Policies

POLICIES

ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES

ALL ACCIDENTS OR INJURIES MUST BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY.  An incident report must be completed and can be obtained in the front office or health office.

First aid may be administered on campus.  All faculty and staff have completed both first aid and CPR training.  Many members of the faculty have also een trained to administer EPI pen.

If the situation warrants, paramedic services will be requested at a parent’s expense.  In all cases, an attempt will be made to notify the parent or guardian as soon as possible. It is absolutely essential to have a properly completed emergency card on file at the school to ensure prompt and effective treatment and parental notification.

ALL CALL PARENT COMMUNICATION

  • To help keep everyone within the Encore community properly updated, there is a weekly “ALL CALL” message that is sent home to parents, generally every Monday or Tuesday at 6 pm.
  • This phone message is sent to whatever phone numbers are provided by the family and does not exceed two minutes in length.
  • This message covers a lot of important information and is essential for every parent to listen to.
  • The “ALL CALL” system is also used to notify parents of important news and information and be used in the event of a schoolwide emergency.
  • If you change your phone number, please contact the front office to let them know that you phone number needs to be changed for the “ALL CALL” system.
  • It is very important that parents DO NOT opt out of receiving this message every week.  This is the fastest and most comprehensive way that the school is able to communicate with parents.
  • It is recommended that parents also ask for their cell phone numbers and their student’s cell phone numbers to be added to the all call program.
  • For parents that do not live in the same household, please make sure that both parents are on the “ALL CALL” system.

BLACKOUT REHEARSAL POLICY

Encore High School has a very busy after school schedule.  The actual operation hours of Encore run from 7:00 am to about 8:30 pm Monday through Friday outside of shows and special events.  Each campus has a minimum of ten productions that happen over the course of the year not including recitals and other shows throughout the year.  This is how Encore students are taught how to be responsible as an employee in the future.

For rehearsals leading up to a show, the casts will meet about two times per week.  For the two weeks prior to the show, the cast and crew move into BLACKOUT.  Blackout is mandatory and no student can miss school or a rehearsal during this time without being cut from the show.  Encore’s shows are elaborate, many times costumes are custom built for the cast, and time is extremely limited.  For these reasons, the policy is that if a student misses a blackout rehearsal they are cut from the show.  The production agreement that is signed by parent and student states that BLACKOUT is mandatory and there are no exceptions.

It is critical that when a student is involved in a production that they are aware of who their directors are and who they should contact in the event that they are missing any rehearsal.  They must contact the director BEFORE the absence occurs.  Just like in any job, you cannot call in to your manager after you missed a day of work to give a reason for the absence.  If you did that at work, you would likely be terminated as a “no call, no show.”  During blackout and rehearsals, directors look at this the same way because they are training the students to become viable employees in life.

Even though BLACKOUT is mandatory and there are no exceptions, in the event of an emergency it is recommended to have a conversation with the director.  You can do this by contacting the front office or the director directly to talk to them.  During BLACKOUT, the directors are very busy and may not get to their email before walking into a rehearsal.  Talk to the director BEFORE THE ABSENCE and let them know what is going on.  The directors can have a conversation with the cast member to offer guidance and solutions.  If you do not call prior to missing the blackout rehearsal, the directors will assume that you are no longer interested in being in the show.  They have limited time to work through production issues so they need to replace immediately.

In general, BLACKOUT rehearsals will be from 3:30 – 8:00 pm for the two weeks leading up to the show.  During the first week, they clean whatever needs to be cleaned for the shows and they make any last minute replacements or changes in casting due to cuts or academic ineligibility.  They may also have a costume run through and possible technical run through at this time as well.

In week two, dress rehearsal, tech/dress rehearsal, and full run usually take place.  There is likely a student show on Thursday directly after school, then shows on Friday and Saturday.

With so little time to prepare for the elaborate shows that Encore puts together, BLACKOUT is critical for every member of the cast and when any cast member misses, it hurts the entire team that is working so hard to put together the show.

BRINGING IN FORGOTTEN ITEMS

It happens to all of us at some time.  Your student calls you because they forgot their lunch, ballet shoes, homework, etc.  Items to be left for a student should be dropped off at the administration office.  Your student can retrieve the items during school breaks.  The office is not responsible for items that may be lost in transition as several items are left on a daily basis.

TRAFFIC SCHOOL / DETENTION FOR BULLYING
Effective March 1, 2018 Encore is implementing an after school detention for students that engage in bullying and causing drama.  This traffic school will be hosted on Tuesdays after school and will run from 3:15 – 4:15 pm.
Like traffic school, students must participate in a one hour program that will teach them strategies on how to not be a bully and help them define what bullying is.  They are required to take notes and write thoughts that are turned in at the end of the session to prove that they were taking part in traffic school.
Students must be at Bully Traffic School by 3:15 and the program will end at 4:15.  Students that are late are not permitted to serve Traffic School at that time.  They may incur additional discipline for not attending a scheduled traffic school.
Other rules in traffic school:
  • Any student cannot enter late. If they are late, they do not get credit for attending traffic school.
  • All electronic devices must be turned off and put away. They may not be on the desks or in laps.
  • Students must have paper and a writing instrument and must follow along with the training.
  • Students may not talk, sleep, make noise, turn backwards in seats, or put their heads down.
  • Training lasts one hour.
  • If a student does not follow any of these rules, they will be ejected from traffic school immediately and will have additional consequences.
Traffic School is counted in Aeries like a detention.  A parent signature is required for entry into detention.
Bullying Traffic School addresses social behaviors that made a student act:
  • As a bully
  • As a social media troll
  • As a gossip
  • As a social behavior mistake
  • Causing drama that made people feel bad

The purpose of the traffic school:

  • To teach what acceptable behavior is within the scope of Encore.
  • Go over types of unacceptable behavior.
  • Strategies on how to improve social behavior so a student can avoid getting into trouble.
Part of the program talks about how to report bad behavior and how to ask for help from counselors if needed.

