Alliance Gertz – Ressler Richard Merkin 6 – 12 Complex
2016-2017 Parent-Student Handbook
(Parent-Student Handbook download available below.)
Last Revision: April 2016
Table of Contents
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools (“Alliance”) and Alliance schools do not discriminate against any student on the basis of the characteristics listed in Education Code section 220 (actual or perceived disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation) and Education Code section 221.5, or any other characteristic that is contained in the definition of hate crimes set forth in Section 422.55 of the Penal Code in any policy, procedure or program. Alliance and Alliance schools also comply with the requirements of Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990, and other applicable federal and state laws.
Alliance schools shall admit students pursuant to the Admissions Requirements as outlined in their charters. Each student interested in enrolling at an Alliance school must be a resident of California and submit an application form to the school. If the number of interested students exceeds the number of seats available by the application deadline, admittance shall be determined by a public random drawing.
Each student interested in enrolling at an Alliance school must be a resident of California and submit an application form to the school before the application deadline. Applications received after the deadline shall be placed on the waiting list in the order they are received.
Existing students will be exempt from the public random drawing.
- Preferences will be extended to siblings currently attending the same Alliance school. These siblings will be automatically accepted and will not be part of the lottery. (Siblings must share at least one biological parent or legal guardian.)
- Preferences will be extended to students living within the boundaries of LAUSD.
Typically, the lottery will be held at the school or a large community center, auditorium, or public venue. If needed, the lottery will take place on a weekday evening or weekend morning to help ensure all interested parties can attend. Lottery procedures will be followed and related materials will be made available upon request. Interested parties are welcome to observe the random public drawing should one be necessary.
All students who complete an application will receive a lottery form (a copy of the application form) which will be numbered in order of its submission. If the number of applicants on the preference list exceeds the available seats on the application due date, the forms will be placed in a barrel and the number of seats available will be randomly drawn. Remaining applicants on the preference list will be placed on the waiting list in the order their names are drawn.
The applications not on the preference list will then be placed in the barrel and randomly drawn in the lottery to determine acceptance if available seats remain, or their order of placement on the waiting list. All applications and a record of the order in which they are drawn will be kept on file at the school. The school may choose to conduct the lottery using an automated online system to ensure that the process is fair and equitable for all participants.
After the acceptance list is set, a waiting list shall be created and maintained. Should vacancies occur, admission will be offered to applicants on the waiting list in the order their names appear.
The acceptance and waiting lists will be made available following the lottery (if needed) and upon request. Parents/guardians of applicants on the enrollment list and waiting list will be contacted by designated school office staff via phone and/or in writing. Multiple communications on different days will be attempted. Communication attempts will be logged by school staff. Parents/guardians of applicants will have 10 operating days from initial contact to respond to the designated contact person. If parents do not respond within the timeline, the applicant will be removed from the waiting list and the next applicant’s parents/guardians on the waiting list will be contacted.
Prior to a student enrolling at an Alliance school, each parent/guardian shall submit the following required documentation:
- Completed Enrollment Packet
- Student Emergency Card
- Immunization Records
- School Meal Application
- Student Transcripts
- IEP or Section 504 Plan (if applicable)
Alliance schools shall adhere to the provisions of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and ensure that each homeless child or youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as provided to other children and youths. Alliance schools shall comply with all applicable provisions of Education Code sections 48850-48859.
In order for a pupil over nineteen (19) years of age to remain eligible for generating charter school apportionment, the pupil shall be continuously enrolled in public school and make satisfactory progress toward award of a high school diploma. (Education Code Section 47612(b))
As defined by the California Code of Regulations (5 CCR 11965), “satisfactory progress,” means uninterrupted progress (1) towards completion, with passing grades, of the substance of the course of study that is required for graduation from a non-charter comprehensive high school of the school district that authorized the charter school's charter, that the pupil has not yet completed, (2) at a rate that is at least adequate to allow the pupil to successfully complete, through full-time attendance, all of that uncompleted coursework within the aggregate amount of time assigned by the chartering agency for the study of that particular quantity of coursework within its standard academic schedule.
For individuals with exceptional needs, as defined in Education Code section 56026, “satisfactory progress,” as that term is used in Education Code section 47612, means uninterrupted maintenance of progress towards meeting the goals and benchmarks or short-term objectives specified in his or her individualized education program made pursuant to 20 U.S.C. Section 1414(d) until high school graduation requirements have been met, or until the pupil reaches an age at which special education services are no longer required by law.
Any student admitted to an Alliance school who is 16 years of age or older may be held to the guidelines of this regulation if he/she will turn 19 years of age during his/her high school career. At the discretion of the school principal, such students must agree to the following guidelines if he/she wishes to attend an Alliance school:
- The student shall have uninterrupted, continuous full-time attendance until graduation.
- The student shall maintain passing grades in all classes until graduation.
- The student shall make continuous, uninterrupted progress toward Alliance’s graduation requirements.
- A student who is 18 or over whom is eligible for suspension or expulsion may be subject to automatic dismissal without the potential to reapply for readmission.
If a parent wishes to withdraw a student from an Alliance school, it is his/her responsibility to notify the school principal. This can be done during a meeting with the principal and/or principal designee or be submitted in writing. Students will receive unofficial transcripts until all books/equipment are returned and outstanding fees are paid.
If a parent wishes to transfer a student from an Alliance school to another school, it is his/her responsibility to notify the school principal. This can be done during a meeting with the principal and/or principal designee or be submitted in writing. Transfers to other Alliance schools may be allowed as long as the proper application and waiting list procedures are followed. In circumstances to ensure student safety or improve student achievement, the students may bypass the receiving school’s waiting list.
The transfer of a student from one Alliance school to another for the purpose of improving achievement, attendance, or adjustment may be addressed as an intra-Alliance transfer. These transfers may be issued based on one or more of the following reasons: siblings, parent employment-related transfers, specialized programs, or social adjustment and/or protection. Such transfers will be granted only if the student is eligible, and will be handed on a case-by-case basis.
If a student leaves an Alliance school and later chooses to return, the student must complete an application form and return it to the main office. When the application is submitted, the student will be informed if there is space available or if he/she will be placed on the waiting list, pursuant to the admissions policy.
Students who have been incarcerated, are returning from juvenile detainment, and/or are on probationary status with the juvenile court system must attend a conference with their parent/guardian and principal and/or designee before returning to the school. Students who have been previously expelled must successfully complete the terms outlined in their rehabilitation plans prior to being eligible to return to school.
Student records are housed in the school main office.
Inspection of Records
Parents/guardians have a right to review their child's student records. Student records are available for review during regular school hours. Written requests for access should be directed to the Principal.
Release and/or Duplication of Records
Alliance schools may permit access to student records by a specific person if the parent/guardian has filed written authorization specifying the records to be released and identifying the person to whom the records may be released. The recipient must be notified that further transmission of records is prohibited. The consent notice shall be permanently kept with the student's record file. Student records may be released without parent or guardian consent as permitted by law. Outside organizations, such as law enforcement agencies and child and family services may be granted access to student records. Such requests will be recorded in the access log in the students’ file. Alliance schools will provide parents or authorized agencies copies of student records within five (5) operating days after the request is made orally or in writing.
Alliance is committed to providing students with a rigorous academic experience. Students are expected to be in class every day. Work that is missed because of school-related activities or illness must be promptly made-up. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children arrive on-time to school each day. The school strongly discourages absences for vacation during the school year. Parents should schedule family vacations outside of the academic calendar so that students do not miss important classroom instruction time.
Students and parents should do everything in their power to guard against absences from classes, including taking good care of their health and arranging necessary appointments outside of school time. Students with absences from a class period more than four times in a given semester may be referred to the Student Attendance Review Team (SART) for support with interventions. If a student is absent from a class period for more than 15 days, without valid excusal, as described below, during the course of a semester, he/she may not receive credit in that course.
Excused absences will be granted for the following reasons:
- If a student is personally ill;
- Medical, dental, optometry, or chiropractic appointments (verified by a note signed by a physician);
- Attending funeral services of a member of his/her immediate family (1 day in California, 3 days outside of California);
- Serious illness in the student's immediate family;
- Justifiable personal reasons as permitted by law such as: observance of a holiday/ceremony of his/her religion or an appearance in court; and
- School approved activities (e.g., field trips, academic events).
Absences for reasons not defined above will be classified as ‘unexcused absences.’ Unexcused absences may include, but are not limited to:
- Unverified absence
- Absence due to taking an early vacation or extending a vacation
- A tardy of 30 minutes or more
Parent Notification of Student Absence
The parent or guardian must notify the school office by 9:00 AM each day the student is absent. If the parent/guardian does not make the call by 9:00 AM, the school will notify the parent in an effort to find out if the student has an excused absence.
Procedure for Clearing Absences
When the student returns to school, he/she must provide the school main office with a note from his/her parent/guardian explaining the reason for the absence. Any student who is absent for medical, dental or other professional services must, in addition, present a note to the main office directly from the provider’s office. The school is required to keep the note, signed by the parent/guardian for every student absence, on file. The note must be legible and signed in ink.
Absences longer than three (3) days due to illness will require a doctor’s note to excuse the absence. A student may not participate in any after-school extracurricular activity if he/she is absent from school on the day of the activity unless the student’s IEP or 504 plan states otherwise.
Learning works best when each student attends every day. A student’s long-term absence will seriously impact his/her mastery of important course concepts and skills. Parents/guardians of a student who is absent for an extended period due to illness, injury, or family emergency should contact the school main office with an estimate of how long the student will be absent. Periodic updates would be appreciated.
Faculty and staff will work with parents/guardians on a case-by-case basis to help keep an extended-absent student from falling behind. A student must obtain a long-term absence study contract from their teachers if leaving the school for an extended period. A student returning from an extended absence may require supplemental tutoring and/or remediation beyond normal school hours to attain proficiency.
Students must make up all assignments, tests, and quizzes upon returning to school from an absence. Students should always try to get their assignment(s) from their classmates (or from a class website, if available) while they are absent to prevent them from falling behind. Upon the first day of his/her return to school, it is the student’s responsibility to check in with each teacher regarding missed work and due dates. Teachers will set their own class policies for returning work when absent. Please note teachers may have a no late work policy. Missing due dates will result in zeros.
A student who will be absent for three (3) consecutive school days may get his/her assignments by contacting the school main office. Upon a request for missed work, teachers will submit the assignment to the School Main Office within 24 hours of the request.
To provide students with the best possible education, each Alliance school has adopted a Tolerate No Tardies (TNT) Policy. Students and parents are expected to plan their time effectively in order for students to arrive to school and class on time.
A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in his/her seat when the bell rings signaling the start of class. If a student arrives late to school, he/she must obtain a TNT slip from the school main office. A tardy may be excused only with written verification from a parent/guardian upon the student’s arrival at the school, or if the parent/guardian accompanies the student into the school building to sign him/her in with a valid excuse.
Unexcused tardies are cumulative and may result in the following disciplinary action:
- Warning & Call Home
- Detention & Call Home
- Detention & Parent Conference
- Administrative Conference
Excessive tardies may result in an appearance before the SART. Any tardiness of more than 30 minutes for any class is considered an unexcused absence. A student missing more than 30 minutes of instruction without a valid excuse three (3) times during the school year will be considered truant.
A student who is subject to compulsory full-time education who is absent from school without a valid excuse 3 full days in one school year, or tardy or absent for more than 30 minutes of instruction without a valid excuse 3 times during the school year, will be considered truant. Any student who has once been reported as a truant and who is again absent from school without a valid excuse one or more days, or tardy more than 30 minutes on one or more days, shall again be reported as truant. A student will be classified as a habitual truant if he/she has been reported as truant three or more times in one school year and after the school has made a conscientious effort to hold at least one meeting with the parent and student. A student will be classified as a chronic truant if he/she is absent from school without a valid excuse for ten percent or more of the school days in once school year, from the date of enrollment to the current date.
Upon a student’s initial classification as truant, the Principal or designee shall notify the student’s parent/guardian that:
- The student is truant;
- The parent/guardian is obligated to compel the attendance of the student at school;
- Parents/guardians who fail to meet this obligation may be guilty of an infraction and subject to prosecution per Education Code (starting with Section 48290);
- The charter school is a school of choice and alternative educational programs are available in the district;
- The parent/guardian has the right to meet with appropriate school personnel to discuss solutions to the student’s truancy;
- The student may be subject to prosecution under Education Code Section 48264;
- The student may be subject to suspension, restriction, or delay of the student’s driving privilege;
- It is recommended that the parent/guardian accompany the student to school and attend classes with the student for one day.
· Principal or designee to call parent/guardian
· Principal or designee to call parent/guardian
· Send Truancy Letter home
· Principal or designee to call parent/guardian
· Send Certified Truancy Letter home
· Hold conference with parent/guardian and student to develop student intervention plan/contract
· May be referred to School Attendance Review Team
· May be referred to judicial system
· Principal or designee to call parent/guardian
· Send Certified Truancy Letter home
· Hold conference with parent/guardian and student to review and update student intervention plan/contract
· May be referred to School Attendance Review Team
· Home visit may be recommended
· May be referred to judicial system
Inactive Status: After ten (10) school days of consecutive unexcused absences with no response to phone calls, certified letters, home visits, or the SART process, a student will be placed on inactive status, withdrawn from school, and records will reflect that the student voluntarily withdrew from school. Students who are inactive are no longer part of the school’s enrollment count. Any student who becomes inactive can return to the school after following the school’s waiting list procedures, if applicable. If the student has an IEP, his/her IEP will be updated accordingly.
Tardy Contracts: At RMMS, tardy contracts are issued after 5 tardies. These contracts will span a set period of time, during which a student must be on time to school to prove a change in behavior. Parent conferences are required after each 5 tardies. Being on a tardy contract makes students ineligible for any school-sponsored activities until the completion of the contract.
Applications for free and reduced-price meals must be completed each school year and returned by the due date. Applications will be made available July 1st prior to the start of the school year, and will be sent home to families or may be picked up from the school’s main office. Failure to complete an application will result in the student(s) being charged the full price for school meals (e.g., lunch, breakfast).
To prevent overt identification of the students’ statuses, no payments will be accepted in the lunch line. Students may prepay by submitting depositions to the school’s main office. Students with outstanding balances will receive bi-weekly or monthly bills mailed directly to their homes. Parents/guardians are expected to pay the indicated amount promptly.
