items are allowed on campus, student are highly discouraged from bringing them due to potential for campus disruption and theft:  IPODS, personal CD players, personal video games, sunglasses, any headgear (hats, caps, beanies, visor, etc.), pagers, cell phones, any other items deemed inappropriate by faculty.  (School is not responsible for lost or stolen contraband items.  Students may choose to make a police report on their own.)

 

                    1st Offense:         Verbal Warning and confiscation of item until the next school day

                    2nd Offense:        Confiscation of item for rest of the school year or until parent pick-up and/or 1-3 days In School Suspension or Suspension

             

              Inappropriate Display of Affection

                    1st Offense:         Verbal Warning

                    2nd Offense:        Parent Conference

                   

 

USE OF TECHNOLOGY

Every student must obtain a computer pass in order to use campus computers.  Students found abusing or misusing computers or sites will lose all computer privileges up to 4 years.


 

DRESS STANDARD PHILOSOPHY

The purpose of a structured dress standard is to enhance a school climate, which promotes optimal instruction and learning and minimizes the potential for campus and classroom disruption.  Also, in the spirit of preparing our students for adult life following high school, the intent of the dress standard is to promote an environment, which reflects the standards that most employers would expect from their employees.

 

DRESS STANDARD CONDUCT

 

              Inappropriate Dress

                    1st Offense:         Verbal warning

                    2nd Offense:        1 day In School Remediation Center

                   

 

STUDENT USE OF VEHICLES

Students must have a permit to park in student parking area only.  Reckless driving, peeling out, speeding, unsafe driver/passenger behavior may result in suspension of campus parking privileges.  No refunds will be given for such infractions. Cars on campus are subject to be searched with notice to driver of the vehicle.

 

              Improper/Unsafe Operation of Vehicle on Campus

                    1st Offense:         Warning, possible parking permit revocation

                    2nd Offense:        Parking permit revoked

 

CHEATING AND PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism and Cheating violate the School-Wide Behavior Expectations of Waiakea High School in that a student fails “to demonstrate citizenship” and “respect for oneself and the rights and property of others.

 

Examples of Plagiarism include:

-taking someone else’s assignment or portion of an assignment and submitting it as your own;

-submitting material written by someone else without giving proper credit to the author or source;

-submitting papers written by someone else and found on the Internet as your own;

-providing your own work to someone else to be used as their own.

 

Examples of Cheating include:

-copying any assignments written by someone else and claiming them as your own work;

-taking credit for group work when you have not contributed and equal or appropriate share toward the final result;

-accessing a test or quiz for the purpose of determining the questions in advance;

-using summaries and commentaries such as Cliffs Notes or Spark Notes in lieu of reading the assigned materials.

Avoid plagiarism by always giving credit to your sources.  Place quotation marks around direct quotations along with author’s name.  Credit author for summaries and paraphrases not written in your own words.

 

Cheating and Plagiarism

                      1st Offense:         Zero for the assignment, no opportunity to make up work; parent notification by teacher

                      2nd Offense:        Zero for the assignment; no opportunity to make-up work; 1 day In School Suspension; parent notification by teacher

                      3rd Offense:        Zero for the assignment; 1 day suspension, parental notification by administrator, failing grade for the semester.

 

Infractions of any of the Class A, B, C or D offenses may result in but not be limited to an in or out of school suspension as well as a counselor referral and/or referral to the Violence Prevention Program.

GUN-FREE SCHOOLS ACT

The U.S. congress enacted the Gun-Free Schools Act in 1994 and Hawaii State Legislature, in compliance with federal law, passed Act 148, which was signed into law in 1995.  The Gun-Free Schools Act states:

Any student found to be in possession of a firearm shall be dismissed from school for not less than a one-year period.  The superintendent, on a case-by-case basis, may modify the punishment of a student found to be in possession of a firearm.  If a student is dismissed from school, that student shall be provided substitute educational activities or other appropriate assistance as provided in 8-19-11.

 

ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

Any child who possesses, sells, consumes or reasonably appears to have consumed, used or uses intoxicating liquor or illegal drugs, while attending school or while attending department-supervised activities held on or off school property, may be excluded from attending school for up to ninety-two school days, as determined by the principal and approved by the superintendent or other individuals designated pursuant to rules adopted by the board.