BUSING

Transportation to and from Encore is NOT included.  As an additional service, Encore has contracted with charter companies to provide transportation for a fee.  There is not guarantee that a student that wishes to ride the bus will have a spot on the bus due to limited space.  Any person wishing to ride the bus must have a completed bus application form.

Riding the bus is a privelege, not a right.  There is a $400 annual fee to ride the bus.  This fee must be paid on a semester basis.  Two equal payments of $200 are due in August and January of each school year for each bus rider.  Only paid riders may take advantage of the charter bus service.  Students must follow all bus rules.

Failure to follow school bus rules will have students ejected from transportation service WITHOUT REFUND.  Bus students are held to the same behavior standards as on campus.  Infractions will be treated equally.

THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR BUS TRANSPORTATION FOR ANY REASON.

CAFETERIA FOOD

Breakfast and lunch from the cafeteria are available for purchase in advance.  Students that qualify for free or reduced lunch have alternate rates.  Meals can be paid for DIRECTLY through Encore (Hesperia) or RUSD (Riverside).  Please do not write checks that combine bus and lunch payments as these are not paid to the same accounts.

THERE ARE NO REFUNDS FOR CAFETERIA FOOD PAYMENTS.

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

A copy of this policy must be signed and returned to the school for you to be eligible to attend Encore. This is a condition of enrollment. If the policy is not returned within the first two weeks of school, you could be returned to your home district.

Students, YOU create the culture at Encore. It is important that students pledge to follow the policies and regulations of Encore. Thank you in advance for your help in making ENCORE the best it can be.

This code of conduct must be read, initialed, and signed by the student AND a parent/guardian as a condition of enrollment. Please make a copy of this form and save for your records. If either a parent or student does not adhere to the Code of Conduct, action up to and including dismissal from the school will occur.

As a student at Encore, I understand that there are certain ways to carry myself at school and at public school events- and HOW I do so directly reflects on Encore High School.

  1. I understand that as a student at Encore that I must adhere to school, classroom and dress code policies at all times.
  2. I must fully commit to the arts and academic classes that I have chosen.
  3. I understand the safety corridor rules and regulations & will follow them at all times.
  4. I will maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in both my academic & arts classes to avoid probation.
  5. I will not cheat on any assignments.
  6. I will not cut class.
  7. I will carry myself as a professional at all times.
  8. I will treat fellow students, faculty, staff and visitors with respect at all times.
  9. I will NOT use my cell phone, music player or computer except during designated times.
  10. I will not be tardy to class.
  11. I will at ALL times wear my ENCORE Student ID Card lanyard.
  12. I will treat all ENCORE property including textbooks, furniture & buildings with respect.
  13. I will get to school on time and every day that is physically possible.

Encore Education Corporation strives to make sure that all stakeholders are properly served.  Part of this promise of service is adopting a Universal Complaint Process.