Standard School Uniform
In accordance with the expectations of Alliance and the school governing board, students attending Alliance schools must adhere to a strict uniform policy. One school uniform shall be provided to each student at no cost. Although each Alliance school may modify school colors as needed for school safety, students must adhere to the requirements below at all times.
· Any clothing item that may be construed as having gang affiliation is strictly prohibited (e.g., colored shoelaces, initialed belt buckles, cut-out belts, “sagging”/oversized clothing).
· Uniforms shall meet all provisions as set forth by the school principal.
· Only Alliance school shirts are to be worn. Green shirts for 6th and 7th graders and navy shirts for 8th graders. Green shirts for 6th and 7th graders and navy shirts for 8th graders.
· Shirts must be tucked in at all times during school hours. When both hands are raised, the shirt must be long enough to remain tucked.
Sweaters, Sweatshirts and Jackets
· Sweaters, sweatshirts, and jackets must be solid in color without logos (other than the school official logo). Sweatshirts may only be
· Sweatshirts may only be solid heather grey, black or navy.
Pants and Shorts
· Only school-approved, solid-coloredkhaki pants/shorts of an appropriately fitted size are allowed.
· Trousers must be at least ankle length but not touching the ground. The trouser hem must not be frayed or ripped. It is not permissible to cut the leg seam.
· Sweatpants are not allowed.
· Leggings and / or tights may not be worn as pants. Pants may not be excessively tight and must have pockets.
· Shorts must reach the top of the knee in length.
· Pants/shorts must be worn at waist level and not at the hip.
· Inappropriately tight and short clothing are not acceptable. This includes “skinny jeans” style pants, low-rise pants and/or hip-hugger pants for both girls and boys.
· Skirts must be in the school-approved colorkhaki, an appropriately fitted size, and fall just above the student’s kneecaps.
· Only closed-toe dress shoes or tennis shoes.
· Shoes must be plain andblack and solid-colored, and may not contain colored, shoelaces stripes or logos.
· If a belt is worn, only tan, brown, or black, a standard width, and properly worn at waist level.
· Belts and belt buckles must not have logos, studs, chains, writings, or initials.
· Hats, bandanas, hoods, beanies, wave caps, sweatbands and visors are not allowed.
· Dangling/excessive jewelry and piercings are not allowed.
· Backpacks must be a plain solid color and kept clean. No markings made with markers, paint, whiteout, will be allowed.
Any modifications and changes to the uniform policy and requirements are at the discretion of the school principal.
Students are responsible for coming to school in uniform prepared to learn. All staff shall conduct routine uniform checks to ensure compliance with this policy.
Parents shall be contacted immediately when their child is not adhering to the uniform policy. If a student is out-of-uniform, parents shall be asked to bring the student a change of clothes. Students shall wait in the school main office until the appropriate clothing or shoes arrive. Schoolwork will be provided during this time.
Students that regularly violate the uniform policy may be counseled on an individual basis by the school principal or designee.
On occasion, students may be given the privilege to attend campus or school-sponsored events out-of-uniform. Even though these occasions are called “free-dress,” there are still strict dress code guidelines students must follow.
Only on an occasion of “free-dress”:
- Students are permitted to wear casual pants, including clean and un-torn or un-frayed jeans.
- Students are permitted to wear T-shirts, sweatshirts or other casual shirts/blouses provided they are modest and do not make references to drugs, alcohol, offensive activities or sexual content, etc. Shirts with “double meanings” are not permitted.
- Bare midriffs and clothing that is sexually suggestive and/or fails to conceal, the back, abdomen or cleavage will not be allowed. This includes, but is not limited to, halter tops, short shorts/skirts (more than two inches above the knee), bathing suits, tank tops, low-cut tops/dresses or muscle shirts.
- Gang attire of any kind will not be allowed. This includes gang related clothing, solid colors of red or blue clothing or accessories, including but not limited to bandannas or other symbols, emblems, or insignia. Gang related web belts with or without punched out metal buckles are prohibited. Dangerous clothing accessories are prohibited (i.e., spiked jewelry, studded collars, studded belts).
- Sandals are not permitted.
- Hats or caps are not permitted.
- Any student who has any doubt concerning a particularly clothing item should not wear it.
Additional dress code guidelines may apply to specific events (e.g., formal dances). “Free-dress” is not the norm and if a student comes to school in “free-dress” without being given permission by the administration, then out-of-uniform consequences will apply.
Any modifications and changes to the free-dress guidelines and requirements are at the discretion of the school principal.
Physical Education Uniform
All students taking physical education courses are required to “dress” for physical education every day. Separate changing areas for male and female students will be available.
The physical education uniform is to be worn for PE class only. Students are required to change back into the required school uniform when the PE class ends each day.
Textbooks may be issued for certain courses and will be checked out directly to the student. Students assume full responsibility for the security and maintenance of their textbooks. Should textbooks be lost, stolen, damaged or defaced after issuance to a student, that student will be required to pay a replacement fee before a new book is issued or at the end of the academic year.
Students may lose the privilege of participating in school activities due to lost or damaged textbooks. These activities include, but are not limited to: dances, field trips and senior activities.
Withdrawing or transferring students must return all checked-out school books and equipment prior to exiting the school. Students will receive unofficial transcripts until all books/equipment are returned and outstanding fees are paid.
Technology resources at Alliance are provided for the purpose of supporting the educational mission of Alliance schools. The goal in providing the these devices is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, research, creativity, communication, increased productivity, and mobile learning.
Use of these technologies is a privilege that carries responsibility and behavioral expectations consistent with all school rules and policies, including, but not limited to those stated in this handbook. It is understood that members of the Alliance school community will use all types of computing devices and the school’s network in a responsible, ethical, and legal manner at all times.
Alliance schools retain sole right of ownership of computing devices and related equipment. The device may be issued to students according to the guidelines set forth in the Student Acceptable Use policy. Alliance schools retain the right to collect and/or inspect the computing device at any time, and to alter, add, or delete installed software or hardware.
Receiving Your Computing Device
Parents/guardians and students must sign and return the Acceptable Use Policy and Pledge documents before the device can be issued to their child.
Device School Return
Tablets will be returned during the last week of the school year or in accordance to the school’s check-in/out policy. Devices will be inspected for damages at this time.
Students, who transfer, withdraw, are suspended or expelled from Alliance Schools during the school year, must surrender the tablet upon termination of enrollment.
Device Return Fines
Failure to return the device will result in a theft report being filed by the school office manager or IT technician with the local police department. If a student fails to return the device at the end of the school year or upon termination of enrollment at any Alliance school, that student and/or parent/guardian will be subject to criminal prosecution or civil liability. The student will also pay the replacement cost of the device, or, if applicable, any insurance deductible. Furthermore, the student will be responsible for any willful damage to the iPad, consistent with the school’s iPad Protection plan. The student will be charged a fee for any needed repairs, not to exceed the replacement cost of the iPad.
Maintenance of Devices
Students are responsible for the general care of the device they have been issued by the school. Devices that are broken or fail to work properly must be taken to the Alliance Technology Department for an evaluation of the equipment.
The device is school property and all users will follow this policy and the Alliance acceptable use policy for technology;
- Cords and cables must be inserted carefully into the device to prevent damage;
- Devices must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, or labels that are not the property of Alliance schools;
- Devices must never be left in an unlocked car, school cubbies or any unsupervised area;
- Students may not use “skins” or stickers to “personalize” their device. The device may get redistributed to another student in the event of a separation from the school or device requires repair.
The protective cases provided with the device have sufficient padding to protect the tablet from normal treatment and provides a suitable means for carrying the device within the school. The guidelines below should be followed:
- Tablets should always be within the protective tablet case with the lids in a closed position when being carried.
- Avoid placing too much pressure and/or weight (such as folders and workbooks) on the tablet screen or laptop.
The device screens can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen.
- Do not lean on the top of the device.
- Do not place anything near the device that could put pressure on the screen.
- Do not place anything in the carrying case that will press against the cover. Clean the screen with a soft, dry cloth, microfiber or anti-static cloth. No harsh cleaners that can damage the surface of the device can be use.
- Do not “bump” the device against walls, car doors, floors, etc. as it will eventually break the screen.
Using Your Device at School
Devices are intended for use at school each day. In addition to teacher expectations for device use, school messages, announcements, planners, calendars and schedules may be accessed using the device.
Tablet Undergoing Repair
Loaner tablets may be issued to students when their assigned tablet has been sent for repair. Students may not receive their original device. The warranty provider may choose to swap the device with a refurbished model.
Tablets will be passcode protected. During orientation, each student will choose a 4-digit passcode.
Students are prohibited from sharing this password with anyone else except their parents/guardians.
A standard screensaver or background will be preset on the tablet. Backgrounds that are considered, but not limited to, inappropriate, abusive, hateful, harassing, or sexually explicit in nature cannot be used as a screensaver or background photo.
Photo/image storage on the tablet will be for school projects only. Storage of student personal sound, music, games, programs, photos or downloaded images is not allowed.
- Students may not download music from iTunes or any other music-sharing site unless directed by or with the permission of a teacher.
- Music is only allowed on the tablet if provided by the teacher for educational use.
- Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes.
- Non-educational games or applications are not allowed on the tablets.
- The device can only be synced with a school provided Apple ID account, Alliance’s server or other school-known Apple ID.
Managing Your Files and Saving Your Work
Saving Work to Google Docs, iCloud or Other District Approved Data Storage Solution
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that work is not lost due to mechanical failure or accidental deletion. Tablet malfunctions are not an acceptable excuse for not submitting work; therefore, students should back up all work.
Software on Devices
Originally Installed Software
Alliance schools will synchronize the device to contain the necessary programs for school work. Students may synchronize tablet or add apps through a personal iTunes account via Alliance’s Self-Service Portal. The software/apps originally installed by Alliance schools must remain on the tablet in usable condition and be easily accessible at all times.
From time to time, the school may add or modify software applications for use in a particular course. Periodic checks of devices will be made to ensure that students have not removed required apps and/or synced to a personal iTunes account. Mobile and laptop device management profiles will audit the tablets via remote checks that provide information on which application is installed on the device.
Students may be selected at random to provide their device for inspection.
Procedure for Reloading Software
If technical difficulties occur or illegal software (non-Alliance iTunes apps) is discovered, the device will be restored from backup. The school does not accept responsibility for the loss of any software or documents deleted due to a reformat or reimage. In this event, the student may lose the privilege of tablet use.
Upgrade versions of licensed software/apps are available from time to time. Students may be required to check in their device to the onsite technician or Alliance’s IT department for periodic updates. Minor application pushes will be remotely installed via our mobile or laptop device management software.
Alliance’s school technology resources that are provided by the school are not transferable or extendible by students to people or groups outside the school and terminates when a student is no longer enrolled in the school.
This policy is provided to make all users aware of the responsibilities associated with efficient, ethical, and lawful use of technology resources. If a person violates any of the User Terms and Conditions named in this policy, privileges may be terminated, access to the school’s technology resources may be denied, and the appropriate disciplinary action shall be applied. The Acceptable Use policy shall be applied to student infractions.
Violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension/expulsion for students. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved.
Parents/guardians are to talk to their children about values and the standards that they should follow that pertain to the use of the appropriate internet and all other digital media resources.
Alliance School Responsibilities
- Provide internet and email access to students.
- Provide data storage areas through Google Drive or iCloud. These will be treated similar to school lockers. Alliance schools reserve the right to review, monitor and restrict information stored on or transmitted via school-owned equipment and to investigate inappropriate use of resources.
- Provide staff guidance to aid students in doing research and help assure student compliance of the acceptable use policy.
- Use computers/tablets in a responsible and ethical manner. Obey general school rules concerning behavior and communication that apply to tablets/computer use.
- Use all technology resources in an appropriate manner so as to not damage school equipment. Damages include, but are not limited to, the loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by the student’s own negligence, errors or omissions.
- Help Alliance schools protect their computer system/device by contacting an administrator about any security problems encountered.
- Monitor all activity on their account(s).
- Turn off and secure tables after use to protect work and information.
- Return tablet/laptop to the school main office or assigned classroom at the end of each school year. Students who transfer, withdraw, are suspended or expelled, or terminate enrollment at Alliance Schools for any reason must return their individual school tablet on the date of termination.
Strictly Prohibited Student Activities
- Illegal installation or transmission of copyrighted materials.
- Any action that violates existing school policy or law.
- Sending, accessing, uploading, downloading, or distributing offensive, profane, threatening, pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit materials.
- Use of chat rooms, sites selling term papers, book reports and other forms of student work.
- Use of any messaging services (e.g., GChat, MSN Messenger, ICQ, AIM, IMO).
- Non-educational games or games not approved by a teacher.
- Use of outside data disks or external attachments without prior approval from the administration.
- Changing or removing tablet settings or Alliance loaded device management profiles (exceptions include personal settings such as font size, brightness, etc.).
- “Jailbreaking” the tablet or loading software that bypasses the system’s original security measures or normal mode of operation.
- Spamming or sending mass or inappropriate emails.
- Gaining access to other students’ accounts, files, and/or data.
- Use of the school’s internet/email accounts for financial or commercial gain or for any illegal activity.
- Use of anonymous and/or false communications such as, but not limited to, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, email, etc.
- Participation in credit card fraud, electronic forgery or other forms of illegal behavior.
- Vandalism of school equipment (any malicious attempt to harm or destroy hardware, software or data, including, but not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses or computer programs that can infiltrate computer systems and/or damage software components)
- Transmitting or accessing materials that are obscene, offensive, threatening or otherwise intended to harass or demean recipients.
- Bypassing the Alliance school web filter through a web proxy.
- Creating, sending, accessing or downloading material, which is abusive, hateful, harassing, or sexually explicit (e.g., engaging in inappropriate activity, such as but not limited to, sending threatening messages on social media or other forms of cyber bullying); Alliance schools have a “no-tolerance” position on harassment of any kind.
Alliance students are expected to set and maintain high ethical standards in their use of social networking. Since social media reaches audiences far beyond the community, students must use social sites responsibly and be accountable for their actions. If a student sees anything of concern on a fellow Alliance student's social networking page or account, he/she should immediately contact the school’s administration, teachers, or another adult within the school.