              Act 205 also amended the zero tolerance policy to allow a child to return to school earlier than indicated in the original disciplinary determination, following the completion of a substance abuse assessment and related treatment or counseling.

 

WAIAKEA HIGH SCHOOL ZERO TOLERANCE TO VIOLENCE POLICY

Any child who is in violation of an Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Harassment, and/or Terroristic Threatening offense may be excluded from attending school for up to thirty school days, as determined by the principal. 

SERIOUS DISCIPLINE

Serious discipline means disciplinary actions including dismissals, disciplinary transfers, crisis removals, and suspensions which either exceed ten school days or will result in the student affected being crisis removed or suspended more that a total of ten school days in a single semester.

OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION

A student who is suspended from school:

May not appear on any public school campus during the period of suspension or crisis removal; any student in violation may be referred to police for:

 

IN SCHOOL REMEDIATION CENTER

The student will be allowed in school under the following restrictions:  (a) report directly to the ISRC Room; (b) Remain in the supervised ISRC Room for the entire day being quiet, orderly, and on-task; (c) Complete all assignments, readings, and tasks given by teachers and the ISRC supervisor.  Unsatisfactory participation in ISRC will result in more serious disciplinary consequences such as additional ISRC days and/or regular suspension or serious discipline.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Any member caught cheating will be automatically dismissed from the society.  Any member caught stealing or is disciplined for breaking any state laws, county ordinances, or school rules will likewise be dismissed from the society.

COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES

Commencement exercise is a privilege not a right.  Any senior who violates school policy and/or is suspended during the 4th quarter may not have the privilege to participate in commencement exercises.  Although one does not participate in the commencement exercises, if requirements are met, a diploma will be granted.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT/CLASS OFFICE/POSITION ON A COURT

A student who is disciplined and suspended for a CLASS A offense at any time during his or her high school career is ineligible to run for any Student Government or Class office or position on a court.  A student who is suspended for a CLASS B, CLASS C or CLASS D offense during the school year of the election is ineligible to run.  A student holding an elected office or position on a court will lose the title and all privileges if suspended for all or any school offense/violation.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY AND PROCEDURES

PHILOSOPHY OF ATTENDANCE POLICY

Consistent student attendance for all classes is critical for student achievement and success.  The primary responsibility for school attendance rests with the parents and students themselves.  The schools will assist parents and students in meeting this responsibility.

 

Students at Waiakea High School will be required to attend 94% of each of their classes to achieve credit.  Lectures, class discussions, guided practice, student participation, and teacher follow-up are essential.  There is no substitute for the student being in their classroom.  Students will be held accountable for their absences.  If their absences exceed the allowable amount per semester, opportunity will be provided for students to make-up academic class time missed by attending Saturday School.

 

Saturday School is by no means intended to be a punitive measure.  It is, rather, an academic study opportunity for students to make up lost seat time for each of their respective classes.  A policy such as this must be consistent for all students on campus.  This policy is intended to impress upon all students that school attendance should not be taken lightly, and their diligence in attending classes on time daily will help them achieve more academically.  This policy is intended to enhance the attitude that it is difficult for students to be successful if they are not attending their classes regularly.

ATTENDANCE POLICY GUIDELINES & PROCEDURES

ALLOWED ABSENCES PER CLASS PER SEMESTER

At the beginning of each of the two (2) semesters during the school year, all students will start with ZERO absences.  Each student is allowed five (5) absences per class per semester.  Absences in excess of five must be made up prior to the end of each semester in order for students to receive a passing grade for each of their classes.  After the fifth (5th) absence of the semester, they will need to make up time lost from class instruction by attending Saturday School.  They will be required to attend a 60 minute period in Saturday School for each period they owe for each of their classes.  Students will be able to make up four (4) one hour periods per Saturday, with a maximum of two (2) for each class.

 

SATURDAY SCHOOL

Saturday School is held in the cafeteria, unless otherwise stated.  In order to be admitted into Saturday School, students must report on time with study materials and assignments.  Any student arriving tardy will not be allowed admittance.  Transportation to and from Saturday School is the responsibility of the student.  While in attendance, all students will sit quietly and complete their respective assignments, or engage in independent reading and/or writing.  Generally, talking is not allowed except during specified times during each session as permitted by the Saturday School Monitor.  Any student who does not follow Saturday School rules while in attendance will be asked to leave and consequently will not receive credit for attending Saturday School that day.

