Rules

RULES AND PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY

  • Students of Encore are required to maintain passing grades in ALL of their classes in order to participate in their conservatory or team events.
  • When a student is selected to participate in an event, a grade check is run by the adviser or director to make sure that the student is academically eligible.
  • Periodically, the director or adviser will run additional grade checks to make sure that the student remains academically eligible.
  • ON THE DAY OF OR THE DAY BEFORE THE EVENT – Advisers and directors are required to run a final grade check.
  • If a student has become academically ineligible by this time, they will be removed from the show.
  • It is not relevant as to what role is being played by the student. Encore has replaced leading roles and have canceled shows based on academic ineligibility.

ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY MEANS 2.0 GPA AND NO F’S

RIGHT OF APPEAL FOR EXPULSIONS

Parents and students will have the right to appeal a decision for suspension or expulsion from the discipline committee.  A legal guardian or a student can request an appeal by submitting a formal letter of appeal to the Encore Education Corporation Board.  This formal letter must be received by the Board within seven business days of the formal decision.

This formal letter must be mailed to:

Encore Education Corporation
Attn. Appeals
16955 Lemon Street #A
Hesperia, CA 92345

Upon receipt of the appeal, the board will have ten (10) business days to review the case and give their recommendations regarding the specific suspension or expulsion.  The school board can choose to meet with the student and their legal guardian during closed session to determine final outcome of an expulsion, although not required.  The administration of Encore will be required to uphold the final recommendation by the Encore Education Corporation Board.

The suspension and expulsion policy will be reviewed annually and when necessary, modified.

ATTENDANCE ELIGIBILITY

It is crucial for the success of a student at Encore both academically and in the arts departments to attend school every day. With Encore’s full calendar and block scheduling, miss a day miss a lot.

Students cannot participate in any event on a day that they are absent.  If the event happens over the weekend, the student must be present on Friday.

Students with less than a 90% attendance rate are not eligible to participate in productions, teams, or competitions.  Excused or Unexcused absences do not change the overall attendance rate.

Students can alleviate absenteeism by signing up for short term independent study, long term independent study, or arranging for a hybrid program.  Encore will help with attendance success.  See your counselor for tailored ideas.

In the event of a medical reason for habitual absences, students should work directly with counseling to maintain short term / long term independent study and/or hybrid programs that help the student maintain academic eligibility.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

  • It is very important that your child attends school every day, on time.
  • If a student misses more than 5 days in a class in a single semester, they will be unable to obtain credit for that class, regardless of the grade percentage. Students missing more than 5 days in a class in a semester may be dismissed from Encore.
  • If a student misses a day of school, the absence must be cleared in the attendance office within three days.  Uncleared absences will be reported as unexcused absences.
  • If a student needs to be picked up from school, the guardian must report to the attendance office. Students will not be pulled from class the last 30 minutes of any school day.
  • We apologize for the inconvenience, but we cannot pull students from class until their ride has arrived on campus.
  • As a true pre-college block schedule, attendance is very important to every student every day.
  • If a student misses five class meetings within a single class that is the equivalent of two weeks of missed coursework in that class. Parents, if you attended college after high school, think of how much course content you would miss if you did not attend five classes during a single term. Many college professors drop you after two to three consecutive absences. The Encore classes are pre-college paced. Help us help your students by making sure that they attend school every day.

SARB PROCESS SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REVIEW BOARD (SARB)

Information for parent and student The SARB Process – As established by law.

Three (3) unexcused absences –
Classified as a truant (reported to Dean) – 1st Letter Five (5) unexcused absences –
Second truancy (reported to the Dean) – 2nd Letter & SART Meeting Six (6) unexcused absences –
Third truancy, classified as a habitual truant and subject to a summons to appear at a SARB Hearing

By state law, PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR A CHILD’S ATTENDANCE FROM AGE 6 UNTIL AGE 18.

When a student is subject to compulsory education and is absent from school without a valid excuse for more than three days or has a tardy or class absence for more than 30 minutes during a school day without a valid excuse on three occasions during a school year, or any combination thereof, is truant and shall be reported to the Dean. Any student that has excessive tardies and/or excessive absences may be dropped from Encore Jr./Sr. High School and required to return to their home district.

