SANTEE SCHOOL DISTRICT
PRIDE Academy at Prospect Avenue School
9303 Prospect Avenue
Santee, CA 92071
COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL SAFETY PLAN
Table of Contents
Employee Safety............................................................................................................. 38
School Safety Map......................................................................................................... 47
SANTEE SCHOOL DISTRICT
Board of Education
Dustin Burns – President
Elana Levens-Craig - Clerk
Barbara Ryan – Vice President
Dr. Cathy Pierce
Dr. Stephanie Pierce
Assistant Superintendent – Educational Services
Assistant Superintendent – Business Services
Assistant Superintendent – Human Resources
PRIDE Academy inspires students to become compassionate global citizens,
equipped to collaborate, think critically and communicate effectively within a society that continues to evolve.
Introduction - School Profile
School Crime Status and Reporting
The school campus is meticulously maintained, by a custodial staff of two and a half and all staff members and students take pride in their clean, hazard free campus. Staff members are well trained to report potential safety hazards immediately. In rare cases of vandalism, the custodian follows a procedure for reporting to school personnel and makes every effort to repair the damage prior to the arrival of students.
Safe routes on which students travel to and from school have been identified. There is one intersection in which students encounter moderate traffic in crossing the street. The City of Santee has provided us an adult crossing guard to ensure student safety in the morning and afternoon. In cooperation with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department-Santee Division, fifth and sixth grade students are trained to serve as crossing guards before and after school to help direct traffic and provide safe crossing for the students. A fifth/sixth grade teacher serves as an advisor to the student patrol organization and works closely with school staff to identify problems and find solutions. Parents are also vigilant about notifying the school when they have concerns regarding the safety of the students.
PRIDE Academy at Prospect Avenue School faces the normal everyday challenges in maintaining a safe school. This section of the Comprehensive School Safety Plan will describe programs in place at our school as well as strategies and programs for continued improvement in providing a safe, orderly, school environment conducive to learning.
Personal Characteristics of Pupil & Staff
Prospect Avenue School has an enrollment of 566 general education, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students. The ethnic makeup of the pupil population is 35% Hispanic, 4% African American, 46% Caucasian, Filipino 2%, Asian 2% and 11% other. Our students have a variety of life experiences. Some have recently arrived from out of the country or state while others have never left their neighborhood.
The faculty is composed of 27 general education teachers. The school has one principal, one vice principal, one language arts specialist, one resource teacher, one half-time speech and language pathologist, a 20% psychologist, a half-time school counselor and 1 ½ half-time bilingual assistants. There are two part time Reading Instructional Assistants that work within the school program in direct service to students. There are two lunch servers, one cashier and four campus supervisors. Students who are identified for the Gifted and Talented program are maintained at our school site. Additional staff includes one secretary, one 3 ¾ hour records secretary, one health clerk, one part-time Instructional Media Technician and a custodial staff of two and a half.
A Student Success Team (SST) meets on a weekly basis as needed and teachers are encouraged to bring any student before the team who is experiencing difficulty in the areas of attendance, behavior, or academics. The SST team includes the classroom teacher, the Speech/Language Specialist, the Language Arts Specialist, the Specialized Academic Instructor, the school Psychologist, the parents of the child, an administrator and when needed, the school counselor or the English Learner Resource Teacher. The Language Arts Specialist chairs the team.
Curriculum and Educational Activities
The Santee School District has adopted performance standards for grades Kindergarten through eight in the core subjects along with physical education and performing arts.
Pupils have the opportunity to participate in extra curricular activities through the ASES program. These activities include sports, music, performing arts and fine art, Character Ed., math, creative writing, gardening, crafting, photography, science and technology, engineering and cooking.
PRIDE also hosts a district offered Spanish class before school and a State Preschool.
The Schools’ Location and Physical Environment
PRIDE Academy at Prospect Avenue School is one of nine elementary schools in the Santee School District serving a population, which ranges from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade and who are served by a dedicated staff. The district is located in the eastern portion of San Diego County, approximately 20 miles inland. PRIDE Academy is located on the western boundary of Santee, and is truly a neighborhood school, surrounded by single family dwellings, apartments, condominiums, Navy and Section 8 housing. Our working parents are employed in the San Diego area. Many are military personnel. Economic indicators suggest that Prospect is located in a lower socio-economic class community with 66% of our students receiving free or reduced lunches.
Description of School Grounds
The school has 30 classrooms available and a media center to serve all of the students at PRIDE Academy. A before and after day care program, ASES, is also housed in multiple re-locatable buildings on the school campus. There are three playgrounds; one for kindergarten students, one for students in grades 1-3 and the upper field is for students in grades 4-8. There is grass and asphalt and includes basketball and volleyball courts, baseball diamonds and a track on the upper field. Other ancillary structures include: office, school lunch kitchen, restrooms and media center.
A fence surrounds the perimeter of the school building, and the gates are locked when school is not in session. Signs are posted at the front entrance to the building, asking visitors to check in at the office before going onto the campus. All visitors to the campus are given a visitor’s badge to wear while they are on the school campus. Campus supervision is provided by administrators and staff members. Identified problem areas receive increased supervision to reduce discipline, crime, or other school safety concerns. Staff members are encouraged to inquire when unfamiliar faces are seen on campus.
It is standard practice to remove all graffiti from school property before pupils arrive to begin their school day. Other acts of vandalism are promptly addressed.
Maintenance of School Buildings/Classrooms
The school's physical facility is well maintained and generally looks neat and clean. The school was modernized throughout the 2010-2011 school year. District personnel periodically examine the school’s physical facility and help eliminate obstacles to school safety.
The classrooms are monitored for safety and appearance by the administration and individual classroom teachers. The pupils take pride in the appearance of the school.
Internal Security and Discipline Procedures
PRIDE Academy at Prospect Avenue School in accordance to district guidelines has established procedures in the following areas: California Safe School Assessment (CSSA) reporting procedures, suspension and expulsion procedures.
PRIDE Academy maintains a copy of the district’s sexual harassment policy in the principal's office and the policy is available on request. The District’s Sexual Harassment Policy contains dissemination plans, applicable definitions, reporting requirements, investigation procedures, enforcement regulations, and information related to suspension and/or expulsion for sexual harassment of or by pupils. Additionally, a notice summarizing this sexual harassment policy appears in the Parent & Student Handbook. A hard copy of the Parent/Student Handbook is available upon request and can be found on the school website. All students and their families are told where to find the handbook at the beginning of each school year and when new students enroll.
Included in this Safe School Plan is a school map established by school administration indicating safe entrance and exit areas for pupils, parents and school employees. Safety Map is at the end of this document, page 43.
To ensure the safety of pupils and staff, all visitors to the campus, except pupils of the school and staff members, shall register immediately upon entering any school building or grounds when school is in session. All District employees wear appropriate identification badges while on campus conducting business. Guest teachers and student teachers are given staff identification badges.
