- Students, within legal constraints, may exercise their constitutionally protected rights of free speech, expression, and assembly so long as they do not interfere with operation of the regular school program or violate the discipline policy.
- Students have the right to fair, consistent, and respectful treatment by staff members and by other students.
- Students have the right to due process. When a student is referred for disciplinary action, the student has the opportunity to offer his/her version of the incident to school authorities.
- Students, 16 years or older, or under 16 with personal consent, have the right to examine their personal files, cumulative folders, transcripts, and other school records during school hours. Students have the right to insert rebuttals to information and opinions in their files.
- Students have the right to present complaints or grievances to school authorities and to receive authoritative replies within a reasonable time regarding the disposition of their complaints or grievances.
- Students have the responsibility to maintain regular school attendance, to make a conscientious effort in classroom work, and to adhere to school rules and regulations.
- Students share with the Downey High School staff a responsibility for developing a climate within the school that is conductive to learning. No student has the right to disrupt the education of fellow students.
- Students have the responsibility to respect rights of fellow students, teachers, administrators, and all others who are involved in the educational process.
- Each person is entitled to respect regardless of race, religion, culture, gender, or disability.
- Students have the responsibility to attend class with all required materials, to be prepared to work, and to stay on task for the entire class period.
- Students shall demonstrate honest and responsible citizenship at all times.
These responsibilities apply at school, to or from school, and at any school activity.
It is the mark of maturity when a student can freely chose appropriate apparel that still demonstrates individuality; however, the Warren High School staff still reserves the right to enforce the dress code policy as well as any other measures that help ensure the safety of our students and staff.
The responsibility for student dress rests with the parent and the student. While on campus or at any school sponsored event, students will be dressed and groomed in a manner which will not detract from or interfere with the educational program.
Warren High School desires to keep the school and students free from threats or harmful influence of any group or gangs that advocate violence, drugs, alcohol, tobacco use or any apparel, jewelry, accessories, trademark, or any other attribute that donates membership in such a group.
- Clothing or jewelry which suggest vulgarities, obscenities, or which promotes the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco or any other illegal activity.
- Inappropriate tips (e.g. Sheer blouses, bare midriffs, low cut tips, off-the- shoulder tops, basketball jerseys without T-shirts, halter tops, undershirts, bra-less outfits, or spaghetti straps blouses or dresses).
- T-shirts, lettermen jackets, or all other apparel from another high school.
- Symbols, tattoo signs, emblems, or attire which disrupts, distracts, or interferes with the orderly maintenance of the campus (e.g. Graffiti on backpacks, notebooks, clothing, etc.).
- Clothing with holes and/or frayed edges (i.e. clothes must be in good repair).
- Baggy or oversized clothing. All clothing must be appropriate size (e.g. oversized pants that are stitched at the waist are not acceptable).
- Pants worn below the waist level (No sagging of the pants, no visible undergarments. Sagged pants are not acceptable even if covered be an oversized shirt)
- Short skirts or short shorts (e.g. “daisy dukes”).
- Skin tight pants, which visibly show or exaggerate panty line.
- Any top or skirt made to expose undergarments.
- No shirts or T-shirts that say “In Memory of…”)
- Hoods are not allowed.
The following are specific examples of clothing items out of compliance with the dress code and will not be allowed on campus
- Long shorts overlapping knee high socks
- Chains or spikes on clothing or rings
- Writing on belts and belt buckles with punched-out letters
- Headbands, hairnets, bandanas, or do-rags (wave caps)
- Shirts depicting tagging paraphernalia or activity
- Shirts with inappropriate numbering or logos (e.g. “Johnny Blaze”, “69”, “13”, “4:20”, “Porn Star”)
- Any additional clothing or attire, which may be a safety issue or disruption of school activity (i.e. slippers, pajamas, large medallions worn as jewelry)
All staff, students and parents must understand expected student conduct and consequences for unacceptable behavior. Students accumulating 20 days of suspension in one year will result in a referral for expulsion from the district.
- Students who refuse to cooperate with members of school staff are subject to disciplinary action. This applies to both the regular school day and extra-curricular activities.
- Students who use profanity, vulgarities, and/or harassment of any type will result in disciplinary action.
- Fighting on the school campus, at school activities, or on the way to or from school will result in suspension, possible citation, possible placement to another school, and/or expulsion from the district.
- In cases where student misbehavior disrupts the educational process, the teacher may suspend the student from the class meeting. Parents will be contacted to request a parent/teacher conference.
- Theft of or damage to school or individual property may result in suspension, police arrest, and/or expulsion from district.
- Cheating/Plagiarism is a serious offense. See procedures #19 for school wide policy and consequences.
- All students are allowed to use cell phone before school and after school. Cell phone cannot be used between 7:50 AM and the bell to release students at the end of the day. Cell phones and/or electronic devices may not be used during class time and this includes when students are out on a restroom pass. Please be advised that cell phones and other electronic devices are brought to Warren High School at the student’s own risk. Warren High School and its employees are not responsible for the expense arising out of any liability or claim of liability for damage, theft, or loss to such equipment or property.
- Unauthorized use of these devices disrupts instruction and distracts from the learning environment. School officials will take the device away from students if used during the times not permitted.
- 1st offense – Student warned, release of electronic device to the student. Student signs a release form acknowledging Warren High’s Electronic Policy.
- 2nd offense – Parent Contact, electronic device held in the office for a week. Student sign a release form acknowledging Warren High’s Electronic Policy.
- 3rd offense – Parent Contact, electronic device is confiscated for the remainder of the school year. Warren High School and the district assume no liability for the loss of the device or its misuse by another person
- 1st Offense = Student receives “O” on assignment and alternative means of correction to be based on the degree of the offense. All offenses will be logged on the student’s file.
- 2nd Offense = Student receives “O” on assignment, possible “F” for current grading period. 1-3 day suspension and possible drop/fail from class.
- 3rd and Additional Offense = 3-5 day suspension and student is dropped from class and receives no credit.
Warren High School is a closed campus. To obtain an off-campus pass, students must report to the attendance office prior to 7:45 AM with a note from parent or guardian stating the reason for early dismissal. The attendance office, prior to releasing the student for off-campus passes, will verify the doctor or dentist appointment, important personal business and requests. Students found off campus without an appropriate pass or clearance are truant.
The Downey City Council has adopted an ordinance designed to curb school truancy. Effective May 9, 1996, students who appear in public places between the hours of 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM without an acceptable excuse when they should be in school will receive a truancy citation from law enforcemnet officers.