WHEN A PARENT TAKES THEIR CHILD OUT EARLY, FOR LONGER THAN A 30-MINUTE PERIOD MORE THAN THREE TIMES DURING THE YEAR, THAT CHILD BECOMES TRUANT. TEN (10) EXCUSED ABSENCES IS CONSIDERED TO BE EXCESSIVE.

SARB HEARINGS –
The School Attendance Review Board (SARB) will ask the parent and the student to sign an attendance contract. Failure to comply with the contract will result in the order of a citation to appear in court. Once an attendance contract is broken, the student will be returned to their home district.
For citations that are turned over to the courts, fines and penalties will be determined by the court. Fines and penalties will be increased for each subsequent conviction. The stakeholders of Encore recognize that success for a student can only be achieved through regular attendance.
IT’S THE LAW!

1. Any minor under the age of 18 years, but 13 years of age or older who is a habitual truant, may have his/her driving privilege suspended for one year.
2. Failure to enroll your student in an approved educational program could result in a $2,500 fine and one year in county jail and probation for up to five years.
ENCORE IS A SCHOOL OF CHOICE. STUDENTS WITH ATTENDANCE ISSUES WILL BE RETURNED TO THEIR HOME DISTRICT.

ABSENCES

  • Life happens. There will be times when missing a day of school or arriving late will be unavoidable. At Encore, there are very specific reasons that are outlined as excused absences. Any absence for a reason that is not listed here is an unexcused absence, whether or not a parent or guardian clears it.
  • Personal Illness (Encore will require a doctor’s note verifying absence after 8 days of missed school due to illness in a single school year.)
  • Personal medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic appointmen
  • Funeral services for a member of the immediate family (limited to one day in state and three days out of state)
  • Observance of a religious holiday or ceremony (three days (3) advance notice to school)
  • Student serving on jury duty6. Personal court appearance (verification required)
  • Religious retreat (limited to four hours per semester)
  • Exclusion for illness or medical appointment of a child of whom the student is the custodial parent
  • College tours (three days (3) advance notice to school plus verification required)
  • Prior Dean approval for employment conference
  • Employment in the entertainment industry for a maximum of five absences per school year (verification required)
  • Quarantine under the direction of a health officer
  • Prior Dean approval for reasons, which may not be included elsewhere, but are pursuant to uniform standards established by the Board.Students will be given an opportunity to complete work, which is reasonably close to, but not necessarily identical to, missed work.EXAMPLES OF UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
    Again, life happens. The following list of UNEXCUSED reasons for absences will be marked as unexcused, not cleared absences. Although sometimes unavoidable, these are not accepted reasons for absences.
  • Bus not available lack of transportation
  • Going to work with parent or other family member
  • Babysitting, taking care of other family members
  • Personal problems
  • Waiting for service or repair people to arrive
  • Vacation, family reunions, camping, going to the beach, lake, river, amusement park, mountains
  • Attending a sporting event
  • Under the influence of alcohol or drugs, joy riding or partying
  • Repairing car or household items
  • Participating in a student demonstration
  • Any other reason not included in the list of “excused Absences”
  • ALL ABSENCES MUST BE VERIFIED WITHIN THREE (3) DAYS.HOMEWORK FOR EXTENDED LEAVE/TARDIESIf a student is going on vacation or family business for five (5) or more days, a parent may request the student be put on independent study. This must be done at least four (4) days before the student leaves. A parent will need to sign a contract agreeing that their student will complete the assigned work. Assigned work will be available for pick-up in the front office prior to leaving. Upon return to school, the student is to turn in the work to the office for processing. If a student is ill and will be missing five or more days, they can also go on independent study if the parent notifies our independent study coordinator and the student can complete the work while at home.OFFICE TARDIESIf a student is late for class in the morning, they will receive an office tardy. The student will be required to scan their identification (ID) card at the attendance office before proceeding to class. Office tardies are cumulative for the school year.CLASS TARDIESIf a student is late for class during the school day, they will receive a class tardy. Class tardies are recorded by the office. Parents are called using an automated system after the first class tardy. Class tardies are recorded by semester. Disciplinary actions are cumulative for the span of the semester.YOU CANNOT MISS A DAY OF SCHOOL, THEN PARTICIPATE IN AN AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITY. – This includes rehearsals, shows, dances, field trips, mock trial, concerts, spelling bees, and any other school activity that takes place outside of school hours. We know the schedule is hectic, but your first commitment is to your regular school day.

