Student Handbook

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

 

 

Home-School Agreement Student Responsibility Code Homework Policy

Technology Responsibility Code Textbook Agreement

Members of the school community (students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents and community members) cooperate and work together to maintain a quality educational atmosphere that develops self-directing students who are accountable and constructive, and who demonstrate cooperative pro-social behavior. Fenton Charter Public Schools is committed to the goal of providing each student with every opportunity to develop his/her capabilities to the fullest extent possible.

 

Attached are copies of the Home-School Agreement, Student Responsibility Code, Homework Policy, Technology Responsibility Code and Textbook Agreement, which have been developed by the Parent Advocacy Committee. Please read and discuss the codes and contracts with your child and keep them for future references.

 

PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN JUST THE LAST THREE PAGES (RED PAGES) TO YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER

(or to the Main Office for new enrollees) AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Keep all pages, except the parent/student sign-off page and Textbook Contract (in red) for future reference.

 

For additional information, please call the Main Office.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Home-School Agreement

The mission and school-wide vision of Fenton Charter Public Schools captures the spirit envisioned for our students, parents, staff, and all other members of the school community:

 

The mission of Fenton Charter Public Schools is to cultivate a love of learning by fostering an environment that promotes self-discovery, independence and an awareness of the connectedness

between self and others.

 

All members of the Fenton Charter Public Schools community are responsible for the school-wide vision:

 

  • The students of Fenton Charter Public Schools will actively seek learning opportunities by working cooperatively, thinking critically, and striving to master rigorous academic standards.

 

  • The students, parents and employees of Fenton Charter Public Schools will collaboratively establish and model the highest standards for student achievement, positive self-esteem, pro-social values, and respect for cultural diversity.

 

  • The employees of Fenton Charter Public Schools will demonstrate their belief in the value of lifelong learning and model the appropriate and desired behaviors and attitudes expected of students.

 

  • The Fenton Charter Public Schools community will work cooperatively and collaboratively to create a child-centered environment that is safe, free of violence, drugs and fear, in which all partners are empowered by their own sense of ownership and responsibility to the school.

 

  • The Fenton Charter Public Schools community and partners will maintain the highest level of integrity in fiscal management while seeking all available resources and using them effectively to support the instructional program.

 

The Home-School contract identifies the responsibilities of all members of the school community in the realization of this vision.

 

 

 

 

 I .  COMMUNICATION/PARENT INVOLVEMENT

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools will:

  • Not discriminate against any students on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, race or disability.
  • Be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations, and shall not charge tuition.
  • Comply with the Public Records Act, the Federal Educational Privacy Act (FERPA), and all laws establishing minimum age for public school attendance.
  • Help parents develop parenting skills to meet the basic obligations of family life to foster conditions at home which emphasize the importance of education and learning through conducting parent conferences.

Promote school-to-home and home-to-school communication about school programs and

student’s progress: provide monthly reports regarding behavior and school/homework; and make every effort to accommodate parents for conferences and school- wide activities (e.g., by providing translators, wheelchair access, etc., as needed). Other accommodations will be made as requested and if reasonable and possible to encourage full participation by all parents.

Involve parents, with appropriate training, in instructional and support roles at the school.

  • Provide parents with strategies and techniques for assisting their children with learning activities.
  • Prepare parents to actively participate in school decision making and develop their leadership skills.
 

The Parents/Guardians will:

  • Actively participate in parent/teacher conferences and parent involvement activities.
  • Consider volunteering at the school-site. Possibilities include: helping in the classroom or supply room, and other school functions.
  • Complete and return all necessary school forms and documents.
  • Attend the Parent Orientation Meeting or schedule a time to meet with the teacher to review classroom procedures and expectations.
 
 
II. HOMEWORK/CLASSWORK
 

Fenton Charter Public Schools will:

  • Provide a list of supplies needed at home (see Homework Policy).
  • Provide appropriate homework on a daily/weekly basis in a variety of subject areas.
  • Communicate with parents as needed regarding completion of homework and classwork.

 

 

The Parents/Guardians will:

  • Provide appropriate materials for students to use

(list to be provided by teacher).

  • Assure that students complete homework regularly, neatly, in compliance with the Homework Policy and return it to school (see attached).
  • Review and sign all homework daily.
  • Come to school to conference with the teacher or other school personnel as needed.
  • If possible, obtain a folder and/or backpack for the child.

 

 

II. BEHAVIOR
 
  • Provide a system of behavior guidelines (Student Responsibility Code - attached).
  • Conduct Citizenship Assemblies to recognize students.
  • Communicate with parents on a monthly basis, or more frequently as needed.
  • Document problem behavior in order to report accurately to parents.
  • Maintain a working and learning environment that is free from sexual harassment.
  • Maintain a working and learning environment that enforces the Fenton Charter Public Schools Anti- Bullying Policy (see attached).

 

The Parents/Guardians will:

    • Support the school-wide discipline policy, including the classroom teacher’s discipline plan.
    • Reward and praise students at home for appropriate behavior during school.
  • Follow through with any problem behaviors noted by the teacher.
  • Visit the school as needed.
  • Assure that students adhere to the Fenton Charter Public Schools  Student Responsibility Code at all times, including on the Afterschool Playground or program, and on field trips.

 

 

IV. ATTENDANCE

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools will:

  • Maintain accurate records.
  • Pick students up on time at the beginning of the day, after recess, at the conclusion of specialist and psychomotor instruction, and after lunch.
  • Call home if the student is absent more than 2 days.

Provide parents with Independent Study materials when the student is absent and if requested by parents

 

The Parents/Guardians will:

 

Assure that students come to school rested, clean, well fed, and appropriately dressed in the approved student uniform as per the Student Responsibility Code daily.

Make every effort to ensure students attend school every day school is in session and arrive on time. (If there are an excess number of absences, the family will be referred to the Parent Advocacy Parent Review Board.)

Ensure the return of Independent Study materials prior to the student’s return to class. (If not returned, the family will be referred to the Parent Advocacy Parent Review Board.)

  • Notify the office if there is a change of home address and/or phone number immediately (within 24 hours) and complete and return new emergency cards.
  • Notify the attendance office when the child is absent and provide appropriate documentation for the reason for the absence. (After the third day, if there is no open communication, the child may be dis-enrolled from the school. If parent wishes to re-enroll, room assignments will depend on the availability of space.)
 
 V. MATERIALS/SCHOOL PROPERTY

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools will:

  • Issue appropriate materials for use by the student in class and for completing homework.
  • Note the condition of materials upon issuance to students.
  • Have students complete a Textbook Contract (see attached).

 

The Parents/Guardians will:

  • Assure that students do not destroy materials or property.
  • Assure that students do not bring destructive materials to school.
  • Pay for any damages to materials and/or property incurred by the students. Pay for any lost or damaged books or materials in CASH.
  • Assure that all materials loaned to the student will be returned and in the condition issued.
 

VI. HEALTH AND SAFETY

Fenton Charter Public Schools will:

  • Provide supervision at dismissal gates.
  • Keep all gates to the campus locked during the school day, with entry into the school accessible only through the Main Office.
  • Provide Campus Security Aides.
  • Continuously update emergency procedures and maintain emergency supplies.
  • Release students only to persons on the emergency card. When students are checked out during the school day, they will be released only to an adult on the Emergency Card, and for safety reasons, will be called from their classrooms when the adult (18 years or older) arrives to take them home.
  • Maintain an attractive, clean school environment which will include clean classrooms as well as clean bathrooms.
  • Kindergarten students will be taken to the Main Office if not picked up at dismissal.
  • Provide accident insurance, paid by the school, for medical and hospital services needed for injuries incurred at school or during a school-sanctioned activity (such as a field trip).

MAINTAIN A CLOSED CAMPUS and follow procedures outlined under parent section when allowing any adults, including parents, on campus

 

The Parents/Guardians will:

    • Not bring pets to school, even on a leash, when walking students to school or picking students up at dismissal due to the possibility of student allergies and the endangerment of students, parents and staff.
    • Not allow weapons of any kind at school. Bringing or possession of any weapon is grounds for expulsion from Fenton Charter Public Schools .
    • Ensure that students do not carry or use medication on campus without written consent from a physician which has been presented to the school nurse (on the school-approved form available in the nurse’s office and on the Fenton website: www.fentoncharter.net) and documented in the student’s health records. Such approved medication is to be kept ONLY in the Nurse’s Office.
    • Follow the school’s procedures for visitation and classroom observations:
    • Check in at the main office to request a classroom observation (a maximum of 20 minutes per day, unless other provisions have been established with the classroom teacher and approved by the director) or entry on to the campus.
    • Obtain a visitor’s permit prior to the observation or entry which has been approved by the director.
    • During classroom observations, enter and leave the classroom as quietly as possible, not conversing with students, the teacher or teacher assistant, and not interfering with the instructional program in any manner.
    • Visit only the classroom (or area) approved for visitation.

(As per federal guidelines related to the school’s meals program, the cafeteria is for use by enrolled students and school staff only.)

    • Children who are not enrolled at the school are not not to be on the campus unless prior approval by the director has been obtained.
    • Check out through the main office when leaving.
    • Maintain accurate and current records of persons to whom the school may release students.

• Late pick-up of Kindergarten students will  

        result in the following consequences: 

  1.) Letter home to remind parents. 

  2.) Conference with teacher. 

3.) Five (5) late pick-ups: Referral to the Parent Review Board for resolution. 

  4.) Report to appropriate social services. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Student Responsibility Code

Proper student behavior in school is an essential element of the total school program. California Education Code 48908 states: “All students shall comply with regulations, pursue the required course of study, and submit to the authority of teachers of the school.”

 

The teacher acts legally in place of the parent while the child is in school. The teacher is the dominant figure in the implementation of the intended curriculum.

GENERAL SCHOOL RULES

    • Students are to arrive at school no earlier than 7:00 a.m. The school grounds are closed before 7:00 a.m. Students dropped off between 7:00 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. must follow all school rules. Children who do not follow the school-wide positive behavior expectation may be subject to general discipline procedures (See page 10).
    • Students may only bring to school items which are to be used for legitimate educational purposes in the classroom.

Students are not to bring, or possess, drugs (including prescription medications*) or dangerous objects or weapons (including matches, caps, firecrackers, knives, etc.). It is illegal to bring these to school or any school-sponsored event, and such action may result in expulsion from the Charter School. [Education Code 48900.2 (b) (c)]

 

Students are not to bring markers or paint in any form unless approved by the classroom teacher. Art supplies needed in the classroom will be provided by the school. Students may not bring permanent markers to school.

 

Students are not to bring any type of electronic device including cellular phones. In addition, toys, playing or trading cards, balls, skateboards, or pets should not be brought to school or any school- sponsored event. These items may distract students from learning and the school cannot be held responsible for personal items of value.

 

Students are not to bring gum, candy, sodas, or other junk food (i.e. Hot Cheetos, Takis), or beverages to school or any school-sponsored event.

 

Students are not to bring money to school or to any school-sponsored event, except that which is needed for participation in school-sponsored sales or fundraising activities.

 

*Prescription medications may be brought to school by a parent as needed, but only with a doctor’s note (presented on the school-approved form) to be kept on file in the nurse’s office. (Whenever this is necessary, the parent must see the school nurse personally.)

    • No bicycles, scooters, skateboards, shoe skates, etc., may be ridden on the school grounds.

 

    • Students are not to be in parking areas at any time except when accompanied by school approved personnel during dismissal. Parents are not to drive into the parking areas or block entrances and exits to drop off or pick up their children.
    • ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR  THE APPROVED  FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ STUDENT UNIFORM:

 

For boys: Navy blue pants or shorts (NO jeans); plain white shirt or plain navy blue polo

shirt or Fenton logo shirt or sweatshirt.

 

For girls: Navy blue pants or shorts (NO jeans), “skort” or skirt; plain white blouse or shirt, plain navy blue blouse or polo shirt, or Fenton logo shirt or sweatshirt.

 

Pullover tops for boys and girls must be navy blue or plain white.

 

All shirts must be PLAIN white, except shirts with the Fenton logo, clean and in good condition.

DRESS CODE

 

    • Students are to come to school clean, neat, and with hair combed in a style and/or color that is NOT distracting or disruptive to school activities. This determination will be made at the sole discretion of the administration. [NO Mohawks, spiked hair, glitter in hair, designs in the hair or hair cut, or hair dyed an unnatural color (such as green, orange, purple, etc.)]

 

    • Students are to be dressed appropriately for the weather, and in a clean, well cared for Fenton- approved student uniform (see General School Rules #5). Please remember that proper hygiene is essential to ensure a student’s positive self-esteem.

 

    • Students are to wear appropriate shoes for school. Open sandals, thongs, high heels, or other types of footwear deemed to be a safety hazard to the student (or to other students), are NOT appropriate for school and may not be worn to school.

 

    • Students are NOT to wear or bring:
    • make-up, stick-on or artificial nails, or nail polish
    • gang attire including, but not limited to:
      • spiked bracelets
      • gang insignias
      • other stimulating paraphernalia
      • clothing or jewelry which promotes substance abuse or other illegal/dangerous activities
      • tattoos of any kind

 

      • Students are NOT to wear dangling earrings.

 

      • Sweaters and jackets must be labeled with the child’s name, preferably on the inside of the neckline or collar.

 

      • Students may wear hats outside for recess, lunch and P.E. for protection from the sun. Hats may not contain any sports logos or inappropriate images, and may not be worn inside the classroom.

 

A student who does not follow the school dress code will be subject to the consequences outlined under General Discipline Procedures (SRC-5). In addition, a parent may upon occasion be called and asked to bring a change of shoes and/or clothes to school, especially in cases in which the

shoes/clothes worn by the student cause a safety hazard, a disruption of the school’s activities, or the student is not dressed in the approved Fenton uniform. Families who repeatedly fail to adhere to the Fenton Charter Public Schools  dress code may be referred to the Parent Review Board.

 

RULES OF STUDENT BEHAVIOR

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools’ students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that follows the school-wide positive behavior expectations: Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible.

 

STUDENT ARE EXPECTED TO:

 

      • Respect the authority of their teachers and the other adults at the school.

 

      • Respect and be courteous to other students.

 

      • Respect ALL property.

 

      • Freeze when they hear the bell or the whistle is blown, and WALK to their line-up area. Follow the teacher or assigned teacher assistant to the classroom in an orderly manner.

 

      • Eat lunch and play in assigned areas.

 

      • Use appropriate table manners while eating in the cafeteria area.

 

      • Follow the Physical Education rules of games and of good sportsmanship.

 

      • Walk, not run, at any time on campus except during physical education activities.

 

      • Use school books, playground equipment, and all other educational materials with care.

 

      • Keep textbooks, other materials and equipment in good condition, and replace (pay for) any damaged or lost book, materials or equipment.

 

      • Use computers, the Internet and other technology resources appropriately as specified in the Technology Responsibility Code (see attached) and the FCPS Internet Safety Policy (see attached). If computers are damaged, parents are responsible for the replacement of parts, or the entire computer, if necessary.

 

STUDENTS WILL NOT:

      • Fight.
      • Play roughly, push, shove, or hit other students.
      • Use profane language and/or gestures.
      • Intimidate, extort, harass and/or do bodily harm to any person.
      • Be disrespectful to any adults or monitors.
      • Trade or sell any kind of items on the school grounds, or bring such items to school.
      • Throw or shoot objects.
      • Throw paper, candy or gum wrappers, cans or trash on the school grounds, on the bathroom floors, or anywhere to and from home.
      • Play, run, or yell in the lunch area or between buildings.
      • Jump over, climb on, or move benches that are on the playground.
      • Push or shove in line.
      • Deface or damage any school property.

 

GENERAL DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

 

Students who do not live up to their responsibilities and who violate the school rules may expect some consequences for their behavior. These may include the following:

 

    • Warnings
    • Loss of privileges (may include morning and afternoon supervision)
    • Seat change within the classroom or in other supervised areas
    • Notices to parents by telephone or letter
    • Request for parent conference
    • Referral to the Administrative Coordinator (Behavior Support Room)
    • Sending student to a school administrator when deemed necessary by the classroom teacher
    • Suspension from school
    • Expulsion from the Charter School
    • Campus Beautification
    • Community Service

 

The consequences outlined above may be taken in the event that a child does not follow the school dress code. In addition, a parent may upon occasion be called and asked to bring a change of shoes and/or clothes to school, especially in cases in which the shoes/clothes worn by the student cause a safety hazard, a disruption of the school’s activities, or the student is not dressed in the approved Fenton uniform.

 

Serious misconduct in violation of the California Education Code 48900 is grounds for suspension from class or from school. Such misconduct occurs if a student has:

 

    • Threatened, attempted, or caused physical injury to another person.
    • Possessed, used, sold, furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.
    • Offered, furnished, or sold any substitute substance represented as a controlled substance or intoxicant of any kind.
    • Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
    • Stolen or attempted to steal school or private property.
    • Possessed or used tobacco or any product containing tobacco or nicotine products, including clove cigarettes.
    • Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
    • Unlawfully possessed, offered, furnished, or sold any drug paraphernalia.
    • Disrupted school activities or willfully defied the valid authority of school personnel.
    • Knowingly received stolen school or private property.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Homework Policy

 

The students of Fenton Charter Public Schools will actively seek learning opportunities by working cooperatively, thinking critically, and striving to master rigorous academic standards. Therefore our students will:

 

    • Listen carefully and follow the directions provided by the teacher.
    • Make sure they understand and record assignments before leaving the classroom.
    • Turn in neat, accurate and complete assignments on time.
    • Set aside a study place and time at home or school.
    • Assume responsibility for taking care of books and materials.

 

The employees of Fenton Charter Public Schools will demonstrate their belief in the value of lifelong learning and model the appropriate and desired behaviors and attitudes expected of students. The teachers, administrators and staff of the Charter School believe homework provides extra practice in fundamental skills, reinforces good work habits, and can increase student achievement. In order to meet the needs of our students, all teachers will:

 

    • Explain all homework assignments and check for understanding before dismissing the students.
    • Assign homework based on classroom instruction in a variety of subject areas on a daily/weekly basis.
    • Check homework and give prompt feedback to students and parents if students are not fulfilling their homework responsibilities.
    • Provide a list of supplies needed at home (see attached).