- “Think before you post.” Alliance asks students to use discretion when posting information onto the internet.
- Alliance reserves the right to request school-related images or content posted without permission to be removed.
- Do not misrepresent statements or information by using someone else's identity.
- Social media venues are public and information can be shared beyond a student’s control. “Be conscious of what you post online as you will leave a long-lasting impression on many different audiences.”
- Do not post or link anything (photos, videos, web pages, audio files, forums, groups, fan pages, etc.) to a social networking sites that you wouldn’t want friends, peers, parents, teachers, college admissions officers, or future employers to access. Any digital content that is created and/or posted will create a personal digital footprint that cannot be erased.
- When responding to others, remember to be respectful and avoid comments that may be hurtful. Do not use profane, obscene, or threatening language.
- Only accept invitations to share information from people they know. Utilize privacy settings to control access to the network, web pages, profile, posts, blogs, wikis, podcasts, digital media, forums, groups, fan pages, etc.
- Online stalkers and identity thieves are a real threat. Never share personal information, including, but not limited to, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, exact birthdates, and pictures with unknown parties or on unsecure sites.
- Users should keep passwords secure and never share passwords with others. “If someone tampers with your blog, email, or social networking account without you knowing about it, you could be held accountable.”
- Cyber-bullying is considered an act of harassment and is considered unlawful.
Tablet and Laptop Care
Students will be held responsible for maintaining their individual device and keeping them in good working order. Batteries must be charged and ready for school each day by following the check-in/out policy at the school.
Only labels or stickers approved by Alliance schools may be applied to the tablet. Tablet cases furnished by the school must be returned with only normal wear and no alterations to avoid paying a replacement fee.
Devices that malfunction or are damaged must be reported to the school main office. The school will be responsible for repairing devices that malfunction or are accidentally damaged. A device that is willfully damaged by the student will be repaired and the insurance deductible cost will be borne by the student. Repairs may take between 7 to 10 days to complete.
A device that is stolen must be reported immediately to the main office.
Comply with trademark and copyright laws and all license agreements. Ignorance of the law is not immunity. If a student is unsure, ask a teacher or parent.
Plagiarism is a Violation of the Alliance Code of Conduct - Give credit to all sources used, whether quoted or summarized. This includes all forms of media on the internet, such as graphics, movies, music, and text.
Use or possession of hacking software is strictly prohibited and violators will be subject to disciplinary action. Violation of applicable state or federal law may result in criminal prosecution.
If a student violates any part of the above policy, he/she will be subject to the following disciplinary action, including but not limited to:
- 1st Offense – Meeting between student and administrator to discuss appropriate use policy of technology.
- 2nd Offense – Student will be placed in a school community service program. Service will include cleaning monitor screens, keyboards and other computer accessories.
- 3rd Offense – Parent meeting with administrators to discuss corrective actions.
Protecting and Storing the Device
Student devices will be labeled in the manner specified by the school. Tablets can be identified in the following ways:
- Serial number
- Alliance school label with barcode
- School label on tablet case
Storing the Device
When students are not using their device, they should be stored in a tablet or laptop storage unit in each classroom or designated charging cart.
Devices Left in Unsupervised Areas
Under no circumstances should tablet be left in unsupervised areas. Unsupervised areas include the school grounds and campus, the lunchroom, computer lab, library, unlocked classrooms, and hallways. Any device left in these areas is in danger of being stolen. If a tablet is found in an unsupervised area, it will be taken to the school main office.
Parent(s) will be held responsible for ALL willful damage to their tablet including, but not limited to: broken screens, damaged metal casing, cracked plastic pieces, inoperability, etc. Should the cost to repair the device exceed the cost of purchasing a new device, the student’s parent or guardian will pay for full replacement value. Lost items such as cases, actual iPad device and cables will be charged the actual replacement cost.
California Education Code section 48904 states, in pertinent part, that the parent or guardian of any minor who willfully cuts, defaces, or otherwise injures any real or personal property of the Alliance or its employees, or fails to return same upon demand of the Alliance, shall be liable for all damages caused by the minor. Alliance property includes the iPad and iPad case, which has an approximate value of $700. Students should report any damage to the immediate teacher for further evaluation. Responsibility will be determined after the iPad is sent for repair.
In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act ("CIPA"), Alliance will implement filtering and/or blocking software to restrict access to Internet sites containing child pornography, obscene depictions, or other materials harmful to minors under 18 years of age. The software will work by scanning for objectionable words or concepts, as determined by Alliance. However, no software is foolproof, and there is still a risk an internet user may be exposed to a site containing such materials. A user who accidently connects to such a site must immediately disconnect from the site and notify a teacher or administrator. If a user sees another user is accessing inappropriate sites, he/she should notify a teacher or administrator immediately.
Alliance and its representatives will implement a mechanism to monitor all minors' on-line activities, including website browsing, email use, chat room participation and other forms of electronic communications. Such a mechanism may lead to discovery a user has violated or may be violating this policy, the appropriate disciplinary code or the law. Monitoring is aimed to protect minors from accessing inappropriate matter, as well as help enforce this policy, on the internet. Alliance reserves the right to monitor other users' online activities, and to access review, copy, store or delete any electronic communications or files and disclose them to others as it deems necessary.
If a student under the age of 18 accesses his/her Alliance account or the internet outside of school, a parent/guardian must supervise the student's use of the Account or Internet at all times and is completely responsible for monitoring the use. Filtering and/or blocking software may or may not be employed to screen home access to the internet. Parents/guardians should inquire at the school if they desire more detailed information about the software.
Student information shall not be posted unless it is necessary to receive information for instructional purposes, and only if the student's teacher and parent or guardian has granted permission.
Users shall not reveal on the Internet personal information about themselves or about other persons. For example, users should not reveal their full names, home addresses, telephone numbers, school addresses, or parents' names on the Internet.
Users shall not meet in person anyone they have met on the Internet in a secluded place or a private setting. Users who are under the age of 18 shall not meet in person anyone they have met on the Internet without their parent's permission.
All users will abide by Alliance’s IT security policies.
Alliance’s System Administrator has the authority to monitor all accounts, including e-mail and other materials transmitted or received via the accounts. All such materials are the property of Alliance. Account users do not have any right to or expectation of privacy regarding such materials.
Penalties for Improper Use of Alliance Accounts
The use of the account is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in the restriction or cancellation of the account. Inappropriate use may lead to any disciplinary and/or legal action, including but not limited to suspension or expulsion, or criminal prosecution by government authorities. Alliance will attempt to tailor any disciplinary action to meet the specific concerns related to each violation.
Students will be responsible for any items they bring to school and must watch their belongings carefully. The school is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal items. It is best for items that are not related to the school’s instructional program (e.g., iPods, PSPs, Nintendo) are to be left at home.
Student cell phones must be stowed away in a purse or backpack – not pants pockets – with the volume off for the entire instructional day.
Students who do not follow this policy will have their cell phones confiscated. At the discretion of the school principal, only a parent/guardian may collect items confiscated from students. The school is not responsible for any loss or damage.
Skateboards and Bicycles
Students may ride a skateboard or bicycle to school as long as they wear a helmet and bring a lock to secure their bicycle or skateboard to a rack. During school hours, students must store their skateboard or bicycle in a designated storage arealocked to either the bicycle or skateboard racks outside. Students may not ride their skateboard or bicycle during the school day or on school grounds. Students who do not adhere to these conditions will have their skateboard/bicycle confiscated. At the discretion of the school principal, only a parent/guardian may collect items confiscated from students. The school is not responsible for any loss or damage. Students loitering or trespassing before or afterschool in order to ride their bicycles or skateboards are subject to fines and penalties in accordance with local laws.
Lost and Found
The Lost and Found will be housed in the school main office. Students that have lost an item at school (e.g., clothing, keys) should check with the main office to see if the items have been turned in. Unclaimed items may be donated to charity or discarded on a regular basis.
The safety and security of staff and students at every Alliance school is of utmost importance. A critical part of creating a safe campus environment is for the administration, as well as those individuals or classrooms receiving visitors, to have advance knowledge of all visitors. School administration must know at all times who is on campus and reserves the right to refuse entry to any visitor. The following procedures for visiting an Alliance school will be strictly followed.
Each Alliance school is a closed campus. All students are required to remain on school grounds during the regularly scheduled school day, including the lunch period. It is unlawful for anyone to take a student away from school during the regular school day without first obtaining proper permission from a designated school official.
Visitor Policy, Sign-in, and Verification
Principals are responsible for managing involvement of volunteers and visitors, and for ensuring that the activities of visitors and volunteers do not result in undue disruption of the instructional program. It is also important that the presence of visitors and volunteers does not contribute to safety or security issues for students and staff members or for the visitors themselves.
All Campus Visitors Must:
- Request an appointment for a visitation date and time from the office staff after entering the school office. As much advance notice as possible should be given, but no visitor can be guaranteed entry to the campus on a specific date and time.
- Sign into the visitor’s log immediately upon entrance, providing all requested information (e.g., visitor’s name, date, time, name, purpose of visit, other additional information the School may require). This is for the safety of students, staff, as well as the individual in case of emergency. Failure to provide information will be grounds for denial of access.
- Show identification. Failure to provide information will be grounds for denial of access.
- Complete a visitor’s badge and obtain the principal/designee’s approval before proceeding. The visitor’s badge may include the following information: visitor name, date, time, destination and office approval. You may be required to wait depending on the principal’s/designee’s availability.
- Wear a visitor’s badge at all times during your stay at the school.
- Keep observation of classroom activity to a particular purpose and reasonable frequency, as determined by the School.
- Follow the established procedures for scheduling an appointment with the teacher(s).
- Return the visitor’s badge to the school office before leaving the campus and sign out. You must indicate on the visitor’s log the time you are leaving the school.
Some Important Rules for All Visitors:
- The staff person/student you are visiting must be on campus that day and aware of the visit.
- Visitors must be escorted by designated school personnel at all times on campus.
- Do not interfere with any school activity during the visitation. Visiting the School is a privilege, not a right.
- Enter and leave the classroom as quietly as possible when class is in session.
- While class is in session, do not converse with students, teachers, and/or instructional aides during the visitation unless explicitly permitted.
Failure to follow any of these basic procedures may result in a visitor not receiving authorization to enter the building and/or being barred from future visits.
Alliance high school graduation requirements are in alignment with the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) “A-G” minimum undergraduate admissions requirements. Alliance high school students must pass all courses with a grade of C or higher (basic proficiency). High school graduation requirements may vary by school with approval by the school Board of Directors.
UC and CSU A-G Requirements
(a) History-Social Science
1 year of U.S. History
1 year of World History
(b) English Language Arts
4 years of college preparatory English
3 years of college preparatory Mathematics (Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2, Integrated Math 3, Pre-Calculus, Calculus or Statistics). Refer to UC A-G website to confirm appropriate math sequences, particularly for students who may have a mix of traditional and integrated courses.
(d) Laboratory Science
2 years of Laboratory Science
(e) Language other than English
2 years of the same language other than English
(f) Visual and Performing Arts
1 year chosen from dance, music, theater or the visual arts
(g) College Preparatory Elective
1 year of additional academic electives (e.g., third year of science or foreign language, fourth year of math, social science, advanced visual or performing arts)
Curriculum and course offerings are reviewed on an annual basis and may be changed based on student needs.
Alliance Graduation Requirements
- Total Unit/Credit requirements for graduation: 230
- Passage of the UC and CSU A-G requirements as noted above.
- For each subject, students must complete all classes and credits to satisfy the A-G requirements listed above (including any subject specific requirements), regardless of the number of units it requires of the student. For example, a student may have to take 4 years of math (though the A-G and Alliance requirement noted above is 3 years) in order to cover all the topics required by the A-G math requirement. Refer to the UC A-G website for specific details on each subject requirement.
- In addition to the required A-G history/social science course sequence, all students must complete 1 semester course in American Government & Civics, and 1 semester course in Economics. Alliance has determined that these courses must also be A-G approved.
- In total, a student will take 160 A-G approved credits.
- Course requirements for graduation: Pass ALL required courses with a grade of C or higher (basic proficiency).
- Starting with the class of 2012, UC’s undergraduate admissions requirements mandate students complete 11 out of 15 A-G courses by the end of the 11th grade.
- Core courses offered may be Standard Core, Honors or Advanced Placement.
- Advanced Placement courses and exams may be onsite or online through University of California College Prep (UCCP).
Alliance College-Ready school courses are transferable to other schools or universities to meet graduation requirements.
At the discretion of the school principal, Alliance high schools may require students to complete community service requirements as well in order to participate in graduation activities.
Alliance High School Sample Course Offerings
(a) History-Social Science
World History, Cultures and Historical Geography 
U.S. History 
American Government 
(b) English Language Arts
English 9 (H) 
English 10 (H) 
English 11 (H) or AP English Language 
English 12 (H) or AP English Literature 
Integrated Math I or Integrated Math 2 
Integrated Math 2 or Integrated Math 3 
Integrated Math 3 or Pre-Calculus 
Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC or Statistics 
(d) Laboratory Science
Biology or Environmental Science 
Chemistry or Environmental Science 
Chemistry or Environmental Science 
Other Laboratory Science 
(e) Language other than English
Spanish 1 or Other Language 
Spanish 2 or Other Language 
Spanish 3 or AP Spanish Language 
Spanish 4 or AP Spanish Literature 
(f) Visual and Performing Arts
Music, Dance, Drama, Art or Art History 
Music, Dance, Drama, Art or Art History 
(g) College Preparatory Elective
English Support or
Math Support or
Other Elective 
Other Elective 
Other Elective 
Other Elective 
Physical Education/Health 
Physical Education/Life Skills 
Alternative Graduation Policies
Did Not Meet the Alliance Graduation Requirements by the End of Summer School
If a student has not met the graduation requirements by the end of the summer and cannot produce evidence that they have completed the graduation requirements, they will:
- Become a part of next year’s graduating class (become a 5th year senior), assuming that they enroll at the school;
- Become a transfer student if they enroll in another school; or
- Become a dropout if they do not enroll in another school within 45 days after the graduation date.
Foster Care Provision
Beginning January 1, 2010, students in foster care who transfer to a new school while in grades 11 or 12 may be able to graduate from high school without meeting the local graduation requirements that exceed the state minimum course requirements. In these cases, the district would need to conclude that the student would not reasonably be able to complete the additional local graduation requirements during the student’s remaining time in high school.