BIRTHDAY CAKE

Encore is so happy that students want to celebrate their birthdays on campus.

Unfortunately, they will be issued discipline (up to a Saturday school) if cupcakes or cakes are brought for the celebration.  Frosting has cost thousands of dollars in cleanup and paint over the years at Encore.

If you want to celebrate, bring cookies or pizza or other treat that does not have frosting.

Any unfrosted treat is completely acceptable for celebration.

Thank you and Happy Birthday!

BULLYING & HARASSMENT IS NOT OK

All stakeholders of Encore are committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all employees, students, patrons, and volunteers.  This means that the campus must be from harassment, intimidation, and bullying.

What is harassment, bullying or intimidation?

This is any intentional verbal, physical or written/pictorial act (including social media) that:

  • Physically or mentally harms a person or harms their property
  • Substantially interferes with the education process of one
  • Is persistent, severe, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening environment
  • Disrupts the operation of the school or classroom

Nothing in this policy requires that the affected person has a characteristic that would bee the basis for harassment,  bullying, or intimidation.  Examples of harassment, bullying, and intimidation are – SLURS, JOKES, INNUENDOS, DEMEANING COMMENTS, CARTOONS, PRANKS, GESTURES, PHYSICAL ATTACKS, THREATS, WRITTEN ACTIONS, PHYSICAL ACTIONS.

“Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s).

This policy is not a prohibition of expression of religious, philosophical, or political views as long as the expression does not disrupt the education environment.  Many behaviors that are not at a level of harassment, intimidation, or bullying may still be prohibited by other program rules.

Counseling, corrective discipline, and / or referral to law enforcement will be used to change the behavior of the perpetrator and remediate the impact on the victim.  This includes appropriate interventions, restoration of a positive intimidation, or bullying also warrants violations of this policy.

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.

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 its pupils in a safe environment. The administration of Encore prohibits acts of cyber-bullying by students.  Encore administration may report allegations of cyber-bullying to law enforcement authorities.

What is Cyber-Bullying?
“Cyber-Bullying” is the use of electronic information and communication devices, to include but not be 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 group of individuals; or
2. Places an individual in reasonable fear of harm to the individual or damage to the individual’s property; or
3. Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Reporting Procedure and Investigation
Any student or school 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 Assistant Dean of Students.

The Dean of Students or 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 on a school bus or at a school-sponsored 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 of the proposed 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 MANY CASES, THEY CAN.

DEMERITS

Minor behavior, minor office, tardies, office tardies can be combined in a demerit system.  For every three of one type of infraction, or any total of five demerits, a Saturday school will be scheduled.

A demerit is a way for a student to be reprimanded for breaking the rules.  Demerits are cumulative.  This means that if a student breaks a rule in their science class, during nutrition, and then during lunch – those three demerits will add up toward a Saturday school.  Any staff member can give a demerit.  A demerit is a two part document.  The first part goes to the student so they know they have received a demerit.  The second part goes to the discipline office where they are logged.  Once a student receives five demerits, they will receive a Saturday school.  Demerits are cumulative for the school year.  Students are responsible for bringing the demerit home for parents to sign.

DRESS CODE

In order to create a healthy, safe, and educationally motivating environment at Encore, a dress code has been implemented to support the learning environment.  Staff, students, and parents are required to follow dress code policies at all school functions on and off campus.  A student may not remain at school when clothing:

  1. Creates a safety hazard for said student or other students at school
  2. Presents a serious and unnecessary distraction to the learning process or campus order

The administration of Encore will maintain the determination of whether or not clothing or apparel constitutes a threat to safety and order or if the apparel is disrupting the educational process.