  • START HERE – Whenever there is an incident, concern, or complaint (whether you are a teacher, student, staff member, or other stakeholder) an incident report or a formal letter must be filed in the front office of the campus where the report is being made.  All filings should start at the school level.
    • For discipline and safety issues, the complaint should be filed with our Dean of Students
      • Hesperia, Mr. Steve Nutter, 760-956-2632, email snutter@encorehighschool.com, or by mail 16955 Lemon Street #G, Hesperia, CA 92345
      • Riverside, Mr. Johnny Griffin (COO), 951-824-1358, email jgriffin@officerteam.com, or by mail 3800 Main Street, Third Floor, Riverside, CA 92501
    • For academic and staff issues, the complaint should be filed with our Dean of Academics
      • Hesperia, Ms. Cindy Roach, 760-956-2632, email croach@encorehighschool.com, or by mail 16955 Lemon Street #G, Hesperia, CA 92345
      • Riverside, Ms. Jessica Meyer, 951-824-1358, email jmeyer@encorehighschool.com, or by mail 3800 Main Street, Third Floor, Riverside, CA 92501
    • Anonymous reports can be filed by placing an incident report in a sealed envelope and giving it to any staff member or dropping the sealed envelope into a staff box (A and F buildings in Hesperia and third floor in Riverside) addressed to the person that should open the envelope.
  • SITE INVESTIGATION – Once a complaint is filed, it needs to be investigated.
    • Time Required – Investigations take time so it is important to be patient.  Anyone reporting an incident should allow no less than seventy two (72) business hours to investigate a claim. Depending on the claim, investigations can take less or more than seventy two (72) business hours.
    • Notification – If a person files a complaint directly to a Dean, they will be notified upon completion of the investigation.  Anonymous complaints will be investigated and reported as logical.
    • Confidentiality – If the investigation is protected by confidentiality laws for staff and/or students, outcomes of the investigation may be protected by law and you may not be allowed to know what the results and/or actions are coming out of the investigation.
    • Results – If a complainant is unsatisfied with the investigation conducted at the site level, they can file a complaint directly to the Encore (District) Executive Office.
  • EXECUTIVE (DISTRICT) COMPLAINTS – When a complainant is unsatisfied with the results from a site based investigation, they can file a complaint directly to the Executive Officer Team.  Whenever there is an incident, concern, or complaint (whether you are a teacher, student, staff member, or other stakeholder) an incident report or a formal letter can be filed to the Executive Officers.  If no prior complaint was filed at the site level, the Executive Office (District) can refer the investigation back to the site for investigation.
    • Operations, Safety, Facilties, Discipline – These questions and concerns should be directed to the Chief Operation Officer (COO) Mr. John Griffin by contacting Executive Assistant Ms. Ashlin Barkdull, 760-949-2036, abarkdull@encorehighschool.com, Encore Education Corporation, 16955 Lemon Street #A, Hesperia, CA 92345.
    • Academics, Arts, Student Services, Policies – Questions and concerns relating to these topics should be directed to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mrs. Denise Griffin by contacting Executive Assistant Mrs. Ashlin Barkdull, 760-949-2036, abarkdull@encorehighschool.com, Encore Education Corporation, 16955 Lemon Street #A, Hespria CA 92345.
  • EXECUTIVE (DISTRICT) INVESTIGATION – Once a complaint is filed, it will be investigated.
    • Time Required – Investigations take time so it is important to be patient.  Anyone reporting an incident should allow no less than seven (7) business days to investigate a claim. Depending on the claim, investigations can take less or more than seven (7) business days to investigate a claim.
    • Notification – If a person files a complaint directly to the District, they will be notified upon completion of the investigation. Anonymous complaints will be investigated and reported as logical.
    • Confidentiality – If the investigation is protected by confidentiality laws for staff and/or students, outcomes of the investigation may be protected by law and you may not be allowed to know what the results and/or actions are coming out of the investigation.
    • Results – If a complainant is unsatisfied with the investigation conducted at the District level, they can file a complaint directly to the Encore Board.
  • ENCORE EDUCATION CORPORATION BOARD COMPLAINTS – When a complainant is unsatisfied with the results from an Executive (District) based investigation, they can file a complaint directly to the Encore Education Corporation Board.  Whenever there is an incident, concern, or complaint (whether you are a teacher, student, staff member, or other stakeholder) an incident report or a formal letter can be filed to the Encore Education Corporation Board.  If no prior complaint was filed at the site or Executive (District) level, the Board can refer the investigation back to the site or Executive Level for service and/or investigation.
    • Filing – To file a complaint with the Encore Education Corporation Board, send a formal letter to the Board Clerk, Ms. Ashlin Barkdull at Encore Education Corporation, 16955 Lemon Street, Hesperia, CA 92345.
    • Time Required – Investigations take time so it is important to be patient.  Anyone reporting an incident should allow no less than ten business days to investigate a claim. Depending on the claim, investigations can take less or more than ten business days
    • Notification – If a person files a complaint directly to the Board, they will be notified upon completion of the investigation. Anonymous complaints will be investigated and reported as logical.
    • Confidentiality – If the investigation is protected by confidentiality laws for staff and/or students, outcomes of the investigation may be protected by law and you may not be allowed to know what the results and/or actions are coming out of the investigation.
    • Results – Results stemming from the Encore Education Corporation Board are binding to the fullest extent of the law.
7.1 Universal Complaint Process-Form EEC

CYBER BULLYING DEFINITIONS AND POLICY

Policy Statement

A safe and civil environment in school is necessary for pupils to learn and achieve high academic standards.  Cyber-bullying by a student at Encore directed toward another student or school staff member is conduct that disrupts both a pupil’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate it’s pupils in a safe environment.  The administration of Encore prohibits acts of cyber-bullyng by students.

What is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber Bullying is the use of electronic information and communication devices, to include but not limited to e-mail messages, instant messaging, text messaging, cellular telephone communications, internet blogs, internet chat rooms, internet postings, social media websites, and defamatory websites that:

  1. Deliberately threatens, harasses, intimidates an individual or damage to the individual’s; or
  2. Places an individual in reasonable fear of harm to the individual or group of individuals; or
  3. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Reporting Procedures ad Investigation

  • Any student or staff member who believes he/she has or is being subjected to cyber-bullying, as well as any person who has reason to believe a pupil or school staff member has knowledge or reason to believe another pupil or school staff member is being subjected to or has been subjected to cyber-bullying shall immediately make a report to the front office.
  • The administrative designee shall investigate all reports of such conduct.  If the investigation results indicate cyber-bullying was not committed, the affected parties of the investigation will be informed of the results.  In the event the investigation results indicate cyber-bullying was committed by a school student on school grounds and/or using school technologies, the student will be subjected to appropriate discipline.
  • In the event the investigation results indicate cyber-bullying was committed by an Encore student using non school technologies away from school grounds, the administration may report the investigation results to local law enforcement.
  • In addition, school authorities have the right to impose a consequence on a pupil for conduct away from school grounds, including the school bus or at a school function.  This shall be exercised only when it is reasonably necessary for the pupil’s physical or emotional safety, security, and well-being or for reasons relating to the safety, security, and well-being of other pupils, staff, or school grounds.
  • This shall be exercised only when the conduct, which is the subject consequence, materially and substantially interferes with the requirements of appropriate discipline in the operation of the school.

Reprisal or Retaliation Prohibited

Encore prohibits reprisal or retaliation against any person who reports an act of cyber-bullying.  The consequence and appropriate remedial action for a person who engages in reprisal or retaliation shall be determined by administration after consideration of the nature and circumstances of the act.

REMEMBER – SOCIAL MEDIA IS NOT PRIVATE MEDIA.  TREAT ALL TECHNOLOGIES AS IF ANYONE CAN SEE WHAT YOU ARE POSTING BECAUSE, IN MOST CASES, THEY CAN.

TitleIX.ComplaintForm

TITLE IX CONTACT INFORMATION

Name: Ashlin Barkdull, Executive Human Resources Manager
Phone: 760-949-2036
Fax: 760-956-3338
Mailing Address: 16955 Lemon Street, Hesperia, CA 92345

TITLE IX OVERVIEW

Each student and employee has a right to learn and work in an environment that is free from unlawful discrimination.  No SCHOOL student or employee shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity or expression.