Credit Deficient Senior
5th year seniors only need to take the course(s) required to meet the Alliance graduation diploma requirements. Once a student completes the course required diploma requirements, the principal or designee will grant the student his/her diploma for the year of completion (after summer session, student will receive a diploma for the following year).
Students who have taken concurrent college courses approved by their high school administration, advancing their grade level standing, as well as maxing out of high school offerings may create a plan with their college counselor, parent/guardian and administration to graduate early. Early graduation plans must be completed before the student’s first day of their senior year.
Graduation Options for Students Qualifying for Special Education Services
Students with an individualized education program (IEP) are entitled to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE), including special education and related services, through age 21, unless they earn a regular high school diploma before that time. The following rules apply when determining if a student has exceeded the maximum age eligibility:
- If a student turns 22 between July 1 and September 30, he or she is no longer eligible for special education after the last day of school of the previous school year.
- If a student turns 22 in October, November, or December, student exits at the winter recess.
- If a student turns 22 between January and June 30, student exits the last school day of the school year.
State Graduation Requirement Accommodation Eligibility
Students who have an eligible disability may graduate from high school if they meet state graduation requirements but not Alliance graduation requirements. This must be written into the student’s IEP or in the student’s 504 Plan prior to the first day of the student’s senior year. With this accommodation, students may graduate upon meeting California graduation requirements. California graduation requirements (Section 5.1225.3) state that all pupils receiving a diploma of graduation from high school must complete all of the following in grades 9-12, inclusive:
- Three courses in English
- Two courses in Mathematics, including one year of Algebra I
- Three years of History/Social Science, including US History & World History, and one –semester course in American Government and Civics, and one-semester course in Economics
- Two years of Science, including biological and physical sciences.
- One course in visual or performing arts, Foreign Language OR career technical education
- Two years in Physical Education, unless the pupil has been exempted pursuant to the provisions of Education Code Section 51241.
Certificate of Completion
Students with severe disabilities may qualify to receive a certificate of completion if they do not meet all state and local requirements for a high school diploma (EC Section 56390).
Not all students with IEPs are eligible. Typically, such a certificate would be reserved for students with severe disabilities. A student qualifying for special education services who has satisfied any of the following three requirements may be awarded a special education certificate of completion:
- Satisfactory completion of 230 credits of a prescribed alternative course of study as identified on the student’s IEP; OR
- Satisfactory achievement of the student’s IEP goals and objectives during high school as determined by the IEP team; OR
- Satisfactory high school attendance, participation in the instruction prescribed in the student’s IEP, and achievement of the objectives of the statement of transition services.
To be considered for promotion to the next grade level, each middle school student (grades 6-8) must obtain sufficient academic credit in his/her prescribed course of study and meet the standards of proficiency established by the Alliance school. Middle school students are required to receive academic instruction and participate in core subject areas (e.g., English, Mathematics, Science and History). Physical Education and other electives may also be required as part of the students’ required course of study.
Middle School Commencement
Alliance middle schools may require students to complete any or all of the following to be eligible to participate in the school’s commencement ceremony:
- Meet or exceed all course requirements as defined by the school. Students may have no NPs in order to participate. Even 1 NP will result in ineligibility.
- Adhere to all behavioral requirements as defined by the school (e.g., code of conduct, attendance, suspension/expulsion, tardies). Students may not be on a behavior or tardy contract in order to participate.
- Complete community service requirements as defined by the school. Students are required to complete at least 10 hours of community service per year. Not completing these hours will result in ineligibility
The grading scale at each Alliance campus is based on the degree to which students demonstrate proficiency on content standards. Grades are based on a four point scale.
Life Skills Grades
Life skill grades are based on four primary areas: Participation in class, Behavior, Working in groups, and Classwork/Homework completion. The following grading scale will be used: Advanced, Proficient, Basic, Below Basic.
Official progress reports are distributed at parent conferences according to the following schedule:
- 5-Week Fall Progress Report (Sep)
- 10-Week Fall Progress Report (Oct)
- 15-Week Fall Progress Report (Nov)
- Fall Semester Report Card (Dec)
- 5-Week Spring Progress Report (Feb)
- 10-Week Spring Progress Report (Mar)
- 15-Week Spring Progress Report (May)
- Spring Semester Report Card (Jun)
A teacher may determine that a student shall have more time to complete required coursework due to an extended illness, death or illness in the family, or other reason deemed to be of an extenuating nature. The teacher may assign the student an Incomplete (“I”), with a deadline to make up the assigned work. Upon completion of the assigned work or by the deadline, the teacher will submit a grade change form to officially change the “I” to a letter grade. If a student does not complete the work by the deadline, they risk failing the class.
Student with Special Education Eligibility Grading Accommodation – Permission to Earn a Grade of “D”
Through the IEP Team’s decision and specified in the IEP, students needing grading accommodation will have an extended grading scale including grades of “D.”
In order for completed coursework from other high schools to be accepted for credit at an Alliance school, the following criteria must be met:
- High school credit from California high schools and credit bearing programs must have their courses approved by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) “A-G” course approval system.
- High school credit from California high schools and credit bearing programs must be accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
- High school credits completed outside of CA must be from accredited high school or program.
If a student transfers from another school mid-semester, his/her transfer grades for courses currently in progress will be factored in to the equivalent Alliance courses, as the teacher or administrator deems appropriate. The school may assign partial credit for courses in progress at the previous school that are not offered at our campus. Similarly, the school may award partial credit for courses that a student enrolls in mid-semester in which the student was not previously enrolled at the previous school. Transfer grades will be added to the student’s transcript, but will not replace the grades previously earned.
Transferring into an Alliance High School with a Grade of “D”
Students who transfer into an Alliance school with a grade of “D” must retake the course to meet Alliance’s A-G high school graduation requirement. Students will receive unit credit on their transcript but the credit will not count towards A-G course completion.
Transferring Credits out of Alliance High School
Alliance high school credits are accepted at other high schools, colleges & universities.
Pinnacle Grading Scale
The grading scale is as follows for academic courses and advisory:
ADVANCED- Student has advanced and detailed understanding beyond expectations of the standard and can apply complex ideas & processes for the standard.
PROFICIENT- Student has a complete and detailed understanding of all information important to and beyond the expectations for the standard.
BASIC- Student has a complete understanding of the information important to the standard but not in great detail.
BELOW or FAR BELOW BASIC- Even with help, student demonstrates little or no understanding or skill. Or, insufficient student work to judge higher.
Assignment turned in or test taking with no credit or grade of zero.
Missed Assignment. Student not present or not enrolled when assignment given. Not included in calculating grade.
Assignment not submitted. Would count as a 0 in calculating the grade.
Standard not taught sufficiently to assess or assign a score this quarter. Standard not selected or included in calculating grade.
Alliance schools comply with and adhere to state requirements for participation and administration of state-mandated tests. These assessments include:
- Assessments required per the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system
- Smarter Balanced Tests: English language arts/literacy and mathematics in grades 3–8 and grade 11
- California Standards Tests (CSTs) for Science: grades 5, 8, and 10
- California Modified Assessment (CMA) for Science: grades 5, 8, and 10 who meet the eligibility requirements to take this instead of a CST for Science
- California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for Science: grades 5, 8, and 10 who meet the CAPA requirements
- California English Language Development Test (CELDT)/English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) for English Learners and new enrollees in California public schools
- California State University Early Assessment Program (CSU-EAP) – high school only
- The CSU-EAP is a program for grade 11 students who are interested in an early evaluation of their readiness for college-level work in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Scores from the EAP may be used by both the California State Universities and the California Community Colleges to determine placement in English and mathematics classes. This program may be revised to align with the Smarter Balanced Assessment.
- Physical Fitness Test
Definitions (Education Code 306)
- English learner means a student who does not speak English or whose native language is not English and who is not currently able to perform ordinary classroom work in English.
- English language classroom means a classroom in which the language of instruction used by the teaching personnel is overwhelmingly the English language, and in which such teaching personnel possesses a good knowledge of the English language.
- English language mainstream classroom means a classroom in which the students either are native English language speakers or already have acquired reasonable fluency in English.
- Structured English immersion (also known as "sheltered English immersion") means an English language acquisition process in which nearly all classroom instruction is in English but with the curriculum and presentation designed for students who are learning the language.
- Bilingual education/native language instruction means a language acquisition process for students in which much or all instruction, textbooks, and teaching materials are in the student's native language.
Identification and Assessments
Upon enrollment in each Alliance school, each student's primary language shall be determined through use of a home language survey. (Education Code 52164.1; 5 CCR 11307)
Any student who is identified as having a primary language other than English as determined by the home language survey, and who has not previously been identified as an English learner by a California public school or for whom there is no record of results from an administration of an English language proficiency test, shall be assessed for English proficiency using the state's designated English language proficiency test. (Education Code 313, 52164.1; 5 CCR 11511)
Each year after a student is identified as an English learner and until he/she is reclassified/redesignated as English proficient, the summative assessment shall be administered to the student as determined by the California Department of Education. (Education Code 313)
The state assessment shall be administered in accordance with test publisher instructions and 5 CCR 11511-11516.7. Variations and accommodations in test administration may be provided pursuant to 5 CCR 11516-11516.7. Any student with a disability shall be allowed to take the assessment with those accommodations for testing that the student has regularly used during instruction and classroom assessment as delineated in the student's individualized education program (IEP) or Section 504 plan that are appropriate and necessary to address the student's individual needs. If he/she is unable to participate in the assessment or a portion of the assessment with such accommodations, he/she shall be administered an alternate assessment for English language proficiency as set forth in his/her IEP. (5 CCR 11516-11516.7)
(cf. 6152.51 - State Academic Achievement Tests)
(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)
(cf. 6164.6 - Identification and Education Under Section 504)
The Superintendent or designee shall provide the following written notifications to parents/guardians of English learners:
- Assessment Notification: The district shall notify parents/guardians of their child's results on the state's English language proficiency assessment within 30 calendar days following receipt of the results from the test contractor. (Education Code 52164.1; 5 CCR 11511.5)
(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)
- Placement Notification: At the beginning of each school year, parents/guardians shall be informed of the placement of their child in a Structured English Immersion program and shall be notified of an opportunity to apply for a parental exception waiver. (Education Code 310; 5 CCR 11309)
- Title III Notifications: Each parent/guardian of a student participating in, or identified for participation in, a language instruction program supported by federal Title III funds shall receive notification of the assessment of his/her child's English proficiency. Such notice shall be provided not later than 30 calendar days after the beginning of the school year or, if the student is identified for program participation during the school year, within two weeks of the student's placement in the program. The notice shall include all of the following: (Education Code 440; 20 USC 7012)
- The reason for the student's classification as an English learner
- The level of English proficiency, how the level was assessed, and the status of the student's academic achievement
- A description of the program for English language development instruction, including a description of all of the following:
- The manner in which the program will meet the educational strengths and needs of the student
- The manner in which the program will help the student develop his/her English proficiency and meet age-appropriate academic standards
- The specific exit requirements for the program, the expected rate of transition from the program into classes not tailored for English learners, and the expected rate of graduation from secondary school if applicable
- Where the student has been identified for special education, the manner in which the program meets the requirements of the student's IEP
- Information regarding a parent/guardian's option to decline to allow the student to be enrolled in the program or to choose to allow the student to be enrolled in an alternative program
- Information designed to assist a parent/guardian in selecting among available programs, if more than one program is offered
- Annual Measurable Objectives Notification: If the district fails to make progress on the annual measurable achievement objectives for English learners established pursuant to 20 USC 6842, the Superintendent or designee shall, within 30 days after such failure occurs, send a notification regarding such failure to the parents/guardians of each student identified for participation in a language instruction educational program supported by Title III funds. (20 USC 7012)
The district shall continue to provide additional and appropriate educational services to English learners for the purposes of overcoming language barriers until they: (5 CCR 11302)
- Demonstrate English language proficiency comparable to that of the district's average native English language speakers
- Recoup any academic deficits which may have been incurred in other areas of the core curriculum as a result of language barriers
English learners shall be reclassified as fluent English proficient when they are able to comprehend, speak, read, and write English well enough to receive instruction in an English language mainstream classroom and make academic progress at a level substantially equivalent to that of students of the same age or grade whose primary language is English and who are in the regular course of study. (Education Code 52164.6)
The following measures shall be used to determine whether an English learner shall be reclassified as fluent English proficient: (Education Code313; 5 CCR 11303)
- Assessment of English language proficiency using an objective assessment instrument, including, but not limited to, the state's English language proficiency assessment
- Participation of the student's classroom teacher and any other certificated staff with direct responsibility for teaching or placement decisions related to the student
- Parent/guardian opinion and consultation
The Superintendent or designee shall provide the parent/guardian with notice and a description of the reclassification process and of his/her opportunity to participate in the process and shall encourage his/her involvement in the process.
- Student performance on an objective assessment of basic skills in English that shows whether the student is performing at or near grade level
The Superintendent or designee shall monitor the progress of reclassified students to ensure their correct classification and placement. (5 CCR11304)
The Superintendent or designee shall monitor students for at least two years following their reclassification to determine whether the student needs any additional academic support to ensure his/her language and academic success.
Parental Exception Waivers
A parent/guardian may, by personally visiting the school, request that the district waive the requirements pertaining to the placement of his/her child in a Structured English Immersion program if one of the following circumstances exists: (Education Code 310-311)
- The student already possesses sufficient English language skills, as measured by standardized tests of English vocabulary comprehension, reading, and writing, in which the student scores at or above the state average for his/her grade level or at or above the fifth-grade average, whichever is lower.
- The student is age 10 years or older, and it is the informed belief of the principal and educational staff that an alternate course of study would be better suited to the student's rapid acquisition of basic English skills.
- The student already has been placed, for a period of not less than 30 calendar days during that school year, in an English language classroom and it is subsequently the informed belief of the principal and educational staff that the student has special physical, emotional, psychological, or educational needs and that an alternate course of educational study would be better suited to the student's overall educational development.