CONSEQUENCES FOR BREAKING DRESS CODE:

First offense – warning
Second offense – call home
Third offense – Saturday school

NONE OF THE FOLLOWING ARE PERMITTED AT ANY SCHOOL FUNCTION ON OR OFF CAMPUS:

  1. Sagging pants – pants must be worn at the waist and shall not slide down below the waistline
  2. Short Shorts – shorts must meet reach the bottom of the fingertips OR half way between the hip and knee cap
  3. Spaghetti Straps – Any tank style top must have at least two fingers of fabric at the thinnest part of the shoulder strap
  4. Clothing or accessories identified by the Riverside / San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as being gang or hate group related.
  5. Raiders, Kings, Skin, and Player 69 etc. clothing may not be worn
  6. Items that promote hate, intolerance, or drug/alcohol use
  7. Tube tops and halter tops
  8. Unsafe jewelry and accessories including wallet chains and belts hanging from the waist
  9. Visible undergarments
  10. Clothing that is too tight, revealing, or sexually provacative
  11. Bandanas or gang style headwear
  12. Oversized shorts, pants, or shirts

SHOES MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES IN THE COMMON AREAS AND WHEN OUTSIDE OF PHYSICAL ARTS CLASSES.

EXPULSION PROCEDURES

Encore High School is zero tolerance, so any behavior that is unsatisfactory or dangerous will lead to immediate consequences.  ALL CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR WILL IMMEDIATELY BE FORWARDED TO THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND PROSECUTED IF NECESSARY.

Students recommended for expulsion are entitled to a hearing to determine whether they should be expelled or not.  This hearing must be held within thirty (30) days after the administration determines that an act warranting expulsion has occurred.  If all parties agree to the expulsion, the hearing can be waived.

  • Written notice of the hearing will be sent to the student’s parent or guardian at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the date of the hearing.
  • The notice will include
    • date, time, and place of the hearing
    • statement specifying the fact, charges, offenses upon which the proposed expulsion is based
    • copy of the school’s disciplinary rules as it relates to the alleged violation
    • statement that the student and parent / guardian may appear in person at the hearing

In the event of an expulsion, Encore will work with the district of residence, county, and / or private school to assist with academic placement of the expelled student.  Incidents of violent and / or serious student misconduct will be communicated to the district / school that the student enrolls in.

When a student is expelled, written notice of the expulsion will be sent by administration to the student’s legal guardian.  This notice will include:

  1. Specific reason for expulsion
  2. Notice of the student and / or legal guardian obligation to inform any new school in which the student seeks to enroll about their status with Encore.
  3. Encore will notify the school where transcripts are requested of the expulsion

GUM

Gum is gross and not allowed on campus.

Every year, thousands of dollars are spent to clean up gum that ends up all over campus.

Encore is a no gum campus.

If you are caught with gum –

  • First offense – demerit
  • Second offense – call home + demerit
  • Third offense – Saturday school

MAJOR OFFENSES

These offenses will require an investigation, incident report, and interviews will take place before any action is taken.  Major offenses include:

  • Ditching (on or off campus)
  • Bullying (threatening, extorting and language of aggressive nature)
  • Throwing hazardous objects (rocks, pencils, etc.) or any other activity that poses an extreme safety hazard
  • Deceitful behavior (false accusations, forgery, lying, cheating, plagiarism, etc.)
  • Unauthorized distribution, selling, or buying of materials or information without prior administration approval

First Offense – 1 day on campus detention

Second Offense – 2 days off campus suspension

Third Offense – 3 days off campus suspension / Behavior Contract

MEDIUM OFFENSES

These offenses will require the student to fill out an incident report in the front office.