After the start of instruction each morning, all peripheral gates at the school will be locked by the custodian. The gates will be reopened prior to the end of the instructional day to allow parent access to classrooms and students.
PRIDE Academy’s discipline policy is designed to guarantee the safety and well-being of the total school community. Emphasis is placed on student self-responsibility, self-respect, positive learning attitudes, and school pride. Discipline procedures shall focus on finding the cause of problems and working with all concerned to reach the proper, lawful solutions. The school’s discipline plan begins at the classroom level. Appropriate consequences are administered based on the seriousness of the pupil’s misbehavior. We encourage parents to become actively involved in their children’s education.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF:
Teachers and support staff contribute to a positive school environment in the following ways:
- Establishing an atmosphere of proper behavior in the classroom and setting course guidelines, which will give every student full opportunity to pursue their studies without disruption.
- Communicating with students and parents regarding behavior problems and proposed solutions.
- Reporting promptly any continuing student behavior (good or bad) to appropriate site personnel.
- Enforcing consistent and fair district and school regulations regarding discipline.
- Setting an example of behavior expected from students.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION:
In order to maintain a well organized and orderly school, Prospect Avenue School administrators have the following responsibilities:
- Establishing school rules and regulations in cooperation with staff, parents, and students that will ensure an educational program free from disruptions.
- Communicating the agreed upon school rules, regulations, and district policies regarding student conduct with staff, parents, and students.
- Modeling behavior expected from teachers, students, and support personnel.
- Consistently and fairly enforcing school rules, regulations, and district policies regarding student conduct.
- Assisting staff, parents, and students in early identification of behavior problems and seeking solutions to those problems.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS:
Parents contribute to a positive school environment in the following ways:
- Reviewing district policy and school discipline rules and regulations with family members to ensure that all understand the standards of conduct expected by school authorities.
- Assisting school personnel in changing unacceptable behaviors of their children and being available to school personnel during the day by maintaining current phone numbers (home and emergency) at school.
- Cooperating with school officials in determining and carrying out appropriate discipline penalties when such action is necessary.
- When necessary, seeking the advice and guidance of district personnel and/or appropriate community agencies for assistance in correcting misbehavior of the student.
The staff at PRIDE Academy believes that in order for students to develop and maintain a positive self-image and behave in a productive manner, it is necessary to have a classroom management plan which emphasizes the positive, recognizes and rewards responsible actions, and encourages positive decision making.
When making decisions regarding appropriate behavior, students are encouraged to always ask the following questions:
- Is it safe?
- Is it courteous?
- Would it be okay if everybody did it?
Pupil conduct standards and consequences for Prospect Avenue School are specifically described in this Comprehensive Schools Safety Plan including: (a) the adopted school discipline rules and procedures, (b) District Disciplinary Guidelines, and (c) the adopted district-wide dress code.
Pupils may be suspended, transferred to another school, or recommended for expulsion for certain acts. For specific student violations, a mandatory expulsion recommendation shall be submitted by the administration of Prospect Avenue School.
Site administrators contribute to a positive school climate, promote positive pupil behavior, and help reduce inappropriate conduct. The principal/designee uses available district and other appropriate records to inform teachers of each pupil identified under E.C. 49079.
Law enforcement is contacted and consulted to help maintain and to promote a safe and orderly school environment. PRIDE Academy employees comply with all legal mandates, regulations, and reporting requirements for all instances of suspected child abuse.
If appropriate, additional internal security procedures affecting the integrity of the school facility include: security guard operational during non-school hours and class rooms equipped with telephone intercoms. Administration and custodial staff carry two-way radios and cell phones at all times.
Community involvement is encouraged to help increase school safety.
Inventory System – Engraved ID, Security Storage
Most school-site equipment has an ID tag or a bar cod sticker adhered to its surface. These items are inventoried and there is an established accountability system. Office and classroom supplies are secured.
The School’s Social Environment
Leadership at PRIDE Academy is a shared process. A proactive role is assumed in all phases of the school operation. The current management team is committed to developing PRIDE Academy toward excellence in the areas of academic and social behavior.
School administration sets a positive tone for the school, guides the staff and works closely with them on curriculum and school safety issues. The school site’s organizational structure is open and flexible contributing to sensitivity concerning school safety issues and promoting a safe, orderly school environment conducive to learning.
Disaster Procedures, Routine and Emergency
A contingency plan for emergencies is contained in a handbook available to each staff member. The District’s Emergency Response Plan - ERP Plan is listed at the last section of this plan. The plan is reviewed at the beginning of each school year. This plan also contains available district and outside agency resources, emergency disaster procedures and information on Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS).
Classroom Organization and Structure
PRIDE Academy teachers provide a varied learning environment in their classrooms. The focus is on learning and positive interactions between the teacher and the students. Students are heterogeneously grouped in classes and teachers provide opportunities for students to interact with one another through cooperative learning experiences.
Teachers use a variety of teaching strategies and instructional practices that are designed to accommodate a diversity of learning styles. Through staff development and collaboration, teachers strive to increase their skills in instructional techniques. Teachers incorporate a district adopted student well-being curriculum, which addresses self-awareness, self-esteem, personal development, social relationships, and decision-making. Character education “Families” have been implemented to encourage opportunities for older students to serve as role models for younger students.
It is the goal of all staff members to develop a learning environment that is challenging to students, academically focused, and highly motivating through cooperative exploration including: projects, presentations, hands-on activities, portfolios, journals, creative writing, art, displays, etc.
The teachers at PRIDE Academy are highly qualified, with many teachers holding advanced degrees. The staff is united in their desire to provide quality education for all pupils. Classrooms and teachers provide safe, orderly learning environment, enhance the experience of learning, and promote positive interactions amongst pupil and staff. Instructional time is maximized and disruptions are minimized.
The School’s Cultural Environment
There is a high level of cohesiveness among the staff members at PRIDE Academy. Cooperation and support between teachers and the administration is evident. Efforts are made by the administration and staff to show concern for all pupils.
All pupils are expected to behave in a manner that promotes safety and order. Pupils are encouraged to bring problems to the principal, vice principal, counselor, teacher or other staff members. The everyday goal is for the staff to be proactive rather than reactive in all situations of concern.
The academic and behavior efforts of pupils are recognized and rewarded.
Safe Schools are orderly and purposeful places where students and staff are free to learn and teach without the threat of physical and psychological harm. Prospect Avenue promotes educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth. PRIDE Academy recognizes there are comprehensive, broad factors directly related to a safe school environment such as the school facility, school programs, staff, parents and the community. PRIDE Academy further recognizes that safe school practices make major contributions to academic and school improvement efforts.
Although keeping children safe requires a community-wide effort, schools are an important piece of the undertaking to keep children safe. PRIDE Academy’s efforts are illustrated below which broaden the safety planning and incorporate an expansive range of strategies and programs in the school safety plan.