Upon request for a waiver, the principal or designee shall provide parents/guardians with a full written description and, upon request, a spoken description of the intent and content of the Structured English Immersion program, any alternative courses of study, all educational opportunities offered by the district and available to the student, and the educational materials to be used in the different educational program choices. For a request for waiver pursuant to item #3 above, the principal or designee shall notify the parent/guardian that the student must be placed for a period of not less than 30 calendar days in an English language classroom and that the waiver must be approved by the principal pursuant to any guidelines established by the Board of Trustees. (Education Code 310, 311; 5 CCR 11309)
The principal and educational staff may recommend a waiver to a parent/guardian pursuant to item #2 or #3 above. Parents/guardians shall be informed in writing of any recommendation for an alternative program made by the principal and staff and shall be given notice of their right to refuse to accept the recommendation. The notice shall include a full description of the recommended alternative program and the educational materials to be used for the alternative program as well as a description of all other programs available to the student. If the parent/guardian elects to request the alternative program recommended by the principal and educational staff, the parent/guardian shall comply with district procedures and requirements otherwise applicable to a parental exception waiver, including Education Code 310. (Education Code 311; 5 CCR11309)
When evaluating waiver requests pursuant to item #1 above and other waiver requests for those students for whom standardized assessment data are not available, other equivalent assessment measures may be used. These equivalent measures may include district standards and assessment and teacher evaluations of such students.
Parental exception waivers pursuant to item #2 above shall be granted if it is the informed belief of the principal and educational staff that an alternate course of educational study would be better suited to the student's rapid acquisition of basic English language skills. (Education Code 311)
Parental exception waivers pursuant to item #3 above shall be granted by the principal if it is the informed belief of the principal and educational staff that, due to the student's special physical, emotional, psychological, or educational needs, an alternate course of educational study would be better suited to the student's overall educational development. (Education Code 311)
All parental exception waivers shall be acted upon within 20 instructional days of submission to the principal. However, parental waiver requests pursuant to item #3 above shall not be acted upon during the 30-day placement in an English language classroom. Such waivers shall be acted upon no later than 10 calendar days after the expiration of that 30-day English language classroom placement or within 20 instructional days of submission of the waiver to the principal, whichever is later. (5 CCR 11309)
Any individual school in which 20 or more students of a given grade level receive a waiver shall offer an alternative class where the students are taught English and other subjects through bilingual education techniques or other generally recognized educational methodologies permitted by law. Otherwise, the students shall be allowed to transfer to a public school in which such a class is offered. (Education Code 310)
In cases where a parental exception waiver pursuant to item #2 or #3 above is denied, the parent/guardian shall be informed in writing of the reason(s) for the denial and advised that he/she may appeal the decision to the Board if the Board authorizes such an appeal, or to the court. (5 CCR 11309)
Waiver requests shall be renewed annually by the parent/guardian. (Education Code 310)
All students will be supported through Advisory. Advisory is an Alliance curriculum driven course that students are required to take every year. Each student works closely with his/her Advisory teacher to explore and set academic and career goals. During Advisory, students take part in team building activities and community service opportunities. Advisory was designed with the purpose of: personal and academic success of students; preparing students to be positive and contributing members of society; preparing students for school, life and career transitions; and creating a community in which all students feel safe, welcome and heard.
Alliance schools recognize that field trips are an enriching aspect of a student’s educational experience. Field trips are part of the interdisciplinary curriculum and are important learning experiences to supplement the school curriculum.
Field trip forms shall be sent home with students at least one week prior to the planned trip. The forms must be signed by a parent/guardian and returned to the school for the student to participate.
All student policies, rules and procedures are in effect during field trips.
Student Councils are heavily involved in what happens at Alliance schools. Student Council, with the assistance of faculty, plans, funds and carries out many activities and events that help promote positive student morale.
Dress for most school-sponsored social events outside of the regular instructional day must adhere to the “free-dress policy.” Students who are not dressed appropriately will not be allowed to participate in the activity.
Students will be asked to present their ID card to enter school-sponsored events. Students must remain inside or within specified areas once they have arrived. Once a student leaves the event, the student cannot return. Parents are expected to pick up their student immediately following the end of the event. Parents are also invited to help chaperone school events such as dances and parties. All student policies, rules and procedures are in effect during all school-sponsored events.
Alliance schools may offer opportunities for students to participate in sports teams, depending on student interest and staff availability. All students who participate on a team must meet rules for academic eligibility including maintaining a minimum grade point as defined by the school. Additionally, students must meet behavioral requirements and be present at school on game days in order to participate.
Alliance schools shall have a variety of clubs and programs for students to participate in. Programs and clubs offered may change from year-to-year based on student interest and faculty sponsorship.
Alliance school safety and emergency plans and protocols are developed with the guidance of local law enforcement, school administration and Alliance Home Office in order to prepare for natural disasters and emergency situations (e.g., fire, earthquake, lockdown, terrorist threats, power outages). Each Alliance school has a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan which describes the safety procedures specific for the school. Training on the emergency plan is provided to all school staff members annually. All schools and classrooms are equipped with emergency supplies.
An evacuation map is posted in every classroom. Emergency drills (e.g., earthquake drills, fire drills, lockdown drills), are conducted throughout the school year so that all staff and students will be prepared should an emergency occur.
During regular school hours, students are required to follow their teacher’s or administrator’s instructions during all emergency drills and situations. If an emergency occurs off-campus, students are to report to their supervising teacher or administrator. If the emergency extends beyond the end of the school day, students shall not be released until it has been determined that it is safe to do so. Before students are released, parents are required to sign them out in the school main office.
Emergency Cards and Contact Information
Each Alliance school shall have emergency cards on file for all students and staff. Parents/guardians are responsible for keeping all student emergency contact information up-to-date and informing the school main office in writing of any changes as soon as possible (e.g., address changes, phone number changes). It is important for families to keep the emergency contact information up-to-update so all communications are received without delay or interruption.
Students may only leave campus with the adults named and listed on their emergency card. Adults will be asked to show proper identification in order to sign students out.
Emergency Response Application
RMMS will be using the application called Crisis Manager to push information out to parents in the event of an emergency. Information on how to install this app on your phone or other devices as well as training on how to use it will be disseminated at a later date.
Supervision is provided for all school sponsored programs, activities, and meals during the instructional day. Unless otherwise noted for a specific school sponsored program or activity, hours of supervision at school begin 30 minutes before and after school ends.
To ensure the safety of our students, it is important that students do not arrive before supervision has begun and that they leave promptly at the conclusion of their school day. Students who linger on or near campus will be sent home. Should any student create a disturbance by lingering before or after school, disciplinary action may be taken.
School administration, staff, and parent volunteers are available to help ensure our campus remains safe and students are following traffic laws when crossing the street. Students are to obey all directions from supervisory staff and parent volunteers.
New students will not be enrolled unless a written immunization record is presented at the time of enrollment, and immunizations are up-to-date. All students new to Alliance schools must show that they have received all required immunizations in order to be enrolled. Those students who do not meet the state guidelines will be excluded from school until the requirements are met.
California law requires that pupils entering a California school provide a written immunization record showing the date (at least month and year) of each immunization.
Starting January 1, 2016, California bill SB 277 eliminates exemptions based on personal beliefs, including religious beliefs, for the vaccines that are currently required for entry into school in California. Medical exemptions will still be accepted with the appropriate documentation from a licensed physician.
Personal beliefs exemptions on file prior to January 1, 2016 may remain valid, however it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to check with the school to determine if the student qualifies.
A school staff member will assist students in need of help for sudden illness occurring in school. Students who are unable to remain in class because of illness will be sent home. Parents/guardians listed on the student emergency card will be contacted to make transportation arrangements. No students shall be allowed to leave the campus without parent/guardian consent. Students may only leave the campus with people listed on their emergency cards; proper identification (e.g., driver’s license) must be presented to the school main office. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to inform the school of any changes to the contacts on the students’ emergency cards.
All injuries must be reported to the nearest staff member in charge or to the school main office. The school shall call the appropriate agencies (e.g., ambulances, police, fire) in cases of serious injury. The school will immediately notify parents/guardians listed on the student emergency card.
Exposure to bloodborne pathogens can be minimized or eliminated with an exposure control plan that addresses and implements, at the minimum, the following elements: universal precautions, communication of hazards and training, clearly defined procedures and protocols, personal protective equipment and appropriate decontamination/housekeeping.
All school staff members receive bloodborne pathogens training on an annual basis.
In the event that a student suddenly becomes ill and there is blood or other potentially infectious bodily fluids present (e.g., blood, vomit), specific procedures shall be followed to protect against exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The procedures include:
- Staff member practices universal precautions and keeps other students away from the potential hazard.
- Staff member contacts main office
- Office manager or administrator removes student to the main office and contacts the school custodian
- Custodian is responsible for cleaning up the bodily fluids.
- Custodian uses appropriate personal protective equipment such as gloves, apron, protective eyewear, etc.
- Custodian removes bodily fluid from floor and sanitizes the floor. Custodian cleans and decontaminates all equipment and environmental working surfaces exposed to fluids.
- Custodian removes gloves and disposes in appropriate biohazard container.
- Custodian washes hands with antibacterial soap.
- In the absence of the custodian, the administrative staff will assume responsibility for the procedures above.
The school shall not furnish any medications. School personnel are prohibited by law from giving any medication (e.g., prescriptions, over-the-counter pain relievers, cold medicine) to a student unless the student’s physician has given written instructions and the student’s parent/guardian has provided written consent.
In order for a designated school personnel to assist a student in taking a medication, including insulin to diabetic students, Alliance shall obtain both a written statement from the physician detailing the name of medication, the date, the dosage information and directions for administering the medication and a written statement from the parent/guardian indicating the desire that the school assist the pupil in the matters set forth in the statement of the physician.
All medications require physician and parent/guardian authorization. Once authorization is obtained, the medication must be given to the school main office in original containers, labeled with the name of the student, the name of the medication, the date, the dosage information and directions for administering the medication. Over-the counter-medications should be in original sealed packages with directions for administration. Medications will be stored in a secure location and medication administration will be documented in a medication log maintained for each student. This form will be incorporated into each student’s permanent file upon transfer or graduation.
Students may only carry and self-administer certain medications (e.g., inhaled asthma medications, EpiPens) with the proper documentation. This documentation includes:
- A written statement from an authorized health care provider detailing the name of the medication, the date, the dosage information and directions for administration, and confirming that the student is able to self-administer the medication; and
- A written statement from the parent/guardian of the student consenting to the self-administration, providing release for the school to consult with the health care provider of the student regarding any questions that may arise with regard to the medication, and releasing the school and school personnel from liability in the case of adverse reaction.
All other medications shall be stored in the school main office. Certain Asthma Action Plans may be sufficient for students to carry and self-administer asthma medication. A student may be subject to disciplinary action if the medication is used in a manner other than as prescribed. School personnel shall not prescribe or give advice regarding medication.
During the student enrollment process, parents/guardians must indicate if their children have any chronic health problems, medical conditions, medications or allergies on the Registration/Enrollment Form.
Alliance Home Office shall obtain a prescription for epinephrine auto-injectors (“EpiPen”) from an authorizing physician that includes at least one regular EpiPen per Alliance school.
Each school year, Alliance shall provide office staff and staff who volunteer to be EpiPen administrators with opportunities to be trained on EpiPen administration. If a student is, or reasonably believed to be, suffering from an anaphylactic reaction, only trained staff shall administer the EpiPen to the student. During the administration of the EpiPen or as soon as practicable thereafter, or if no trained individual is present at the time of the anaphylactic reaction, the school will immediately call 9-1-1 to request an emergency response and stay with the student until paramedics arrive. The school shall also contact the student’s parent/guardian as soon as practicable upon learning of the student’s anaphylactic reaction.
The California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act requires that any administrator, teacher or other school staff member who has a reasonable suspicion that a student has been subjected to child abuse and neglect (e.g., physical abuse, sexual abuse, willful cruelty or unjustified punishment, unlawful corporal punishment or injury, and neglect (including both acts and omissions)) must make a report to the proper authorities immediately or as soon as is practicably possible.
Child abuse must be reported when one who is a legally mandated reporter "...has knowledge of or observes a child in his or her professional capacity, or within the scope of his or her employment whom he or she knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of child abuse.” Mandated reporters must make their report to the county welfare department (child protective agency) or to any police, sheriff, or, in some cases, county probation department.
Reports are to be made initially via phone then followed-up within 36 hours later with a written report to the child protective or law enforcement agency to which the telephone report was made.
Alliance schools may conduct searches of students and items under the students’ control (e.g., locker, backpack, purse) to ensure student and staff safety. Specifically, the purposes of these searches are to:
- Detect the possession of weapons
- Deter bringing weapons onto school groups
- Reduce the potential for violent incidents
Searches may be conducted under the following circumstances:
Searches Based on Reasonable Suspicion
If a student has engaged in conduct that causes an administrator to have reasonable suspicion that the student has committed, or is about to commit, a crime or has violated statutory laws or school rules, the administrator may conduct a search of that student. The administrator must:
- Be able to articulate the reasons for his/her suspicion and the facts and/or circumstances surrounding a specific incident.
- Be able reasonably to connect the student to a specific incident, crime, rule, or statute violation.
- Have relied on recent, credible information from personal knowledge and/or other eyewitnesses.
- Ensure that a search based on reasonable suspicion is not excessively intrusive in light of the student’s age and gender and the nature of the offense.
When conducting a student search based on reasonable suspicion, school administrators must adhere to the following practices:
- Conduct the search only if there are clear and specific reasons for suspicion and there are facts that connect the student to a specific incident of misconduct.
- Jackets, purses, pockets, backpacks, bags and containers in the student’s possession may be searched to the extent reasonably necessary.
- Under no conditions may a body or strip search be conducted.
- Only school administrators of the same gender as the student searched may conduct the search.
- Searches based on reasonable suspicion must be conducted in a private area where the search will not be visible to other students or staff (except for a school administrator or designee witness, also of the same gender).
Alliance is committed to establishing a positive school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.
Alliance schools participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), a federally-assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. The NSLP provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. Alliance schools and food vendors comply with the federal and state regulations/requirements of the program.
Nutrition Promotion, Education and Physical Activity Goals to Promote Student Wellness
Alliance schools partner with their food vendors to find ways to increase student access to healthy breakfast and lunch meal options, and to promote a healthy way of living. School staff shall encourage students to choose balanced and nutritious school meals, and shall minimize competitive food sales to increase participation in the school’s nutrition program.