  • Obscene language, materials, gestures or behavior, racial remarks or comments
  • Defiance or disrespectful behavior
  • Excessive horseplay
  • Disrupting the classroom
  • Misbehavior for substitute teacher
  • Unauthorized selling inventory (inventory will be confiscated)
  • Causing drama that disrupts school activities

First Offense – Class period on campus detention (student will serve detention during an elective class)

Second Offense – Saturday School

Third Offense – 1 day on campus all day detention

Third Offense – 1 day off campus suspension / behavior contract

MINOR BEHAVIOR OFFENSES

A minor behavior offense is something that happens within the classroom that is a nuisance only in the classroom, but not a disruption that interrupts the educational process.  Examples of these minor behavior offenses include:

  • Breaking classroom rules
  • Use of or bringing personal items from home (toys, roller blades, skateboards, laser pointers)
  • Having food, drinks, candy, etc. in the classroom
  • Chewing gum
  • Minor disrespect
  • Throwing objects, littering (objects that do not pose a safety hazard)
  • Running in the hallways, classrooms
  • Failing to return contracts

For these offenses, teachers will handle the discipline within the classroom.  Teachers will give demerits to the student for each offense.  When a student acquires five demerits, they will receive a Saturday school.  Students are responsible for bringing demerits to parents for signature.

MINOR OFFICE OFFENSES

Since Encore has a strict discipline policy, some offenses that would be considered minor at other schools will still be referred to the discipline office.  The following offenses are “cite and release offenses” that should not require a lot of time at the front office, but need to be documented so behaviors can be determined.

  • Dress Code
  • No ID Card
  • Public Display of Affection (PDA)
  • Horseplay
  • Creating and / or engaging in “drama” with other students

First offense – written warning to be signed by parent and returned to discipline office

Second offense – written warning to be signed by parent and returned to discipline office

Third offense – On campus class period detention (students will serve detention during a class elective)

Fourth offense – Saturday School

Sixth offense – Saturday School, Behavior Contract

PLAGIARISM & CHEATING

What is Plagiarism?

Though it is possible to accidentally copy someone else’s ideas or work, it can sometimes be purposeful.  Intentionally passing someone else’s work off as your own is called plagiarism.  Plagiarism obviously hurts the person whose work you are copyng, but it hurts you too!  By taking shortcuts and avoiding the creation of your own work and ideas, you cheat yourself out of learning about the subject you’re studying and writing about.  Your teacher gave you the assignment for a reason.  It is important to learn to research, analyze, come up with your own ideas, and express them in your own words.  That’s not to mention the disciplinary consequences you could face should your teacher discover that you’ve plagiarized.

CHEATING

Copying work from a friend might not feel like plagiarism, but remember: you’re still turning in someone else’s work as your own.  Copying another student’s homework, whether it’s with their permission or not, is still cheating, and it’s still plagiarism.  When you (and your friend) are caught cheating, you will face disciplinary action.

AVOIDING PLAGIARISM

To avoid accidentally plagiarizing, make sure to always be clear about where the information in your assignment came from, whether it was a book, video, or a website.  To do that, you need to know the author, title, and publishing date of the source you used.  Always include quotation marks around the text pulled directly from another source and ask your teacher about what format they would like you to use when including citations.  If you’re ever unsure how to best cite a source, or whether you need to cite a source, just ask your teacher and consult a guide on the citation format your teacher has asked you to use. (MLA, Chicago, etc.)

WHAT HAPPENS IF I PLAGIARIZE OR CHEAT AT ENCORE?

At Encore, we take cheating and plagiarism seriously.  At the very least, you will receive a zero on the assignment without the opportunity to make it up, no matter what the assignment is worth (this includes homework, tests, and term papers).  If you are caught cheating, your parent or guardian will be notified.  It will be marked o the parent portal that you were caught cheating on the assignment.  Dependent on your offense, you could also face Saturday school, suspension, and a behavior contract.  If you are placed on a behavior contract and caught cheating, you will be dismissed from Encore.  This offense will be placed on your discipline file and you might be faced with having to explain to potential colleges why you cheated or plagiarized.

ANTI PLAGIARISM CHECKLIST

  • When I used sentences just as they were in the source, did you put quotation marks around them?
  • When you summarized ideas in your own words, did you give credit to the original source?
  • Did you write your own ideas instead of cutting and pasting from the internet?
  • When you went on the internet, did you use a verifiable source?  There is a lot of misinformation on the internet.

PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

Encore is a friendly campus, however, there is a limit of how much affection is allowed on campus.  A general rule of thumb for Encore students is, “If you wouldn’t do it in front of grandma, please don’t do it here.”

The following are allowed public displays of affection on the Encore campus and at Encore events:

  • Hand holding
  • Hugs that do not linger
  • Quick kiss on the cheek that does not linger

PDA is also addressed under minor offenses.

A PUPIL CAN BE EXPELLED OR SUSPENDED IF:

51.1 Attempted to cause or threatened to cause physical injury to another person

51.2 Willfully used force or violence upon another person, except in self defense

51.3 Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object, unless, in the case of possession of any object of this type that the student had obtained written permission to possess the object from the administration.

51.4 Unlawfully possessed, used, sold or otherwise furnished or been under the influence of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind

51.5 Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance

51.6 Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion

51.7 Attempted to cause damage to school or private property

51.8 Stole or attempted to steal school or private property

51.9 Possessed or used tobacco, or any product containing Nicotine including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco snuff, chew packets, betel

51.10 Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity

51.11 Had unlawful possession of, or willfully offered or arranged for the sale of any drug paraphernalia

51.12 Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or staff

51.13 Knowingly received stolen school or private property

51.14 Possessed an imitation firearm (like a replica) that would lead a reasonable person to believe the replica is a firearm

51.15 Committed or attempted to commit sexual assault

51.16 Committed sexual battery

51.17 Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a student who is a complaining witness or witnesses in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that student from being a witness or retaliating against that student for being a witness, or both

51.18 Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell prescription drugs

51.19 Engaged n or attempted to engage in hazing

51.20 Aids or abets the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury to another person

51.21 Caused, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence

51.22 Made terrorist threats against school officials or school property, or both

51.23 Sale of any goods for private or fundraising purposed without express written consent from the school administration

51.24 Destruction of school property

51.25 Gang related activity

In the event that any of these offenses lead a student to suspension or expulsion, the administration of Encore will notify the parents as soon as possible of the infraction and will arrange a parent / student conference with administration to discuss the infraction and consequences of the act.

If a student receives more than a total of fifteen (15) days of suspension within a single school year, they can be placed for a dismissal hearing from the school.

Encore will collect and produce data regarding the suspension and expulsion of special education students as required by the Modified Consent Decree.  Encore will adhere to all provisions of the individuals with disabilities education act (IDEA) and its amendments

The decision to admit a previously expelled pupil from another school district or charter school shall be in the sole discretion of the Encore District Office.  The student, guardian or representative, and District Office must determine whether the student has successfully completed the rehabilitation plan and whether there is a threat of harm or disruption posed to others on campus.  The student’s admission is also contingent on the capacity of Encore at the time the student seeks readmission or admission.  All previously expelled students will be required to complete all admissions requirements including but not limited to lottery, new auditions and workshops.

SEVERE BEHAVIOR OFFENSES

These offenses will require an investigation, incident reports, and interviews before any discipline takes place.  Students will be placed on independent study until the discipline hearing can take place.  Severe offenses include:

  • Fighting / battery, regardless of who started the fight (employing hostile contact in which at least on party or both individuals have contributed to a situation by verbal action and/or bodily harm or intent of harm)
  • Assault (or conspiracy for assault)
  • False alarms, unauthorized calls; dialing 911 from any phone
  • Vandalism
  • Bomb threats; terrorist threats
  • Gang related activities
  • Possession, use, being under the influence, sale or distribution of a controlled substance (this includes look alike items, tobacco, and any version of e-cigarettes)
  • Weapon possession (this includes but is not limited to knife, pocket knife, chain, gun, etc.)
  • Stealing
  • Arson

This is not an all-inclusive list, however, the offenses listed here will result in an expulsion hearing.

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
      **For More Information, please refer to Encore’s complete Acceptable Use Policy/ Social Media Policy on file.

SUSPENSION PROCEDURES

ON CAMPUS SUSPENSION

Students that have been placed on “on campus suspension” will be required to serve their disciplinary time in an assigned area.  The suspension is served at school.  Absence from “on campus suspension” will result in additional disciplinary action.  A student cannot be absent for their “on campus suspension” date.