 

The Fenton Charter Public Schools community will work cooperatively and collaboratively to create a child- centered environment in which all partners are empowered by their own sense of ownership and responsibility to the school. All Fenton Charter Public Schools parents will demonstrate an interest in their child’s homework and monitor work habits. Parents will:

 

    • Check homework assignments each night and assure that students complete homework regularly, neatly, and return it to school on time.
    • Provide a quiet place and time for homework, free from distractions.
    • Communicate with the teacher if most assignments are too difficult or time consuming.
    • Provide appropriate materials for students to use.

The Homework Plan

 

Fenton teachers are committed to taking measures to improve student achievement. Teachers will work collaboratively with students, parents, and each other to implement the following school-wide Homework Plan. This plan will provide all students with weekly homework assignments in the core academic areas. It also encourages students to acquire good work habits and organizational skills.

 

Students in all grades will use binders to organize homework materials at school and at home.

 

Students in all grades will receive standards-based homework assignments. These homework assignments will include all the core academic areas (reading, writing, spelling and mathematics). Teachers may assign homework from other subject areas, depending on the instructional focus.

 

HOMEWORK POLICY

 

The following guidelines are our standards for each grade level:

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Transitional Kindergarten: 15 minutes + 1 story read to students (recommended)

 

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Kindergarten: 20 minutes + 1 story read to students (Later in the school year, if/when child is able to read, your child may read 1 story to parent/adult.)

 

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First Grade: 15 - 20 minutes + 10 minutes of oral reading to parent/adult

(Beginning of the school year, parent/adult may read to child; later in the school year, child should read to parent/adult.)

 

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Second Grade: 20 - 25 minutes + 15 minutes of oral reading to parent/adult

 

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Supplies Needed at Home for Homework

 

TK/Kindergarten:

Grade 1:

Grade 2:

scissors

scissors

scissors

glue

glue

glue

crayons

crayons

crayons

erasers

erasers

erasers

pencils

pencils

pencils

 

folder

folder

 

 

paper notebooks

 

*All Students need books to read at home.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Technology Responsibility Code

The Purpose of Technology at Fenton Charter Public Schools 

 

Computers are used to support learning and enhance instruction. One of the most powerful tools of technology is the Internet, which is a network of networks that allows millions of people, organizations, and businesses to interact. We must all understand that access to the Internet is an educational benefit to the students, but that the school, staff members, and students do not have control over the content of the information found on the Internet.

School’s Responsibility

 

The school uses safeguarded passwords to insure the smooth and functional access to technology. If these passwords fall into the wrong hands and are used inappropriately, damage may be incurred.

 

The school is utilizing an Internet filter (FortiGate), which eliminates most of the problems relating to inappropriate websites. This must not lead to a false sense of security because there is no such thing as a perfect filter.

 

Staff Responsibility

 

Staff members have the responsibility to uphold the school’s technology policies. Policies, consequences, and remedies are in place to insure that all staff members participate in both enriching the students’ education through technology and protecting students from improper activities and material.

 

Parent Responsibility

 

Parents are encouraged to monitor computer use at home and support the school’s technology policies.  If at any time, there is a situation that seems questionable, we request that parents communicate with the school as soon as possible in order to eliminate any escalating problems. By working as a team, we can promote the computer’s maximum benefit in the classroom.

 

Student Responsibility

 

If a student discovers a secure password, it is his/her responsibility to inform a staff member. If the password is used or shared, disciplinary action will be taken.

 

If repeated attempts to access inappropriate websites are discovered, then disciplinary action will be taken.

 

Teachers will instruct students as to their personal responsibility to avoid questionable websites.  Specific instructions will be given about what to do if they accidentally find themselves at an inappropriate website.

 

Students should not give out any personal information over the Internet. Students should not use the computer to perform any inappropriate action.

Students will follow the FCPS Internet Safety Policy. Failure to follow this policy may result in the following disciplinary action:

 

 

    • Removal from the classroom to a school administrator
    • Parental notification
    • Student’s computer privileges revoked
    • Suspension
    • School privileges/activities revoked
    • Expulsion

 

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools 8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

818-962-3630

 

Student Non-discrimination Statement and Harassment Policy

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools (“FCPS”) is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. School programs, activities, practices and attendance shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying based on race, color, ancestry, nationality or national origin, ethnic group identification or ethnicity, age, religion, marital or parental status, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

 

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities) (cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate) (cf. 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior)

(cf. 5146 - Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students)

(cf. 6164.6 - Identification and Education Under Section 504)

 

Prohibited discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying includes physical, verbal, nonverbal, or written conduct based on one of the categories listed above that is so severe and pervasive that it affects a student's ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity; creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment; has the effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student's academic performance; or otherwise adversely affects a student's educational opportunities.

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools also prohibits any form of retaliation against any student who files a complaint or report regarding an incident of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

 

The Executive Director or designee shall provide age-appropriate training and information to students, parents/guardians, and employees regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, including, but not limited to, the school's nondiscrimination policy, what constitutes prohibited behavior, how to report incidents, and to whom such reports should be made.

 

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development) (cf. 4231 - Staff Development) (cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

 

In providing instruction, guidance, supervision, or other services to students, employees and volunteers shall carefully guard against segregating or stereotyping students.

 

(cf. 1240 - Volunteer Assistance)

(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Co-curricular Activities) (cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

 

The Director or designee shall develop a plan to provide students with appropriate accommodations when necessary for their protection from threatened or potentially harassing or discriminatory behavior.

 

Students who engage in discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or retaliation in violation of law, Board policy, or administrative regulation shall be subject to appropriate discipline, up to and including counseling, suspension, and/or expulsion. Any employee who permits or engages in prohibited discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or retaliation shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

 

(cf. 4118 - Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

(cf. 4119.21/4219.21/4319.21- Professional Standards) (cf. 4218 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action) (cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities)) (cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)

 

Grievance Procedures

The following position is designated Coordinator for Nondiscrimination to handle complaints regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and to answer inquiries regarding the school's nondiscrimination policies:

 

Director at

Fenton Avenue Charter School 11828 Gain St.

Director at

Fenton Charter Public Schools  11351 Dronfield Avenue

Director at

Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter

Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

Pacoima, CA 91331

1022 N. Van Ness.

(818) 896-7482

(818) 485-5900

Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

 

(323) 469-0971

(cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees) (cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

 

Any student who feels that he/she has been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying should immediately contact the Director, or any other staff member. In addition, any student who observes any such incident should report the incident to the Director, whether or not the victim files a complaint.

 

Any school employee who observes an incident of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall report the incident to the Director, whether or not the victim files a complaint.

 

In addition, school personnel shall take immediate steps to intervene when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination or harassment, intimidation or bullying and when it is safe to do so. (Education Code 234.1)

 

Upon receiving a complaint of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, the Director shall immediately investigate the complaint in accordance with the site-level grievance procedures specified in AR 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment.

 

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

 

Within 30 days of receiving the school's report, the complainant may appeal to the Board if he/she disagrees with the resolution of the complaint. The Board shall make a decision at its next regular meeting and its decision shall be final.

The Executive Director or designee shall ensure that the student handbook clearly describes the school's nondiscrimination policy, procedures for filing a complaint regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and the resources that are available to students who feel that they have been the victim of any such behavior. FCPS’s policy shall also be posted on the web site or any other location that is easily accessible to students.

 

(cf. 1113 - District and School Web Sites) (cf. 1114 - District-Sponsored Social Media) (cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)

 

When required pursuant to Education Code 48985, complaint forms shall be translated into the student's primary language.

 

Education Code

200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination

48900.3 Suspension or expulsion for act of hate violence 48900.4 Suspension or expulsion for threats or harassment

48904

Liability of parent/guardian for willful student misconduct

48907

Student exercise of free expression

48950

Freedom of speech

48985

Translation of notices

49020-49023 Athletic programs

 

51500

Prohibited instruction or activity

51501

Prohibited means of instruction

60044

Prohibited instructional materials

 

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools 8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

818-962-3630

 

STUDENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY (AR 5145.7)

 

Sexual Harassment

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools (“FCPS”) is committed to maintaining a safe school environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. FCPS prohibits sexual harassment of students at school or at school-sponsored or school- related activities. FCPS also prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against any person who files a complaint, testifies, or otherwise participates in district complaint processes.

 

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities) (cf. 1312.1 - Complaints Concerning District Employees)

(cf. 5131 - Conduct) (cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting) (cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 6142.1 - Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction)

 

Instruction/Information

 

The Executive Director or designee shall ensure that all FCPS students receive age-appropriate instruction and information on sexual harassment. Such instruction shall include:

 

    • What acts and behavior constitute sexual harassment, including the fact that sexual harassment could occur between people of the same sex and could involve sexual violence.

 

    • A clear message that students do not have to endure sexual harassment.

 

    • Encouragement to report observed instances of sexual harassment, even where the victim of the harassment has not complained.

 

    • Information about the school’s procedure for investigating complaints and the person(s) to whom a report of sexual harassment should be made.

 

    • Information about the rights of students and parents/guardians to file a criminal complaint, as applicable.

 

Complaint Process

 

Any student who feels that he/she is being or has been sexually harassed on school grounds or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity (e.g., by a visiting athlete or coach) shall immediately contact his/her teacher or any other employee. An employee who receives such a complaint shall report in accordance with administrative regulation.

The Executive Director or designee shall ensure that any complaints regarding sexual harassment are immediately investigated in accordance with administrative regulation. When the Executive Director or designee has determined that harassment has occurred, he/she shall take prompt, appropriate action to end the harassment and to address its effects on the victim.

 

The Title IX Officer responsible for equity and compliance with Title IX is as follows:  

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School

11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342

Phone: (818) 896-7482

Fax: (818) 890-9986

Title IX Officer: School Counselor

 

Fenton Primary Center

11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA 913331

Phone: (818) 485-5900

Fax: (818) 485-5194

Title IX Officer: School Counselor

 

Santa Monica Blvd Community Charter School 

1022 N Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Phone: (323) 469-0971

Fax: (323) 462-4093

 

Fenton STEM Academy

8926 Sunland Blvd, Sun Valley CA, 91352

Phone: (818) 962-3636

Fax: (818) 394-9885

 

Fenton Leadership Academy

8926 Sunland Blvd, Sun Valley CA, 91352

Phone: (818) 962-3636

Fax: (818) 394-9885

 

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

 

Disciplinary Actions

 

Any student who engages in sexual harassment or sexual violence at school or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity is in violation of this policy and shall be subject to disciplinary action. For students in grades 4-12, disciplinary action may include suspension and/or expulsion, provided that, in imposing such discipline, the entire circumstances of the incident(s) shall be taken into account.

 

cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))

 

Confidentiality and Record-Keeping

 

All complaints and allegations of sexual harassment shall be kept confidential except as necessary to carry out the investigation or take other subsequent necessary action.

 

The Executive Director or designee shall maintain a record of all reported cases of sexual harassment to enable the district to monitor, address, and prevent repetitive harassing behavior in the schools.

 

(cf. 3580 - District Records)

 

EDUCATION CODE

 

200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex 48900 Grounds for suspension or expulsion

48900.2 Additional grounds for suspension or expulsion; sexual harassment 48904 Liability of parent/guardian for willful student misconduct

48980 Notice at beginning of term

 

 

Students

 

Sexual Harassment

 

Prohibited sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, unwanted requests for sexual favors, or other unwanted verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made

against another person of the same or opposite sex in the educational setting, when made on the basis of sex and under any of the following conditions: (Education Code 212.5; 5 CCR 4916)

 

    • Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of a student's academic status or progress.

 

    • Submission to or rejection of the conduct by a student is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting the student.

 

    • The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the student's academic performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.

 

    • Submission to or rejection of the conduct by the student is used as the basis for any decision affecting the student regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through any school program or activity.

 

(cf. 5131 - Conduct) (cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 6142.1 - Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Instruction)

 

 

Examples of types of conduct which are prohibited in the district and which may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

 

    • Unwelcome leering, sexual flirtations, or propositions

 

    • Unwelcome sexual slurs, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments, or sexually degrading descriptions

 

    • Graphic verbal comments about an individual's body or overly personal conversation

 

    • Sexual jokes, derogatory posters, notes, stories, cartoons, drawings, pictures, obscene gestures, or computer-generated images of a sexual nature

 

    • Spreading sexual rumors

 

    • Teasing or sexual remarks about students enrolled in a predominantly single-sex class

 

    • Massaging, grabbing, fondling, stroking, or brushing the body

 

    • Touching an individual's body or clothes in a sexual way

 

    • Impeding or blocking movements or any physical interference with school activities when directed at an individual on the basis of sex

 

    • Displaying sexually suggestive objects

 

    • Sexual assault, sexual battery, or sexual coercion

School-Level Complaint Process/Grievance Procedure

 

Complaints of sexual harassment, or any behavior prohibited by the FCPS’s Nondiscrimination/Harassment policy, shall be handled in accordance with the following procedure:

 

    1. Notice and Receipt of Complaint: Any student who believes he/she has been subjected to sexual harassment or who has witnessed sexual harassment may file a complaint with any school employee. Within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, the school employee shall report it to the Director. In addition, any school employee who observes any incident of sexual harassment involving a student shall, within 24 hours, report this observation to the Director, whether or not the victim files a complaint.

 

In any case of sexual harassment involving the Director to whom the complaint would ordinarily be made, the employee who receives the student's report or who observes the incident shall instead report to the Executive Director or designee.

 

    1. Initiation of Investigation: The Director shall initiate an impartial investigation of an allegation of sexual harassment within five school days of receiving notice of the harassing behavior, regardless of whether a formal complaint has been filed. The school shall be considered to have "notice" of the need for an investigation upon receipt of information from a student who believes he/she has been subjected to harassment, the student's parent/guardian, and an employee who received a complaint from a student, or any employee or student who witnessed the behavior.

 

If the Director receives an anonymous complaint or media report about alleged sexual harassment, he/she shall determine whether it is reasonable to pursue an investigation

considering the specificity and reliability of the information, the seriousness of the alleged incident, and whether any individuals can be identified who were subjected to the alleged harassment.

 

    1. Initial Interview with Student: When a student or parent/guardian has complained or provided information about sexual harassment, the Director shall describe FCPS's grievance procedure and discuss what actions are being sought by the student in response to the complaint. The student who is complaining shall have an opportunity to describe the incident, identify witnesses who may have relevant information, provide other evidence of the harassment, and put his/her complaint in writing. If the student requests confidentiality, he/she shall be informed that such a request may limit FCPS’s ability to investigate.

 

    1. Investigation Process: The Director shall keep the complaint and allegation confidential, except as necessary to carry out the investigation or take other subsequent necessary action. (5 CCR 4964)

 

The Director shall interview individuals who are relevant to the investigation, including, but not limited to, the student who is complaining, the person accused of harassment, anyone who witnessed the reported harassment, and anyone mentioned as having relevant information. The Director may take other steps such as reviewing any records, notes, or statements related to the harassment or visiting the location where the harassment is alleged to have taken place.

 

When necessary to carry out his/her investigation or to protect student safety, the Director also may discuss the complaint with the Executive Director or designee, the parent/guardian of the student who complained, the parent/guardian of the alleged harasser if the alleged harasser is a student, a teacher or staff member whose knowledge of the students involved may help in determining who is telling the

truth, law enforcement and/or child protective services, and district legal counsel or the district's risk manager.

(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting)

 

    1. Interim Measures: The Director shall determine whether interim measures are necessary during and pending the results of the investigation, such as placing students in separate classes or transferring a student to a class taught by a different teacher.

 

    1. Optional Mediation: In cases of student-on-student harassment, when the student who complained and the alleged harasser so agree, the Director may arrange for them to resolve the complaint informally with the help of a counselor, teacher, administrator, or trained mediator. The student who complained shall never be asked to work out the problem directly with the accused person unless such help is provided and both parties agree, and he/she shall be advised of the right to end the informal process at any time.

 

(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution)

 

    1. Factors in Reaching a Determination: In reaching a decision about the complaint, the Director may take into account:

 

    1. Statements made by the persons identified above
    2. The details and consistency of each person's account
    3. Evidence of how the complaining student reacted to the incident
    4. Evidence of any past instances of harassment by the alleged harasser
    5. Evidence of any past harassment complaints that were found to be untrue To judge the severity of the harassment, the Director may take into consideration:
    • How the misconduct affected one or more students' education
    • The type, frequency, and duration of the misconduct
    • The identity, age, and sex of the harasser and the student who complained, and the relationship between them
    • The number of persons engaged in the harassing conduct and at whom the harassment was directed
    • The size of the school, location of the incidents, and context in which they occurred
    • Other incidents at the school involving different students

 

    1. Written Report on Findings and Follow-Up: No more than 30 days after receiving the complaint, the Director shall conclude the investigation and prepare a written report of his/her findings. This timeline may be extended for good cause. If an extension is needed, the Director shall notify the student who complained and explain the reasons for the extension.

 

The report shall include the decision and the reasons for the decision and shall summarize the steps taken during the investigation. If it is determined that harassment occurred, the report shall also include any corrective actions that have or will be taken to address the harassment and prevent any retaliation or further harassment. This report shall be presented to the student who complained, the person accused, the parents/guardians of the student who complained and the student who was accused, and the Executive Director or designee.

In addition, the Director shall ensure that the harassed student and his/her parent/guardian are informed of the procedures for reporting any subsequent problems. The Director shall make follow-up inquiries to see if there have been any new incidents or retaliation and shall keep a record of this information.

 

Enforcement of Charter School Policy

 

The Executive Director or designee shall take appropriate actions to reinforce FCPS’s sexual harassment policy. As needed, these actions may include any of the following:

 

    • Removing vulgar or offending graffiti

 

    • Providing training to students, staff, and parents/guardians about how to recognize harassment and how to respond

 

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development) (cf. 4231 - Staff Development) (cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

 

    • Disseminating and/or summarizing FCPS’s policy and regulation regarding sexual harassment

 

    • Consistent with the laws regarding the confidentiality of student and personnel records, communicating the school's response to parents/guardians and the community

 

(cf. 4119.23/4219.23/4319.23 - Unauthorized Release of Confidential/Privileged Information) (cf. 5125 - Student Records)

 

    • Taking appropriate disciplinary action

 

In addition, disciplinary measures may be taken against any person who is found to have made a complaint of sexual harassment which he/she knew was not true.