Also, the school's physical education programs shall be research-based and aligned to required content standards. Nutrition education shall be provided as part of the health education program and, as appropriate, shall be integrated into other academic subjects in the regular educational program.
Opportunities for student physical activity may be available through physical education classes, after-school programs, student athletics, intermural programs, and other activities.
Nutrition Guidelines to Promote Student Health
Foods and beverages available to students at the school should promote and protect students’ health, well-being and ability to learn. As such, the following guidelines have been established for foods available at the school:
- Nutritional standards adopted by Alliance for food and beverages sold to students shall meet or exceed state and federal requirements;
- Meals will be attractive and appealing to students;
- Meals will be served in clean and pleasant settings;
- Daily and weekly minimum requirements for the five components (e.g., meat/meat alternatives, grains, fruits, vegetables, milk) will be met;
- A variety of fruits and vegetables will be offered;
- All milk served will be low-fat (1%) and/or non-fat milk;
- Meals served will be within the nutrient targets for calories, saturated fats, sodium and trans-fat as defined by the USDA.
To allow for consistent messaging about student health and wellness and its link to academic performance, the principal or designee may disseminate information to parents/guardians through the school website, parent-student handbook, school newsletters, in-person meetings, and other forms of communication.
Alliance Home Office collaborates with Alliance schools and food vendors to discuss new ways to promote student health on campus and review/update the local wellness policy. Other stakeholders may include: school staff members, parents, students, community members and school board members.
Alliance Home Office works with food vendors throughout the school year to ensure food and beverages meet the nutrition guidelines defined above. The Home Office also conducts site monitoring reviews at Alliance schools each school year to evaluate the schools’ processes/systems to ensure compliance with NSLP requirements. During these visits, an informal assessment of schools’ implementation of the wellness policy is also performed. If issues arise, principals or designees may request additional reviews as needed.
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Alliance schools believe in academic integrity and the principle of the honor code. Students are expected to do their own homework, to test without external resources, and to submit original work for all assignments.
Examples of academic integrity violations include, but are not limited to:
- Plagiarism – submitting another person’s work as your own.
- Submission of falsified dates (written or oral).
- Copying another student’s work during an exam.
- Aiding others with acts of plagiarism and/or copying.
- Theft or unauthorized access to an exam.
- Use of unauthorized materials/equipment, including electronic devices, during an exam.
- Changing, altering or fabricating a grade, score or any other academic record.
- Unauthorized communication with any other person during an exam.
- Stealing or destroying the work of another student.
Consequences for violating the Academic Integrity Policy may be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the school principal and staff.
Alliance schools believe all students have the right to a safe and civil learning environment. Discrimination, harassment, and bullying are all disruptive behaviors which interfere with students’ ability to learn, negatively affect student engagement, diminish school safety, and contribute to a hostile school environment. As such, Alliance schools prohibit any acts of discrimination, harassment, and bullying related to school activity or school attendance. This policy is inclusive of instances that occur on any area of the school campus, at school-sponsored events and activities, regardless of location, through school-owned technology, and through other electronic means, consistent with this policy.
“Discrimination, harassment, and bullying” describe the intentional conduct, including verbal, physical, written communication, or cyberbullying, that is based on the actual or perceived characteristics of disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
To the extent possible, Alliance schools will make reasonable efforts to prevent students from being discriminated against, harassed, intimidated and/or bullied, and will take action to investigate, respond, and address any reports of such behaviors in a timely manner. Alliance school staff who witness acts of discrimination, harassment, and bullying will take immediate steps to intervene, so long as it is safe to do so.
Allegations of harassment and bullying will be reviewed and investigated in a prompt, confidential and thorough manner. Alliance schools prohibit retaliation against anyone who files a complaint or participates in the complaint investigation process.
A charge of harassment or bullying shall not, in itself, create the presumption of wrongdoing. However, substantiated acts of harassment or bullying will result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. Students found to have filed false or frivolous charges will also be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
A school principal or designee may refer a victim of, witness to, or other pupil affected by, an act of bullying to the school counselor, school psychologist, social worker, child welfare attendance personnel, school nurse, or other school support service personnel for case management, counseling, and participation in a restorative justice program, as appropriate.
Sexual and Gender Based Discrimination
Alliance schools will not discriminate against any student based on sex, sexual orientation, perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression.
All classes and courses will be conducted without regard to the sex of the pupil enrolled, and no pupil will be prohibited from enrolling in a class on the basis of the pupil’s sex, except as permitted by law.
When programs, activities, and athletic teams are in place, Alliance schools will maintain separate programs, activities, and teams for male and female students. Students may participate in sex-segregated programs, activities, and athletic teams consistent with the student’s gender identity.
Alliance schools will maintain separate restroom facilities for male and female students. Students may use facilities consistent with their gender identity. If there is a desire for increased privacy and/or safety, regardless of the underlying purpose or cause, any student and/or parent guardian may request a meeting with school administration to determine the appropriate accommodation(s).
“Bullying” means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
- Reasonable fear of harm to person or property.
- Substantially detrimental effect on physical or mental health.
- Substantial interference with academic performance.
- Substantial interference with the ability to participate in or benefit from school services, activities, or privileges.
Bullying behaviors may include, but are not limited to:
- Cyberbullying is bullying by electronic act, which includes transmission of a communication by text, sound, image, video, message, website post, social network activity, or other form of communication sent by an electronic device. It also includes creating a credible impersonation or a false profile of pupils.
- Indirect bullying is the use of intimidation or peer pressure to cause harm to a third party.
- Non-verbal bullying includes the use of threatening gestures, staring, stalking, graffiti or graphic images, and destruction of property to cause distress, intimidation, discomfort, pain or humiliation.
- Physical bullying includes intentional, unwelcome acts of beating, biting, fighting, hitting, kicking, poking, punching, pushing, shoving, spitting and tripping.
- Social or relational bullying includes spreading rumors, manipulating relationships, exclusion, blackmailing, isolating, rejecting, using peer pressure and ranking personal characteristics.
- Verbal bullying includes hurtful gossiping, making rude noises, name-calling, spreading rumors and teasing.
Harassment occurs when an individual is subjected to treatment or a school environment that is hostile or intimidating because of the individual’s race, creed, color, national origin, physical disability, or sex. Harassment can occur any time during school hours or during school related activities. It includes, but is not limited to, any or all of the following:
- Verbal harassment is any written or verbal language or physical gesture directed at a teacher or a student that is insolent, demeaning, abusive or implicitly or explicitly implies a threat of bodily harm is totally unacceptable and shall be deemed harassment and will be dealt with as such.
- Physical Harassment is any unwanted physical touching, contact, assault deliberately impeding or blocking movements, or any intimidating interference with normal work or movement.
- Visual Harassment includes any derogatory, demeaning, or inflammatory posters, cartoons, written words, drawings or gestures.
- Sexual harassment is unwanted or demeaning conduct or comments directed at or about an individual on the basis of actual or perceived gender, sex, sexual behavior, sexual orientation, or other related personal characteristics, with the impact or intent to humiliate. Anti-gay and sexist epithets are forms of sexual harassment. Schools should investigate and respond to these incidents.
- Hostile Environment 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; and (3) the harassment is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the school.
It is the responsibility of the student to:
- Conduct herself/himself in a manner which contributes to a positive school environment
- Avoid any activity that may be considered discriminatory, intimidating or harassing
- Consider immediately informing anyone harassing him/her that the behavior is offensive and unwelcome
- Report all incidents of discrimination or harassment to the Principal
- If informed he/she is perceived as engaging in discriminatory, intimidating, harassing or unwelcome conduct, to discontinue that conduct immediately
Students who engage in discrimination, harassment, or bullying may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and/or expulsion as outlined below.
Student Behavior, Tickets and Detentions
RMMS uses a ticket system to support students in making good behavior choices. The ticket system involves both positive and negative tickets as described below.
Positive tickets are awarded to students for going above and beyond the expectations. These tickets can be awarded for cleaning up messes that belong to others, helping other students or teachers, reporting bullying or behavior infractions, or supporting staff members or other students on campus among other positive behaviors.
Positive tickets can be collected and redeemed for prizes with Mr. Shahbaz. Prizes vary as do the number of tickets required for each.
If a student behaves in a way outside of behavior expectations, a negative ticket will be given to the student. These tickets are given for the following behaviors, but can also be given for other negative behaviors at the discretion of school personnel.
-Being tardy to class (between transitions)
-Dress code violations
-Irresponsible use of school space
-Public displays of affection
-Being in the hall without a pass
-Aggressive behavior outside or in the hallway
-Defiance to school personnel
-Phone use or use of headphones
These tickets result in a student having to provide service to work off the infraction. They can provide the service to any teacher or staff member on campus. The teacher or staff member then signs off on the ticket that the service is complete and the student submits the ticket to the front office prior to 4:30 on the day of the infraction.
Any ticket that is not turned in with a signature by 4:30 on the same day results in half an hour of detention the following Wednesday. Parents will be notified by phone the Tuesday before his / her child will serve detention the following day as well as be notified how many infractions / how much detention time will need to be served.
The Student Suspension and Expulsion Policy has been established in order to promote learning and protect the safety and well-being of all students at Alliance schools. The policy, procedures and grounds for suspension/expulsion are based on Education Code 48900 et seq. As required by the Modified Consent Decree, Alliance schools also follow the District’s Discipline Foundation Policy, including the school-wide positive behavior support plan and alternatives to suspension.
Each Alliance school will develop, maintain, and implement a comprehensive student discipline policy. The discipline policy will not be biased or discriminatory, and will follow the principles of due process. In the case of a student who has an IEP, or a student who has a 504 Plan, the school will ensure that it follows the correct disciplinary procedures to comply with the mandates of state and federal laws, including the IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Plan of 1973
The discipline policy will be reviewed with students and parents upon admission to the school. By signing the Parent/Student/Staff Compact, students and parents acknowledge their understanding of and their responsibility to the standards set forth in the discipline policy. The discipline policy will define student responsibilities, unacceptable behavior, and the consequences for noncompliance.
Code of Conduct
Student responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Following all rules of behavior and conduct set by the classroom teacher and contained within this policy.
- Respecting fellow students and school personnel.
- Attending classes regularly and on time.
- Completing all assigned work (to the best of the student’s ability).
- Being prepared for class (bringing materials such as books, homework, etc.).
- Participating in all assessment measures (e.g., tests).
- Respecting the property of the school and others.
- Keeping the campus clean.
- Wearing the school uniform. One school uniform shall be provided to each student per school year at no cost.
Unacceptable student behavior includes, but is not limited to:
- Excessive talking unrelated to instruction.
- Classroom disturbance.
- Eating in class, bringing outside food on campus.
- Fighting, horseplay, pushing, running and yelling.
- Using unapproved electronics (e.g., cell phones, video games) during school hours.
- Inappropriate use of technology and telecommunications (e.g., cell phones, video games) during school hours
- Use, possession or sale of alcohol, tobacco or a controlled substance.
Alliance believes in a student discipline philosophy that is progressive in nature, but also emphasizes positive behavior supports to provide students with opportunities to improve. These include, but are not limited to: positive recognition, increased family and community collaboration, acknowledgement and reinforcement of appropriate behavior, clear definition of expectations, team-based implementation, and data-based decision making.
Students who violate the school rules are subject to, but not limited to the following progressive actions:
- Verbal warning
- Loss of privileges (e.g. attending afterschool activities, interscholastic sports, special non-instructional activities held during the school day)
- Written notice to parents/guardian
- Conference with student and parent/guardian
- Opportunities for voluntary transfers to other Alliance schools– only considered if the school can clearly demonstrate and document that comprehensive intervention strategies have been fully utilized without success
- Expulsion - for Category I offenses or Category II offenses (only if additional findings are substantiated)
Suspended students and students in in-school suspension shall be excluded from participating in all school and school-related activities unless otherwise agreed upon by the principal and the parent/guardian during the period of suspension. The maximum number of days a student may receive out-of-school or in-school suspension for is five (5) school days per incident. Expelled students shall be excluded from participating in all school and school-related activities.
Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion
A student may be suspended or expelled for prohibited misconduct, as outlined in the section below, if the act is related to a school activity or school attendance occurring at the Alliance school in which the student attends, a school-sponsored event, within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent of the school district, or at a school within any other school district. The act may occur at any time, including, but not limited to:
- While on school grounds,
- While going to or coming from school,
- During the lunch period whether on or off the school campus,
- During, or while going to or coming from, a school-sponsored activity.
Students may be suspended or expelled for any of the following acts, consistent with the requirements for Category I, Category II and Category III offenses as defined below, when it is determined that the pupil has:
(a) (1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
(2) Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.
(b) 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, the pupil had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, which is concurred in by the principal or the designee of the principal.
(c) Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of, any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.
(d) Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, 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 and represented the liquid, substance, or material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.
(e) Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
(f) Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
(g) Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property.
(h) Possessed or used tobacco, or products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel. However, this section does not prohibit use or possession by a pupil of his/her own prescription products.
(i) Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
(j) Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
(l) Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
(m) Possessed an imitation firearm. As used in this section, "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.
(n) Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or committed a sexual battery.
(o) Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or a witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both.
(p) Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma.
(q) Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing.
(r) Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel.
(t) Aided or abetted the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury to another person (suspension only).
48900.2 Committed sexual harassment.
48900.3 Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence.
48900.4 Intentionally engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation, directed against school district personnel or pupils.
48900.7 Made terroristic threats against school officials or school property, or both.
Alliance’s policy prohibits suspension and expulsion be utilized as corrective measures in response to student misconduct of willful defiance as described in Education Code section 48900(k).
It is the intent of the Legislature that alternatives to suspension or expulsion be imposed against any pupil who is truant, tardy, or otherwise absent from school activities. (48900(w))
As used in this section, "school property" includes, but is not limited to, electronic files and databases.
A superintendent of the school district or the principal may use his or her discretion to provide alternatives to suspension or expulsion, including, but not limited to, counseling and an anger management program, for a pupil subject to discipline under this section.
Matrix for Student Suspension and Expulsion Recommendations
Source: Los Angeles Unified School District Student Discipline & Expulsion Support Unit (August 14, 2014)
Process for Suspension
Suspension is preceded by a conference conducted by the principal or designee with the student and the student’s parent/guardian. The conference may be omitted if the administrative staff determines that an emergency situation exists. An “emergency situation” involves a clear and present danger to the lives, safety or health of students or school personnel. If the student is suspended without a conference, the parent/guardian is notified of the suspension, a request for a conference is to be made as soon as possible, and the conference is to be held as soon as possible.