Written notice of on campus suspension is made and given to the student.  The student must have the notice of suspension signed by a parent or guardian before they can serve this suspension.  Students will retrieve work from their teachers and work independently in the office for the entire school day.  Campus Aides will release the student to retrieve lunch and bring it back to the assigned area.  Students in “on campus suspension” are not allowed to speak, roam, or leave the area.  If they are found breaking the rules, they will be forced to add an additional day to “on campus suspension.”

No more than five (5) days of an on campus suspension can be given to a student in a row.  If action requires different discipline, off campus suspension and / or expulsion process will ensue.  If five (5) days of on campus suspension are given to a student during the school year, they will be placed on a behavior contract.

AT HOME SUSPENSION

  • Behavioral Intervention
    • When a student violates policies that are described in the school discipline policy as major, severe, or other offense that is described as grounds for suspension or expulsion, a conference will be held between administrative staff, the student, and the parents / guardians.
    • The student will be informed of the reason for the disciplinary action and the evidence against the student.
    • At this time, the student will be given the opportunity to present their version and evidence in their defense.
    • A behavior contract will be developed and signed by all parties present in which the student pledges to complete specfiied tasks and/or uphold specified codes.
    • If this contract is broken by the student, another conference will be scheduled from which dismissal is a possible outcome.
  • Informal Conference –
    • For an off campus suspension, an informal conference will take place by the administrative staff with the student and the parent / guardian.  The student will be informed of the reason for the disciplinary action and the evidence again them.  At this time, the student will be given the opportunity to present their version and evidence in their defense.  This conference may be omitted from due process if administration determines that an emergency situation exists.  An “emergency situation” involves a clear and present danger to lives, safety, or health of students or school personnel.  If a student is suspended without conference, the parent / guardian will be notified of the suspension and a conference will be scheduled as soon as possible.
  • Notice to Parent / Guardians
    • At the time of suspension, an employee of Encore will make a reasonable effort to contact the parent / guardian by telephone or in person, to be followed up with written notice.  This notice will state the specific offense committed by the student.  In addition, the notice will state the date the student may return to school.  If the school officials wish to ask the parent / guardian to call regarding matters of the suspension, the notice will require the parent / guardian to respond to this request within three days following that violation.
  • Length of Suspension
    • Students cannot exceed five (5) consecutive days of off campus suspension without first scheduling a second conference between administration and guardians to discuss the progress of the suspension.  Arrangements will be made to provide the student with supplied curriculum packets to be completed at home during the length of the suspension.

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.

UNIVERSAL CLASSROOM RULES

  1. BE RESPECTFUL
    1. To feel or show deferential regard for, esteem
    2. To avoid violation of or interference with: respect the speed limit
    3. Willingness to show consideration or appreciation.
    4. This means listen, don’t interrupt, be considerate, and follow directions.
  2. BE PREPARED
    1. To make ready beforehand for a specific purpose, as for an event or occasion
    2. To make things or oneself ready
    3. This means come to class with finished work, writing utensils, and your book
  3. BE ON TIME
    1. By the time the bell rings, in your seat, ready to go.

WHAT IS DISRESPECT?

Disrespect comes in many ugly ways. Among friends, has someone ever said or something that made you feel like you didn’t matter, like you were ‘less’ than them?  This is disrespect.  Have you or a friend ever treated a teacher of student in a way that you wouldn’t want to be treated? This is disrespect.  Have your or a friend ever talked back to a teacher or adult?  This is disrespect.

It is not disrespectful to disagree with an adult, teacher, or peer.  It is the manner in which you deliver your disagreement that can be taken as disrespect.  If a teacher asks you to do something and you disagree, rather than screaming, “I am so not going to do that!” The correct response would be to politely ask why they are asking you to do that particular task.

For example, Albert likes to sag his pants below his waist and show off his boxer shorts. An Encore Campus Aide asks him to pull his pants up.  His response is, “they are up.”  This is a form of disrespect.  A proper response would be if Albert was confused about the rule would be to ask, “Where is the top of my pants supposed to be because I do not understand the rule.”