 

(cf. 4118 - Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

(cf. 4218 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action) (cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))

 

Notifications

 

A copy of FCPS’s sexual harassment policy and regulation shall:

    • Be included in the notifications that are sent to parents/guardians at the beginning of each school year (Education Code 48980; 5 CCR 4917)

 

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

 

    • Be displayed in a prominent location in the main administrative building or other area where notices of district rules, regulations, procedures, and standards of conduct are posted, including school web sites (Education Code 231.5)

 

    • Be provided as part of any orientation program conducted for new students at the beginning of each quarter, semester, or summer session (Education Code 231.5)
    • Appear in any school publication that sets forth the school's or FCPS’s comprehensive rules, regulations, procedures, and standards of conduct (Education Code 231.5)

 

    • Be included in the student handbook

 

    • Be provided to employees and employee organization

 

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools 8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

818-962-3630

 

 

Uniform Complaint Policy and Procedures

 

Introduction

 

The Board of Directors of Fenton Charter Public Schools (“FCPS”) recognizes that FCPS is responsible for complying with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing educational programs.

 

This document contains rules and instructions about the filing, investigation and resolution of a Uniform Complaint Procedures (“UCP”) complaint regarding an alleged violation by a local educational agency of federal or state laws or regulations governing educational programs, including allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, and noncompliance with laws relating to pupil fees, and noncompliance with the requirements governing the Local Control Funding Formula or Sections 47606.5 and 47607.3 of the Education Code, as applicable.

 

This document presents information about how FCPS processes UCP complaints concerning particular programs or activities in which we receive state or federal funding. A complaint is a written and signed statement by a complainant alleging a violation of federal or state laws or regulations. A complainant is any individual, including a person's duly authorized representative or an interested third party, public agency, or organization who files a written complaint alleging violation of federal or state laws or regulations, including allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, and noncompliance with laws relating to pupil fees. If the complainant is unable to put the complaint in writing, due to a disability or illiteracy, FCPS shall assist the complainant in the filing of the complaint.

 

Scope

 

This complaint procedure is adopted to provide a uniform system of complaint processing for the following types of complaints:

 

    1. Complaints of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying against any protected group, including actual or perceived discrimination, on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnic group identification, gender expression, gender identity, gender, nationality, national origin, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, or sexual orientation, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any FCPS program or activity; and

 

    1. Complaints of violations of state or federal law and regulations governing the following programs including but not limited to: Child Nutrition Programs and Special Education Programs.
    2. A complaint may also be filed alleging that a pupil enrolled in a public school was required to pay a pupil fee for participation in an educational activity as those terms are defined below.

 

    1. “Educational activity” means an activity offered by a school, school district, charter school or county office of education that constitutes an integral fundamental part of elementary and secondary education, including, but not limited to, curricular and extracurricular activities.

 

    1. “Pupil fee” means a fee, deposit or other charge imposed on pupils, or a pupil’s parents or guardians, in violation of Section 49011 of the Education Code and Section 5 of Article IX of the California Constitution, which require educational activities to be provided free of charge to all pupils without regard to their families’ ability or willingness to pay fees or request special waivers, as provided for in Hartzell v. Connell (1984) 35 Cal.3d 899. A pupil fee includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:

 

      1. A fee charged to a pupil as a condition for registering for school or classes, or as a condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is elective or compulsory, or is for credit.

 

      1. A security deposit, or other payment, that a pupil is required to make to obtain a lock, locker, book, class apparatus, musical instrument, uniform or other materials or equipment.

 

      1. A purchase that a pupil is required to make to obtain materials, supplies, equipment or uniforms associated with an educational activity.

 

    1. A pupil fees complaint may be filed anonymously if the complaint provides evidence or information leading to evidence to support an allegation of noncompliance with laws relating to pupil fees.

 

    1. If FCPS finds merit in a pupil fees complaint, FCPS shall provide a remedy to all affected pupils, parents, and guardians that, where applicable, includes reasonable efforts by FCPS to ensure full reimbursement to all affected pupils, parents, and guardians, subject to procedures established through regulations adopted by the state board.

 

    1. Nothing in this section shall be interpreted to prohibit solicitation of voluntary donations of funds or property, voluntary participation in fundraising activities, or school districts, school, and other entities from providing pupils prizes or other recognition for voluntarily participating in fundraising activities.

 

    1. Complaints of noncompliance with the requirements governing the Local Control Funding Formula or Sections 47606.5 and 47607.3 of the Education Code, as applicable.

 

Not all complaints fall within the scope of the UCP. For any complaints regarding subjects not described above, please refer to FCPS’s other complaint policies, which can be found at http://www.fentoncharterpublicschools.net.

 

The responsibilities of Fenton Charter Public Schools

 

FCPS has the primary responsibility to insure compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. FCPS shall investigate complaints alleging failure to comply with applicable state and

federal laws and regulations and/or alleging discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying and charging pupil fees for participation in an educational activity and seek to resolve those complaints in accordance with these UCP procedures.

 

FCPS acknowledges and respects every individual’s rights to privacy. Unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying complaints shall be investigated in a manner that protects to the greatest extent reasonably possible the confidentiality of the parties and the integrity of the process. FCPS cannot guarantee anonymity of the complainant. This includes keeping the identity of the complainant confidential. However, FCPS will attempt to do so as appropriate. FCPS may find it necessary to disclose information regarding the complaint/complainant to the extent necessary to carry out the investigation or proceedings, as determined by the Executive Director or designee on a case-by- case basis.

 

FCPS prohibits any form of retaliation against any complainant in the complaint process, including but not limited to a complainant’s filing of a complaint or the reporting of instances of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying. Such participation shall not in any way affect the status, grades or work assignments of the complainant.

 

Compliance Officer

 

The Board of Directors designates the following compliance officer(s) to receive and investigate complaints and to ensure FCPS’s compliance with law:

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools

ATTN: Irene Sumida, Executive Director

8928B Sunland Boulevard Sun Valley, CA 91352 (818) 962-3630

 

The Executive Director or designee shall ensure that employees designated to investigate complaints are knowledgeable about the laws and programs for which they are responsible. Designated employees may have access to legal counsel as determined by the Executive Director or designee.

 

The Executive Director may designate the principal of the charter school where the complaint originated to serve as the designee regarding complaints of noncompliance with laws relating to pupil fees.

 

Should a complaint be filed against the Executive Director, the compliance officer for that case shall be the President of the FCPS Board of Directors.

 

Notifications

 

The Executive Director or designee shall annually provide written notification of the Charter School’s uniform complaint procedures to employees, students, parents and/or guardians, advisory committees, private school officials and other interested parties (e.g., Adult Education).

 

The Annual Notice shall also advise the recipient of any civil law remedies that may be available under state or federal discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying laws, if applicable, and of the appeal pursuant to Education Code section 262.3.

The annual notice shall be in English, and when necessary, in the primary language, pursuant to section 48985 of the Education Code if fifteen (15) percent or more of the pupils enrolled in any one of the charter schools speak a single primary language other than English.

A copy of this UCP complaint policies and procedures document shall be available free of charge. The annual notice shall include the following:

    1. A statement that FCPS is primarily responsible for compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.

 

    1. A statement that a pupil enrolled in a public school shall not be required to pay a pupil fee for participation in an educational activity.

 

    1. A statement identifying the responsible staff member, position, or unit designated to receive complaints.

 

    1. A statement that the complainant has a right to appeal FCPS's decision to the CDE by filing a written appeal within 15 days of receiving FCPS’s Decision.

 

    1. A statement advising the complainant of any civil law remedies that may be available under state or federal discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying laws, if applicable, and of the appeal pursuant to Education Code § 262.3.

 

    1. A statement that copies of the local educational agency complaint procedures shall be available free of charge.

 

Filing a complaint with Fenton Charter Public Schools

 

Procedures

 

The following procedures shall be used to address all complaints, which allege that FCPS has violated federal or state laws or regulations governing educational programs. Compliance officers shall maintain a record of each complaint and subsequent related actions.

 

All parties involved in allegations shall be notified when a complaint is filed, when a complaint meeting or hearing is scheduled, and when a decision or ruling is made.

 

    • Step 1: Filing of Complaint

 

Any individual, public agency, or organization may file a written complaint of alleged noncompliance by FCPS.

 

A complaint alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying shall be initiated no later than six (6) months from the date when the alleged unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying occurred, or six (6) months from the date when the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying. A complaint may be filed by a person who alleges that he/she personally suffered unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying or by a person who believes that an individual or any specific class of individuals has been subjected to unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying.

 

The complaint shall be presented to the compliance officer who shall maintain a log of complaints received, providing each with a code number and date stamp.

If a complainant is unable to put a complaint in writing due to conditions such as a disability or illiteracy, FCPS staff shall assist him/her in the filing of the complaint.

 

    • Step 2: Mediation

 

Within three (3) days of receiving the complaint, the compliance officer may informally discuss with the complainant the possibility of using mediation. If the complainant agrees to mediation, the compliance officer shall make arrangements for this process.

 

Before initiating the mediation of an unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying complaint, the compliance officer shall ensure that all parties agree to make the mediator a party to related confidential information.

 

If the mediation process does not resolve the problem within the parameters of law, the compliance officer shall proceed with his/her investigation of the complaint.

 

The use of mediation shall not extend FCPS’s timelines for investigating and resolving the complaint unless the complainant agrees in writing to such an extension of time.

 

    • Step 3: Investigation of Complaint

 

The compliance officer is encouraged to hold an investigative meeting within five (5) days of receiving the complaint or an unsuccessful attempt to mediate the complaint. This meeting shall provide an opportunity for the complainant and/or his/her representative to repeat the complaint orally.

 

The complainant and/or his/her representative shall have an opportunity to present the complaint and evidence or information leading to evidence to support the allegations in the complaint.

 

A complainant’s refusal to provide FCPS’s investigator with documents or other evidence related to the allegations in the complaint, or his/her failure or refusal to cooperate in the investigation or his/her engagement in any other obstruction of the investigation, may result in the dismissal of the complaint because of a lack of evidence to support the allegation.

 

FCPS’s refusal to provide the investigator with access to records and/or other information related to the allegation in the complaint, or its failure or refusal to cooperate in the investigation or its engagement in any other obstruction of the investigation, may result in a finding, based on evidence collected, that a violation has occurred and may result in the imposition of a remedy in favor of the complainant.

 

    • Step 4: Response

 

Unless extended by written agreement with the complainant, the compliance officer shall prepare and send to the complainant a written report of FCPS’s investigation and decision, as described in Step #5 below, within sixty (60) days of FCPS’s receipt of the complaint.

 

    • Step 5: Final Written Decision

FCPS’s decision shall be in writing and sent to the complainant. FCPS’s decision shall be written in English and in the language of the complainant whenever feasible or as required by law.

 

The decision shall include:

 

    1. The findings of fact based on evidence gathered.

 

    1. The conclusion(s) of law.

 

    1. Disposition of the complaint.

 

    1. Rationale for such disposition.

 

    1. Corrective actions, if any are warranted.

 

    1. Notice of the complainant’s right to appeal FCPS’s decision within fifteen (15) days to the CDE and procedures to be followed for initiating such an appeal.

 

    1. For unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying complaints arising under state law, notice that the complainant must wait until sixty (60) days have elapsed from the filing of an appeal with the CDE before pursuing civil law remedies.

 

    1. For unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying complaints arising under federal law such complaint may be made at any time to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.

 

If an employee is disciplined as a result of the complaint, the decision shall simply state that effective action was taken and that the employee was informed of FCPS’s expectations. The report shall not give any further information as to the nature of the disciplinary action.

 

Appeals to the California Department of Education

 

If dissatisfied with FCPS’s decision, the complainant may appeal in writing to the CDE within fifteen

(15) days of receiving FCPS’s decision. When appealing to the CDE, the complainant must specify the basis for the appeal of the decision and whether the facts are incorrect and/or the law has been misapplied. The appeal shall be accompanied by a copy of the locally filed complaint and a copy of the FCPS’s decision.

 

Upon notification by the CDE that the complainant has appealed FCPS’s decision, the Executive Director or designee shall forward the following documents to the CDE:

 

    • A copy of the original complaint.

 

    • A copy of the decision.

 

    • A summary of the nature and extent of the investigation conducted by FCPS, if not covered by the decision.

 

    • A copy of the investigation file, including but not limited to all notes, interviews, and documents submitted by all parties and gathered by the investigator.
    • A report of any action taken to resolve the complaint.

 

    • A copy of FCPS’s complaint procedures.

 

    • Other relevant information requested by the CDE.

 

The CDE may directly intervene in the complaint without waiting for action by FCPS when one of the conditions listed in Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 4650 exists, including cases in which FCPS has not taken action within sixty (60) days of the date the complaint was filed with FCPS.

 

Civil Law Remedies

 

A complainant may pursue available civil law remedies outside of FCPS’s complaint procedures. Complainants may seek assistance from mediation centers or public/private interest attorneys. Civil law remedies that may be imposed by a court include, but are not limited to, injunctions and restraining orders. For unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying complaints arising under state law, however, a complainant must wait until sixty (60) days have elapsed from the filing of an appeal with the CDE before pursuing civil law remedies. The moratorium does not apply to injunctive relief and is applicable only if FCPS has appropriately, and in a timely manner, apprised the complainant of his/her right to file a complaint in accordance with 5 CCR 4622.

UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURE FORM

 

 

Last Name: First Name/MI:   Student Name (if applicable): Grade:   Date of Birth:   Street Address/Apt. #:    City: State: Zip Code:    Home Phone: Cell Phone: Work Phone:    School/Office of Alleged Violation:  

 

For allegation(s) of noncompliance, please check the program or activity referred to in your complaint, if applicable:

 

Local Control Funding Formula

Pupil Fees

Nutrition Services Special Education

 

 

For allegation(s) of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying, please check the basis of the unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying described in your complaint, if applicable:

 

Age

Ancestry

Color

Disability (Mental or Physical)

Ethnic Group Identification

Gender / Gender Expression / Gender Identity

National Origin

Race

Religion

Sex (Actual or Perceived)

Sexual Orientation (Actual or Perceived)

Based on association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics

 

    • Please give facts about the complaint. Provide details such as the names of those involved, dates, whether witnesses were present, etc., that may be helpful to the complaint investigator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Have you discussed your complaint or brought your complaint to any Charter School personnel? If you have, to whom did you take the complaint, and what was the result?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    • Please provide copies of any written documents that may be relevant or supportive of your complaint. I have attached supporting documents. Yes No

 

Signature: Date:  

 

 

Mail complaint and any relevant documents to:

Fenton Charter Public Schools

ATTN: Irene Sumida, Executive Director 8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

INTERNET SAFETY POLICY

 

Introduction

 

It is the policy of the Fenton Charter Public Schools to (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and

    1. comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254 (h)].

 

Definitions

 

Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”).1

 

Access to Inappropriate Material

 

To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information.

 

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any materials deemed harmful to  minors.

 

Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for adults or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

 

 

1 CIPA definitions of terms:

 

MINOR. The term “minor” means any individual who has not attained the age of 17 years.

 

TECHNOLOGY PROTECTION MEASURE. The term “technology protection measure” means a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:

    1. OBSCENE, as that term is defined in section 1460 of title 18, United States Code;
    2. CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, as that term is defined in section 2256 of title 18, United States Code; or
    3. Harmful to minors.

 

HARMFUL TO MINORS. The term “harmful to minors” means any picture, image graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

    • Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
    • Depicts, describes, or represents in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an  actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals; and
    • Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

 

SEXUAL ACT; SEXUAL CONTACT. The terms “sexual act” and “sexual contact” have the meanings given such terms in section 2246 of title 18, United States Code.

Inappropriate Network Usage

 

To the extent practical, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Fenton Charter Public Schools online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.

 

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

 

Education, Supervision and Monitoring

 

It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Fenton Charter Public Schools staff to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children’s Protection Act, and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

 

Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Fenton Charter Public Schools Administrators, IT staff or designated representatives.

 

The Fenton Charter Public Schools Administrators, IT staff or designated representatives will provide age- appropriate training for students who use the Fenton Charter Public Schools Internet facilities. The training provided will be designed to promote the Fenton Charter Public Schools commitment to:

 

    1. The standards and acceptable use of Internet services as set forth in the Fenton Charter Public Schools Internet Safety Policy;

 

    1. Student safety with regard to:
    2. safety on the Internet;
    3. appropriate behavior while on online, on social networking Web sites, and in chat rooms; and
    4. cyber-bullying awareness and response.

 

    1. Compliance with the E-Rate requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”).

 

Adoption

 

This Internet Safety Policy will be adopted by the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools at a public meeting following normal public notice, on Thursday, September 4, 2014.

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools Anti-Bullying Policy

 

Definition: Bullying is an unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time.

 

Indicators of Bullying: Bullying typically occurs in one of the following ways:

    • Verbal: Hurtful name calling, teasing, gossiping, making threats or spreading rumors.
    • Physical: Hitting, punching, pushing, shoving, poking, kicking, tripping, strangling, hair pulling, fighting, biting, spitting, inappropriate touching, or destroying personal possessions.
    • Emotional/Social: Excluding others from the group, rolling eyes, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, intimidating, humiliating, manipulating friendships, isolating, blackmailing.
    • Cyber bullying: Using email, social network sites, cell phones, webcams, text messages, internet sites, and other electronic means to send mean messages, spread rumors, and post embarrassing pictures or videos and fake websites or profiles.

 

Responding to Bullying Reports:

    • All staff members are required to take bullying seriously and follow up with a written report.
    • An investigation will follow the written report by the end of the next workday to obtain specific information relevant to bullying.
    • Target student of bullying will be assured that they incident will be resolved. Target student will be provided names of school personnel who can help if the situation continues, escalates or arises again.
    • An action or consequence will be determined to resolve the situation.