Notice to Parents/Guardians
At the time of suspension, the principal makes a reasonable effort to contact the parent/guardian by telephone or in person. Whenever a student is suspended, the parent/guardian shall be notified in writing of the suspension and the date of return following suspension. This notice shall state the specific offense committed by the student. In addition, the notice shall also state the date and time the student may return to school. School administrators shall request to confer with the parent/guardian regarding matters pertinent to the suspension; parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to respond without delay as student violations of school rules may result in student expulsion from the school.
Length of Suspension
Suspensions, when not including a recommendation for expulsion, shall not exceed five (5) consecutive school days per suspension. Upon a recommendation of expulsion by the principal or principal’s designee (e.g., assistant principal), the pupil and the pupil’s guardian or representative will be invited to a conference to determine if the suspension for the pupil should be extended pending an expulsion hearing. This determination will be made by the principal or designee upon either of the following: 1) the pupil’s presence will be disruptive to the education process; or 2) the pupil poses a threat or danger to others. Upon either determination, the pupil’s suspension will be extended pending the results of an expulsion hearing. Students who receive an extended suspension will be offered an interim placement at another Alliance school campus when possible, or independent study from the attending school. Students shall not be suspended for more than a total of twenty (20) school days in a school year, unless a suspension has been extended pending an expulsion hearing.
The suspension of a student is at the discretion of the school principal or designee. Parents/guardians shall be notified in advance of the enactment of the suspension and can appeal a student’s suspension. A suspension appeal shall be submitted to the Senior Advisor and shall be heard if requested within five (5) school days of the notification of suspension by the principal or designee. Upon consideration, the Senior Advisor decision shall be final. The student shall be considered suspended until a meeting is convened to hear the appeal. The decision regarding the appeal will be made within one (1) school day of the appeal hearing. Parents/guardians will be notified of the decision in writing within three (3) school days. For students who are recommended for expulsion, any appeal of the suspension will be considered concurrently with the expulsion process.
During the term of the suspension, the school shall provide the student with meaningful access to education. Missed assignments can be accessed virtually through class websites or arranged for pick-up or delivery with the parent/guardian. The student shall also be given the opportunity to take make-up tests if they were missed during the term of the suspension.
Authority to Expel
A student may be expelled by a three (3) member panel, known as the Expulsion Panel that is designated by the School Board of Directors (“School Board”). The Expulsion Panel shall be selected by the Board President and will consist of Alliance staff. The members of the Expulsion Panel shall meet the following criteria:
- The members shall have no knowledge or previous familiarity of the student or situation, and
- The members are not school employees.
Process for Expulsion
Upon a recommendation of expulsion by the principal or principal’s designee, the pupil and the pupil’s parent/guardian or representative will be invited, by letter or by phone, to a pre-expulsion conference within five (5) school days. During the conference, they will have the right to respond to the allegation. If necessary, they will be given three (3) additional school days after the conference to respond. This conference will also provide an opportunity to determine if the suspension for the pupil should be extended pending an expulsion hearing. This determination will be made by the principal or designee.
A hearing to determine whether the student should be expelled is required for recommendation for expulsion. The hearing shall be held within 30 school days after the principal makes his/her expulsion recommendation. The hearing shall be presided over by the Expulsion Panel described above.
The principal or designee provides written notice of the hearing to the student and the student’s parent/guardian within ten (10) calendar days before the date of the hearing.
Presentation of Evidence
While technical rules of evidence do not apply to expulsion hearings, evidence may be admitted and used as proof only if it is the kind of evidence on which reasonable persons can rely in the conduct of serious affairs. A determination by the panel to expel must be supported by substantial evidence that the student committed an expellable offense.
Findings of fact shall be based solely on the evidence at the hearing. While hearsay evidence is admissible, no decision to expel shall be based solely on hearsay. Sworn declarations may be admitted as testimony from witnesses of whom the Expulsion Panel determines that disclosure of their identity or testimony at the hearing may subject them to an unreasonable risk of physical or psychological harm.
The decision of the Expulsion Panel shall be in the form of written findings of fact. The final decision by the panel shall be made within three (3) school days following the conclusion of the hearing.
If the Expulsion Panel decides not to recommend expulsion, the pupil shall immediately be returned to his/her educational program or be given the opportunity to transfer to another Alliance school with mutual agreement of the parent and the other Alliance school.
Written Notice to Expel
Following a decision of the Expulsion Panel to expel, the principal or designee shall send to the student and parent/guardian witten notice of the decision to expel. This notice to expel a student will be sent by certified U.S. mail.
Appeal of Expulsion
An expulsion decision may be appealed within 30 calendar days of the date of the Expulsion Panel’s written decision to expel. The parent/guardian must submit the appeal in writing to the School Board. An Expulsion Appeal Panel shall be convened within 30 school days of receipt of the written appeal, at which time the student’s parent/guardian must attend to present his/her appeal either verbally or in writing. The Expulsion Appeal Panel shall have three (3) members. The panel shall be selected by the School Board President. Panel members shall not be school or Alliance employees, shall have no familiarity of the incident or student, and shall not be the same individuals that served on the Expulsion Panel. The scope of review of the panel shall be limited to whether there is relevant and material evidence which, in the exercise of reasonable diligence, could not have been produced or which was improperly excluded at the expulsion hearing. The decision of the Expulsion Appeal Panel shall be final. Parents will be notified of the Expulsion Appeal Panel’s decision, in writing, within two (2) school days of the hearing. In the event that Expulsion Appeal Panel reverses the expulsion, the student shall be immediately reinstated.
In the event of a decision to expel a student, the school will work cooperatively with the county and/or other schools to find alternative placement for the student. The school shall communicate any incident of violent and/or serious student behavior to the district/school in which the student matriculates.
Pupils who are expelled from an Alliance school shall be given a rehabilitation plan upon expulsion as developed by the Expulsion Panel at the time of the expulsion order, which may include, but is not limited to, periodic review as well as assessment at the time of review for readmission. The rehabilitation plan should include a date not later than one (1) year from the date of expulsion when the pupil may reapply to Alliance for readmission.
The school’s governing board shall adopt rules establishing a procedure for the filing and processing of requests for readmission and the process for the required review of all expelled pupils for readmission. Upon completion of the readmission process, school’s governing board shall readmit the pupil, unless school’s governing board makes a finding that the pupil has not met the conditions of the rehabilitation plan or continues to pose a danger to campus safety. A description of the procedure shall be made available to the pupil and the pupil’s parent or guardian at the time the expulsion order is entered and the decision of the governing board, including any related findings, must be provided to the pupil and the pupil’s parent/guardian within a reasonable time.
Students with Disabilities
In the case of student who has an IEP or a 504 Plan, the school will follow disciplinary procedures to comply with state and federal laws, including IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Plan of 1973. As required by state and federal mandates, the IEP team or 504 Plan team will meet to conduct a manifestation determination and to discuss alternative placement utilizing the District’s Special Education Policies and Procedures Manual. Prior to recommending expulsion for a student with an IEP or a 504 Plan, the team will answer the two questions: 1) Was the misconduct caused by, or directly and substantially related to the student’s disability? 2) Was the misconduct a direct result of the Charter School’s failure to implement 504?
Meaningful parent involvement is a critical dimension of effective schooling and improves student achievement. Research has shown that active and consistent parent involvement leads to student success.
The school firmly believes that all students can and will achieve at high levels when administrators, teachers, staff, and parents work in collaboration with each other. As stated in the Parent/Student/Staff Compact, each partner accepts responsibility for the successful education and college preparation of each student. This Compact is part of each student’s enrollment packet and is explained to all new families during orientation.
Parents as Partners (Parent Engagement)
The school values the role of parents as their child’s first teacher and welcomes their active involvement in their child’s education. The school believes in:
- Parents as partners and in encouraging parents to take an active and meaningful role to ensure the success of the school.
- Parents being meaningfully and actively engaged in their child’s education and responsible for supporting their child’s learning at home.
- Helping parents understand what it will take to prepare their child for college.
- Encouraging parents to support the goals of the school through their voice and through volunteering 40 hours per school year (failure to meet the recommended number of volunteer hours or to participate in the school’s programs will have no effect on a student’s enrollment, grades, credits, ability to graduate or participation in graduation activities).
- Encouraging parents to attend 4 parent educational workshops each school year.
- The value of parent input. Parents are asked to complete a parent satisfaction survey each year.
Tips to Help Your Child Succeed
Research shows that effective and consistent parent participation leads to student success. Below are some suggestions to help your child succeed academically.
- Encourage your child to be an active and responsible learner who completes and turns in assignments and homework when they are due and seeks assistance when needed.
- Ensure that your child arrives to school on time each day and follows school policies, such as discipline, safety, proper school attire, textbook care, etc.
- Review your child’s agenda and encourage your child to use it on a regular basis to keep track of homework assignments, projects, exams, and other important school events.
- Monitor your child’s overall progress on a regular basis. Do not wait until progress reports and report cards are issued to find out how your child is doing in school.
- If your child is struggling with their schoolwork or needs help, speak with your child’s advisor and/or teachers and ensure that your child attends after-school tutoring as available.
- Help your child establish a regular time and place to study and to complete his/her homework and school projects. Make sure your child’s study area is well lit and stocked with necessary school supplies.
- Talk to your child about what is happening at school and what he/she is learning.
- Encourage your child to read for pleasure and limit TV, video game, and Internet usage.
- Attend all scheduled parent/teacher conferences, school activities, and parent educational workshops.
- Support your child’s school by volunteering. Contact the school for more information.
There are a number of ways parents can volunteer. Parent volunteer service hours are earned by directly supporting the school and by supporting your child academically. Each family is encouraged to volunteer 40 hours per school year. Failure to meet the recommended number of volunteer hours or to participate in the school’s programs will have no effect on a student’s enrollment, grades, credits, ability to graduate or participation in graduation activities.
Possible volunteer activities to support the school include:
· Office support
· Breakfast and lunch distribution
· Field trip supervision and assistance
· Arrival and dismissal supervision
· Yard or visitor’s supervision
· School beautification
· Leadership activities
o Participate in the school’s coordinating council, town hall, or school board of directors meetings
o Plan/coordinate a school event (fundraising, prom, graduation)
o Serve on a committee (e.g., Teacher Appreciation)
o Serve as a coach and/or support the school’s athletic program
o Civic engagement/advocacy on behalf of school
Possible volunteer activities to support students academically include:
· Parent workshop participation
· Classroom observations
· Parent-teacher conferences
· IEP meetings
· Counselor meetings
· Parent volunteer coupons
· Leadership activities
o Speak in the classroom or for Career Day
o Serve as a classroom helper
o Mentor or tutor students
o Lead a parent workshop
o Participate in the Parent Leadership Academy
Alliance appreciates your participation as a parent volunteer and will make every attempt to match your interests and skills with projects or tasks that you are comfortable with.
- All volunteers must complete an Alliance Parent Volunteer Application and sign the Alliance liability waiver.
- The school shall perform a Megan’s Law check prior to starting work with Alliance schools.
- All parent volunteers not directly supervised by school staff and who may have contact with students shall undergo a criminal background check completed through the appropriate state agency and/or the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to being cleared for service.
- If a volunteer who works with students without direct supervision of a school staff member is found at an Alliance school without a criminal background clearance, he/she will be sent home and prohibited from continuing to volunteer until such clearance is obtained.
- Should a volunteer be convicted of a controlled substance offense, sex offense, or serious or violent felony during his/her volunteer period, the volunteer must immediately report such a conviction to his/her immediate supervisor.
- Documentation will be kept on file with Alliance’s Human Resources department.
- All parent volunteers that will have frequent or prolonged contact with students shall undergo a tuberculosis (TB) examination and be determined to be free of active TB.
- If a volunteer who has frequent or prolonged contact with students is found at an Alliance school without a TB clearance, he/she will be sent home and prohibited from continuing to volunteer until such clearance is obtained.
- Documentation will be kept on file with Alliance’s Human Resources department.
Any entity providing student services that require frequent or prolonged contact with students will be contractually required to ensure that all employees have had the appropriate criminal background checks and TB clearances prior to starting work with Alliance students.
Parents are guaranteed certain rights within each Alliance campus. Parents have the right to:
- Work in partnership with the school to help their child succeed.
- Observe the classroom(s) in which their child is enrolled or will be enrolled.
- Meet with their child’s teacher(s) and principal.
- Volunteer under the supervision of school employees.
- Be notified if their child is absent from school without permission.
- Receive results of their child’s performance on standardized and statewide tests and information on the performance of the school.
- Have a school environment for their child that is safe and conducive of learning.
- Examine curriculum materials of classes in which their child is enrolled.
- Be informed of their child’s progress in school and of the appropriate school personnel whom they should contact if problems arise.
- Have access to the school records of their child and question anything that they feel is inaccurate, misleading, or is in violation of the student’s privacy.
- Receive information concerning the academic performance standards, proficiencies, or skills their child is expected to accomplish.
- Be informed in advance about school rules, attendance policies, dress codes, and procedures for visiting the school.
- Receive information about any psychological testing the school does involving their child and to deny permission to give the test.
- Participate as a member of the school advisory committee, school site council, or site-based management leadership group in accordance with any rules and regulations governing membership in these groups.
Parent/ teacher conferences are held regularly throughout the school year (Alliance schools set individual dates). At these meetings, parents have the opportunity to meet with some of their child’s teachers to discuss the child’s progress and areas of focus. In addition, when a student experiences academic difficulties, or when the student is at risk of failing a course, a parent conference will be scheduled with the student to identify areas of concern and possible strategies for remediation. Attending parent/teacher conferences is highly encouraged.
Progress reports are distributed every five (5) weeks. Progress reports are not final and indicate a student’s performance to-date in the semester.
Report cards will be issued at the conclusion of each semester. Report cards include final grades that will be reflected on a student’s transcript.
Parents can follow student academic progress through the Pinnacle Gradebook. Student attendance, homework, grades, assignments, behavior, and test scores can be reviewed through Pinnacle on the internet. Pinnacle also provides a direct link to teacher email. To access Pinnacle, you will need the following:
- The website location: https://laalliance.gradebook.net/Pinnacle/PIV.