SCHOOL SAFETY STRATEGY #1:
Positive pupil interpersonal relations are fostered by teaching social-personal skills, encouraging pupils to feel comfortable assisting others to get help when needed and teaching pupils alternative, socially appropriate replacement responses to violence, including, but not limited to problem solving and anger control skills. When appropriate, staff members make referrals to recognized community agencies and/or counseling and mental health resources in the community to assist parents/student with issues prevention and intervention. The school uses a variety of methods to communicate to pupils, parents, and the greater community that all children are valued and respected.
Preventing and Intervening: Pupil Aggressive Behavior
Creating a safe school requires having in place many preventive measures for children’s mental and emotional problems. Schools can reduce the risk of violence by teaching children appropriate strategies for dealing with feelings, expressing anger in appropriate ways and resolving conflicts.
Staff members at PRIDE Academy use a comprehensive approach to school violence prevention. Pupils are identified using measures shown to be highly effective in identifying student with antisocial and aggressive tendencies. These measures include: (a) number of disciplinary referrals to office, (b) observed aggressive behavior, and (c) teacher observation.
Mental Health Programs
A school counselor is assigned to PRIDE Academy two and a half days a week. We are also able to offer mental health professional services to the children of military families through an on-site military counselor who works with students two days a week. Rady Children’s Hospital also offers services one day a week to Medi-Cal eligible students. Second Step lessons are offered to all grade levels monthly to support character development. The staff of PRIDE Academy identifies students with mental health needs. These students and their families receive assistance through the Student Success Team. The staff of Prospect Avenue implements the EDCR Incident Crisis Response Plan for "suicide" in cases where a student exhibits specific characteristics. In incidences of possible suicide, school/district psychologist, site counselor, or police crisis response units shall be contacted.
The Santee School District provides professional development for teachers, parents, and community members. The goals of such programs are to help others establish and nurture a healthy sense of self confidence and self control, to develop personal and social responsibility and to enhance academic success.
Student Recognition Programs.
PRIDE Academy offers several recognition and award programs
· PeaceBuilders, an anti-bullying program, has been implemented since January of 2004.
· Classroom incentives/programs/activities are determined by students and teachers in each class to recognize student academic achievement and social success.
· Monthly PRIDE Assemblies recognize outstanding students for being a PeaceBuilder or displaying qualities that are aligned with the monthly character trait.
· Special field trips/activities for students who attain membership in citizenship and honor roll clubs.
· Perfect Attendance incentives for students and classrooms that maintain monthly perfect attendance.
SCHOOL SAFETY STRATEGY #2:
Procedures, programs and strategies are implemented to help eliminate problems of bias or unfair treatment of pupils by staff and by peers because of ethnic group, gender, race, national origin, social class, religion, disability, sexual orientation, physical appearance, color, ancestry, parental status, or other relevant characteristics. The school provides a way for each pupil to safely report and, be protected after reporting, troubling behaviors that the pupil thinks may lead to dangerous situations, such as potential school violence.
Nondiscrimination and Fair Treatment of Pupils
A major source of conflict in many schools is the perceived or real problem of bias and unfair treatment of students because of ethnicity, gender, race, social class, religion, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, physical appearance, or some other factor. Effective schools convey the attitude that all children can achieve academically and behave appropriately, while at the same time appreciating individual differences. Effective schools communicate to students and the greater community that all children are valued and respected.
In order to maximize the successful education of all students and help them become productive citizens and lifelong learners in a diverse society, all individuals including student, parents, staff and community members are:
- Treated with dignity, respect and fairness;
- Encouraged to maintain high expectations;
- Role models that show an appreciation for socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, gender and religious diversity and
- Contributors to an environment of mutual respect, caring, and cooperation.
Students, parents, staff and community members shall join together to share a sense of belonging and take pride in our schools, facilities and programs through participation and cooperation in support of the education of all students.
A copy of the “Parent/Student Handbook” is provided to each parent/student upon request and can be found online on the school website. This handbook includes information pertaining to student rights regarding physical safety, protection of personal property, respect from others, and freedom from discrimination on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or the perception of one or more of such characteristics. The District’s policies on nondiscrimination and sexual harassment support these protections and serve to promote the fair treatment of all children.
Discipline Policy and Code
Effective and safe schools, develop, and consistently enforce, school-wide rules that are clear, broad-based, and fair. School safety can be enhanced by the development of a school-wide disciplinary policy that includes a code of conduct, specific rules and consequences that can accommodate student differences on a case-by-case basis when necessary. Discipline consequences should be commensurate with the offense, should be written, applied in a nondiscriminatory manner, and accommodate cultural diversity. Direct teaching and social problem solving and social decision-making is now a standard feature of effective drug and violence prevention programs.
PRIDE Academy at Prospect Avenue School uses both classroom and school-wide discipline codes that clearly communicate the behavioral expectancies and consequences for pupils.
Inappropriate choices will result in the implementation of a 4-step progressive discipline plan. Opportunities exist for each student to improve and succeed at each level of discipline. Steps in the discipline plan include all of the following:
- Pre Step = multiple warnings
- Step 1 = teacher counsels student privately
- Step 2 = teacher contacts the parent
- Step 3 = student is referred to school administrator
- Step 4 = student is referred to school administrator
School rules and discipline are communicated to parents through the parent handbook, the junior high handbook, and teacher prepared parent letters at the beginning of the school year. Approximately four times a year, or whenever deemed necessary, administration meets with the students to review school rules and consequences.
SCHOOL SAFETY STRATEGY #3:
PRIDE Academy at Prospect Avenue School's administrators, teachers, families, pupils, support staff, and community members recognize and make appropriate use of the early warning signs related to violence, substance abuse, and other at-risk concerns.
Crisis Intervention and Disaster Planning
The staff of PRIDE Academy shall increase school safety by evaluating and addressing serious behavioral and academic concerns. Weapons (on campus and in the community), bomb threats, explosives, fights, natural disasters, accidents, and suicides call for immediate, planned action, and long-term, post-crisis intervention. Planning for such contingencies reduces chaos and trauma.
PRIDE Academy benefits from the District’s Disaster Response Emergency Procedures Plan (DREP). The DREP includes information on how to respond to a crisis. Risk factors, response and contingency plans, quick response designs, parent contacts, debriefing, suicide/threat response, violence/aggression response and training/drills to become aware of warning signs are among the areas addressed.
Teacher Notice of Disciplinary History
The District’s Pupil Service Department, under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, shall provide to the administration of PRIDE Academy information on each pupil who has: (1) during the previous three school years, engaged in any suspendable or expellable act (except E.C. 48900 (h)) or (b) committed a crime reported to the District by a family member, local law enforcement, Probation Department or social services. This information is used to develop awareness, assigning appropriate discipline consequences, help in allocating resources, and is a factor in determining which services are provided to the pupil or recommended to the parent/guardian.
Gang affiliation and gang activity will not be tolerated at PRIDE Academy. The staff at PRIDE Academy shall work closely with the local law enforcement/Gang Unit regarding all issues and matters that are gang related. Information from the school and the community shall be communicated to the student's parents, if the pupil begins to make gang affiliations. Appropriate prevention and intervention strategies and programs shall be offered to the families.