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is one of several federal and state anti-discrimination laws that ensure equality in education.  Title IX prohibits discrimination, harassment, exclusion, denial, limitation or separation based on sex or gender.  Title IX applies to both male and female students in any educational institution receiving federal funding.

California Education Code Sections of 200 through 282 and Encore Education Corporation’s policy prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender.  Title IX requires that every school or institution have a Title IX Bullying Complaint Manager to whom concerns or complaints regarding sex discrimination can be made.

Complaint Process:

  • Students or parents / guardians should report their verbal or written Title IX complaint to the school administrator or the Title IX Complaint Manager within six months from the date the incident occurred.  This will begin the informal investigation process which must be completed within 60 days.  Complainants have a right to a timely and informal resolution at the school site.
  • If the complainant is dissatisfied with the school decision, an appeal of the findings may be made to the California Department of Education – Office of Equal Opportunity.

Where can students / parents obtain further information or assistance?

  • At Encore: Speak to the administration or Title IX Complaint Manager using the contact information shown above.

DRIVING SAFETY

At Encore, may parents will be driving their students to the campus.  Please be aware that pedestrians have the right of way.  During peak times (pick up and drop off) all drivers are trying to do the same thing.  Peak times can produce hundreds of cars and it is important that everyone follows the rules.  If everyone is patient and considerate, we have been able to disperse all students and cars in under fifteen minutes.  We also encourage parents to come fifteen minutes later to avoid peak times.

EARLY DROP OFF AND LATE PICK UP

Parents can drop off students as early as 7:00 am at the Encore campus.  All students are required to leave the campus at the end of their scheduled class day.  Students should be picked up no later than 4:00 pm when the office closes.

LATE REHEARSALS, TUTORING, AND CONSERVATORY CLASSES

On many occasions, students will be required to stay after school for rehearsals, tutoring, and conservatory classes.  The calendar is available on our web site for updates on daily events.  These after school activities are scheduled with the appropriate instructors for the students that are involved in that rehearsal ONLY.  If a student wanders away from rehearsal, they can be cut from a show or disciplined.  For events that run late, it is essential that the student stays with the responsible adult.  Campus Aides are not on shift after hours.

EMPLOYEE CONDUCT

Encore works hard to make sure that the best experience is possible for the students and families of Encore.  When an employee works for Encore, they have completed an extensive interview vetting process (usually four interviews) and have been subject to a Livescan background check.  Encore strives to make sure that all employees are accountable for all of their actions.  It is Encore policy that immediate terminations of employees are compulsory if the employee displays any of the following behavior:

  1. Aiding and Abetting drug use on campus.
  2. Failure to follow the rules of mandate reporting.
  3. Misconduct with students or staff members.
  4. Stealing.
  5. Committing fraud.
  6. Breaking Encore policies including breaking confidentiality policies.
  7. Selling goods or services during business hours.
  8. Bullying a child or staff member.
  9. Breaking school, state, or federal education policies.
  10. Fighting.
  11. Aiding and abetting physical contact between students.
  12. Drug or alcohol use on campus or at a school function.
  13. Breaking any school rule that would put a student of Encore into a discipline hearing for expulsion.

Any claim against an employee is thoroughly investigated.  If immediate termination is not warranted, other disciplinary actions may be brought forward for the staff member.

It is against the law for Encore Education Corporation to divulge any information regarding the termination of any employee.  It is the employee’s right to privacy to not have their employer discuss their employee records or any termination linked to such.  Encore implores the stakeholders of the organization to recognize the rights of the employees and understand that Encore, by law, cannot discuss private employee files with any parent, student, or fellow staff member.  Encore also implores stakeholders to refrain from posting slanderous claims on social media regarding the departure of any school employee.  Encore cannot respond to any claim made on social media and cannot divulge any information regarding an employee.

If you would like to file a claim against a staff member, you can either go to the main office to fill out a Universal Complaint Form or send a complaint to the Human Resources office: abarkdull@encorehighschool.com.

Remember if you see something, say something.

Encore Education Corporation is an equal opportunity employer.  Encore does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITITES

Encore Education Corporation lists available jobs at edjoin.org.

Annual job fairs take place when more than eight jobs are available for placement.

All employees must pay for a Livescan background investigation for Encore Education Corporation prior to starting work at Encore and are hired contingent on background and employment verification.

HIRING PROCESS

  1. When a candidate goes through the hiring process at Encore, they should anticipate going through two to five interviews.  We believe that all stakeholders should have a voice in the hiring of the staff so in general, candidates will meet with someone that would be considered a coworker, a supervisor, and administrator / executive, and human resources.
  2. Encore’s human resources department will walk all new employees through the process including any benefits packages that are offered based on job classification.
  3. All Encore employees are paid according to salary schedules that are adopted annually by Encore’s Board of Directors.  Steps are based on experience and education.
  4. All non exempt employees are subject to overtime for more than 8 hours worked on a day, more than 40 hours worked in a week, and seven or more days worked in a row.  Non exempt employees are paid twice per month.
  5. All exempt employees work according to their annual work calendar adopted annually by the Encore Board of Directors.  Work calendars are subject to job classification.  Exempt employees are paid once a month on the fifth day of the month.
  6. During the hiring process, all candidate employees are required to complete paperwork with the help of Encore’s human resources department.
  7. Encore’s human resources department is required to verify employment history, education, Livescan background check, and required certifications.
  8. If human resources is unable to verify any necessary documentation, candidate employees cannot complete the hiring process.
  9. All new employees are required to complete a series of training videos and meetings for Encore, state, and federal policies.
  10. All employees receive an employee handbook.