- Your Username
- Your Password
- School Name
Login information is distributed to parents soon after school starts. It is also available by contacting the school main office.
Staff Contacting Parents
Staff members may call home on occasion to inform parents of school events or to discuss specific issues regarding individual students. However, if you have not heard from one of your child’s teachers, do not assume that your child is doing satisfactory work. If you want to ensure that you are getting updates on your child’s progress, please check the Pinnacle Gradebook to note their current grade in a given class and see the “Home-School Communication” section below to find ways to reach out to your child’s teachers with any specific questions.
Automated Phone Communication System
The school uses both a “teleparent” system and “phone tree” system to remind parents of schedule changes, holidays, or other important announcements. Please make sure to provide the main office with the phone number that is best for receiving such calls and to keep the main office notified (in writing) should you need to change this phone number.
School bulletins, periodic calendars, flyers and other important correspondence items are sent home with students or mailed home on a regular basis. Please ask your child or check your mail for school correspondence in order to keep informed of what is happening at school.
Change of Contact Information
Parents will be asked at the beginning of each school year to provide the school with current contact and emergency information. If your contact information changes during the school year (including all telephone numbers), it is the responsibility of each parent/guardian to provide the main office with the updated information in writing. The school cannot assume responsibility for missed communications in the event that the contact information is misreported or not updated by the parent/guardian.
Parents Contacting Staff
All teachers and staff members may be contacted through email. Email addresses are located on the staff directory on the school website. You may also contact teachers by leaving a message with the school main office.
Messages and Deliveries to Students
Parents who need to contact their child during the day must call the main office (cell phones in your child’s possession must remain put away with the volume off for the entire instructional day). In an effort to limit classroom disturbances, office staff will only deliver urgent messages from home students during the instructional periods.
Complaints arising from within an Alliance school shall be resolved by the school principal, Senior Advisor and/or Board of Directors.
Parent Complaint Resolution Procedures
Alliance is the local agency primarily responsible for compliance with federal and state laws and regulations governing educational programs. Pursuant to this policy, persons responsible for conducting investigations shall be knowledgeable about the laws and programs which they are assigned to investigate.
This complaint procedure is adopted to provide a uniform system of complaint processing for the following types of complaints:
- Complaints of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or against any protected group, including actual or perceived discrimination, on the basis of the actual or perceived characteristics of age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnic group identification, gender expression, gender identity, gender, genetic information, nationality, national origin, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, or sexual orientation, 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 Alliance program or activity.
- Complaints of violations of state or federal law and regulations governing the following programs including but not limited to: After School Education and Safety Programs, Consolidated Categorical Aid Programs, Child Nutrition Programs, Foster and Homeless Youth Services, No Child Left Behind Act Programs and Special Education Programs.
- A complaint may also be filed alleging that a pupil enrolled in a public school was required to pay a pupil fee for participation in an educational activity as those terms are defined below.
- “Educational activity” means an activity offered by a school, school district, charter school or county office of education that constitutes an integral fundamental part of elementary and secondary education, including, but not limited to, curricular and extracurricular activities.
- “Pupil fee” means a fee, deposit or other charge imposed on pupils, or a pupil’s parents or guardians, in violation of Section 49011 of the Education Code and Section 5 of Article IX of the California Constitution, which require educational activities to be provided free of charge to all pupils without regard to their families’ ability or willingness to pay fees or request special waivers, as provided for in Hartzell v. Connell (1984) 35 Cal.3d 899.
- Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to prohibit solicitation of voluntary donations of funds or property, voluntary participation in fundraising activities, or school districts, school, and other entities from providing pupils prizes or other recognition for voluntarily participating in fundraising activities.
- Complaints of noncompliance with the requirements governing the Local Control Funding Formula or Sections 47606.5 and 47607.3 of the Education Code, as applicable.
- Complaints of noncompliance with the requirements of Education Code Section 222 regarding the rights of lactating pupils on a school campus. If Alliance finds merit in a complaint, or if the Superintendent finds merit in an appeal, Alliance shall provide a remedy to the affected pupil.
Alliance acknowledges and respects every individual’s rights to privacy. Unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying complaints shall be investigated in a manner that protects [to the greatest extent reasonably possible] the confidentiality of the parties and the integrity of the process. Alliance cannot guarantee anonymity of the complainant. This includes keeping the identity of the complainant confidential. However, Alliance will attempt to do so as appropriate. Alliance may find it necessary to disclose information regarding the complaint/complainant to the extent necessary to carry out the investigation or proceedings, as determined by the Vice President of Operations or designee on a case-by-case basis.
Alliance prohibits any form of retaliation against any complainant in the complaint process, including but not limited to a complainant’s filing of a complaint or the reporting of instances of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying. Such participation shall not in any way affect the status, grades or work assignments of the complainant.
The following compliance officer is designated to receive complaints:
Vice President of Operations
601 S. Figueroa Street, 4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
The Vice President of Operations shall forward the complaint to the appropriate compliance officer as needed. The Vice President of Operations or designee shall ensure that employees designated to investigate complaints are knowledgeable about the laws and programs for which they are responsible. Designated employees may have access to legal counsel as determined by the Vice President of Operations or designee.
The Vice President of Operations or designee shall annually provide written notification of Alliance’s uniform complaint procedures to employees, students, parents/guardians and other interested parties.
The annual notice shall be in English, and pursuant to Section 48985 of the Education Code, if 15% or more of students enrolled in a particular Alliance school speak a single primary language other than English, in that language.
The uniform complaint procedures shall be available in all Alliance schools’ main offices and Alliance’s Home Office. The Vice President of Operations shall make copies of the uniform complaint procedures available free of charge.
The following procedures shall be used to address all complaints which allege that the Alliance has violated federal or state laws or regulations governing educational programs. The compliance officer shall maintain a record of each complaint and subsequent related actions.
All parties involved in allegations shall be notified when a complaint is filed, when a complaint meeting or hearing is scheduled, and when a decision or ruling is made.
Step 1: Filing a Complaint
Any individual, public agency, or organization may file a written complaint of alleged noncompliance by Alliance.
A complaint alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying may be filed by a person who alleges that he or she personally suffered unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, or by a person who believes that an individual or any specific class of individuals has been subjected to unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying. Such a complaint shall be initiated no later than six (6) months from the date when the alleged unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying occurred, or six (6) months from the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
Pupil fee complaints shall be filed no later than one (1) year from the date the alleged violation occurred.
The complaint shall be presented to the compliance officer who shall maintain a log of complaints received, providing each with a code number and date stamp.
If a complainant is unable to prepare a written complaint due to conditions such as disability or illiteracy, the complainant can receive assistance from Alliance staff.
Step 2: Mediation
Within three (3) operating days of receiving the complaint, the compliance officer may informally discuss with the complainant the possibility of using mediation. If the complainant agrees to mediation, the compliance officer shall make arrangements for this process.
Before initiating the mediation of an unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying complaint, the compliance officer shall ensure that all parties agree to make the mediator a party to related confidential information.
If the mediation process does not resolve the problem within the parameters of law, the compliance officer shall proceed with his/her investigation of the complaint.
The use of mediation shall not extend the Alliance’s timelines for investigating and resolving the complaint unless the complainant agrees in writing to such an extension of time.
Step 3: Investigation of Complaint
The compliance officer is encouraged to hold an investigative meeting within five (5) days of receiving the complaint or an unsuccessful attempt to mediate the complaint. This meeting shall provide the complainant with the opportunity to repeat the complaint orally.
The complainant and/or his or her representative shall have an opportunity to present the complaint and evidence, or information leading to evidence, to support the allegations in the complaint.
Refusal by the complainant to provide Alliance’s investigator with documents or other evidence related to the allegations in the complaint, or otherwise fail or refuse to cooperate or obstruct the investigation may result in dismissal of complaint because of a lack of evidence to support the allegation.
Alliance’s refusal to provide the investigator with access to records and/or other information related to the allegation in the complaint, or its failure or refusal to cooperate in the investigation or its engagement in any other obstruction of the investigation, may result in a finding, based on evidence collected, that a violation has occurred and may result in the imposition of a remedy in favor of the complainant.
Step 4: Response
The compliance officer shall prepare and send to the complainant a written report of the investigation and decision, as described in Step #5 below, within sixty (60) days of Alliance’s receipt of the complaint, unless extended by written agreement with the complainant.
Step 5: Final Written Decision
Alliance’s decision shall be in writing and sent to the complainant. Alliance’s decision shall be written in English and, when required by law, in the complainant’s primary language.
The decision shall include:
- The finding(s) of fact based on the evidence gathered;
- The conclusion(s) of law;
- Disposition of the complaint;
- Rationale for such disposition;
- Corrective action, if any are warranted;
- For unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying complaints arising under state law, notice that the complainant must wait until sixty (60) days have elapsed from the filing of an appeal with the CDE before pursuing civil remedies.
- For unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying complaints arising under federal law such complaint may be made at any time to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights.
If an employee is disciplined as a result of the complaint, the decision shall simply state that effective action was taken and that the employee was informed of Alliance’s expectations. The report shall give no further information as to the nature of the disciplinary action.
If dissatisfied with Alliance’s decision, the complainant may appeal to the CDE by filing a written appeal within 15 calendar days of receiving the Alliance’s final decision. The appeal shall specify the basis for the appeal and whether the findings of facts are incorrect and/or the law has been misapplied. The appeal shall be accompanied by a copy of the locally filed complaint and a copy of Alliance’s final decision.
Upon notification by the CDE that the complainant has appealed Alliance’s decision, the Vice President of Operations or designee shall forward the following documents to the CDE:
- A copy of the original complaint.
- A copy of the decision.
- A summary of the nature and extent of the investigation conducted by Alliance, if not covered by the decision.
- A copy of the investigation file, including but not limited to all notes, interviews, and documents submitted by all parties and gathered by the investigator.
- A report of any action taken to resolve the complaint.
- A copy of Alliance’s complaint procedures.
- Other relevant information requested by the CDE.
The CDE may directly intervene in the complaint without waiting for action by Alliance when one of the conditions listed in Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 4650 exists, including cases in which Alliance has not taken action within sixty (60) days of the date the complaint was filed with Alliance.
Civil Law Remedies
A complainant may pursue available civil law remedies outside of Alliance’s complaint procedures. Complainants may seek assistance from mediation centers or public/private interest attorneys. Civil law remedies that may be imposed by a court include, but are not limited to, injunctions and restraining orders. For complaints alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on state law, a complainant shall wait until sixty (60) calendar days have elapsed from the filing of an appeal with the CDE before pursuing civil law remedies. The moratorium does not apply to injunctive relief and is applicable only if Alliance has appropriately, and in a timely manner, apprised the complainant of his/her right to file a complaint in accordance with 5 CCR 4622.
ALLIANCE COLLEGE-READY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
COMPACT FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS AND STAFF
RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR COMMITMENT TO COLLEGE READINESS
All students have a right to and deserve a rigorous quality educational experience that enables them to meet graduation requirements and be ready for successful college entrance. The Alliance community firmly believes that all students can and will achieve when there is a collaborative effort between staff, administrators, parents and students whereby each group clearly understands expectations and accepts responsibility for the successful education and college preparation of each individual student. Therefore, the Alliance community agrees to provide and maintain a learning environment in which:
Alliance Staff will:
- Understand and teach grade level/course curriculum based on the California and Common Core State Standards and A-G college preparation courses.
- Assign relevant individual and team student projects and communicate with parents regarding student academic and social progress.
- Be in regular attendance and encourage students to achieve a 95% attendance rate.
- Communicate school policies to students and parents regarding discipline, homework, attendance, grade level/subject area expectations, A-G course and college entrance requirements.
- Work to meet the individual needs of students in ongoing advisory counseling, coursework and college entrance preparation, assist in development and semester review of student’s Learning Plan.
- Maintain accurate records of student academic performance and behavior.
- Provide a safe, clean, positive, and peaceful school environment that supports student learning and personalized teaching.
Alliance Student(s) will:
- Arrive on time to class each day, in uniform, and prepared to learn.
- Be an active, cooperative learner and seek assistance from instructors when needed.
- Complete and submit all class assignments, projects, and homework in a timely manner and to the quality standards expected of a scholar.
- Follow the school’s code of conduct for personal behavior and accept consequences for actions.
- Be respectful of self and all others in achieving the goals of graduation and college-entrance.
- Adhere to all school policies as outlined in the Parent-Student Handbook.
Alliance Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will:
- Encourage students to be active and responsible learners who complete project assignments and homework, and seek assistance when needed.
- Work to ensure that students are in regular, punctual attendance each day.
- Support school policies regarding discipline, safety, proper school attire, project assignments and homework, attendance, textbook care, etc.
- Participate in advisory team support of their child and ongoing analysis of student work.
- Try to complete 20 hours of parent volunteer service at school each year when possible.
- Try to attend Parental Learning Support workshops when possible.
The Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires districts /schools that receive Title I funding to notify parents of their right to know the professional qualifications of the teachers who instruct their children and the paraprofessionals who work with them.
As a recipient of these funds, Alliance schools will provide you with this information in a timely manner, if you request it. Specifically, you have the right to know the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers:
- Whether the teacher meets the state qualifications and licensing criteria in the grades and subjects he/she teaches.
- Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or provisional status because of special circumstances.
- The teacher’s college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees, and the field of discipline of the certification of degree.
- Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
Alliance schools are committed to providing quality instruction for all students and do so by employing the most qualified individuals to teach and support each student in the classroom.
If you would like to receive any of the information listed above for your child’s teacher, you may contact Alliance’s Human Resources Manager at (213) 943-4930.
This is to acknowledge that my child and I have received a copy of the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools Student-Parent Handbook. We understand that it sets forth the terms and conditions of student enrollment, as well as the duties, responsibilities, and obligations of students. We understand and agree that it is our responsibility to read the Student/Parent Handbook and to abide by the rules, policies, standards set forth within including the dress code and the school-family compact signed during the initial orientation process. We further understand that the student/parent handbook may be changed during the school year as necessary and that when we are notified of any changes, it is our responsibility to follow the revised policies.
Date Parent Name Printed
Date Student Name Printed
Advisory Teacher Name _________________________________________________