 

Assembly Bill 86 authorizes schools to suspend or expel students who engage in all forms of bullying, including bullying committed by means of an electronic act directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel (EC48900r). Bullying means one of more acts by a pupil or group of pupils as defined in the Education Codes: 48900.2, 48900.3 or 48900.4 (EC3226.1f). Students engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in subdivisions (f) and (g) of Section 32261, directed specifically towards pupil or school personnel will be considered for one or more of the following consequences:

 

    • Mandatory parent meeting
    • In-house suspension
    • Exclusion from extracurricular activities or programs
    • Suspension from school
    • Expulsion
    • Civil/criminal penalties

 

    • The target of bullying will continue to be monitored to assure that bullying has stopped.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS/ESCUELAS AUTONOMAS PUBLICAS FENTON 

Student Textbook Agreement/Contrato de Estudiantes sobre Libros Escolares

Student/Estudiante Room/Salón   

 

Teacher/Maestro/a Grade/Grado   

 

Textbooks and school materials are an important part of your education. You will be issued books for different subjects. To make sure that books are available for you, we want you to follow these guidelines:/Los Libros y materiales escolares son una parte importante para tu educación. Tu récibiras libros en diferentes materias. Para asegurarnos que los libros estén disponibles para ti, quisiéramos que sigas las siguientes reglas:

    • Do not lend your books to other children./No prestes tus libros a otros estudiantes.
    • You are expected to keep your books in good condition. You will be responsible for replacing any damaged book./Se espera que mantengas los libros en buenas condiciones. Tu serás responsable de reemplazar libros dañados.
    • There will be a charge for any lost books. Report any loss immediately to your teacher./Se cobrará el costo de cualquier libro perdido. Reporta cualquier perdida inmediatamente al maestro/a.

 

You have been issued the following books and will be expected to return these books upon leaving this room: Se te darán los siguientes libros y se espera que los regreses a este salón a la salida:

 

Title of Book/Titulo del Libro Book #/# de Libro √ if lost/√ si se perdió

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

************************************************************************************ Parent/Student Agreement

Contrato del Padre/Estudiante

We agree to follow the guidelines for textbooks and pay for any lost or damaged books./Estamos de acuerdo en seguir las guías de los libros escolares y pagar por libros dañados o perdidos.

 

 

Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature/Firma del Padre/Tutor Student’s Signature/Firma del Estudiante

 

Date/Fecha Date/Fecha   

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The book checked off above has been lost or damaged.  The cost to replace the books is $ . Please remit this full amount as soon as possible and a replacement book will be issued to your child./ El libro marcado arriba ha sido perdido o dañado.  El costo del libro es $ . Por favor remita la cantidad debida lo más pronto posible y se le remplazará con otro libro a su niño/a.

 

Thank you for your cooperation./Gracias por su cooperación.

 

 

Teacher’s Signature/Firma del Maestro/a Date/Fecha

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

 

Directory Information Acknowledgment

 

 

Dear Parents,

 

Under Federal and State law, school districts may identify and disseminate student directory information to certain authorized individuals, organizations and/or officials. Pursuant to California Education Code section 49073, Fenton Charter Public Schools  has identified the following categories of information as directory information that may be released to the officials and organizations named below: name, address, telephone, date of birth, dates of attendance and previous school(s).  Parents of students may request that we limit the release of directory information or not release directory information at all.

 

PLEASE READ AND COMPLETE THIS FORM.

 

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Name of Student:   

Date of Birth:   

Grade:   

 

Teacher: Room:   

 

Student Directory Information:

Category

O.K. to Release

Do Not Release

1. Name

 

 

2. Address

 

 

3. Telephone

 

 

4. Date of Birth

 

 

5. Dates of Attendance

 

 

6. Previous School(s)

 

 

 

Authorized Recipients of Directory Information:

Recipient

May Receive Information

May NOT Receive Information

1. Family Center

 

 

2. Health Department

 

 

 

 

 

  I do not wish to have ANY directory information released to any individual or organization without my written permission.

 

 

Signature of Parent/Guardian Date

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Home-School Agreement Student Responsibility Code Homework Policy

Technology Responsibility Code Textbook Agreement

I have read the Home-School Agreement and accept all “Parent/Guardian” responsibilities as identified in the document. Additionally, my child and I have discussed the Student Responsibility Code, Homework Policy, Technology Responsibility Code, and Textbook Agreement of the Fenton Charter Public Schools . We agree to support and cooperate by following all of the rules.

 

 

 

Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature Date

 

 

Student’s Signature Date

 

 

Name of Teacher Room# /Grade

 

Student Handbook (2020-21 School Year)

 

Members of the school community (students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents and community members) cooperate and work together to maintain a quality educational atmosphere that develops self-directing students who are accountable and constructive and demonstrate cooperative pro-social behavior.  Fenton Charter Public Schools is committed to the goal of providing each student with every opportunity to develop his/her capabilities to the fullest extent possible.

This Student Handbook includes policies such as the Code of Conduct for Students and Visitors on Campus, Parent-School Agreement/Compact, Student Responsibility Code, Dress Code, Rules of Student Behavior, General Discipline Procedures, Homework Policy, Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, Sexual Harassment Policy, Uniform Complaint Procedures, Anti-Bullying Policy, Technology Responsibility Code, Internet Safety Policy, Distance Learning Code of Conduct, Media Release Form and Student Textbook Agreement.

The Student Handbook was developed in consultation with the School-Community Relations Council at Fenton Avenue Charter School (FACS), and Parent Advocacy Committees at Fenton Primary Center (FPC), Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School (SMBCCS), Fenton STEM Academy (STEM) and Fenton Charter Leadership Academy (FCLA).   Please read and discuss this Handbook with your child.

PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN JUST THE LAST THREE PAGES

TO YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER

(or to the Main Office for new enrollees)

AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 

Keep this Handbook for future reference.  Fenton may post updates to the Handbook periodically throughout the year.

 

For additional information, please call the Main Office.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR STUDENTS AND VISITORS ON CAMPUS

PARENT-SCHOOL AGREEMENT/COMPACT

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY CODE

DRESS CODE

RULES OF STUDENT BEHAVIOR

GENERAL DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

HOMEWORK POLICY

NON-DISCRIMINATION AND ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURES

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

TECHNOLOGY RESPONSIBILITY CODE

INTERNET SAFETY POLICY

DISTANCE LEARNING CODE OF CONDUCT

MEDIA RELEASE FORM

STUDENT TEXTBOOK AGREEMENT

STUDENT HANDBOOK ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM

 

 

 

 

 

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR STUDENTS AND VISITORS ON CAMPUS

Fenton Charter Public Schools is dedicated to providing a safe campus free from disruption to student learning.  To that end, prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to: 

 

  1. Conduct that endangers students, staff, or others, including but not limited to, physical violence, possession of a weapon, or terrorist threats.

 

  1. Conduct that disrupts the orderly classroom or school environment. 

 

  1. Discrimination, harassment, and/or intimidation of students or staff, including but not limited to bullying, sexual harassment, hate-motivated behavior, cyberbullying, hazing or initiation activity, extortion, or any other verbal, written, or physical conduct that causes or threatens to cause violence, bodily harm, or substantial disruption.

  2. Damage to or theft of property belonging to students, staff, or the school. 
    Fenton Charter Public Schools shall not be responsible for personal belongings, which are brought on campus or to a school activity and are lost, stolen, or damaged. 

 

  1. Obscene acts or use of profane, vulgar, or abusive language. 

  2. Plagiarism or dishonesty.

 

  1. Inappropriate attire. 

  2. Possession, use, or being under the influence of tobacco, alcohol, or other prohibited drugs. 


Students who violate this Code of Conduct may be subject to discipline including, but not limited to, suspension, expulsion, referral to a student success team or counseling services, or denial of participation in extracurricular or co-curricular activities or other privileges in accordance with school policies.  

 

Parents, Guardians or other visitors who violate this Code of Conduct may be subject to removal from Campus and/or criminal penalties. The Executive Director, Chief Academic Officer, Directors or designees shall notify local law enforcement as appropriate. 

 

 

 

PARENT-SCHOOL AGREEMENT/COMPACT

The mission and school-wide vision of Fenton Charter Public Schools captures the spirit envisioned for our students, parents, staff, and all other members of the school community:

The mission of Fenton Charter Public Schools is to cultivate a love of learning by fostering an environment that promotes self-discovery, independence and an awareness of the connectedness between self and others.

All members of the Fenton Charter Public Schools community are responsible for the school-wide vision:

  • The students of Fenton Charter Public Schools will actively seek learning opportunities by working cooperatively, thinking critically, and striving to master rigorous academic standards.

 

  • The students, parents and employees of Fenton Charter Public Schools will collaboratively establish and model the highest standards for student achievement, positive self-esteem, pro-social values, and respect for cultural diversity.

 

  • The employees of Fenton Charter Public Schools will demonstrate their belief in the value of lifelong learning and model the appropriate and desired behaviors and attitudes expected of students.

 

  • The Fenton Charter Public Schools community will work cooperatively and collaboratively to create a child-centered environment that is safe, free of violence, drugs and fear, in which all partners are empowered by their own sense of ownership and responsibility to the school.

 

  • The Fenton Charter Public Schools community and partners will maintain the highest level of integrity in fiscal management while seeking all available resources and using them effectively to support the instructional program.

 

The Parent-School Agreement/Compact identifies the responsibilities of all members of the school community in the realization of this vision.

I. Communication/Parent Involvement

Fenton Charter Public Schools will:

  Not discriminate against any students on any protected basis under the law, including, but not limited to, ethnicity, national origin, religion, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation, race, and disability.

  Be nonsectarian in its programs, admission policies, employment practices, and all other operations, and shall not charge tuition.

  Comply with the Public Records Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and all applicable laws establishing minimum age for public school attendance.

  Help parents develop parenting skills to meet the basic obligations of family life to foster conditions at home which emphasize the importance of education and learning through parent conferences.

  Promote school-to-home and home-to-school communication about school programs and student’s progress: provide monthly reports regarding behavior and school/homework; and make every effort to accommodate parents for conferences and school-wide activities (e.g., by providing translators, wheelchair access, etc., as needed).  Other accommodations will be made as requested and if reasonable and possible to encourage full participation by all parents.

  Involve parents, with appropriate training, in instructional and support roles at the school.

  Provide parents with strategies and techniques for assisting their children with learning activities.

  Prepare parents to actively participate in school decision making and develop their leadership skills.

  Provide a high-quality curriculum aligned with the school’s charter in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the children to meet State academic standards. 

  Provide parents/guardians reasonable access to staff to support their child’s education.

The Parents/Guardians will:

  Actively participate in parent/teacher conferences and parent involvement activities.

  Consider volunteering at the school-site.   Volunteering is encouraged, but not required.  Volunteering options include: helping in the classroom, providing assistance in the supply room, and helping staff complete other school functions.

  Complete and return all necessary school forms and documents.

  Attend the Parent Orientation Meeting or schedule a time to meet with the teacher to review classroom procedures and expectations.

 


 


II.  Homework/Classwork

Fenton Charter Public Schools will:

 

  Provide a recommended list of supplies for use at home (see Homework Policy).

  Provide appropriate homework on a daily/weekly basis in a variety of subject areas.

  Communicate with parents as needed regarding completion of homework and classwork.

Parents/Guardians will:

  Provide appropriate materials for students to use at home.

  Assure that students complete homework regularly, neatly, in compliance with the Homework Policy and return it to school.

  Review and sign all homework daily.

  Attend conferences with teacher or other school personnel as needed.

  If possible, obtain a folder and/or backpack for the child.

 

 

 

 

 


III.  Behavior

Fenton Charter Public Schools will:

  Provide a system of behavior guidelines (See Student Responsibility Code).

  Conduct Citizenship Assemblies to recognize students.

  Communicate with parents on a monthly basis regarding student performance/behavior, or more frequently as needed.

  Document problem behavior in order to report accurately to parents.

  Maintain a safe, healthy, and productive working and learning environment that is free from sexual harassment.

  Enforce Anti-Bullying Policy.

Parents/Guardians will:

  Support the school-wide discipline policy, including the classroom teacher’s discipline plan.

  Reward and praise students at home for appropriate behavior during school.

  Follow through with any problem behaviors noted by the teacher.

  Visit the school as needed.

  Assure that students adhere to the Student Responsibility Code at all times, including during Afterschool programs and field trips.

 

 

IV.  Attendance

Fenton Charter Public Schools will:

  Record attendance and maintain attendance records.

  Call home if the student is absent more than 2 days.

  Provide parents with independent study materials when the student is absent and if independent study is requested by parents and approved by the School. 

Parents/Guardians will:

  Notify the office if there is a change of home address and/or phone number immediately (within 24 hours) and complete and return new Emergency Card.

  Assure that students come to school rested, clean, well fed, and appropriately dressed in student uniform per the Dress Code daily.

  Make every effort to ensure students attend school every day school is in session and arrive on time. [If there are an excessive number of absences, the family will be referred to the School-Community Relations Council (FACS) or Parent Advocacy Committee (FPC, SMBCCS, STEM or FCLA).]

  Ensure the return of Independent Study materials before student’s return to classroom instruction.   (If not returned, the family will be referred to the above council or committee.)

  Notify the attendance office when the child is absent and provide appropriate documentation for the reason for the absence.   After the third day, if the school does not receive any notification from parents, this may be viewed as a voluntary withdrawal and could result in a voluntary disenrollment.   If parent wishes to re-enroll, room assignments will depend on the availability of space.  

 

 

 

 



V.  Materials/School Property

Fenton Charter Public Schools will:

  Issue appropriate materials for use by the student in class and for completing homework.

  Note the condition of materials upon issuance to students.

  Have students complete a Textbook Agreement.

Parents/Guardians will:

  Assure that students do not destroy School materials or property.

  Assure that students do not bring destructive materials to school.

  Pay for any damages to materials and/or property incurred by the students, other than normal wear and tear.  Pay for any lost or damaged books or materials in CASH in accordance with applicable law.

  Assure that all materials loaned to the student will be returned and in the condition issued.

  Remember the use of FCPS technology on loan to the student is not private.  FCPS maintains the right to review all materials created, stored, sent or received on FCPS’s network or on any FCPS technology.

 

VI.  Health & Safety

Fenton Charter Public Schools will:

  Provide supervision at dismissal gates.

  Keep all gates to the campus locked during the school day, with entry into the school accessible only through the Main Office.

  Provide Campus Security Aides.

  Update emergency procedures as necessary and maintain emergency supplies.

  Release students only to persons on the Emergency Card.  When students are checked out during the school day, they will be released only to an adult on the Emergency Card, and for safety reasons, will be called from their classrooms when the adult (18 years or older) arrives to take them home.

  Maintain an attractive, clean school environment with clean classrooms and bathrooms.

  MAINTAIN A CLOSED CAMPUS and follow check-in procedures outlined under Parents/Guardian section when allowing any adults, including parents/guardians, on campus.

Parents/Guardians will:

  Not bring pets to school, even on a leash, when walking students to school or picking students up at dismissal due to the possibility of student allergies and the endangerment of students, parents and staff.

  Not allow weapons of any kind at school.   Bringing or possession of any weapon is grounds for expulsion from Fenton Charter Public Schools.

  Ensure that students do not carry or use medication on campus without written consent from a physician which has been presented to the School Nurse on the school-approved form (available in the Nurse’s office and on the Fenton website: www.fentoncharter.net) and documented in the student’s records.  Approved medication is kept ONLY in the Nurse’s Office.

  Follow the school’s procedures for visitation and classroom observations and the FCPS Code of Conduct:

-        Check in at the Main Office to request a classroom observation (a maximum of 20 minutes per day, unless other provisions have been established with the classroom teacher and approved by the Director) or entry on to the campus.

-        Obtain a visitor’s permit prior to the observation or entry which has been approved by the Director. 

-        Do not interfere or disrupt teachers, students, or the instructional program in any manner.  Parents/guardians should enter and leave the classroom as quietly as possible.   

-        Visit only the classroom (or area) approved for visitation.   (The cafeteria is for use by enrolled students and school staff only.)

-        Children who are not enrolled at the school are not allowed on campus visits without prior approval from the Director.

-        Check out through the Main Office when leaving. 

  Keep Emergency Card up to date with accurate list of persons to whom the School may release students.

  Late pick-up of TK/Kindergarten students will result in the following consequences:

1)  Letter home to remind parents. 

2)  Administrative intervention with parent.

3) Administrative monitoring

4)  Referral to School-Community Relations Council (FACS)/Parent Advocacy Committee (SMBCCS, FPC, STEM, FCLA).

 

 

 

VIDEO SURVEILLANCE ON CAMPUS

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools’ utmost priority is providing a safe and healthy learning environment for staff and students.  In furtherance of this goal, Fenton Charter Public Schools buildings and grounds are equipped with electronic surveillance for the safety of students, staff and visitors. Your actions may be recorded and preserved.

 

 

 

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY CODE

Appropriate student behavior in school is an essential element of the total school program.  California Education Code § 48908 states:  “All students shall comply with regulations, pursue the required course of study, and submit to the authority of teachers of the school.”

The school acts “in place of the parent” while the child is attending school.  The teacher is primarily responsible for implementing the intended curriculum and supervising students.   Students are required to comply with this Student Responsibility Code to support Fenton Charter Public Schools’ (“FCPS”) efforts to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.

GENERAL SCHOOL RULES

1.     Students are to arrive at school no earlier than 7:00 a.m.  The school grounds are closed before 7:00 a.m.  Students dropped off between 7:00 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. must follow all school rules.  Children who do not follow the school-wide positive behavior expectation may be subject to general discipline procedures.

2.     Students may only bring items which have legitimate educational purposes to school.

3.     Students must not bring, or possess, drugs (including prescription medications without FCPS’s approval*) or dangerous objects or weapons (including matches, caps, firecrackers, knives, etc.).  It is illegal to bring these to school or any school-sponsored event, and such action may result in expulsion from the school. 

      *Prescription medications may be brought to school by a parent as needed, but only with a doctor’s note (presented on the school-approved form) to be kept on file in the nurse’s office.  Whenever this is necessary, the parent must see the school nurse personally.

4.     Students must not bring markers, permanent markers, or paint in any form unless approved by the classroom teacher.  FCPS will provide art supplies needed in the classroom. 

5.     Students must not bring any type of electronic device to school, including cellular phones.  In addition, toys, playing or trading cards, balls, skateboards, or pets should not be brought to school or any school-sponsored event.  These items may distract students from learning and the school cannot be held responsible for personal items of value.

6.     Students must not bring gum, candy, sodas, or other junk food (e.g., Hot Cheetos, Takis) to school or any school-sponsored event.

7.     Students must not bring money to school or to any school-sponsored event, unless when money is needed for participation in school-sponsored sales or fundraising activities.