CORE COURSE CREDENTIALED TEACHERS

For all core academic classes taught at Encore, the candidate must possess a valid California state teaching credential.  Encore has memorandums of understanding with multiple universities that help students that have intern eligibility for their teaching credential.  We also have CTI coaches on site that help teachers clear their credentials.

NON CORE ARTS INSTRUCTORS

For non core arts instructors, candidates must possess a minimum of either:

  • Five or more years of professional training and professional work experience
    – OR –
  • A bachelor’s degree in their arts field

Non core arts instructors have two years from the date of hire to complete a CTE California Teaching Credential.  During the interview process, non core arts instructors will be required to demonstrate expertise in the field that they will be teaching and will conduct an audition class with students.  Student feedback may be used to determine candidacy.

ALL OTHER POSITIONS

Substitute Teaching applications must be submitted using edjoin.org.

All other positions will have specific qualifications that can be found on the edjoin website.

PROMOTION

Encore encourages promotion from within.  If a current employee is interested in a promotion, they will interview with the executive team.  Promotions are granted based on current direct report evaluations, human resources reviews, and executive / administrative interviews.

DIRECT REPORTS

Encore has a lot of people that are referred to Encore by friends and family as employees.  While the hiring of friends and family is allowed, no family member can be a direct report of another employee member.  Each fall, all family relations are disclosed in Encore’s Board of Directors public meeting.

HALL PASSES

Students are permitted to leave class for emergencies and other urgent issues only.  A student must, in all circumstances, have a pass in their possession when NOT in class.  It is up to the student to get their hall pass PRIOR to leaving the class room – NO EXCEPTIONS.

Students leaving class without a pass will be considered truant and can face a day of on/off campus suspension for non compliance.

  1. No student will be allowed out on campus without a proper hall pass.
  2. Passes cannot be issued to students during the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes of a class period.
  3. Only one student from a class is allowed on a pass at any one time.
  4. Students who wish to see the health office must check in to their class first and use the appropriate pass.

ANNUAL HEALTH SCREENINGS

As part of California’s child health and wellness requirements, schools do periodic health screenings.  In accordance with the screening practices of HUSD and RUSD, Encore will provide screenings for our students.

Hearing & vision screening for all students in grades 8 and 10 will take place.  Scoliosis screening will take place for all 7th grade girls and 8th grade boys.  As public health nurses, the nurses conduct these screenings are trained to conduct these mandatory screenings in accordance with California state standards.  Our health technician will assist them with all procedures and send home results as necessary. If a child fails a screening, a letter will be sent home to parent / guardian notifying them of the results.  These results can then be taken to your health care provider for evaluation  If you do not have health insurance, we encourage you to contact Encore’s health office for a list of low cost clinics in our area.

If you wish that your child NOT BE SCREENED, please contact our health office prior to March 1.  Otherwise, you student will be screened.  If you have specific questions in regards to school health services.  If we are unable to answer your questions, we will direct you to the county health department.

ENCORE’S HOMEWORK POLICY

Encore’s students have a very busy lifestyle in general.  Encore understands how important it is for students to be able to keep up in classes, have the appropriate academic rigor, and be able to succeed in their busy lifestyle.

Encore believes that homework is essential to the academic process.  Due to the nature of Encore’s campus, there are limits that have been set as guidelines for the amount of homework that is given to a student on any given day.

  • Only core academic courses can assign homework.  A core class is considered math, science, English, or History based curricula.
  • For each core academic course, the teacher can assign up to 30 minutes of homework per class meeting.  This means that in general a student will receive about 15 minutes of homework every night from each of their core courses.
  • Non core academic courses may have special projects over the course of the year, generally one per class per year that may require homework, but class time will be used to complete these projects.
  • ALL AP AND HONORS courses do not adhere to the same homework limits.  In Honors courses, students should expect and hour or more of homework for each class meeting and AP courses do not have time limits on homework.

Encore has an elective study hall that students can elect to take during the school year that will give them a class period in their block to work on homework if they wish to.  This helps lower the amount of homework that a student would complete at home and is recommended if a student has a busy after school schedule.

This policy was adopted in 2012.

IDENTIFICATION

At the beginning of the school year, students will be issued an Encore ID card for the current school year.  This identification card must be carried (Hesperia) and worn (Riverside) at ALL times.  It includes the student’s photo, name, student ID number, bar code, and grade level.  The student bar code monitors and records bus payments, lunch payments, and debits.  Students must present ID cards to staff upon request.  Refusal by the student to identify themselves when a reasonable request to do so is made is a disciplinary offense.  This is also a way for students to identify themselves in public prior to them receiving their California Driver’s License or state issued ID card.  If a student does not wear their appropriate ID card they will be sent to the discipline office.  The Encore ID cards cannot be altered in any way.   Sharing ID cards will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the school.  A $5.00 replacement fee will be charged for any damaged or lost ID cards.

LOST AND FOUND

Clothing – The lost and found box for clothing at the attendance office in Riverside and in F20 in Hesperia.  Check there for clothing items that you may have lost.  This box is emptied and donated to charity at the end of each month.

BACKPACKS, JEWELRY, ELECTRONICS – These items are turned in to the reception desk on the 3rd floor and in the G building.  At the end of each semester, these items are donated to charity.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU LOSE SOMETHING.

First, don’t assume that your stuff has been stolen.  Encore has more items of value turned in because someone left it out or forgot about it.  Very rarely are items acutally “Stolen.”  We have literally hundreds of items that go unclaimed every year.