Gangs and Graffiti
There is a local a law enforcement gang task force. PRIDE Academy uses its links with the City of Santee to enhance its effort to curb gang influence.
Research has shown that effective alternative programs can have long-term positive results by reducing expulsions and court referrals. PRIDE Academy has access to the Santee Success Program, an alternative program that provides students with opportunities to produce positive outcomes.
Drug and Violence Prevention Programs
The goals of the district’s Drug Alcohol and Tobacco Education Program and other related community program include providing all K-8 pupils with a comprehensive drug and violence prevention programs is to provide all pupils in grades seven and eight with a comprehensive tobacco use prevention education.
Truancy – School Attendance Review Board (SARB) / District Attorney Referral
PRIDE Academy at Prospect Avenue School recognizes the importance of punctuality and regular attendance. The staff of PRIDE Academy shall accurately record the attendance record for all students. Parents of students with poor attendance will meet with the School Attendance Review Team and placed on contract. Students with poor attendance due to medical issues will be referred to the school nurse. Should attendance problems continue, official action is to be taken, which could result in a referral to the School Attendance Review Board or a referral to the East County District Attorney’s Office with a request for prosecution of the parent and/or the student.
Megan's Law Notification
The staff of PRIDE Academy shall receive Megan's Law Sex Offender Information from local law enforcement and that information shall be communicated with the public so that the information can be used to protect students and families. Megan's Law provides the public with photographs and descriptive information on serious or high risk sex offenders residing in California who have been convicted of committing sex crimes and are required to register.
SCHOOL SAFETY STRATEGY #4:
Plan(s) and method(s) are available to identify isolated and troubled pupils, help foster positive relationships between school staff and pupils, and promote meaningful parental and community involvement.
Staff members in effective and safe schools make persistent efforts to involve parents/guardian by: Informing them about discipline policies, procedures, and rules, and about their children’s behavior, both desirable and undesirable; involving them in making decisions concerning school-wide disciplinary policies and procedures; and encouraging them to participate in prevention programs, intervention programs and crisis planning.
PRIDE Academy at Prospect Avenue School:
· Encourages parent participation on the School Site Council.
· Notifies parents about, and encourages participation in parenting programs.
· Has established a school visitation procedure.
· Uses the School Accountability Report Card as a procedure to communicate to parents.
· Provides opportunities for Teacher-Parent Conferences.
Each classroom is arranged to help prevent aggressive behavior. High traffic areas are free of congestion. Pupils are in full view of the teacher so the teacher can easily monitor students’ behavior. Teaching materials and student supplies are readily accessible to minimize student-waiting time. Seats are arranged so students can easily see instructional presentations and to reduce the opportunity for off-task behavior.
Parent Training: Promoting the Use of Community Resources
Prospect Avenue School and the Santee School District, advocates for the provision of community resources to help maximize the development of positive behavior and the suppression of antisocial behavior. Such training promises to maximize the parent’s contribution to academic excellence and noteworthy social-development.
Problem Solving Teams
School communities can enhance their effectiveness by identifying factors that result in violence and other problem behaviors. Collaborative problem-solving teams are viewed as essential to successful prevention and intervention with aggressive behavior. PRIDE Academy utilizes a Student Success Team to help address issues of problem behavior. These problem-solving efforts bring together school staff, parents, and when appropriate, involved community-based agencies and the pupil. When appropriate, a written Behavior Support Plan is initiated. The goal is to help identify, clarify, analyze and resolve issues concerning pupil, educational and familial concerns. The Student Success Team addresses individual problems and school-wide concerns.
When working with parents and students with specific issues, the staff and school counselor at PRIDE Academy will provide information to the families regarding available community resources. The school counselor works closely with recognized local city, county and state agencies.
SCHOOL SAFETY STRATEGY #5:
School administrators, staff, and campus lunch supervisors use common strategies to promote school safety.
Campus Supervisor and Administrative Positions
Schools can enhance physical safety by monitoring the surrounding school grounds-including landscaping, parking lots, and bus stops. Pupils can also be a good source of information. Peers often are the most likely group to know in advance about potential school violence.
PRIDE Academy at Prospect Avenue School employs a principal, vice principal and four lunch campus supervisors whose job is designed to help increase school safety, prevent prohibited offenses, and promote positive student relationships. The principal, vice principal and staff have developed procedures to monitor the school campus, the surrounding areas, and have designated the safe entrance and exit routes to school. Furthermore, recognizing that pupils are often the first to know of dangerous plans or actions, the principal and vice-principal at PRIDE Academy make themselves available for a pupil to safely report troubling behaviors that may lead to dangerous situations.
When it comes to school safety, pupils are taught not to keep secrets. Effective relationships between the school administration, staff, campus supervisors and pupils help initiate appropriate investigations, help staff learn of suspects in school offenses, and help collect important knowledge about community conflicts that may have an impact on school safety. A Bully Hotline, monitored by the vice principal, is in place and students are encouraged
Campus Disturbances and Crimes
PRIDE Academy recognizes that campus disturbances and crimes may be committed by visitors and outsiders to the campus. Several steps have been taken to protect the school, staff, and pupils from safety threats by individuals visiting the campus area. In addition, disputes often occur because of parental custody disputes. The staff of PRIDE Academy will maintain in the student’s record custody documentation provided by families and will request assistance from local law enforcement and the Office of Child Welfare and Attendance as needed.
Visitors and Disruptions to Educational Process
PRIDE Academy is aware of the laws, policies and procedures, which govern the conduct of visitors to the school campus. PRIDE Academy uses continuing efforts to minimize the number of campus entrance and exit points used daily. Access to school grounds is limited and supervised on a regular basis by staff members. Campus traffic, both pedestrian and vehicular, flows through areas that can be easily and naturally supervised. Delivery entrances used by vendors are also checked regularly. The campus has perimeter fencing.
To ensure the safety of pupils and staff and avoid potential disruptions, all visitors to the campus, except pupils of the school and staff members, must register immediately upon entering any school building or grounds when school is in session.
PRIDE Academy has established a visible means of identification for visitors while on school premises (i.e. tag). Furthermore, the school administration, staff or campus supervisors may direct an individual to leave school grounds if he/she has a reasonable basis for concluding that the person is committing an act that is likely to interfere with the peaceful conduct of school activities or that the person has entered the campus with the purpose of committing such an act. Law enforcement is immediately contacted for individuals engaging in threatening conduct, including disturbing the peace.
PRIDE Academy’s notice and removal system establishes sufficient documentation for civil law remedies as needed. For continuing disruptive behavior by a visitor or outsider, PRIDE Academy shall contact the district office to determine whether to file for a temporary restraining order and injunction.
SCHOOL SAFETY STRATEGY #6:
At PRIDE Academy, effective procedures will be followed to maintain a safe physical plant and school site.