8.     No bicycles, scooters, skateboards, shoe skates, etc., may be ridden on the school grounds.

9.     Students must not be in parking areas at any time except when accompanied by School-approved personnel during dismissal.  Parents must not drive into the parking areas or block entrances and exits to drop off or pick up their children.

DRESS CODE

In order to promote and instill a professional and healthy learning environment, foster school unity and community pride, eliminate social stigmas that may be attributed to attire, and to minimize distractions to allow students to focus on learning, Fenton Charter Public Schools (“FCPS” or “Fenton”) has developed this Dress Code.

ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR THE APPROVED FCPS STUDENT UNIFORM:

For boys:        Navy blue pants or shorts (NO jeans); plain white shirt or plain navy blue polo shirt or Fenton logo shirt or sweatshirt.

For girls:         Navy blue pants or shorts (NO jeans), “skort” or skirt; plain white blouse or shirt, plain navy blueblouse or polo shirt, or Fenton logo shirt or sweatshirt.

Pullover tops for boys and girls must be navy blue or plain white.

            All shirts must be PLAIN white, except shirts with the Fenton logo, clean and in good condition

1.              Students must come to school clean, neat, and with hair combed in a style and/or color that is NOT distracting or disruptive to school activitiesThis determination will be made at the sole discretion of school administration.  NO Mohawks, spiked hair, glitter in hair, designs in the hair or hair cut, or hair dyed an unnatural color (such as green, orange, purple, etc.)

2.              Students must be dressed appropriately for the weather, and in a clean, well-cared for uniform that complies with this Dress Code.  Please remember that proper hygiene is essential to ensure a student’s positive self-esteem.

3.              Students must wear appropriate shoes for school.  Open sandals, thongs, high heels, or other types of footwear deemed to be a safety hazard to the student (or to other students), are NOT appropriate for school and may notbe worn to school.

4.              Students must NOT to wear or bring:

  • make-up, stick-on or artificial nails, or nail polish
  • gang attire including, but not limited to:
  • spiked bracelets
  • gang insignias
  • other stimulating paraphernalia
  • clothing or jewelry which promotes substance abuse or other illegal/dangerous activities
  • tattoos of any kind

 

5.              Students must NOT to wear dangling earrings.

6.              Sweaters and jackets must be labeled with the child’s name, preferably on the inside of the neckline or collar.

7.              Students may wear hats outside for recess, lunch and P.E. for protection from the sun.  Hats may not contain any sports logos or inappropriate images, and may not be worn inside the classroom.

Uniform pieces with Fenton logos are available for purchase.  Students are not required to purchase Fenton logo clothing.  Any student or parent who needs assistance with identifying or purchasing conforming clothing should contact the Main Office.  No student shall be sent home from school or denied attendance to school, or penalized academically or otherwise discriminated against, for noncompliance with this Dress Code.  Students will, however, be given clothes (e.g., a recycled school uniform) to change into if not dressed in the school uniform.

A student who does not follow the Dress Code may be subject to the consequences outlined under General Discipline Procedures.  Depending on the circumstances, a parent may be asked to bring a change of shoes and/or clothes to school (e.g., shoes/clothes worn by the student cause a safety hazard or disruption to school activities).   Families who repeatedly fail to adhere to the Dress Code may be referred to the School-Community Relations Council (FACS) or Parent Advocacy Committee (FPC, SMBCCS, STEM and FCLA).

 

 

RULES OF STUDENT BEHAVIOR

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that follows the school-wide positive behavior expectations: Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible.

STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO:

1.              Respect the authority of their teachers and the other adults at the school.

2.              Respect and be courteous to other students.

3.              Respect ALL property.

4.              Freeze when they hear the bell or the whistle is blown, and WALK to their line-up area.  Follow the teacher or assigned teacher assistant to the classroom in an orderly manner.

5.              Eat lunch and play in assigned areas.

6.              Use appropriate table manners while eating in the cafeteria area.

7.              Follow the Physical Education rules of games and of good sportsmanship.

8.              Walk, not run, at any time on campus except during physical education activities.

9.              Use school books, playground equipment, and all other educational materials with care.

10.           Keep textbooks, other materials and equipment in good condition, and replace (pay for) any damaged or lost book, materials or equipment in accordance with applicable law.

11.           Use computers, the Internet and other technology resources appropriately as specified in the Technology Responsibility Code and the Internet Safety Policy.  If computers are damaged, parents may be held responsible for the replacement of parts, or the entire computer.

STUDENTS SHALL NOT:

1.              Fight.

2.              Play roughly, push, shove, or hit other students.

3.              Use profane language and/or gestures.

4.              Intimidate, extort, harass and/or do bodily harm to any person.

5.              Be disrespectful to any adults or monitors.

6.              Trade or sell any kind of items on the school grounds, or bring such items to school.

7.              Throw or shoot objects.

8.              Throw paper, candy or gum wrappers, cans or trash on the school grounds, on the bathroom floors, or anywhere to and from home.

9.              Play, run, or yell in the lunch area or between buildings.

10.           Jump over, climb on, or move benches that are on the playground.

11.           Push or shove in line.

12.           Deface or damage any school property.

 

GENERAL DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES

Students who do not live up to their responsibilities and who violate Fenton Charter Public Schools rules are subject to consequences for their behavior.  These may include the following:

  • Warnings
  • Loss of privileges (may include morning and afternoon supervision)
  • Seat change within the classroom or in other supervised areas
  • Notices to parents by telephone or letter
  • Request for parent conference
    • Referral to the Administrative Coordinator (Behavior Support Room)
  • Sending student to a school administrator when deemed necessary by the classroom teacher
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion


Serious misconduct may be grounds for suspension.  The school’s charter petition details grounds for suspension, but some examples include:

  • Threatening, attempting, or causing physical injury to another person.
  • Possession, use, selling, furnishing, or being under the influence of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.
  • Offering, furnishing, or selling any substitute substance represented as a controlled substance or intoxicant of any kind.
  • Committing or attempting to commit robbery or extortion.
  • Stealing or attempting to steal school or private property.
  • Possession or use of tobacco or any product containing tobacco or nicotine products, including clove cigarettes.
  • Committing an obscene act or engaging in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  • Unlawfully possession, offering, furnishing, or selling any drug paraphernalia.
  • Knowingly receiving stolen school or private property.

 

 

 

HOMEWORK POLICY

The students of Fenton Charter Public Schools (“FCPS”) will actively seek learning opportunities by working cooperatively, thinking critically, and striving to master rigorous academic standards.  Therefore our students will:

  • Listen carefully and follow the directions provided by the teacher.
  • Make sure they understand and record assignments before leaving the classroom.
  • Turn in neat, accurate and complete assignments on time.
  • Set aside a study place and time at home or school.
  • Assume responsibility for taking care of books and materials.

FCPS employees will demonstrate their belief in the value of lifelong learning and model the appropriate and desired behaviors and attitudes expected of students.  The school’s teachers, administrators and staff believe homework provides extra practice in fundamental skills, reinforces good work habits, and can increase student achievement.  In order to meet the needs of our students, all teachers will:

  • Explain all homework assignments and check for understanding before dismissing the students.
  • Assign homework based on classroom instruction in a variety of subject areas on a daily/weekly basis.
  • Check homework and give prompt feedback to students and parents if students are not fulfilling their homework responsibilities.
  • Provide a list of recommended supplies (see below).

 

The FCPS community will work cooperatively and collaboratively to create a child-centered environment in which all partners are empowered by their own sense of ownership and responsibility to the school.  We encourage all parents todemonstrate an interest in their child’s homework and monitor work habitsParents will:

  • Check homework assignments each night and help ensure that students complete homework regularly, neatly, and return it to school on time.
  • Provide a quiet place and time for homework, free from distractions.
  • Communicate with the teacher if assignments are too difficult or time consuming.
  • Provide appropriate materials for students to use at home.

Homework Plan

FCPS teachers are committed to taking measures to improve student achievement.  Teachers will work collaboratively with students, parents, and each other to implement the following school-wide Homework Plan.  This plan will provide all students with weekly homework assignments in the core academic areas.  It also encourages students to acquire good work habits and organizational skills.

 

Students in all grades will use binders or other resources to organize homework materials at school and at home.

Students in all grades will receive standards-based homework assignments.  These homework assignments will include all the core academic areas (reading, writing, spelling, and mathematics).  Teachers may assign homework from other subject areas, depending on the instructional focus.

Homework Guidelines

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Transitional Kindergarten:     15 minutes + 1 story read to students (recommended)

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Kindergarten: 20 minutes + 1 story read to students (Later in the school year, if/when child is able to read, your child may read 1 story to parent/adult.)

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First Grade:    15 - 20 minutes + 10 minutes of oral reading to parent/adult

(Beginning of the school year, parent/adult may read to child; later in the school year, child should read to parent/adult.)

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Second Grade:            20 - 25 minutes + 15 minutes of oral reading to parent/adult

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Third Grade:         20 - 25 minutes + 15 minutes of oral reading to parent/adult

 

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Fourth Grade:       30 - 35 minutes + 20 minutes of oral reading to parent/adult

 

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Fifth Grade:          35 - 40 minutes + 20 minutes of oral reading to parent/adult

 

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Sixth Grade: 35 - 40 minutes + 20 minutes of oral reading to parent/adult

 

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Suggested Supplies Needed at Home for Homework

TK/K:

glue

Grade 1:

glue

Grade 2:

glue

Grade 3:

glue

Grade 4-6

glue

 

 

crayons

crayons

crayons

crayons

colored pencils

 

erasers

erasers

erasers

erasers

erasers

 

pencilsscissors

pencils scissors folder

pencils scissors folder

paper

pencils/sharpener

scissors

folder

paper ruler dictionary

pencils/sharpener

scissors

folder

paper

ruler

dictionary

stapler

pens

thesaurus

tape

 

*All students need books to read at home.

 

NON-DISCRIMINATION AND ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY

Fenton Charter Public Schools (“FCPS”) is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education.  FCPS prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race or ethnic, gender (including gender identity, gender expression), sex (including sexual harassment), pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and pregnancy-related medical conditions, sexual orientation, religion, color, national origin, immigration status, ancestry, disability status, marital status,  genetic information, a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

Prohibited discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying includes physical, verbal, nonverbal, or written conduct based on one of the categories listed above that is so severe and pervasive that it affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from an educational program or activity; creates an intimidating, threatening, hostile, or offensive educational environment; has the effect of substantially or unreasonably interfering with a student’s academic performance; or otherwise adversely affects a student’s educational opportunities.

 

FCPS also prohibits any form of retaliation against any student who files a complaint or report regarding an incident of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

 

The Executive Director or designee shall provide age-appropriate training and information to students, parents/guardians, and employees regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, including, but not limited to, this policy, what constitutes prohibited behavior, how to report incidents, and to whom such reports should be made.

 

In providing instruction, guidance, supervision, or other services to students, employees and volunteers shall carefully guard against segregating or stereotyping students.

 

The Director or designee shall develop a plan to provide students with appropriate accommodations when necessary for their protection from threatened or potentially harassing or discriminatory behavior.  Students who engage in discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or retaliation in violation of law or school policy shall be subject to appropriate discipline, up to and including counseling, suspension, and/or expulsion.  Any employee who permits or engages in prohibited discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or retaliation shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

 

 

 

Discrimination Complaints

 

The following position is the designated to handle complaints regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and to answer inquiries regarding the school’s nondiscrimination policies:

 

Leticia Padilla Parra, Director     Richard Parra, Director             Cary Rabinowitz, Director

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School    Fenton Primary Center               Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter

 

11828 Gain Street                        11351 Dronfield Avenue               1022 N. Van Ness

Lake View Terrace, CA 91342       Pacoima, CA 91331                     Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

(818) 896-7482                           (818) 485-5900                           (323) 469-0971

 

 

Jennifer Miller, Director Jennifer Miller, Director                                    

Fenton STEM Academy             Fenton Charter Leadership Academy      

8926 Sunland Blvd                      8926 Sunland Blvd         

Sun Valley, CA 91352                 Sun Valley, CA 91352                            

(818) 962-3636                           (818) 962-3636                          

Any student who feels that he/she has been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying should immediately contact the Director, or any other staff member.  In addition, any student who observes any such incident should report the incident to the Director, whether or not the victim files a complaint.

Any school employee who observes an incident of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall report the incident to the Director, whether or not the victim files a complaint.

In addition, school personnel shall take immediate steps to intervene when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination or harassment, intimidation or bullying and when it is safe to do so. 

Upon receiving a complaint of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, the Director shall immediately investigate the complaint in accordance with the site-level procedures specified in FCPS’s Sexual Harassment Policy or under FCPS’s Uniform Complaint Procedures (if discrimination, harassment, or bullying against a protected group).

The Executive Director or designee shall ensure that the student handbook clearly describes the school’s nondiscrimination policy, procedures for filing a complaint regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and the resources that are available to students who feel that they have been the victim of any such behavior.  FCPS’s policy shall also be posted on the web site or any other location that is easily accessible to students.

When required pursuant to Education Code § 48985, FCPS shall ensure any complaint forms are translated into the student’s primary language.

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY

Sexual Harassment

Fenton Charter Public Schools (“FCPS”) is committed to maintaining a safe school environment that is free from harassment and discrimination.  FCPS prohibits sexual harassment of students at school or at school-sponsored or school- related activities.  FCPS also prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against any person who files a complaint, testifies, or otherwise participates in complaint and investigation processes.

 

Instruction/Information

The Executive Director or designee shall ensure that FCPS students receive age-appropriate instruction and information on sexual harassment.  Such instruction may include:

1.       What acts and behavior constitute sexual harassment, including the fact that sexual harassment could occur between people of the same sex and could involve sexual violence.

2.       A clear message that students do not have to endure sexual harassment.

3.       Encouragement to report observed instances of sexual harassment, even where the victim of the harassment has not complained.

4.       Information about the school’s procedure for investigating complaints and the person(s) to whom a report of sexual harassment should be made.

5.       Information about the rights of students and parents/guardians to file a criminal complaint, as applicable.

Overview of Complaint Process

Any student who feels that he/she is being or has been sexually harassed on school grounds or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity (e.g., by a visiting athlete or coach) shall immediately contact his/her teacher or any other FCPS employee.  An employee who receives such a complaint shall report it to the Director within 24 hours.

The Executive Director or designee shall ensure that any complaints regarding sexual harassment are immediately investigated in accordance with this policy.  When the Executive Director or designee has determined that sexual harassment has occurred, he/she shall take prompt, appropriate action to end the harassment and to address its effects on the victim.

 

 

The Title IX Officer responsible for equity and compliance with Title IX is as follows:

Leticia Padilla Parra, Director     Richard Parra, Director              Cary Rabinowitz, Director

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School    Fenton Primary Center               Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter

 

11828 Gain Street                        11351 Dronfield Avenue               1022 N. Van Ness

Lake View Terrace, CA 91342       Pacoima, CA 91331                     Los Angeles, CA 90038

 

(818) 896-7482                           (818) 485-5900                           (323) 469-0971

 

 

Jennifer Miller, Director Jennifer Miller, Director                                    

Fenton STEM Academy             Fenton Charter Leadership Academy      

8926 Sunland Blvd                      8926 Sunland Blvd         

Sun Valley, CA 91352                 Sun Valley, CA 91352                            

(818) 962-3636                           (818) 962-3636  

 

Disciplinary Actions

Any student who engages in sexual harassment or sexual violence at school or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity is in violation of this policy and shall be subject to disciplinary action.  Based on the student’s grade level, disciplinary action may include suspension and/or expulsion, provided that, in imposing such discipline, the entire circumstances of the incident(s) shall be taken into account.

 

Confidentiality and Record-Keeping

All complaints and allegations of sexual harassment shall be kept confidential except as necessary to carry out the investigation or take other subsequent necessary action.

The Executive Director or designee shall maintain a record of all reported cases of sexual harassment to enable FCPS to monitor, address, and prevent repetitive harassing behavior in the schools.

 

Sexual Harassment

Prohibited sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, unwanted requests for sexual favors, or other unwanted verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made against another person of the same or opposite sex in the educational setting, when made on the basis of sex and under any of the following conditions (derived from Education Code § 212.5; 5 CCR § 4916):

  1. Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of a student’s academic status or progress.
  2. Submission to or rejection of the conduct by a student is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting the student.
  3. The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the student’s academic performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.
  4. Submission to or rejection of the conduct by the student is used as the basis for any decision affecting the student regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through any school program or activity.

 

Examples of types of conduct which are prohibited at FCPS which may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

  1. Unwelcome leering, sexual flirtations, or propositions

 

  1. Unwelcome sexual slurs, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments, or sexually degrading descriptions

 

  1. Graphic verbal comments about an individual’s body or overly personal conversation

 

  1. Sexual jokes, derogatory posters, notes, stories, cartoons, drawings, pictures, obscene gestures, or computer-generated images of a sexual nature

 

  1. Spreading sexual rumors

 

  1. Teasing or sexual remarks about students enrolled in a predominantly single-sex class

 

  1. Massaging, grabbing, fondling, stroking, or brushing the body

 

  1. Touching an individual’s body or clothes in a sexual way

 

  1. Impeding or blocking movements or any physical interference with school activities when directed at an individual on the basis of sex

 

  1. Displaying sexually suggestive objects

 

  1. Sexual assault, sexual battery, or sexual coercion

 

Sexual and Other Harassment Complaints

Complaints of sexual harassment, or any behavior prohibited by FCPS’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, shall be handled in accordance with the following procedure or pursuant to Fenton’s Uniform Complaint Procedures (e.g., if discrimination, harassment, or bullying against a protected group):

  1. Notice and Receipt of Complaint: Any student who believes he/she has been subjected to sexual harassment or who has witnessed sexual harassment may file a complaint with any school employee. Within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, the school employee shall report it to the Director.  In addition, any school employee who observes any incident of sexual harassment involving a student shall, within 24 hours, report this observation to the Director, whether or not the victim files a complaint.

In any case of sexual harassment involving the Director to whom the complaint would ordinarily be made, the employee who receives the student’s report or who observes the incident shall instead report to the Executive Director or designee.  In such instances, the Executive Director or designee shall be responsible for the Director’s responsibilities detailed in this Grievance/Complaint Procedure.

