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School Policies

Rules and Regulations are established for the purpose of maintaining an atmosphere conducive to learning.  Students who do not comply with such rules and regulations may be counseled, asked to make restitution, suspended, transferred to an alternative program, or, in extreme cases, expelled and/or arrested depending on the circumstances.

All pupils shall comply with the regulations and respect EVERY school official.  Students and parents may appeal decisions by meeting with the Assistant Principals and Principals but students may not argue a teacher's decision during class time.

Dress Code

Teachers will handle disciplinary issues as much as possible including making parent contact to address the behavior.  Student who continue to misbehave are to be sent with a referral to the Counselor.

Dress Code

Parents assume the basic responsibility for the grooming and dress of their child at home.  However, school personnel must assume the responsibility of  monitoring their dress and grooming at school, especially when health and safety are involved.  Students are to be dressed and groomed in a way which is appropriate to the business of a learning environment, and in a manner that will not distract from or interfere with the educational process.  To support an appropriate learning environment, students will not be allowed to wear the following on campus:

  1. Oversized clothing such as baggy pants that do not fit at the waist. (Pant waist size is more than two inches bigger than the actual waist, or if side seams touch at the knee.) In addition, pants should not touch the floor. 
  2. Skirts, shorts, or skorts, cannot be shorter than our longest finger on your open hand extended down your side.
  3. Blouse or top must have sleeves. NO spaghetti straps or muscle shirts allowed.
  4. Boys shorts longer than 5" below the knee.  They must be hemmed and long socks are not to be worn with these.
  5. Clothing with vulgar or offensive language.  No displaying tobacco, alcohol, drugs or sex on clothing or jewelry.
  6. Dark glasses in classrooms except with a doctor's note.
  7. No bare midriff (must be below 1" of waistline when standing), or revealing (i.e. see-through) tops are permitted.  No underwear or bras are to be visible. 

Students who dress inappropriately will be asked to change clothes at school or will be sent home to change.  This dress code may be changed at any time for the safety and well-being of students and school officials.  Anything that is inappropriate or poses a perceived threat to students and staff will be prohibited.

Causes for Suspension/Expulsion

The following occurrences are not permitted on campus or at any school function at any time.  Violations will result in suspension, possible arrest and/or recommendation for expulsion.

  • Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause serious physical injury to another person (assault/battery).
  • Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any actual firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object, or another object resembling a dangerous object.
  • Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance, or alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.
  • Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, and then either sold, delivered or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant.
  • Committed, caused, or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
  • Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
  • Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property.
  • Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, sniff, chew packets, and betel.
  • Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  • had unlawful possession of, or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia.
  • Disrupted school activities or otherwise defied to valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties. DEFIANCE MEANS A STUDENT DOES NOT FOLLOW THE ORDERS OF SCHOOL OFFICIALS.
  • Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
  • Possessed an imitation firearm.  As used in this, "imitation firearm" means a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm.
  • Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against a pupil for being a witness, or both.
  • Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma.

In addition to these reasons specified above, sexual harassment, hate violence, harassment or intimidation, and terrorist threats may result in suspension, arrest, and/or recommendation for expulsion.

 

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices, Cameras, Ipods and hand held games (i.e. Gameboys) are not allowed at school.  These will be taken away and not returned until a parent picks up the device.  Any student who brings such items to school does so at their own risk. The District/School assumes no liability for the loss of the device or misuse by another person.

Cell Phones

The Montebello Unified School District acknowledges the importance of electronic communication between students and parents, particularly in school-wide emergency situations. Further, the district recognizes that instructional time is precious and must be protected from unnecessary disruption.    

Therefore, students shall be permitted to have in their possession an electronic signaling device on campus during the school day, while attending school-sponsored activities, or while the supervision and control of a school district employee. Such devices shall be deactivated (shut off) and their use strictly prohibited on campus during the regular school day except:

  • During an emergency affecting the school or community,
  • Upon direction from a licensed physician and surgeon if carrying such a device is essential to, and the use is limited specifically to the health of the student.
  • Electronic signaling devices include any device that operates through the transmission or receipt of radio waves, including, but not limited to pagers,   cellular telephones, and two-way radios. In permitting student possession of such devices, the District assumes no liability for the loss of the device or misuse by another person.
  • devices shall be deactivated (shut off) and their use strictly prohibited on campus during the regular school day :
  • Cell phones used in violation of these rules will be confiscated and returned to the parent only.