Next, check the main office. Clothing items are not monitored so check the lost and found bin.  We have had everything from shoes to dresses turned in to this box.  Other items are turned in to the reception desk.

After that, if your item has not bee found, fill out an incident report.  The reception desk will have record of you reporting something lost in case it comes in.  Be specific when describing your stuff.  If you have an Iphone, but yours is red and screensaver has a bulldog on it, it will be easier to locate your stuff if it is recovered.

What if I find something?

As a stakeholder at Encore, it is your responsibility and duty to turn in the found item to a teacher of the main office immediately.  Failure to do this could get you into trouble later.

THEFT DISCLAIMER

Encore is not responsible for stolen, lost, or damaged items.  The individual student is responsible for his/her personal property and for school items checked out to them.  Encore makes every attempt to secure property, but are not responsible for any personal belongings including but not limited to clothing, backpacks, cell phone, money, and other equipment.  When lockers are available, students must secure and store all valuables in a locker with their own lock.  Do not place anything in an unlocked locker.

BE RESPONSIBLE

Literally hundreds of items are left unattended for fifteen minutes or more on a daily basis.  From backpacks to cell phones plugged in at the closest electrical outlet.  Encore students leave their stuff unattended.

Parents, please talk to your students to let them know to leave valuable things at home and NEVER leave personal items unattended and unsecured at school.  They wouldn’t leave their backpack in the food court at the mall.  They shouldn’t leave it unattended at school either.

HAVING LUNCH WITH YOUR STUDENT: Parent Lunch Check Procedure (Riverside Only)

Encore’s open campus policy allows parents to have lunch with their student during regular lunch hours.  To do so, parents MUST check in with the third floor desk (3666 University Avenue, Riverside) to receive visitor’s credentials.

If someone other than those listed on a student’s Emergency Card / Contact List (such as grandparents, adult relatives, etc.) are planning on a lunch visit, arrangements must be made 24 hours in ADVANCE with our administration.  To do so, parent(s) or legal guardian(s) must submit a written request.  These requests must be verified by our office.  These procedures are in place to assure student safety and that ANY adult seen talking to a student on the safety corridor is verifiable and approved as “OK” by administration, parents, and guardians.

It is mandatory that EVERY student that plans to participate in the graduation ceremony at Encore will be present and participate in the annual rehearsal and premeeting for graduation.  If a student misses graduation rehearsal, they will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.

This time is spent making sure that all fees are paid, grade clearances are checked, the student knows how to participate in the ceremony, and the student is given actual tickets to graduation.  The graduation rehearsal takes place the week of graduation and the students are reminded throughout the year, starting in August, that they must attend.

It is critical that all graduating seniors and their families understand this policy is not flexible.

MEDICATIONS

The State of California ahs strict laws regarding the way medication can be dispensed at school.  The guidelines are as follows:

  1. Medication must be given to the school health office by the parent or guardian.  Students are not allowed to transport medication to and from school.
  2. Prescription medication which needs to be taken at school must be accompanied by the following:
    1. A written, signed statement from the physician giving the method, amount, and time when the medication is to be given.
    2. A written statement from the parent giving his / her consent that the school can give the medication as directed by the physician.
  3. All medicine must be in the container in which it was purchased.
  4. All medicine must be kept in the health office and will be dispensed by personnel.  Send only the amount to be given at school and keep all other doses at home.
  5. If there is a change in the prescription, a new permission slip must be signed by the parent and physician

MESSAGES FOR YOUR STUDENT

Only valid emergency messages will be delivered to students during the school day.  School staff reserves the right to determine if a valid emergency does exist.

Board Adopted November 2017

NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Encore Education Corporation is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying.  Encore prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying based on the actual or perceived characteristics set for in Penal Code 422.5, Education Code 220, and actual perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, ethnic group identification, ancestry, nationality, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, age, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, in any program or activity it conducts or to which it provides significant assistance.

Discrimination is different treatment on the basis of a protected category in the context of an educational program or activity without legitimate nondiscriminatory reason and interferes with or limits the individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.

Harassment occurs when:

  1. the target is subjected to unwelcome conduct related to a protected category
  2. the harassment is both subjectively offensive to the target and would be offensive to a reasonable person of the same age and characteristics under the same circumstances
  3. the harassment is sufficiently severs, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from services, activities, or opportunities offered by the school

Upon witnessing an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of a protected category (as enumerated above), school personnel are required to take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so.  Once a school or office has notice of discriminatory, harassing, intimidating, or bullying conduct, whether carried out by employees, students, or third parties, it should take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred and take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the conduct, eliminate a hostile environment, if one has been created and prevent the conduct from occurring again.  These steps should be taken whether or not an individual makes a complaint or asks the school or office to take action.

This nondiscrimination policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance within any school or office under the jurisdiction of the school.

OFF GROUNDS PASSES / CLOSED CAMPUS STATEMENT (HESPERIA)

Written requests for off-grounds passes must be turned in to the office before a student’s first period class.  Phone calls for off grounds passes will not be honored, unless the person calling can be positively identified as the parent or legal guardian.  Off grounds passes are issued for doctor / dental appointments, court appearances, funerals, and religious ceremonies.  All students returning to school from an appointment that required an off grounds pass MUST check in through the attendance desk.  Encore Hesperia is a closed campus.  Students are NOT permitted to access unauthorized or off-limits areas to leave campus from the time of arrival on campus until the completion of the student’s day.  Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.

Office telephones are for office business only.  Students can only use the office phone to make phone calls in the event of emergency.

PARENT CLASS PICK UP

If you need to pick up your student from school, please do not call your student’s cell phone and ask them to meet you.  Your student is Encore’s responsibility while on campus and proper procedure needs to be followed.

