Major Offenses

Tobacco

Disciplinary action for possession or smoking tobacco may include citations, possible suspension for one to five days, or an Alcohol or Other Drugs (AOD) referral.

Firecrackers, Other Fireworks, or Explosives

Firecrackers and other explosives or fireworks are illegal and/or dangerous and are never permitted on campus.  Simple possession of such materials will be considered a violation of this policy.  Lighting, attempting to light or exploding such materials are serious and major violations of this policy.

MINOR VIOLATION-Referral to the Vice Principal or Counselor for parent conference, notification of the fire department, and off campus suspension for one to five days.

MAJOR VIOLATION-Referral to the Vice Principal or Counselor for parent conference, police notification, possible arrest and removal from school, off campus suspension for three to five days, possible transfer to another school or referral for expulsion from the Downey School District.

Drugs, Alcohol, Weapons

Any student using, giving or selling to another person, or in possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, or weapons or dangerous objects are a serious threat to the welfare and safety of students and school personnel.  Any violation of this policy will usually result in all of the following:

1. Referral to a school administrator.

2. Parent conference.

3. Police notification, student arrested and removed from school with subsequent legal action.

4. Five days off campus suspension.

5. Possible expulsion from the Downey Unified School District.

Fighting

Fighting is defined as an encounter where a struggle develops between two or more students.  It is not necessary that both students give or receive blows.  Any student that engages in a fight may receive off campus suspension.

Parents are requested to emphasize that fighting will not be tolerated at school, at school activities, before or after school, or on the way to or from school.

Parents may be found financially responsible for injury to another student because of a fight.

If a student feels there might be a fight, they must inform a teacher, the counselor or school administrator before the fight takes place.  All efforts will be made to prevent the fight and injury to students.  Police will be notified if necessary.

FIRST VIOLATION-Referral to the Vice Principal or Counselor for parent conference and one to three days of off campus suspension.  A major campus disruption will result in three to five days’ suspension and/or a citation.

SECOND VIOLATION-Referral to the Vice Principal or Counselor for a parent conference, with three to five days’ suspension and possible transfer to another school and/or a citation.

REPEATED VIOLATION-Referral to the Vice Principal or Counselor for parent conference with five days off campus suspension and transfer to another school or referral to the Board of Education for expulsion out of Downey Unified School District.

Forgery/ False Impersonation

Forgery is the act of a student signing a parent, teacher, or staff member or another student’s name or changing such signature or other mark such as a grade, date, time, etc. If a student impersonates such person by voice on the telephone, he/she will be considered guilty of forgery.

VIOLATION-Parent conference and one to five days’ suspension.

Harassment

Harassment is defined as troubling or tormenting another person.  Harassment may be verbal or physical (i.e., hitting, shoving, inappropriate or unwelcome touching.)  We expect all West students to treat all staff members, parents, and other students on campus with proper respect.

MINOR VIOLATION-Referral to the Vice Principal or Counselor, parent notification, multiple detentions or one to three days of off campus suspension.

REPEATED OR MAJOR VIOLATION-Referral to the Vice Principal or Counselor for parent conference and three to five days off campus suspension with possible transfer to another school or referral for expulsion from Downey Unified School District.  In major violations the police department will be notified for legal action.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment of or by any employee or of or by any student shall not be allowed. Sexual harassment is prohibited by the Downey Unified School District and may result in disciplinary action to the offending employee or student.

Sexual harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone under any of the conditions delineated in Ed Code 212.5.

An individual or group feeling subjected to sexual harassment should directly inform the offending person/persons that such conduct must stop.  Any conduct of a sexual nature following such notice may be determined to be sexual harassment.

The District will take appropriate action to protect the reporting individual or group from retaliation or other forms of harassment.

Incidents of sexual harassment should be reported to the principal or the Title IX coordinator 904-3200.

Major Offensives

Robbery, extortion, or an overt act or threat directed at a teacher is all major offenses.  Any violation of this policy will result in all of the following:

1. Referral to a school administrator.

2. Parent conference.

3. Police notified, student arrested and removed from school with subsequent legal action.

4. Five days off campus suspension, which does the District Office often, extend.

5. Referral to Administrative Hearing Panel and School Board of Education for expulsion proceedings.

6. Possible expulsion from the Downey Unified School District.

Permanent Markers/Pens

Possession of any type of permanent marker pen or paint is prohibited at all times.