  1. Initiation of Investigation: The Director shall initiate an impartial investigation of an allegation of sexual harassment within five school days of receiving notice of the harassing behavior, regardless of whether a formal complaint has been filed. The School shall be considered to have “notice” of the need for an investigation upon receipt of information from a student who believes he/she has been subjected to harassment, the student’s parent/guardian, an employee who received a complaint from a student, or any employee or student who witnessed the behavior.

If the Director receives an anonymous complaint or media report about alleged sexual harassment, he/she shall determine whether it is reasonable to pursue an investigation considering the specificity and reliability of the information, the seriousness of the alleged incident, and whether any individuals can be identified who were subjected to the alleged harassment.

  1. Initial Interview with Student: When a student or parent/guardian has complained or provided information about sexual harassment, the Director shall describe FCPS’s grievance procedure and discuss what actions are being sought by the student in response to the complaint. The student who is complaining shall have an opportunity to describe the incident, identify witnesses who may have relevant information, provide other evidence of the harassment, and put his/her complaint in writing.  If the student requests confidentiality, he/she shall be informed that such a request may limit FCPS’s ability to investigate the allegation.
  2. Investigation Process: The Director shall keep the complaint and allegation confidential, except as necessary to carry out the investigation or take other subsequent necessary action.

The Director shall interview individuals who are relevant to the investigation, including, but not limited to, the student who is complaining, the person accused of harassment, anyone who witnessed the reported harassment, and anyone mentioned as having relevant information.  The Director may take other steps such as reviewing any records, notes, or statements related to the harassment or visiting the location where the harassment is alleged to have taken place.

When necessary to carry out his/her investigation or to protect student safety, the Director also may discuss the complaint with the Executive Director or designee, the parent/guardian of the student who complained, the parent/guardian of the alleged harasser if the alleged harasser is a student, a teacher or staff member whose knowledge of the students involved may help in determining who is telling the truth, law enforcement and/or child protective services, and legal counsel.

  1. Interim Measures: The Director shall determine whether interim measures are necessary during and pending the results of the investigation, such as placing students in separate classes or transferring a student to a class taught by a different teacher.
  2. Optional Mediation: In cases of student-on-student harassment, when the student who complained and the alleged harasser so agree, the Director may arrange for them to resolve the complaint informally with the help of a counselor, teacher, administrator, or trained mediator. The student who complained shall never be asked to work out the problem directly with the accused person unless both parties agree and FCPS staff provide support, and he/she shall be advised of the right to end the informal process at any time.
  3. Factors in Reaching a Determination: In reaching a decision about the complaint, the Director may take into account:
  4. Statements made by the persons identified above
  5. The details and consistency of each person’s account
  6. Evidence of how the complaining student reacted to the incident
  7. Evidence of any past instances of harassment by the alleged harasser
  8. Evidence of any past harassment complaints that were found to be untrue

To judge the severity of the harassment, the Director may take into consideration:

  1. How the misconduct affected one or more students’ education
  2. The type, frequency, and duration of the misconduct
  3. The identity, age, and sex of the harasser and the student who complained, and the relationship between them
  4. The number of persons engaged in the harassing conduct and at whom the harassment was directed
  5. The size of the school, location of the incidents, and context in which they occurred
  6. Other incidents at the school involving different students

 

  1. Written Report on Findings and Follow-Up: No more than 30 days after receiving the complaint, the Director shall conclude the investigation and prepare a written report of his/her findings. This timeline may be extended for good cause.  If an extension is needed, the Director shall notify the student who complained and parent/guardian, and explain the reasons for the extension.

The report shall include the decision and the reasons for the decision and shall summarize the steps taken during the investigation.  If it is determined that harassment occurred, the report shall also include any corrective actions that have or will be taken to address the harassment and prevent any retaliation or further harassment.  This report shall be presented to the student who complained, the person accused, the parents/guardians of the student who complained and the student who was accused, and the Executive Director or designee.

In addition, the Director shall ensure that the harassed student and his/her parent/guardian are informed of the procedures for reporting any subsequent problems.  The Director shall make follow-up inquiries to see if there have been any new incidents or retaliation and shall keep a record of this information.

 

Enforcement of Charter School Policy

The Executive Director or designee shall take appropriate actions to reinforce the Sexual Harassment Policy.  As needed, these actions may include any of the following:

  1. Removing vulgar or offending graffiti
  2. Providing training to students, staff, and parents/guardians about how to recognize harassment and how to respond
  3. Disseminating and/or summarizing FCPS’s policies and procedures regarding sexual harassment
  4. Consistent with the laws regarding the confidentiality of student and personnel records, communicating the school’s response to parents/guardians and the community
  5. Taking appropriate disciplinary action

In addition, disciplinary measures may be taken against any person who is found to have made a complaint of sexual harassment which he/she knew was not true.

 

Notifications

FCPS will provide a copy of this policy using methods such as:

  1. Including the policy in the notifications that are sent to parents/guardians at the beginning of each school year (e.g., as part of Student Handbook).
  2. Displaying the policy in a prominent location in the main administrative building or other area where notices of district rules, regulations, procedures, and standards of conduct are posted, including school web sites.
  3. Providing the policy as part of any orientation program conducted for new students at the beginning of each quarter, semester, or summer session.
  4. Displaying the policy in any school publication that sets forth the school’s comprehensive rules, regulations, procedures, and standards of conduct.
  5. Distributing the policy to employees.

 

Sex Equity in Education Act Statement

 

Per Education Code § 230, harassment and other discrimination on the basis of sex include, but are not limited to, the following: exclusion of a person or persons from participation in, denial of the benefits of, or subjection to harassment or other discrimination in, any academic, extracurricular, research, occupational training, or other program or activity; and exclusion from participation in, or denial of equivalent opportunity in, athletic programs.  The definition of discrimination and harassment based on sex from Education Code § 230 can be found here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=EDC&sectionNum=230.

 

Students have all the rights set forth in Education Code section 221.8 (as applicable to school’s programs):  This includes the right to fair and equitable treatment and students shall not be discriminated against based on your sex and right to be provided with an equitable opportunity to participate in all academic extracurricular activities.  The description of all rights set forth in Education Code § 221.8 can be found here: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=EDC&sectionNum=221.8


For more information about Gender Equity/Title IX, please visit the following CDE website: https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/eo/genequitytitleix.asp

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURES

Introduction

This Uniform Complaint Procedures (“UCP”) applies to all Fenton Charter Public Schools-operated charter schools (hereinafter collectively referred to as “FCPS”).  The Board of Directors recognizes that FCPS is responsible for complying with applicable state and federal laws and regulations governing educational programs. 

FCPS developed this UCP pursuant to Title 5, California Code of Regulations, § 4600 et seq. and consistent with policies and procedures adopted by FCPS’s Board of Directors. This UCP shall apply only to those complaints that fall within the scope of the UCP and are applicable to charter schools. 

Complaints Under The UCP

A UCP complaint is a written and signed statement by a complainant, including a person’s duly authorized representative or an interested third party, public agency, or organization, alleging a violation of federal or state laws or regulations, which may include an allegation of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying, or charging pupil fees for participation in an educational activity or non-compliance with the requirements of FCPS Local Control and Accountability Plan (“LCAP”). 

A UCP complaint must be filed according to the procedures set forth herein. 

Complaints Regarding Programs and Activities

Complaints of violations of state or federal law or regulations governing the following programs and activities, to the extent offered by FCPS, are subject to the UCP and will be investigated by FCPS:

      Accommodations for Pregnant and Parenting Pupils

      Adult Education

      After School Education and Safety

      Agricultural Career Technical Education

      Career Technical Education (Federal)

      Child Care and Development

      Compensatory Education

      Consolidated Application

      Course Periods without Educational Content

      Education Of Pupils In Foster Care, Pupils Who Are Homeless, Former Juvenile Court Pupils Now Enrolled In A School District, and Pupils Of Military Families

      Every Student Succeeds Act

 

      Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP)

      Migrant Education

      Physical Education Instructional Minutes

      Pupil Fees

      Reasonable Accommodations to a Lactating Pupil

      Regional Occupational Centers and Programs

      School Plans For Student Achievement

      School Safety Plans

      Schoolsite Councils

      State Preschool

      State Preschool Health And Safety Issues In Schools Exempt From Licensing

 

Complaints Regarding Pupil Fees

Complaints FCPS has violated Education Code §§ 49010 through 49013 concerning pupil fees are subject to this FCPS, may be filed with the Compliance Officer, and will be investigated by FCPS. 

A pupil shall not be required to pay a pupil fee for participation in an educational activity, unless the charge for such a fee is specifically authorized by law and does not violate Education Code § 49011.  A “pupil fee” is a fee, deposit, or other charge imposed on pupils, or a pupil's parents or guardians, in violation of state codes and constitutional provisions which require educational activities to be provided free of charge to all pupils without regard to their families’ ability or willingness to pay fees or request special waivers. “Educational activities” are those offered by a school, school district, charter school, or county office of education that constitute a fundamental part of education, including, but not limited to, curricular and extracurricular activities.  A pupil fee includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:

  1. A fee charged to a pupil as a condition for registering for school or classes, or as a condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is elective or compulsory, or is for credit.
  2. A security deposit, or other payment, that a pupil is required to make to obtain a lock, locker, book, class apparatus, musical instrument, clothes, or other materials or equipment.
  3. A purchase that a pupil is required to make to obtain materials, supplies, equipment, or clothes associated with an educational activity.

Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation and/or Bullying

FCPS will investigate all allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying against any protected group as identified in Education Code §§ 200, 220 and Government Code § 11135, including any actual or perceived characteristics as set forth in Penal Code § 422.55 or on the basis or a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any program or activity conducted by FCPS, which is funded directly by, or that receives or benefits from any state financial assistance. 

A complaint alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying may be filed by a person who alleges that he or she personally suffered unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, or by a person who believes that an individual or any specific class of individuals has been subjected to unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying, or by a parent or guardian.

Any FCPS personnel who witness an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying, shall take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so as required by Education Code § 234.1. 

Complaints Regarding LCAP and Reasonable Accommodations to a Lactating Pupil

Complaints concerning a FCPS LCAP are subject to this UCP and will be investigated by FCPS.  The LCAP is an important component of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). FCPS is required to prepare an LCAP, which describes how we intend to meet annual goals for our pupils, with specific activities to address state and local priorities identified pursuant to Education Code § 52060(d). 

Complaints may also include allegations of failure to provide reasonable accommodations to a lactating pupil on campus to express breast milk, breast-feed an infant child, or address other needs related to breast-feeding pursuant to Education Code § 222.

UCP Annual Notification

FCPS shall ensure annual dissemination of this UCP to all students, employees, parents or guardians of its students, and other interested parties that includes information regarding allegations about discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. The annual UCP notice shall be in English. If 15% or more of students enrolled at FCPS speak a single primary language other than English, the annual notice shall be provided in that language as well pursuant to Education Code § 48985. This UCP shall be available in FCPS’s main office and copies shall be made available free of charge.

Confidentiality and Retaliation

FCPS acknowledges and respects every individual’s rights to privacy. In investigating complaints, the confidentiality of the parties involved and the integrity of the process shall be protected.  FCPS ensures that the complaint procedures contain confidentiality safeguards for immigration status information.  As appropriate, the Compliance Officer or his/her designee may keep the identity of a complainant confidential to the extent that the investigation of the complaint is not obstructed, or as otherwise permitted by law.

FCPS students have a right to a free public education, regardless of immigration status or religious beliefs. For more information about this issue, we recommend families review the “Know Your Rights” guidance established by the California Attorney General and available on the California Attorney General website here: https://oag.ca.gov/immigrant/rights.

FCPS prohibits retaliation in any form for filing of a complaint or an appeal, reporting instances of noncompliance, discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, or for participation in the complaint-filing or investigation process.  Complainants are protected from retaliation. These confidentiality and non-retaliation requirements extend to all parties involved.

Designation of Compliance Officer

FCPS hereby designates the individual(s) identified below as the employee(s) responsible for receiving, investigating and responding to complaints and acting as the compliance officer(s) responsible for handling complaints under this UCP, referred to herein as the “Compliance Officer.”

Irene Sumida, Executive Director

Fenton Charter Public Schools

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA 91352

(818) 962-3630

 

The Compliance Officer may designate another representative of FCPS to serve in this role, who for the purposes of this UCP, shall be included within the definition of “Compliance Officer.”  The Compliance Officer shall promptly notify the complainant and respondent, if applicable, if another employee has been designated to handle the complaint.

In no instance shall the Compliance Officer be assigned to a complaint in which he or she has a bias or conflict of interest that would prohibit him or her from fairly investigating or responding to the complaint.  Any complaint against Compliance Officer or that raises a concern about Compliance Officer’s ability to investigate the complaint fairly and without bias shall be filed with their school’s Director (or other appropriate designee) who shall determine how the complaint will be investigated.

FCPS will ensure that employees assigned to investigate complaints are knowledgeable about the laws and programs at issue in the complaints for which they are responsible.  The Compliance Officer may consult with legal counsel.

Formal Complaint Procedures

FCPS shall investigate and seek to resolve, in accordance with this UCP, complaints alleging failure to comply with applicable state and federal laws and regulations including, but not limited to, allegations of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying or noncompliance with laws relating to all programs and activities implemented by FCPS that are subject to this UCP. 

All parties involved in allegations shall be notified by the Compliance Officer when a complaint is filed, when a complaint meeting or hearing is scheduled, and when a decision or ruling is made. 

Step 1: Filing a Complaint

Written Complaint: Any individual, public agency, or organization may file a written complaint of alleged noncompliance by FCPS to the Compliance Officer.  A complaint may also be filed using a UCP Complaint Form.  If a complainant is unable to prepare a written complaint due to conditions such as disability or illiteracy, FCPS shall assist the complainant in submitting the complaint.

 

Timing of Complaints: A complaint alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying shall be initiated no later than six (6) months from the date when the alleged unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying occurred, or six (6) months from the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.  Pupil fee complaints shall be filed no later than one (1) year from the date the alleged violation occurred.

Anonymous Complaints: A pupil fees complaint and/or an LCAP complaint may be filed anonymously if the complaint provides evidence or information leading to evidence to support an allegation of noncompliance. 

Step 2: Mediation (Optional)

Within ten (10) workdays of receiving the complaint, the Compliance Officer and complainant may mutually agree to mediation. The Compliance Officer shall make arrangements for any mutually agreed upon mediation that will allow both the complainant and FCPS to present relevant evidence.  The Compliance Officer shall inform the complainant that the mediation process may be terminated at any time and proceed directly to an investigation. In the mediation of an unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying complaint, the mediator must agree to keep confidential any information obtained through mediation. If mediation resolves the complaint to the satisfaction of both parties, FCPS will implement any remedial measures and the complainant may choose to withdraw the complaint. If mediation does not resolve the complaint to the satisfaction of both parties or within the parameters of law, the Compliance Officer shall proceed with his/her investigation of the complaint.

The use of mediation shall not extend FCPS’s timelines for investigating and resolving the complaint unless the complainant agrees in writing to such an extension of time.

Step 3: Investigation of Complaint 

In order to investigate the complaint, the Compliance Officer shall have access to applicable FCPS records and/or information related to the complaint allegations. As part of his or her investigation, the Compliance Officer shall do all of the following, in no specific order:

  • Provide an opportunity for the complainant and/or complainant’s representative and FCPS’s representative to present information relevant to the complaint or investigative process.
  • Obtain statements from individuals/witnesses who can provide relevant information concerning the alleged violation.
  • Review documents that may provide information relevant to the allegation.
  • When necessary, seek clarification on specific complaint issues.

The complainant’s refusal to provide the Compliance Officer with documents or other evidence related to the allegations in the complaint, or failure or refusal to cooperate or obstruction of the investigation by the complainant or his or her representatives may result in dismissal of complaint because of a lack of evidence to support the allegation.  FCPS’s refusal to provide the Compliance Officer with documents or other evidence related to the allegations in the complaint, or failure or refusal to cooperate or obstruction of the investigation by FCPS or its staff may result in a finding, based on evidence collected, that a violation has occurred and may result in the imposition of a remedy in favor of the complainant.

Step 4: Final Written Decision

The Compliance Officer shall prepare and send to the complainant a written report of the investigation and final decision within sixty (60) days of FCPS’s receipt of the complaint, unless extended by written agreement with the complainant.  FCPS’s decision shall be written in English and, when required by law, in the complainant’s primary language.

The decision shall include:

  1. The finding(s) of fact based on the evidence gathered;
  2. The conclusion(s) of law;
  3. Disposition of the complaint;
  4. Rationale for such disposition;
  5. Corrective action, if any are warranted, including, with respect to a pupil fee complaint, a remedy that comports with Education Code § 49013(d) and Title 5, California Code of Regulations, § 4600(u);
  6. Notice of the complainant’s right to appeal FCPS’s decision to the California Department of Education (“CDE”); and
  7. Procedures to be followed for initiating an appeal to the CDE.

If a student or employee is disciplined as a result of the complaint, the decision shall simply state that effective action was taken and that the student or employee was informed of FCPS’s expectations. The report shall give no further information as to the nature of the disciplinary action.

If FCPS finds merit in a complaint regarding Course Periods without Educational Content, Reasonable Accommodations to a Lactating Pupil, and Education of Pupils in Foster Care, Pupils who are Homeless, and former Juvenile Court Pupils now enrolled in FCPS, the remedy shall go to the affected pupil.  If FCPS finds merit in a complaint regarding Pupil Fees, Physical Education Instructional Minutes, or LCAP, the remedy shall to go all affected pupils and parents/guardians. FCPS, in good faith, will engage in reasonable efforts to identify and fully reimburse all pupils, parents and guardians who paid an unlawful pupil fee within one (1) year prior to the filing of the complaint.

The Compliance Officer shall maintain a record of each complaint and subsequent related actions.

Appeal Process

To appeal FCPS’s decision, the complainant must file a written appeal within fifteen (15) calendar days of receiving FCPS’s decision. This appeal to the CDE must fully explain the basis for the appeal, stating how the facts of FCPS’s decision are incorrect and/or the law is misapplied.  The appeal must be sent to CDE with: (1) a copy of the original locally filed complaint; and (2) a copy of FCPS’s decision of this original locally filed complaint.