Enhancing Physical Safety Practices
Schools can enhance physical safety by adjusting traffic flow patterns to limit potential for conflicts or altercations. Schools can enhance physical safety by having adults visibly present throughout the school building. This includes encouraging parents to visit the school.
PRIDE Academy at Prospect Avenue School:
- operates a closed campus, where pupils must have permission to leave the campus during school hours when accompanied by an adult.
- has helped assure a safe learning environment.
- has set a priority to keep buildings clean and maintained.
- has located its playground equipment where it is easily observed.
- has limited roof access by keeping dumpsters away from building walls.
- avoids decorative hedges and plants all new trees at least ten feet from buildings.
- keep trees and shrubs closely trimmed to limit outside hiding places for people or weapons.
- ensures vehicle access around the building(s) for night surveillance and emergency vehicles.
- keeps a complete list of staff members who have keys to building(s).
- does not allow graffiti to remain on walls. The procedure involves following the three “R’s” after discovery of graffiti—read, record (i.e. photograph or videotape) and remove. Inflammatory bathroom graffiti is removed daily upon discovery.
- provides maximum supervision in heavy traffic areas.
- has established two-way communication between the front office and each classroom.
- offers school-or-community-based activities for students after school.
School Safety Compliance
Child Abuse Reporting and Procedures
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND REPORTING
Child abuse or neglect includes the following:
1. A physical injury or death inflicted by other than accidental means on a child by another person
2. Sexual abuse of a child, including sexual assault or sexual exploitation, as defined in Penal Code 11165.1
3. Neglect of a child as defined in Penal Code 11165.2
4. Willful harming or injuring of a child or the endangering of the person or health of a child as defined in Penal Code 11165.3
5. Unlawful corporal punishment or injury as defined in Penal Code 11165.4
Child abuse or neglect does not include:
1. A mutual affray between minors
2. An injury caused by reasonable and necessary force used by a peace officer acting within the course and scope of his/her employment
3. An injury resulting from the exercise by a teacher, vice principal, principal, or other certificated employee of the same degree of physical control over a student that a parent/guardian would be privileged to exercise, not exceeding the amount of physical control reasonably necessary to maintain order, protect property, protect the health and safety of students, or maintain proper and appropriate conditions conducive to learning
4. An injury caused by a school employee's use of force that is reasonable and necessary to quell a disturbance threatening physical injury to persons or damage to property, to protect himself/herself, or to obtain weapons or other dangerous objects within the control of the student
5. Physical pain or discomfort caused by athletic competition or other such recreational activity voluntarily engaged in by the student
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND REPORTING (continued)
Mandated reporters include, but are not limited to, teachers; instructional aides; teacher's aides or assistants; classified employees; certificated pupil personnel employees; administrative officers or supervisors of child attendance; administrators and employees of a licensed day care facility; Head Start teachers; district police or security officers; licensed nurse or health care provider; and administrators, presenters, and counselors of a child abuse prevention program.
Reasonable suspicion means that it is objectively reasonable for a person to entertain a suspicion, based upon facts that could cause a reasonable person in a like position, drawing when appropriate on his/her training and experience, to suspect child abuse or neglect.
A mandated reporter shall make a report using the procedures provided below whenever, in his/her professional capacity or within the scope of his/her employment, he/she has knowledge of or observes a child whom the mandated reporter knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of child abuse or neglect.
Any mandated reporter who has knowledge of or who reasonably suspects that a child is suffering serious emotional damage or is at a substantial risk of suffering serious emotional damage, based on evidence of severe anxiety, depression, withdrawal, or untoward aggressive behavior toward self or others, may make a report to the appropriate agency.
Any person shall notify a peace officer if he/she reasonably believes that he/she has observed the commission of a murder, rape, or lewd or lascivious act by use of force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of immediate and unlawful bodily injury, where the victim is a child under age 14.
Responsibility for Reporting
The reporting duties of mandated reporters are individual and cannot be delegated to another person.
When two or more mandated reporters jointly have knowledge of a known or suspected instance of child abuse or neglect, the report may be made by a member of the team selected by mutual agreement and a single report may be made and signed by the selected member of the reporting team. Any member who has knowledge that the member designated to report has failed to do so shall thereafter make the report.
No supervisor or administrator shall impede or inhibit a mandated reporter from making a report.
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND REPORTING (continued)
Any person not identified as a mandated reporter who has knowledge of or observes a child whom he/she knows or reasonably suspects has been a victim of child abuse or neglect may report the known or suspected instance of child abuse or neglect to the appropriate agency.
1. Initial Telephone Report
Immediately or as soon as practicably possible after knowing or observing suspected child abuse or neglect, a mandated reporter shall make an initial report by telephone to any police department (excluding a school district police/security department), sheriff's department, county probation department if designated by the county to receive such reports, or county welfare department.
Child Protective Services, Child Abuse Hotline
San Diego County Sheriff's Department
When the initial telephone report is made, the mandated reporter shall note the name of the official contacted, the date and time contacted, and any instructions or advice received.
2. Written Report
Within 36 hours of knowing or observing the information concerning the incident, any employee (as defined above) shall fax legible, completed Form 04-184 (10/91) "Suspected Child Abuse 'FAX’ Report" to:
Children's Services Bureau, FAX # (619) 694-5469 and to Educational Services, FAX # 2367. Attach FAX receipt to the reporter's copy of the FAX.
Mandated reporters may obtain copies of the Department of Justice form from either the district or the appropriate agency.
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND REPORTING (continued)
Reports of suspected child abuse or neglect shall include, if known:
a. The name, business address, and telephone number of the person making the report and the capacity that makes the person a mandated reporter
b. The child's name and address, present location and, where applicable, school, grade, and class
c. The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of the child's parents/guardians
d. The information that gave rise to the reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect and the source(s) of that information
e. The name, address, telephone number, and other relevant personal information about the person(s) who might have abused or neglected the child
The mandated reporter shall make a report even if some of this information is not known or is uncertain to him/her.
Information relevant to the incident of child abuse or neglect may also be given to an investigator from an agency that is investigating the case.
3. Internal Reporting
Employees reporting child abuse or neglect to an appropriate agency are encouraged, but not required, to notify the principal as soon as possible after the initial telephone report to the appropriate agency. When so notified, the principal shall inform the Superintendent or designee.
The principal so notified shall provide the mandated reporter with any assistance necessary to ensure that reporting procedures are carried out in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation. At the mandated reporter's request, the principal may assist in completing and filing the necessary forms.
The mandated reporter shall not be required to disclose his/her identity to the principal.
He/she may provide or mail a copy of the written report to the principal or Superintendent or designee without his/her signature or name.
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND REPORTING (continued)
Reporting the information to an employer, supervisor, principal, school counselor, co-worker, or other person shall not be a substitute for making a mandated report to the appropriate agency.
Training of mandated reporters shall include child abuse and neglect identification and mandated reporting.