  1. The legal parent / guardian or emergency contact must come in to the attendance desk and show proper ID to have a student called from class or to be picked up.
  2. For security reasons, parents cannot call ahead to have a student removed from class without verification of parent / guardian identity.  They can write a note to give to the attendance desk before school if they know that the student has an appointment.  However, additional verification of authenticity may be requested and should be expected.  This may come in the form of a phone call to the parent / guardian and/or digital verification.

Encore Education Corporation is committed to providing a work and learning environment free from sexual harassment.  The schools prohibit sexual harassment of or by employees, students, or persons doing business with or for Encore on a basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.  Failure to follow this policy is a violation of state and federal law.

Sexual harassment is identified by California Education Code 212.5 as any unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the work or educational setting, under any of the following conditions:

  • Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of an individual’s employment, academic status, or progress.
  • Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decisions affecting the individual.
  • The conduct 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.
  • Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors programs, or activities available at or through the educational institution.

Upon witnessing an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of a protected category (as enumerated above), school personnel are required to take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so.  Reporting such conduct to an administrator or Title IX Complaint Manager can be an appropriate intervention.  Once a school or office has notice of discriminatory, harassing, intimidating, or bullying conduct, whether carried out by employees, students, or third parties, it should take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred.  School personnel are to take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the conduct, eliminate a hostile environment, if one has been created, and prevent the conduct from occurring again.  These steps should be taken whether or not an individual makes a complaint or asks the school or office to take action.  This policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance within any school or office under the jurisdiction of Encore.

Any student or employee of Encore who believes that she or he has been a victim of sexual harassment should bring the problem to the attention of the school-site administrator or the school’s Title IX Complaint Manager so that appropriate action may be taken to resolve the problem.  Encore prohibits retaliatory behavior against anyone who files a sexual harassment complaint or any participant in the complaint investigation process.  Complaints must be promptly investigated in a way that respects the privacy of the parties concerned.

For inquiries about Encore policies and procedures related to sexual harassment, including how to file a sexual harassment complaint contact:

In Hesperia:

Name: Steve Nutter
Address: 16955 Lemon Street, Hesperia, CA 92345
Phone: 760-956-2632
email: snutter@encorehighschool.com

In Riverside:

Name: Don Miskulin
Address: 3800 Main Street, Third Floor, Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: 951-824-1358
email:dmiskulin@encorehighschool.com

For inquiries or complaints related to employee-to-employee, student-to-employee, or work/employment related discrimination or harassment, contact:

Name: Ashlin Barkdull
Address: 16955 Lemon Street, Hesperia, CA 92345
Phone: 760-949-2036
email: abarkdull@encorehighschool.com

ENCORE’S FEVER AND SICK POLICY

Every attempt to reach parents / emergency contact will be made when a student has a fever.  Parents are expected to come pick up their student from school when they have a fever or vomiting.  Any fever greater than 102.00 will result in a “911” call at the parent’s expense if parents / contacts cannot be reached.  Students must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school.  Please make sure that your student has a current Emergency Card on file and contacts other than parents are listed.  Students cannot be in the health office for more than one hour while waiting for parent pickup.

SOCIAL MEDIA and ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY INTERNET

Social Media Encore’s Policy

Students should always use the Internet, network resources, and online sites in a courteous and respectful manner towards the school, teachers, administrators, and fellow students. Students should also remember not to post anything online that they wouldn’t want parents, teachers, law enforcement, or future colleges or employers to see. Once something is online, it’s out there—and can sometimes be shared and spread in ways you never intended. ANY and ALL social media communications/statements and posts may be used in any investigation conducted by Encore administrative staff. Whether a post or communication is done as a “joke” or not, it will be treated as ‘serious’.

Cyberbullying will not be tolerated and is grounds for expulsion. Harassing, dissing, denigrating, impersonating, outing, tricking and cyberstalking are all examples of cyberbullying.

Do NOT post comments with the intent of scaring, hurting, or intimidating someone else- remember “jokes” will be treated as serious statements. Engaging in these behaviors, or any online activities intended to harm or make fun of (physically or emotionally) another person, will result in severe disciplinary action. In some cases, cyberbullying can be a crime.

Remember that your activities are monitored and retained.

At Encore, the following are not permitted:
1. Using, reading, sending, or displaying lewd, offensive, or obscene messages, text, or pictures, including, but not limited to, child pornography
2. Harassing, insulting, or attacking others
3. Damaging computers, computer systems, computer networks, or computer software, whether by vandalism, “hacking” or corruption
4. Violating copyright laws
5. Using another’s password, log-in information, or e-mail account without prior authorization
6. Trespassing on another’s folders, work, files or e-mail
7. Intentionally wasting limited resources
8. Using the network for commercial purposes
9. Participating in online communication for any purpose other than an instructional purpose
10. Downloading files such as applications, executables (“.exe”), macros, and installations without teacher permission
11. Revealing personal information such as addresses, phone numbers, e-mail accounts, or credit card numbers
12. Transmitting, receiving or downloading material that is threatening, disruptive, sexually explicit, abusive; classified by an agency of the federal government; discriminatory and/or disparaging based upon race, ethnicity, disability, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion
13. Transmitting, receiving or downloading any materials promoting the use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco
14. Playing games on the computer, including, but not limited to, gambling
15. Instant-messaging others
16. Selling or purchasing any illegal substance

STUDENT DRIVERS LEAVING CAMPUS EARLY

Encore recognizes that our student population is largely regional.  This means that we have a commuter campus much like many colleges and universities.  As the students become licensed drivers, there will be circumstances that will require a student to leave the campus before the end of the school day.  To insure the safety of Encore’s student drivers, it is imperative that all parents recognize the policy for students leaving early without a parent/guardian present.