Appeals of decisions regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, and regarding provision of accommodations to lactating students should be sent to: 

California Department of Education

Education Equity UCP Appeals Office

1430 N Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

Appeals of decisions regarding educational program complaints or pupil fees should be sent to:

California Department of Education

Categorical Programs Complaints Management Office

1430 N Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

Appeals of decisions regarding LCAP should be sent to:

California Department of Education

Local Agency Systems Support Office

1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

 

Appeals of decisions regarding special education compliance should be sent to:

California Department of Education

Special Education Division - Procedural Safeguards Referral Service

1430 N Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

The CDE may directly intervene in the complaint without waiting for action by FCPS when one of the conditions listed in Title 5, California Code of Regulations, § 4650 exists, including cases in which FCPS has not taken action within sixty (60) days of the date the complaint was filed with FCPS. A direct complaint to CDE must identify the basis for direct filing of the complaint, which must include clear and convincing evidence that supports such a basis.

Civil Law Remedies

A complainant may pursue available civil law remedies under state or federal discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying laws outside of FCPS’s UCP. Complainants may seek assistance from mediation centers or public/private interest attorneys. Civil law remedies that may be imposed by a court include, but are not limited to, injunctions and restraining orders.

For complaints alleging unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on state law, a complainant shall wait until sixty (60) calendar days have elapsed from the filing of an appeal with the CDE before pursuing civil law remedies. The moratorium does not apply to injunctive relief and is applicable only if FCPS has appropriately, and in a timely manner, apprised the complainant of his/her right to file a complaint in accordance with Title 5, California Code of Regulations, § 4622.

 

 

UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURE FORM

 

Please complete this form, providing as much information as possible and attaching any applicable supporting documentation, to assist in the investigation of the complaint.

 

Information

LAST NAME OF THE COMPLAINANT

FIRST NAME OF THE COMPLAINANT

STUDENT NAME (IF APPLICABLE)

STUDENT GRADE

STUDENT DOB

ADDRESS (NUMBER, STREET, APARTMENT NUMBER, CITY, STATE AND ZIP CODE)

EMAIL ADDRESS

TELEPHONE NUMBER

COMPLAINANT WILL NEED THE ASSISTANCE OF AN INTERPRETER

No   Yes (specify the language to be spoken by the interpreter)

COMPLAINANT IS A:

Student   Parent/Guardian   Employee   Other __________________________

THIS COMPLAINT IS BEING FILED ON BEHALF OF:

Myself   A student (not the complainant named above)   Other (specify)

DATE OF ALLEGED VIOLATION

SCHOOL OF ALLEGED VIOLATION

         

 

Basis of Complaint

For allegations related to any of the following programs and activities subject to the UCP:

      Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, and/or Bullying

      Education for Foster Youth, Homeless Youth, Former Juvenile Court School Students, or Military Dependents

      Every Student Succeeds Act

      Local Control Accountability Plan

      Reasonable Accommodations to a Lactating Student

      Other Basis from FCPS UCP: _____________________________

      Career Technical Education

      Child Nutrition

      Consolidated Categorical Aid

      Pupil Fees

      School Safety Plan

      Special Education

 

 

For complaints alleging discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying, indicate the actual or perceived protected characteristics upon which the alleged conduct is based:

      Race or ethnicity

      Color

      Ancestry

      Nationality

      National origin

      Immigration status

      Religion

      Age

      Marital status

      Pregnancy

      Parental status

      Physical or mental disability

      Sex

      Sexual orientation

      Gender

      Gender identity

      Gender expression

      Genetic information

      Ethnic group identification

      Other                                                                                                 

 

 

Details of the Complaint

Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability.  If you mention names, please also identify who they are (i.e. student, staff, parent, etc.). Attach additional pages, if necessary.

 

Provide the facts about your complaint:                                                                                                      

                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                    

 

List the people involved or impacted:                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                    

 

List any witnesses or individuals who may have knowledge of the alleged acts:                                           

                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                    

 

Provide and/or describe the specific location(s) where the incident(s) occurred:                                          

                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                    

 

List all the date(s) and time(s) when the incident(s) occurred or when the alleged acts first came to your attention:   

                                                                                                                                                                    

 

Describe any steps you have taken to resolve this issue before filing the complaint. If applicable, list names and titles of school staff you have contacted:                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                                    

Do you have any written documents/evidence that you can provide that may be relevant/ supportive of your complaint?

  • No
  • Yes, copies of the documents/evidence are attached to this complaint

 

Signature of Complainant        __________________________________ Date        ______

 

Please file this form and any additional documents in person or by mail with the following individual:

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools

ATTN: Irene Sumida, Executive Director

8928B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA 91352

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

 

Definition

Bullying is an unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.  The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time.

 

Indicators of Bullying

Bullying typically occurs in one of the following ways:

  • Verbal: Hurtful name calling, teasing, gossiping, making threats or spreading rumors.
  • Physical: Hitting, punching, pushing, shoving, poking, kicking, tripping, strangling, hair pulling, fighting, biting, spitting, inappropriate touching, or destroying personal possessions.
  • Emotional/Social: Excluding others from the group, rolling eyes, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, intimidating, humiliating, manipulating friendships, isolating, blackmailing.
  • Cyber bullying: Using email, social network sites (e.g., internet forums, image or video posting platforms, websites with free registration, etc.), cell phones, webcams, text messages, internet sites, and other electronic means to send mean messages, spread rumors, and post embarrassing pictures or videos and fake websites or profiles.

 

Responding to Bullying Reports

  • All staff members are required to take all allegations of bullying seriously and follow up with a written report.
  • An investigation will commence promptly to obtain specific information relevant to bullying.
  • Target student of bullying will be assured that the incident will be resolved. Target student will be provided names of school personnel who can help if the situation continues, escalates or arises again.
  • An action or consequence will be determined to resolve the situation.
  • The target of bullying will continue to be monitored to assure that bullying has stopped.

 

Per FCPS’s charter petitions, the school may suspend or expel students who engage in bullying, including bullying committed by means of an electronic act directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel.  Students who engage in such bullying may be subject to disciplinary action such as:

  • Mandatory parent meeting
  • In-house suspension
  • Exclusion from extracurricular activities or programs
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Loss of computer/network privileges
  • Civil/criminal penalties

 

To access more resources that provide support to youth who have been subject to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying please visit the CDE Safe School Website: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/se/bullyingprev.asp.  The CDE has provided resources for youth who have been affected by gangs, gun violence, and psychological trauma caused by violence at home, at school, and in the community at the following website: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss/sa/.  

 

 

 

 

 

TECHNOLOGY RESPONSIBILITY CODE

The Purpose of Technology at Fenton Charter Public Schools

This Technology Responsibility Code serves as Fenton Charter Public Schools’ (“FCPS”) “Acceptable Use Policy” governing students’ use of FCPS technology and network.  Computers and other technology are used to support learning and enhance instruction.  One of the most powerful tools of technology is the Internet, which is a network of networks that allows millions of people, organizations, and businesses to interact.  We must all understand that access to the Internet is an educational benefit to the students, but that FCPS, staff members, and students do not have control over the content of the information found on the Internet. 

School’s Responsibility

FCPS uses safeguarded passwords to help ensure the smooth and functional access to technology.  We ask all community members to keep these passwords safe because if these passwords fall into the wrong hands and are used inappropriately, this could cause harm to the school.

FCPS uses an Internet filter, which eliminates most of the problems concerning access to inappropriate websites and content.  This must not lead to a false sense of security because there is no such thing as a perfect filter.  Even with such protections, it is impossible for FCPS to control the receipt and delivery of all digital content. 

Staff Responsibility

Staff members have the responsibility to uphold the FCPS’s technology policies.  Policies, consequences, and remedies are in place to help ensure that all staff members participate in both enriching the students’ education through technology and protecting students from improper activities and material.

Parent/Guardian Responsibility

Parents must monitor FCPS technology use at home and support FCPS’s technology policies.  If at any time, there is a situation that seems questionable (e.g., student accesses inappropriate content on FCPS equipment), parents should communicate with the school as soon as possible in order to eliminate any escalating problems. 

Report any damage to any FCPS technology to school staff.  If a student willfully damages or defaces, or willfully does not return upon demand FCPS technology, parent/guardian may be held responsible for paying to repair or replace the school property.  Additionally, grades, diplomas and transcripts may be withheld if a parent/guardian does not repair or replace such school property. 

By working as a team, we can promote FCPS technology’s maximum benefit to students.

Student Responsibility

Students are expected to exercise good judgment and common sense when using FCPS technology (e.g., Tablet, Wi-Fi Hotspot) or network. This use is a privilege that depends on a student’s ability to use technology in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner. Student technology and internet use must not disrupt school activities or otherwise compromise individual and school safety.

Students are never allowed to:

  • Use the Internet or FCPS technology for any illegal or inappropriate purpose.
  • View inappropriate material on websites.
  • Use profane, obscene, impolite, or abusive language.
  • Change or delete computer files that do not belong to the user.
  • Damage computer equipment, files, or data or the network in any way, including intentionally accessing, transmitting, or downloading viruses or other harmful files or programs.
  • Give out any personal information over the Internet.
  • Use another person’s account information (i.e. username and password).
  • Violate someone else’s privacy, either deliberately or accidentally.

 

Remember:

  • Students must not place FCPS technology near any food, drinks or magnets.
  • Keep passwords private.
  • Email should be used appropriately.
  • Do not share private information about yourself and other students (such as phone numbers, addresses, or last names) on the internet. This information should never be shared with anybody.

 

Student use of FCPS technology and network is not private.  FCPS reserves the right to monitor students’ technology use and online activities and to access, review, copy, and store or delete any electronic communication or files and disclose them to others as it deems necessary.

 

If a student discovers a secure password, it is his/her responsibility to inform a staff member.  If the password is used or shared, FCPS shall consider taking disciplinary action.

If repeated attempts to access inappropriate websites are discovered, FCPS shall consider taking disciplinary action.

Teachers will instruct students as to their personal responsibility to avoid questionable websites.  Specific instructions will be given about what to do if they accidentally find themselves on an inappropriate website.

Students will follow the FCPS Internet Safety Policy.  Student and Parents will follow any rules associated with FCPS-issued technology (e.g., tablets, Wi-Fi Mobile Hotspots).

Failure to follow this policy may result in the following disciplinary action:

  • Removal from the classroom to a school administrator
  • Parental notification
  • Student’s technology privileges revoked
  • School privileges/activities revoked
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

INTERNET SAFETY POLICY

Introduction

It is the policy of the Fenton Charter Public Schools (“FCPS”) to (a) prevent user access over its computer network to, or transmission of, inappropriate material via Internet, electronic mail, or other forms of direct electronic communications; (b) prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful online activity; (c) prevent unauthorized online disclosure, use or dissemination of personal identification information of minors; and (d) comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act [Pub. L. No. 106-554 and 47 USC 254 (h)].

 

Definitions

Key terms are as defined in the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”).[1]

 

Access to Inappropriate Material

To the extent practical, technology protection measures (or “Internet filters”) shall be used to block or filter Internet, or other forms of electronic communications, access to inappropriate information.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, blocking shall be applied to visual depictions of material deemed obscene or child pornography, or to any materials deemed harmful to minors.

Subject to staff supervision, technology protection measures may be disabled for adults or, in the case of minors, minimized only for bona fide research or other lawful purposes.

 

 

Inappropriate Network Usage

To the extent practicable, steps shall be taken to promote the safety and security of users of the Fenton Charter Public Schools online computer network when using electronic mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, and other forms of direct electronic communications.

Specifically, as required by the Children’s Internet Protection Act, prevention of inappropriate network usage includes: (a) unauthorized access, including so-called ‘hacking,’ and other unlawful activities; and (b) unauthorized disclosure, use, and dissemination of personal identification information regarding minors.

 

Education, Supervision and Monitoring

It shall be the responsibility of all members of the Fenton Charter Public Schools staff to educate, supervise and monitor appropriate usage of the online computer network and access to the Internet in accordance with this policy, the Children’s Internet Protection Act, the Neighborhood Children’s Protection Act, and the Protecting Children in the 21st Century Act.

Procedures for the disabling or otherwise modifying any technology protection measures shall be the responsibility of the Fenton Charter Public Schools Administrators, IT staff or designated representatives.

The Fenton Charter Public Schools Administrators, IT staff or designated representatives will provide age-appropriate training for students who use the Fenton Charter Public Schools Internet facilities.  The training provided will be designed to promote the Fenton Charter Public Schools commitment to:

a)              The standards and acceptable use of Internet services as set forth in the Fenton Charter Public Schools Internet Safety Policy;
b)             Student safety with regard to:
  1. safety on the Internet;
  2. appropriate behavior while on online, on social networking Web sites, and in chat rooms; and
  • cyber-bullying awareness and response.
c)              Compliance with the E-Rate requirements of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”).

Adoption

This Internet Safety Policy was initially adopted by the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools at a public meeting following normal public notice, on Thursday, September 4, 2014.

 

 

DISTANCE LEARNING CODE OF CONDUCT

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fenton Charter Public Schools (“FCPS”) may have to rely on distance learning to continue to serve students.  “Distance learning” means instruction in which the student and instructor are in different locations.  This Code of Conduct applies to all distance learning settings, including student’s use of FCPS-issued email accounts.  Students who violate this Code of Conduct are subject to discipline.

      Video Etiquette 

o   FCPS teachers are responsible for managing the virtual classroom and should endeavor to host the virtual classroom from the most private, quiet location possible.

o   Students should do their best to join the virtual classroom from a quiet and private location.

o   Use a plain background if possible.

o   Silence cell phones and other electronic devices. 

o   Be aware of your surroundings: no items should be visible on the video that would not be permitted in the classroom. 

o   Minimize distractions such as TV, posters, other individuals, or pets in the background.

o   Do not bring or show any distracting items on the video (e.g., toys, food).

o   Teachers shall use reasonable security protections for virtual classroom sessions to protect against unauthorized access to the sessions, but FCPS cannot completely guarantee the security of any session because students can share access information to unauthorized parties.  FCPS will discipline students (e.g., suspension and expulsion) who share virtual classroom access information to unauthorized parties.

 

      Video Dress Code

o   Staff members are required to follow the same dress code that applies at school  and wear clothes that are neat, clean and professional.

o   Students are expected to follow the Dress Code and wear clothes that are neat, clean and would be appropriate for a classroom.   

o   No pajamas, inappropriate logos, or other distracting attire are allowed.

 

      Distance Learning Conduct: Treat the Virtual Classroom Like a Regular  Classroom 

o   No one should eat, interrupt others, talk out of turn, or otherwise disrupt the virtual classroom.  

o   Students may be asked to mute themselves or be muted by the teacher during virtual classroom activities.   

o   Students are required to follow teacher and staff instructions, follow the classroom behavior rules, behave appropriately, and treat others with mutual respect, just like in the classroom. 

o   Students are required to pay attention during virtual classroom instruction and not be on their cell phones or on other websites during distance learning.

o   Teachers are responsible for monitoring, addressing, and reporting student behavior issues in the virtual classroom as they would in a normal classroom.

o   No profane, threatening, or bullying language is permitted.

o   Students and teachers must use their FCPS email addresses and, as applicable, a profile picture that is appropriate for an educational environment. 

o   All communications and “chats” on distance learning platforms must be school-related. 

o   The integrity of student work is something FCPS takes seriously and may check using a variety of technologies. Cheating, copying, allow others to knowingly copy, and/or misusing content from the Internet are prohibited.

o   Students may not record virtual classroom sessions that occur by video or telephone (e.g., using cell phone or other technology) without express instructions to do so. 

 

      Student Email Addresses

o   FCPS will issue students email addresses to connect to their classrooms, receive and submit assignments, and participate in collaborative school-based virtual environments such as message threads and chatrooms. 

o   Students must not share their passwords to any other individuals. 

o   FCPS shall implement reasonable security measures (e.g., student emails can only be used to contact other FCPS email accounts).  However, FCPS cannot control messages students may send to other students.

o   Students must follow FCPS policies (e.g., Distance Learning Code of Conduct, Student Responsibility Code, Technology Responsibility Code, etc.) when using FCPS-issued email addresses. 

 

 

 

ANNUAL NOTIFICATION OF FERPA RIGHTS

 

This serves as the notification of rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act for Fenton Charter Public Schools-operated charter schools (hereinafter “FCPS”).  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) affords parents and students over 18 years of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.   FCPS stores various student records, including, but not limited to, transcripts, enrollment records, disciplinary records, and immunization records.

 

These rights are:

 

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the FCPS receives a request for access under FERPA.

 

Parents or eligible students should submit written requests for access to the school (e.g., Director).  This written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. FCPS will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected consistent with applicable law and FCPS policies.

 

  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

 

Parents or eligible students who wish to ask FCPS to amend a record should send a written request to the school (e.g., Director)The written request should clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed. If FCPS decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, FCPS will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

 

  • The right to privacy of personally identifiable information in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

FERPA permits the disclosure of personally identifiable information from students’ education records, without consent of the parent or eligible student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in § 99.31 of the FERPA regulations.  Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible student, § 99.32 of the FERPA regulations requires the school to record the disclosure.  Parents and eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures.  FCPS may disclose personally identifiable information from the education records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student for limited circumstances, including, but not limited to –

 

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests.This includes contractors, consultants, attorneys, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in § 99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(3) are met.

 

  • To officials of another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of § 99.34.

 

  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.

 

  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena if applicable requirements are met.(§ 99.31(a)(9))

 

  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to § 99.36.

 

  • To an agency caseworker or other representative of a State or local child welfare agency or tribal organization who is authorized to access a student’s case plan when such agency or organization is legally responsible, in accordance with State or tribal law, for the care and protection of the student in foster care placement.(20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1)(L))

 

  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

 

The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

 

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202

 

FCPS will not release information to third parties for immigration-enforcement purposes, except as required by law or court order.  Unless FCPS is providing information for a legitimate educational purpose under FERPA and the California Education Code or directory information, FCPS shall notify parents or guardians and eligible students—and receive their written consent—before it releases a student’s personally identifiable information.

 

Directory Information

 

FERPA requires that FCPS, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records.  However, FCPS may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised FCPS to the contrary. 

 

The primary purpose of directory information is to allow FCPS to share information from your child’s education records.  Examples include: a playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production; the annual yearbook; Honor roll or other recognition lists; Graduation programs; sharing information with Family Center and Health Department; and Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.

 

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent.  Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.  In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. 