Training shall also include guidance in the appropriate discipline of students, physical contact with students, and maintenance of ethical relationships with students to avoid actions that may be misinterpreted as child abuse.
Whenever a representative of a government agency investigating suspected child abuse or neglect or the state Department of Social Services deems it necessary, a suspected victim may be interviewed during school hours, on school premises, concerning a report of suspected child abuse or neglect that occurred within the child's home or out-of-home care facility. The child shall be given the choice of being interviewed in private or in the presence of any adult school employee or volunteer aide selected by the child.
A staff member or volunteer aide selected by a child may decline to be present at the interview. If the selected person accepts, the principal or designee shall inform him/her of the following requirements:
1. The purpose of the selected person's presence at the interview is to lend support to the child and enable him/her to be as comfortable as possible.
2. The selected person shall not participate in the interview.
3. The selected person shall not discuss the facts or circumstances of the case with the child.
4. The selected person is subject to the confidentiality requirements of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, a violation of which is punishable as specified in Penal Code 11167.5.
If a staff member agrees to be present, the interview shall be held at a time during school hours when it does not involve an expense to the school.
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND REPORTING (continued)
Release of Child to Peace Officer
When a child is released to a peace officer and taken into custody as a victim of suspected child abuse or neglect, the Superintendent or designee and/or principal shall not notify the parent/guardian, but rather shall provide the peace officer with the address and telephone number of the child's parent/guardian. It is the responsibility of the peace officer or agent to notify the parent/guardian of the situation.
Peace officers shall be asked to sign an appropriate release or acceptance of responsibility form.
Upon request, the Superintendent or designee shall provide parents/guardians with a copy of the district's administrative regulation that describes how to report suspected child abuse occurring at a school site to appropriate agencies. For parents/guardians whose primary language is other than English, such procedures shall be in their primary language and, when communicating orally regarding those procedures, an interpreter shall be provided.
To file a complaint against a district employee or other person suspected of child abuse or neglect at a school site, parents/guardians may file a report by telephone, in person, or in writing with any appropriate agency identified above under "Reporting Procedures." If a parent/guardian makes a complaint about an employee to any other employee, the employee receiving the information shall notify the parent/guardian of procedures for filing a complaint with the appropriate agency. The employee also is obligated pursuant to Penal Code 11166 to file a report himself/herself using the procedures described above for mandated reporters.
In addition, if the child is enrolled in special education, a separate complaint may be filed with the California Department of Education pursuant to 5 CCR 4650.
The Superintendent or designee shall provide to all new employees who are mandated reporters a statement that informs them of their status as mandated reporters, of their reporting obligations under Penal Code 11166, and of their confidentiality rights under Penal Code 11167. The district shall also provide these new employees with a copy of Penal Code 11165.7, 11166, and 11167.
Before beginning employment, employees shall sign the statement indicating that they have knowledge of the reporting obligations under Penal Code 11166 and that they will comply with those provisions. The signed statements shall be retained by the Superintendent or designee.
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION AND REPORTING (continued)
Employees who work with dependent adults shall be notified of legal responsibilities and reporting procedures pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code 15630-15637.
The Superintendent or designee shall also notify all employees that:
1. A mandated reporter who reports a known or suspected instance of child abuse or neglect shall not be held civilly or criminally liable for making a report and this immunity shall apply even if the mandated reporter acquired the knowledge or reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect outside of his/her professional capacity or outside the scope of his/her employment. Any other person making a report shall not incur civil or criminal liability unless it can be proven that he/she knowingly made a false report or made a report with reckless disregard of the truth or falsity of the report.
2. If a mandated reporter fails to report an incident of known or reasonably suspected child abuse or neglect, he/she may be guilty of a crime punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.
3. No employee shall be subject to any sanction by the district for making a report.
Regulation SANTEE SCHOOL DISTRICT
approved: August 17, 2010 Santee, California
Suspension and Expulsion Policies
SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION/DUE PROCESS
The Governing Board has established policies and standards of behavior in order to promote learning and protect the safety and well-being of all students. When these policies and standards are violated, it may be necessary to suspend or expel a student from regular classroom instruction.
Suspended or expelled students may be denied the privilege of participation in all extracurricular activities during the period of suspension or expulsion.
Except where suspension for a first offense is warranted in accordance with law, suspension shall be imposed only when other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct.
Expulsion is an action taken by the Board for severe or prolonged breaches of discipline by a student. Except for single acts of a grave nature, expulsion shall be used only when there is a history of misconduct, when other forms of discipline, including suspension, have failed to bring about proper conduct, or when the student's presence causes a continuing danger to self or others.
The grounds for suspension and expulsion and the procedures for considering, recommending and/or implementing suspension and expulsion shall be those specified in law and/or administrative regulation.
The Board supports a zero tolerance approach to serious offenses in accordance with state and federal law. This approach makes the removal of potentially dangerous students from the classroom a top priority and ensures the standardized treatment of all students. Staff shall immediately report to the Superintendent or designee any incidence of offenses specified in law, Board policy, and administrative regulation as cause for suspension or expulsion.
Student Due Process
The Board shall provide for the fair and equitable treatment of students facing suspension and expulsion by affording them their due process rights under the law. The Superintendent or designee shall comply with procedures for notices and appeals as specified in administrative regulation and/or law.
Supervised Suspension Classroom
The Board recognizes that students who are suspended from school often have no supervision or guidance during the school hours when they are off campus and may fall behind in the coursework. The Board believes that, in many cases, it would be better to manage the student's behavior by keeping the student at school or in the Educational Resource Center and providing him/her with supervision that is separated from the regular classroom. BP 5144.1(b)
SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION/DUE PROCESS (continued)
The Superintendent or designee shall establish a supervised classroom suspension program which meets the requirements of law for students suspended for any of the reasons enumerated in Education Code 48900 and 48900.2, who pose no imminent danger or threat at school, and for whom an expulsion action has not been initiated.
The Superintendent or designee shall examine alternatives to off-campus suspension and may establish a suspension program which involves progressive discipline during the school day on campus; use of conferences between staff, parents/guardians and students; detention; student study teams or other assessment-related teams; and/or referral to school support services staff. The use of such alternatives does not preclude off-campus suspensions.
Required Parental Attendance
The Board believes that parental involvement plays an important role in the resolution of classroom behavior problems. The Board expects that teachers will communicate with parents/guardians when behavior problems arise.
Decision Not to Enforce Expulsion Order
On a case-by-case basis, the enforcement of an expulsion order may be suspended by the Board pursuant to the requirements of law.