1. FIRST AND MINOR VIOLATION – detention,campus clean up, or possible off campus suspension.

2. SECOND VIOLATION – off campus suspension from one to three days.

3. USE OF PERMANENT MARKER OR PAINT IN WRITING GRAFFITI TO VANDALIZE SCHOOL PROPERTY results in immediate off campus suspension for five days; police notified with possible arrest, payment for damages, possible expulsion from the Downey Unified School District.

Profanity, Vulgarity and Obscene Materials

No student is permitted to use profane or vulgar language at any time while at school or a school activity.  Any profanity or vulgarity directed at or about a teacher or other staff member will be considered a major violation.  Writing profanity or vulgarity on any school or teacher property or on a student’s yearbook or other property will be considered a major violation.

1. Minor violation – parent conference and detention or one to three days’ suspension.

2. Major violation – referral to the vice principal or counselor for parent conference, one to five days off campus suspension and possible removal from class or transfer to another school.

Theft or Possession of Stolen Property

Theft is defined as the removal from another person or the school, an object or substance that is taken without knowledge or permission by any means.  Possession of stolen property will be considered theft.  Anything taken or from a P.E. locker any time during the day will be considered a major violation.

1. Minor violation- referral to vice principal or counselor for parent conference, restitution, and possible off campus suspension.

2. Major violation- referral to vice principal or counselor for parent conference, one to five days off campus suspension, police notification with possible arrest and removal from school, restitution, possible transfer to another school or referral for expulsion proceedings.

Vandalism/ Graffiti

Vandalism is considered willful destruction of school or personal property of another.  The parent or guardian of a minor who willfully cuts, defaces, or otherwise injures in any way, property, real or personal, belonging to the school district, shall be liable for all such damages caused by the minor.

1. Minor violation- referral to the vice principal or counselor for parent conference, one to three days off campus suspension, restitution, and possible police report.

2. Major violation- referral to the vice principal or counselor for parent conference, one to five days suspension, possible legal action, restitution, possible transfer to another school or referral for expulsion out of the Downey Unified School District.

Explanation of Terms

****REFERRAL****

A referral is very serious.  The majority of the student body can spend three years at West Middle School without getting one referral.  When a student’s behavior in the classroom is very bad or does not improve, no matter what steps the teacher has taken to change the behavior, the teacher writes a referral.  The student is sent to the office with the referral.  The administration decides what needs to be done to change the inappropriate behavior and takes action.  This may be a severe warning, calling the parents, detention, off campus suspension, or, in very serious situations, transfer to another school or a referral for possible expulsion from the school district.  Copies of all referrals are kept in the student’s file in the office and may be seen by the student’s parents.

****SUSPENSION****

A student may be suspended from school if it has been determined that the student has caused or threatened to cause any act which endangers the safety or welfare of other students.  These are outlined above in the discipline policy.  All suspensions become of a student’s permanent record.

****DETENTION****

School detention is assigned for one to two hours after school or for four hours of Saturday Detention.  In addition, in some instances, students may be assigned isolated lunch.  Students are assigned detention by a school administrator, counselor, or teacher for tardiness or for unacceptable student behavior.

****EXPULSION****

Expulsion is the most serious action that can take place for very serious violations of school and district policy and laws.  If a student is expelled from the Downey Unified School District, it means that the student may no longer attend any school in Downey.  This becomes a permanent part of the student’s school record.  If a student is to be expelled, an expulsion hearing is held and the Board of Education makes the final decision.

****JUVENILE CITATIONS****

In a continuing effort to insure safety and peace on Downey school campuses, the Downey School District’s middle and high school administrators have been granted the power to issue citations to students who commit crimes on or near campus.

The following juvenile infractions that happen on campus may be cited to the Juvenile Traffic (Infraction) Court under the Superior Court Authority: Section 256, Welfare and Institutions Code:

• Receive (possess) tobacco;

• Possession of marijuana;

• Possession of alcohol;

• Possession of drug paraphernalia;

• Petty theft less than $50.00;

• Vandalism and/or Graffiti;

• Disturbing the peace;

• Loitering at schools/other places attended by children;

• Keeping lost property (19.8 P.C. infraction);

• Fighting on campus and/or challenging another person to fight at school;

• Truancy on campus.

PLEASE NOTE:  Metal detectors, breath alcohol test devices, and/or drug dogs may be used on campus for the purpose of maintaining a safe, secure, and peaceful campus.