 

SATURDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE

There are two (2) sessions, each having two (2) one hour periods.  There is a 20- minute break between each session.  Students may make-up a total of four (4) periods per Saturday; however, not more than two (2) per subject per Saturday.

 

1st Session          8:00 – 9:00        1st Period            2nd Session         10:20 – 11:20    1st Period

                            9:00 – 10:00      2nd Period                                       11:20 – 12:20    2nd Period

 

Students must be on time to either session, or they will not be allowed admittance.  If a student leaves during a session, he/she many not return during that same session.  If a student is late for the 8:00 session, he/she will not be admitted until the 10:20 session.

 

Students are strongly encouraged to do two (2) things: (1) Make-up absences as soon as possible; and (1) Consider, as a positive option, attending Saturday School to make-up all absences, thus enabling the student to “zero” out all absences in the event of an untimely illness or absences close to the end of the semester.

 

ONE-FOR-ONE SYSTEM

Students will be allowed to make up absences on a one-to-one system, meaning that for EACH class period missed during the week, they can make up that specific period by attending one period of Saturday School. 

 

This means that students have the option to attend Saturday School tutoring to make each one of their absences, even each of the first five (5) absences.  Thus students have the opportunity to “ZERO” out their absences, students are not always on the verge of failing unless they attend Saturday school and 2) It gives students the opportunity to keep their absences well below five in the event of an untimely illness just prior to the end of the semester.

 

SCHOOL-RELATED ACTIVITIES

A student is not marked absent when he/she is involved in extra-curricular or other school-related activities such as field trips, athletics, etc., provided teachers have been properly notified prior to a scheduled activity.  Any absences caused by activities NOT sanctioned and approved by the Department of Education will be considered unexcused absences.

 

PARENT/STUDENT NOTIFICATION

Upon reaching his/her fifth absence, the student will be notified by the teacher in writing that any future absences will need to be made up by attending Saturday School, or the student will not receive credit for that respective subject.  This “Five Day Absence Notification” form will be signed by the student and take home for parental signature and then returned to the teacher.  Copies of this notification from will be provided to the student, teacher and administration.  Please make sure that the school registrar’s office, 974-4888 ext 225, has accurate and updated information regarding home and work phone numbers, as well as addresses.

 

Please remember that school attendance is the primary responsibility of the student and their parents.  We encourage parents to contact the child’s counselor to check on his/her academic progress as well as attendance status.  Any questions or concerns regarding attendance may be addressed to the attendance coordinator at 974-4888 ext 233.

 

TARDY/LOCKOUTS

It is the student’s responsibility to reach his/her class on time everyday.  Lockouts will be enforced everyday for every class throughout the school year.  Students will be required to be in their classrooms before the tardy bell rings.  If students are tardy to class, they will need to check in at GRAC and will be sent to class with a pass.  They will also be marked absent for that respective class period.

 

NATURE OF ABSENCES

The five allowable absences per class per semester are designed for legitimate situations, which may cause occasional, unpredictable, or untimely absence.  These allowable absences are definitely not used for purposely cutting class or being truant in any manner.  Legitimate situations would include, yet, not be restricted to the following examples:  a) late transportation; b) normal illness such as the common cold or flu; c) medical, vision, or dental appointments; d) family outings or gatherings, and e) personal or family situations which may prohibit attendance in school for some reason.  The examples just stated would not require any notes from parents as they are valid reasons for an excused absence.  They are, however, still counted toward Saturday School make up. As stated in Section C, students will have the opportunity to “zero” out their absences by attending Saturday School.  All requests to excuse absences must be turned in by the END OF THE QUARTER in which they occur.

 

PARENT/DOCTOR NOTES

Parent and/or doctor notes for the common cold or flu will not be necessary or required and therefore will not be accepted; thus, seeing the doctor in these cases is not necessarily required.  Common illnesses such as the cold or flu are legitimate absences, which are counted toward Saturday School make up.  The only doctor notes, which will be accepted, are for long-term or chronic illnesses, sudden serious injury, or other medical conditions, which may cause frequent absence from school.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

If a student has a situation where there are extenuating circumstances or reasons affecting regular classroom attendance, this student’s case may be presented before the Attendance Coordinator to determine whether Saturday School attendance would be waived or reduced.  Case reviews would only take place if the students attendance situation is deemed unique and extenuating enough to where the stated policy guidelines.