212.5 Sexual harassment
1981 Enrollment of students in community school
17292.5 Program for expelled students
32261 Interagency School Safety Demonstration Act of 1985
35146 Closed sessions (re suspensions)
35291 Rules (for government and discipline of schools)
35291.5 Rules and procedures on school discipline
48660-48667 Community day schools
48900-48927 Suspension and expulsion
48950 Speech and other communication
49073-49079 Privacy of student records
47 Privileged communication
48.8 Defamation liability
CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE
1985-1997 Subpoenas; means of production
Legal Reference continued: (see next page)
SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION/DUE PROCESS (continued)
Legal Reference: (continued)
54950-54963 Ralph M. Brown Act
HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE
11014.5 Drug paraphernalia
11053-11058 Standards and schedules
230.7 Discharge or discrimination against employee for taking time off to appear in school on behalf of a child
31 Principal of a crime, defined
240 Assault defined
241.2 Assault fines
242 Battery defined
243.2 Battery on school property
243.4 Sexual battery
245 Assault with deadly weapon
261 Rape defined
266c Unlawful sexual intercourse
286 Sodomy defined
288 Lewd or lascivious acts with child under age 14
288a Oral copulation
289 Penetration of genital or anal openings
626.2 Entry upon campus after written notice of suspension or dismissal without permission
626.9 Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995
626.10 Dirks, daggers, knives, razors or stun guns
868.5 Supporting person; attendance during testimony of witness
WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 18
921 Definitions, firearm
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20
7151 Gun free schools
T.H. v. San Diego Unified School District (2004) 122 Cal. App. 4th 1267
Woodbury v. Dempsey (2003) 108 Cal. App. 4th 421
Board of Education of Sacramento City Unified School District v. Sacramento County Board of Education and Kenneth H., (2001) 85 Cal.App.4th 1321
Garcia v. Los Angeles Board of Education (1991) 123 Cal.App.3d 807
Fremont Union High School District v. Santa Clara County Board (1991) 235 Cal. App. 3d 1182
John A. v. San Bernardino School District (1982) 33 Cal. 3d 301
ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS
84 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 146 (2001)
80 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 91 (1997)
80 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 85 (1997)
Management Resources: (see next page)
SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION/DUE PROCESS (continued)
California Attorney General’s Office: http://www.caag.state.ca.us
California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osdfs/index.html
Policy SANTEE SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: August 17, 2010 Santee, California
Procedures for notifying Teachers about Pupils Suspensions
Included in AR 4158
Notice Regarding Student Offenses Committed While Under School Jurisdiction
The Superintendent or designee shall inform the teacher of each student who has engaged in, or is reasonably suspected of, any act during the previous three school years which could constitute grounds for suspension or expulsion under Education Code 48900, with the exception of the possession or use of tobacco products, or Education Code 48900.2, 48900.3, 48900.4, or 48900.7. This information shall be based upon district records maintained in the ordinary course of business or records received from a law enforcement agency. (Education Code 49079)
Upon receiving a transfer student's record regarding acts committed by the student that resulted in his/her suspension or expulsion, the Superintendent or designee shall inform any of the student's teacher(s) that the student was suspended from his/her former district and of the act that resulted in the suspension or expulsion. (Education Code 48201)
Information received by teacher(s) shall be received in confidence for the limited purpose for which it was provided and shall not be further disseminated by the teacher. (Education Code 4907
Sexual Harassment Policy
The Governing Board prohibits sexual harassment of district employees and job applicants. The Board also prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against district employees or other persons who complain, testify or otherwise participate in the complaint process established pursuant to this policy and administrative regulation.
The Superintendent or designee shall take all actions necessary to ensure the prevention, investigation, and correction of sexual harassment, including but not limited to:
1. Providing training to employees in accordance with law and administrative regulation
2. Publicizing and disseminating the district's sexual harassment policy to staff
3. Ensuring prompt, thorough, and fair investigation of complaints
4. Taking timely and appropriate corrective/remedial action(s), which may require interim separation of the complainant and the alleged harasser and subsequent monitoring of developments
All complaints and allegations of sexual harassment shall be kept confidential to the extent necessary to carry out the investigation or to take other subsequent necessary actions.
Any district employee or job applicant who feels that he/she has been sexually harassed or who has knowledge of any incident of sexual harassment by or against another employee, a job applicant or a student, shall immediately report the incident to his/her supervisor, the principal, district administrator or Superintendent.
A supervisor, principal or other district administrator who receives a harassment complaint shall promptly notify the Superintendent or designee.
Complaints of sexual harassment shall be filed in accordance with AR 4031 - Complaints
Concerning Discrimination in Employment. An employee may bypass his/her supervisor in filing a complaint where the supervisor is the subject of the complaint.
Any district employee who engages or participates in sexual harassment or who aids, abets, incites, compels, or coerces another to commit sexual harassment against a district employee, job applicant, or student is in violation of this policy and is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
Legal Reference: (see next page)
SEXUAL HARASSMENT (continued)
200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex
12900-12996 Fair Employment and Housing Act, especially:
12940 Prohibited discrimination
12950.1 Sexual harassment training
1101 Political activities of employees
1102.1 Discrimination: sexual orientation
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 2
7288.0 Sexual harassment training and education
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
4900-4965 Nondiscrimination in elementary and secondary education programs receiving state
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42
2000d-2000d-7 Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964
2000e-2000e-17 Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended
2000h-2-2000h-6 Title IX, 1972 Education Act Amendments
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34
106.9 Dissemination of policy
Department of Health Services v. Superior Court of California, (2003) 31 Cal.4th 1026
Faragher v. City of Boca Raton, (1998) 118 S.Ct. 2275
Burlington Industries v. Ellreth, (1998) 118 S.Ct. 2257
Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District, (1998) 118 S.Ct. 1989
Oncale v. Sundowner Offshore Serv. Inc., (1998) 118 S.Ct. 998
Meritor Savings Bank, FSB v. Vinson et al., (1986) 447 U.S. 57
OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ATTORNEYS GENERAL
Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate Crime, January, 1999
California Department of Fair Employment and Housing: http://www.dfeh.ca.gov
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: http://www.eeoc.gov
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OCR
Policy SANTEE SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: May 5, 2009 Santee, California
SCHOOL DRESS CODE Board Policy
DRESS AND GROOMING
The Governing Board believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. The Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate. Students' clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or a distraction which would interfere with the educational process.
Students and parents/guardians shall be informed about dress and grooming standards at the beginning of the school year and whenever these standards are revised. A student who violates these standards shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
Gang-Related Apparel and Racial or Ethnic Symbols
Gang related apparel or clothing with racial or ethnic symbols is prohibited.
Prohibited dress includes garments displaying logos of racist groups, obscene language, vulgar gestures, racist, ethnic or sexist slurs. Dress code should be included as part of the school safety plan and must be presented to the Board for approval.
In order to promote student safety and discourage theft, peer rivalry and/or gang activity, the principal, staff and parents/guardians at a school may establish a reasonable dress code requiring students to wear uniforms. Such a dress code may be included as part of the school safety plan and must be presented to the Board for approval. The Board shall approve the plan upon determining that it is necessary to protect the health and safety of the school's students.
If a school's plan to require uniforms is adopted, the Superintendent or designee shall establish procedures whereby parents/guardians may choose to have their children exempted from the school uniform policy. Students shall not be penalized academically, otherwise discriminated against or denied attendance to school if their parents/guardians so decide.