  1. EVERY TIME the student needs to leave early, a verified phone call to a parent/guardian must be completed before the student can leave the campus.
  2. PARENTS must understand that if a student misses more than 15 days in a single course, they could be denied credit for that course.
  3. The Attendance clerk is required to have the student come to the attendance office, sign out, and wait for the attendance clerk to get a hold of a parent/guardian prior than releasing the student.
  4. If a student has a scheduled appointment that happens on the same days every week (like a counseling appointment), parents can write a letter stating that they are aware that the student will be leaving regularly on the scheduled days.  The attendance clerk is still required to obtain permission by phone from the parent / guardian before they allow the student to leave.

Encore thanks the parents for their understanding in the matter.  Encore strives to keep every student safe every day.  Thank you for your cooperation.

STUDENT INSURANCE LIABILITY

Disclaimer – Your child’s school doe NOT provide medical insurance for your school accidents.  This means that you are responsible for the medical bills if your child gets hurt during school activities.

TARDY SCHOOL LUNCH DETENTION

  1. Beginning April 1, 2018 Encore will be discontinuing Saturday School for tardies.
  2. We will be replacing Saturday School for tardies with lunch detention for tardies.
  3. There is a PowerPoint presentation that should be shown to the students that are a part of tardy school lunch detention.
  4. Academic teachers will rotate who is in charge of tardy school.
  5. Tardy school will take place every school day.
  6. When a student arrives late to school, the attendance clerk will have them sign in.
  7. As the student signs in, they will be given a tardy school detention slip for the same day.
  8. Once the morning tardies have been logged, a copy of the sign in sheet will be sent to the tardy school teacher for the day.
  9. The tardy school teacher will be in their classroom by 11:05 to let the students in for tardy school at 11:10
  10. At 11:10 students will take out their papers to write down the headings from the Powerpoint presentation and will turn them in at the conclusion of the tardy school detention.
  11. The tardy school teacher will start the presentation by 11:15 am.
  12. As soon as the presentation is complete, the tardy school teacher will collect the papers and dismiss the kids.
  13. When students are late to class (UNEXCUSED ONLY) not at the beginning of the school day, teachers should take a late sign in sheet and send that to the Dean of Students.
  14. The late sign in sheets for UNEXCUSED TARDIES ONLY will be taken and a lunch tardy school detention will be assigned to that student for later in the week.
  15. Tardy school usually lasts about 15 minutes.

VISITORS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

Visitors must go to the main office desk and sign in to receive a visitor’s pass.  Minors that attend school elsewhere are not allowed on campus for security reasons.  If a student withdraws from Encore and needs to pick up records or return materials, they must make an appointment with the records clerk.  Visitors should return their pass and check out through the same office they signed in at upon leaving.  Parents / Guardians may not “sit in” on classrooms without prior discussion and proper consent from Encore’s administration.

Parent volunteers are not on campus to meet with staff or teachers regarding personal issues with their student.  A volunteer conduct contract must be signed by volunteers BEFORE they can be let on campus during a regular school day.  Any parent that is impeding the process of instruction on campus can / will be removed from the campus and will not be allowed back on campus during the regular school day.

In order to gain access to the campus, parents / guardians must adhere to all Encore Dress Code Guidelines and Rules of Conduct at all times.

VOLUNTEER POLICY

It is encouraged (NOT REQUIRED) that parents volunteer for eight hours during each semester. In order to gain credit for volunteer hours, you must obtain a volunteer card from the front office and have it signed by a teacher or other qualified member of staff every time volunteer hours are worked. When the volunteer hours are completed for the semester, the completed volunteer form needs to be turned in to the front office. If you are unable to volunteer hours on campus, you are welcome to donate in lieu of hours by going to www.donorschoose.org. You can also contact Encore’s volunteer coordinator for information regarding volunteering and donations.

 Volunteer Help – When a parent asks to help at the school, please know that we love to have the help.  It is the development of a great parent team that can help us create a phenomenal parent team.  Our volunteer coordinator is the attendance clerk.  Questions can be directed to the attendance clerk.

A lot of times, your student will be involved in a team or a conservatory that has volunteer needs.  That is always a great place to start.  You can also ask to volunteer or donate items for your students’ favorite teacher.  You can email the teacher to ask if they need any help too.

When parents volunteer, there is a card that should be filled out an redeemed for show tickets.  Parents are responsible for tracking their hours.

For every card completed, (8 hours) there are two complimentary tickets available for redemption.

Cards showing 40 hours of service will earn them a name on the volunteer plaque at the end of every school year, starting in 2018.

DONATIONS VERSUS VOLUNTEERING – When a parent wishes to donate goods or money in lieu of volunteering:

                                                    i.     Cash donations – $20 donation is equal to 1 hour of volunteering

                                                   ii.     Goods donations – $20 worth of stuff is equal to 1 hour of volunteering

                              

WORK PERMITS

All working minors under 18 years of age must hold a valid work permit. Students should apply with the Guidance Counselor when wanting to work on school days, weekends, or during vacations. In order to qualify for a work permit, students must not be on either a performance or academic probation, not have any outstanding debts to the school, and maintain positive attendance. Until students reach the age of 18, working students must observe the following legal restrictions:

1. On part time jobs, they may not work more than four hours any day they are required to attend school unless they are enrolled in a work experience program.
2. If students are out of school for the day, they are not permitted to work that night.
Work permits are issued on a one year probationary basis. A permit may be canceled whenever it becomes apparent that the employment of a minor is impairing the health or education of the minor or that any provision or condition of the permit is being violated. A new work permit is required for each employer.