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that resources are identified to assist economically disadvantaged students in obtaining uniforms.
Legal Reference: (see next page)
DRESS AND GROOMING (continued)
32281 School safety plans
35183 School dress codes; uniforms
35183.5 Sun-protective clothing
48907 Student exercise of free expression
49066 Grades; effect of physical education class apparel
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
302 Pupils to be neat and clean on entering school
Marvin H. Jeglin et al v. San Jacinto Unified School District et al, (C.D. Cal. 1993)
827 F.Supp. 1459
Arcadia Unified School District v. California Department of Education, (1992) 2 Cal. 4th 251
Hartzell v. Connell, (1984) 35 Cal. 3d 899
Policy SANTEE SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: September 7, 1993 Santee, California
revised: April 19, 2005
reviewed: August 17, 2010
Employee Safety Practices
AR 4157(a), 4257, 4357
The Superintendent or designee shall provide safety devices, safeguards, methods and processes for staff that are reasonably adequate to render the employment and place of employment safe.
Injury and Illness Prevention Program
The district’s injury and illness prevention program shall cover all district employees and all other workers whom the district controls or directs and directly supervises on the job to the extent that workers are exposed to hazards specific to their worksite and job assignment. The obligation of contractors or other employers who control or direct and supervise their own employees on the job shall not be affected by the district’s injury prevention program.
The district’s injury and illness prevention program shall include:
1. The name/position of the person(s) with authority and responsibility for implementing the program.
2. A system for ensuring that employees comply with safe and healthful work practices, which may include but not be limited to:
a. Recognition of employees who follow safe and healthful work practices
b. Training and retraining programs
c. Disciplinary actions
3. A system for communicating with employees in a form readily understandable by all employees on matters related to occupational health and safety, including provisions designed to encourage employees to report hazards at the worksite without fear of reprisal. This system may include but not be limited to:
b. Training programs
d. Written communications
e. A labor/management safety and health committee
4. Procedures for identifying and evaluating workplace hazards, including scheduled periodic inspections to identify unsafe conditions and work practices. Such inspections shall be made:
EMPLOYEE SAFETY (continued)
a. Whenever introducing into the workplace new substances, processes, procedures or equipment that represent a new occupational safety or health hazard
b. Whenever the district is made aware of a new or previously unrecognized hazard
5. A procedure for investigating occupational injury or illness.
6. Methods and/or procedures for correcting unsafe or unhealthful conditions, work practices and work procedures in a timely manner based on the severity of the hazard when observed or discovered.
7. When an imminent hazard exists which cannot be immediately abated without endangering employee(s) and/or property, these procedures shall call for the removal of all exposed staff from the area except those necessary to correct the hazardous condition. Employees needed to correct the condition shall be provided necessary safeguards.
8. Training and instruction:
a. To all new employees
b. To all employees given new job assignments for which training has not previously been received
c. Whenever new substances, processes, procedures or equipment are introduced into the workplace and represent a new hazard
d. Whenever the district is made aware of a new or previously unrecognized hazard
e. To familiarize supervisors with the safety and health hazards to which employees under their immediate direction and control may be exposed
Records of the steps taken to implement and maintain the injury and illness prevention program shall be kept in accordance with 8 CCR 3203.
Labor/Management Safety and Health Committee
The district’s labor/management safety and health committee shall:
EMPLOYEE SAFETY (continued)
1. Meet regularly, but not less than quarterly.
2. Prepare and make available to affected employees written records of the safety and health issues discussed at committee meetings and maintained for review by Cal/OSHA upon request. These records shall be maintained for at least one year.
3. Review results of the periodic, scheduled worksite inspections.
4. Review investigations of occupational accidents and causes of incidents resulting in occupational injury or illness or exposure to hazardous substances. As appropriate, the committee may submit suggestions to the Superintendent or designee regarding the prevention of future incidents.
5. Review investigations of alleged hazardous conditions brought to the attention of any committee member. When determined necessary by the committee, it may conduct its own inspection and investigation to assist in remedial solutions.
6. Submit recommendations to assist in the evaluation of employee safety suggestions.
7. Upon request of Cal/OSHA, verify abatement action taken by the district to abate citations issued by Cal/OSHA.
When information indicates that any employee’s exposure to noise may equal or exceed an eight-hour average sound level of 85 decibels, the Superintendent or designee shall implement a hearing conservation program in accordance with state and federal regulations.
Eye Safety Devices
Eye safety devices shall be worn by employees whenever they are engaged in or observing an activity involving hazards or hazardous substances likely to cause injury to the eyes. (Education Code 32030)
Such activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
1. Working with hot molten metal.
2. Milling, sawing, turning, shaping, cuffing, grinding and stamping of any solid materials.
EMPLOYEE SAFETY (continued)
3. Heat treating, tempering, or kiln firing of any metal or other materials.
4. Gas or electric arc welding.
5. Repair or servicing of any vehicles, machinery or equipment.
6. Working with hot liquids or solids or with chemicals which are flammable, toxic, corrosive to living tissues, irritating, strongly sensitizing, radioactive, or which generate pressure through heat, decomposition, or other means.
Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) Support
When an automatic external defibrillator (AED) is placed in the school, the principal or designee shall ensure that: (Health and Safety Code 1797.196)
1. School employees annually receive information gathered from the American Heart Association or American Red Cross that describes the proper use of an AED.
2. The American Heart Association or American Red Cross information is posted next to every AED.
3. School employees are annually notified of the location of all AED units on school grounds.
The principal shall designate the trained employees who shall be available to respond to an emergency that may involve the use of an AED during the hours of classroom instruction or when a school-sponsored activity is occurring on school grounds. (Health and Safety Code 1797.196)
Each school site will have at least three (3) personnel trained and certified in the AED procedure. This will include the site Health Clerk, Project SAFE personnel and other site personnel. The principal shall designate trained employees to monitor the AED equipment and to file the monthly reports with the appropriate agencies for AED support.
Regulation SANTEE SCHOOL DISTRICT
reviewed: May 5, 2009 Santee, California
Santee School District
PRIDE Academy at Prospect Avenue School
COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOLS SAFETY PLAN:
School Site Council Evaluation and Public Hearing Certification
California law requires the Comprehensive School Safety Plan of each school to be annually evaluated and amended, as needed, to ensure the plan is being properly implemented (Education Code 35294.2[e]). An updated file of all safety-related plans and materials is maintained by PRIDE Academy and is readily available for inspection by the public.
California law also requires notice for public input prior to the adoption of the Comprehensive School Safety Plan. Notice was provided on September 29, 2015 at PRIDE Academy at Prospect Avenue School. Notice was provided by posting School Site Council Agenda. Our Comprehensive School Safety Plan was evaluated by School Site Council and plan was approved.
Signatures of PRIDE Academy at Prospect Avenue School's Site Council Members
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