 

If you do not want FCPS to disclose any or all of the types of information designated below as directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent for a school year, you must notify your school’s Director in writing by the end of the first week of the school year.  FCPS has designated the following information as directory information:  name, address, telephone, date of birth, dates of attendance and previous school(s).

 

 

 

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE FORM

                                                                                                                    

________________________________________________________________________

Name of Student (please print)                                                            Birthdate

 

________________________________________________

Name of Parent or Legal Guardian (please print)

 

I, as the parent or legal guardian of the above named student (“Student”), do hereby perpetually and irrevocably grant to Fenton Charter Public Schools,  its officers, employees, agents, assigns, and licensees, (collectively, “FCPS”) the absolute right, permission, and license to record the Student’s  likeness and/or voice with still photography, film, videotape, and/or digital recording, including recordings of virtual classroom sessions which may incidentally record others in my household in the background (the “Recordings”) and to edit such still photographs, film, videotape, or digital files at FCPS’s discretion, and to use, reproduce, display, distribute, and/or to make derivative works from the Recordings for educational, promotional, or fundraising purposes.

 

I understand and agree that use of the Recordings will be without any compensation to the Student or the Student’s parent or legal guardian.  I understand and agree that FCPS and its licensees may display or otherwise use the Student’s first and last name and grade level in conjunction with its use of the Recordings for educational, promotional, or fundraising purposes.  I understand and agree that FCPS shall have the exclusive right, title, and interest, including copyright, in the Recordings.

 

I do hereby waive any right to inspect or to approve the Recordings or their use by FCPS. I further waive any claim that I have or may have, release and hold FCPS harmless from any and all actions, claims, damages, costs, or expenses, including attorneys’ fees, brought by the Student and/or the Student’s parent or legal guardian which relate to or arise out of any use of the Recordings. 

 

I acknowledge that I have read this document and understand its terms. I am signing the release freely and voluntarily. I understand that withholding my signature does not impact the enrollment status of the Student.

 

Signature of Parent/Guardian: _______________________________________________

           

Date:_________________


STUDENT TEXTBOOK AGREEMENT

Student  _______________________________________                   Room  ______________

 

Teacher _________________________________________                 Grade  ______________

 

Textbooks and school materials are an important part of your education.   You will be issued books for different subjects.  To make sure that books are available for you, we want you to follow these guidelines:

 

  1. Do not lend your books to other children.
  2. You are expected to keep your books in good condition. You will be responsible for replacing any willfully-damaged book.
  3. There may be a charge for any lost books. Report any loss immediately to your teacher.

 

You have been issued the following books and will be expected to return these books:

 

Title of Book                                         Book #                                     √ if lost 

_____________________________     _________________           _________________

 

_____________________________     _________________           _________________

 

_____________________________     _________________           __________________

 

_____________________________     _________________           __________________

 

Parent/Student Agreement

 

We agree to follow the guidelines for textbooks and pay for lost or damaged books.

 

________________________________________             _______________________________________

Parent’s Guardian’s Signature                                            Student’s Signature

 

Date ________________________________                        Date ______________________________

 

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Dear Parent/Guardian,

 

The book checked off above has been lost or damaged.  The cost to replace the books is   $_______________.  Please remit this full amount as soon as possible and a replacement book will be

issued to your child.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

______________________________________________                   ____________________________

Teacher’s Signature                                                                      Date


FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

STUDENT HANDBOOK ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM

Assumption of Risk:  Fenton Charter Public Schools’ utmost priority is student safety and will follow public health officials’ guidance concerning school operations this school year.  Despite these efforts, I understand that my child attending Fenton Charter Public Schools this school year inherently may have known or unknown risks and hazards, such as risks related to COVID-19, where injury, illness, or death can occur to myself and/or my child. 

Acknowledgement of Student Handbook Policies: I acknowledge that I have read the Student Handbook’s policies (e.g., Parent-School Agreement, Student Responsibility Code, Homework Policy, Technology Responsibility Code, Internet Safety Policy, Distance Learning Code of Conduct, Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, etc.), agree to adhere to all Parent/Guardian responsibilities described in this Student Handbook, and discussed the Student Handbook’s policies with my child.  On behalf of myself and my child, we agree to support Fenton Charter Public Schools by following the school’s policies and acknowledge the student’s responsibility to comply with all Fenton Charter Public Schools’ policies.

I understand that the Student Handbook may be amended during the year and that such changes are available on the website or available at the Main Office upon request.

I understand that my failure to return this acknowledgement will not relieve myself or my student from being responsible for knowing and complying with Fenton Charter Public Schools’ policies and procedures.

 

                                                                                                                                   

Parent’s/Guardian’s Signature                                            Date

 

 

                                                                                   

Parent’s/Guardian Name                                       

 

 

                                                                                                                                   

Student’s Signature                                                          Date

 

                                                                                   

Student Name                                        

 

                                                                                                                                   

Name of Teacher                                                              Room No./Grade

 

[1] CIPA definition of terms:

 

MINOR.  The term “minor” means any individual who has not attained the age of 17 years.

 

TECHNOLOGY PROTECTION MEASURE:  The term “technology protection measure” means a specific technology that blocks or filters Internet access to visual depictions that are:

  1. OBSCENE, as that term is defined in section 1460 of Title 18, United States Code;
  2. CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, as that term is defined in section 2256 of Title 18, United States Code; or
  3. Harmful to minors.

 

HARMFUL TO MINORS.  The term “harmful to minors” means any picture, image, graphic image file, or other visual depiction that:

  1. Taken as a whole and with respect to minors, appeals to a prurient interest in nudity, sex, or excretion;
  2. Depicts, describes, or represents in a patently offensive way with respect to what is suitable for minors, an actual or simulated sexual act or sexual contact, actual or simulated normal or perverted sexual acts, or a lewd exhibition of the genitals, and
  3. Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value as to minors.

 

SEXUAL ACT; SEXUAL CONTACT.  The terms “sexual act” and “sexual contact” have the meanings given such terms in section 2246 of Title 18, United States Code.

 

Manual Estudiantil (Año Escolar 2020-21)

 

Los miembros de la comunidad escolar (estudiantes, maestros, administradores, personal, padres y miembros de la comunidad) cooperan y trabajan juntos para mantener un ambiente educativo de calidad que desarrolla estudiantes auto-dirigidos que son responsables y constructivos y demuestran un comportamiento cooperativo pro-social.  Las Escuelas Autónomas Fenton ("FCPS") está comprometida con el objetivo de proporcionar a cada estudiante todas las oportunidades de desarrollar sus capacidades en la mayor medida posible.

Este Manual del Estudiante incluye políticas tales como el Acuerdo entre Padres-Escuelas/Compacto, Código de Responsabilidad Estudiantil, Código de Vestimenta, Reglas de Comportamiento Estudiantil, Procedimientos Generales de Disciplina, Póliza de Tareas, Póliza de No Discriminación y Anti-Acoso, Póliza de Acoso Sexual, Procedimientos Uniformes de Quejas, Póliza Anti-Acoso, Código de Responsabilidad Tecnológica, Póliza de Seguridad de Internet, Código de Conducta de Aprendizaje a Distancia, Formulario de Divulgación de Medios  y Acuerdo de Libro de TextoEstudiantil.

El Manual del Estudiante fue desarrollado en consulta con el Consejo de Relaciones Escuela-Comunidad en la Escuela Autónoma Fenton Avenue ("FACS"), y los Comités de Defensa de Los Padres en El Centro Primario Fenton ("FPC"), la Escuela Comunitaria Autónoma de Santa Monica Boulevard ("SMBCCS"), Academia Fenton STEM ("STEM") y la Academia Autónoma de Liderazgo Fenton ("FCLA").   Por favor, lea y analice este Manual con su hijo.

POR FAVOR FIRME Y DEVUELVA SÓLO LAS ÚLTIMAS TRES PÁGINAS

AL MAESTRO/A DE SU HIJO/A

(o a la Oficina Principal para nuevos inscritos)

LO ANTES POSIBLE

 

Guarde este Manual para futuras referencias.  Fenton puede publicar actualizaciones en el Manual periódicamente durante todo el año.

 

Para obtener información adicional, llame a la oficina principal.

 

TABLA DE CONTENIDOS

 

           

CODIGO DE CONDUCTA PARA ESTUDIANTES Y VISITANTES AL PLANTEL    3

 

ACUERDO ENTRE PADRES Y ESCUELAS/COMPACTO                                           4

 

CÓDIGO DE RESPONSABILIDAD DEL ESTUDIANTE                                              9

 

CÓDIGO DE VESTIMENTA                                                                                           10   

 

REGLAS DE COMPORTAMIENTO ESTUDIANTIL                                                   12

 

PROCEDIMIENTOS DE DISCIPLINA GENERAL                                                       13

 

POLIZA DE TAREAS                                                                                                       14

 

POLIZA DE NO DISCRIMINACIÓN Y LUCHA CONTRA EL ACOSO                    17

 

POLIZA DE ACOSO SEXUAL                                                                                       19

 

PROCEDIMIENTOS UNIFORMES DE RECLAMACIÓN                                                       26

 

POLIZA ANTI-ACOSO                                                                                                    36

 

CÓDIGO DE RESPONSABILIDAD TECNOLÓGICA                                                 38

 

POLIZA DE SEGURIDAD EN INTERNET                                                                                40

 

CÓDIGO DE CONDUCTA DE APRENDIZAJE A DISTANCIA                                 43

 

FORMULARIO DE LIBERACIÓN DE MEDIOS                                                          48

 

ACUERDO DE LIBRO DE TEXTO PARA ESTUDIANTES                                        49

 

FORMULARIO DE RECONOCIMIENTO DEL MANUAL DEL ESTUDIANTE        50                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

Código de Conducta Para Estudiantes y Visitas en el Plantel

Las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton se dedica a proporcionar un campus seguro y libre de interrupciones para el aprendizaje de los estudiantes. A tal fin, la conducta prohibida incluye, pero no se limita a:

  1. Conducta que ponga en peligro a los estudiantes, el personal u otros, incluyendo pero no limitado a, violencia física, posesión de un arma o amenazas terroristas.
  2. Conducta que interrumpa el ambiente ordenado del salón de clases o de la escuela.
  3. Discriminación, acoso y/o intimidación de estudiantes o personal, incluyendo pero no limitado a acoso escolar, acoso sexual, comportamiento motivado por el odio, ciber acoso, actividad de intimidación o iniciación, extorsión o cualquier otra conducta verbal, escrita o física que cause o amenace causar violencia, daño corporal o interrupción sustancial.
  4. Daños o robo de bienes que pertenezcan a estudiantes, personal o la Escuela. La Escuela no será responsable de las pertenencias personales, que se traen al campus o a una actividad escolar y se pierden, roban o dañan.
  5. Actos obscenos o uso de lenguaje profano, vulgar o abusivo.
  6. Plagio o deshonestidad.
  7. Atuendo inapropiado.
  8. Posesión, uso o estar bajo la influencia de tabaco, alcohol u otras drogas prohibidas.

Los estudiantes que violen este Código de Conducta pueden estar sujetos a disciplina incluyendo, pero no limitado a, suspensión, expulsión, derivación a un equipo de éxito estudiantil o servicios de consejería, o la denegación de participación en actividades extracurriculares o co-curriculares u otros privilegios de acuerdo con las políticas de la Escuela.

Los padres, tutores u otros visitantes que violen este Código de Conducta pueden estar sujetos a la remoción del Campus y/o sanciones penales. El Director Ejecutivo, el Director Académico, los Directores o los designados notificarán a la policía local según corresponda.

 

 

ACUERDO ENTRE PADRES Y ESCUELAS/COMPACTO

La misión y la visión escolar de las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton captura el espíritu imaginado para nuestros estudiantes, padres, personal y todos los demás miembros de la comunidad escolar:

La misión de las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton es cultivar el amor por el aprendizaje fomentando un ambiente que promueva el autodescubrimiento, la independencia y la conciencia de la conexión entre uno mismo y los demás.

Todos los miembros de la comunidad de las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton son responsables de la visión escolar:

  • Los estudiantes de las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton buscarán activamente oportunidades de aprendizaje trabajando en cooperación, pensando críticamente y esforzándose por dominar rigurosos estándares académicos.

 

  • Los estudiantes, padres y empleados de las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton establecerán y modelarán de manera colaborativa los más altos estándares para el logro estudiantil, la autoestima positiva, los valores pro-sociales y el respeto por la diversidad cultural.

 

  • Los empleados de las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton demostrarán su creencia en el valor del aprendizaje permanente y modelarán los comportamientos y actitudes apropiados y deseados que se esperan de los estudiantes.

 

  • La comunidad de las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton trabajará de manera cooperativa y colaborativa para crear un ambiente centrado en los estudiantes que sea seguro, libre de violencia, drogas y miedo, en el que todos los socios estén empoderados por su propio sentido de propiedad y responsabilidad hacia la escuela.

 

  • La comunidad y los socios de las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton mantendrán el más alto nivel de integridad en la gestión fiscal mientras buscan todos los recursos disponibles y los utilizarán eficazmente para apoyar el programa de instrucción.

 

El Acuerdo Entre Padres y Escuelas/Compacto identifica las responsabilidades de todos los miembros de la comunidad escolar en la realización de esta visión.

I. Comunicación/Padre Participación

Las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton:

·  No discriminara a ningún estudiante sobre ninguna base protegida bajo la ley, incluyendo, pero no limitado a, etnia, origen nacional, religión, estatus migratorio, género, orientación sexual, raza y discapacidad.

·  No será sectario en sus programas, políticas de admisión, prácticas de empleo y todas las demás operaciones, y no cobrará la matrícula.

·  Cumplirá con la Ley de Registros Públicos, la Ley de Derechos Educativos y Privacidad de la Familia (FERPA) y todas las leyes aplicables que establecen la edad mínima para la asistencia a la escuela pública.

·  Ayudará a los padres a desarrollar habilidades de crianza para cumplir con las obligaciones básicas de la vida familiar para fomentar las condiciones en el hogar que enfatizan la importancia de la educación y el aprendizaje a través de conferencias de padres.

·  Promoverá la comunicación de la escuela a casa y de casa a la escuela sobre los programas escolares y el progreso del estudiante: proporcionará informes mensuales sobre el comportamiento y la escuela/ tarea; y hacer todo lo posible para acomodar a los padres para conferencias y actividades en toda la escuela (por ejemplo, proporcionando traductores, acceso para sillas de ruedas, etc., según sea necesario).  Se harán otras adaptaciones según lo solicitado y si es razonable y posible para fomentar la plena participación de todos los padres.

·  Involucrar a los padres, con la capacitación apropiada, en funciones de instrucción y apoyo en la escuela.

·  Proveer a los padres estrategias y técnicas para ayudar a sus hijos con actividades de aprendizaje.

·  Preparar a los padres para que participen activamente en la toma de decisiones escolares y desarrollen sus habilidades de liderazgo.

·  Proveer un plan de estudios de alta calidad alineado con la autonomía de la escuela en un entorno de aprendizaje de apoyo y eficaz que permita a los niños cumplir con los estándares académicos estatales. 

·  Proveer a los padres/tutores un acceso razonable al personal para apoyar la educación de sus hijos.

Los Padres/Tutores:

·  Participarán activamente en conferencias de padres/maestros y en actividades de participación de los padres.

·  Considere ser voluntario en el sitio de la escuela.   Se fomenta ser voluntario, pero no es necesario.  Las opciones de ser voluntario incluyen: ayudar en el salón de clases, proporcionar asistencia en la sala de suministros y ayudar al personal a completar otras funciones escolares.

·  Complete y devuelva todos los formularios y documentos escolares necesarios.

·  Asistir a la Reunión de Orientación para Padres o programar un tiempo para reunirse con el maestro para revisar los procedimientos y expectativas del salón de clases.

 


 


II.  Tarea en casa /Tarea en Clase

Las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton:

·  Proporcionará una lista recomendada de suministros para su uso en el hogar (consulte la Política de Tareas).

·  Proporcionará la tarea apropiada sobre una base diaria/semanal en una variedad de áreas temáticas.

·  Se pondrá en con los padres según sea necesario con respecto a la finalización de la tarea y el trabajo en clase.

Los Padres/Tutores:

·  Proporcione los materiales apropiados para que los alumnos los usen en casa.

·  Asegurar que los estudiantes completen la tarea regularmente, ordenadamente, de acuerdo con la Política de Tareas y devolverla a la escuela.

·  Revise y firme toda la tarea todos los días..

·  Asistir a conferencias con el maestro u otro personal de la escuela según sea necesario.

·  Si es posible, obtenga una carpeta y/o mochila para el niño.


 

III.  Comportamiento

Las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton:

·  Proporcionará un sistema de pautas de comportamiento (Consulte Código de Responsabilidad del Estudiante).

·  Llevará a cabo Asambleas de Ciudadanía para reconocer a los estudiantes.

·  Tendrá comunicación con los padres mensualmente con respecto al rendimiento/comportamiento de los estudiantes, o con más frecuencia según sea necesario.

·  Documentará el comportamiento del problema con el fin de informar con precisión a los padres.

·  Mantendrá un ambiente de trabajo y aprendizaje seguro, saludable y productivo que esté libre de acoso sexual.

·  Hara cumplir la política anti-acoso.

Los Padres/Tutores:

·  Apoyar la política disciplinaria en la escuela, incluido el plan de disciplina del maestro en el aula.

·  Recompense y elogie a los estudiantes en casa por el comportamiento apropiado durante la escuela.

·  Siga con cualquier comportamiento problemático observado por el maestro.

·  Visite la escuela según sea necesario.

·  Asegúrese de que los estudiantes se adhieran al Código de Responsabilidad Estudiantil en todo momento, incluso durante los programas después de la escuela y las excursiones.

 

 

IV.  Asistencia

Las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton:

·  Registrara la asistencia y mantendrá la asistencia.

·  Llamara a casa si el estudiante está ausente más de 2 días.

·  Proporcionara a los padres materiales de estudio independientes cuando el estudiante esté ausente y si el estudio independiente es solicitado por los padres y aprobado por la Escuela. 

 

Los Padres/Tutores:

·  Notifique a la oficina si hay un cambio de dirección de casa y/o número de teléfono inmediatamente (dentro de las 24 horas) y complete y devuelva la nueva tarjeta de emergencia.

·  Asegúrese de que los estudiantes vienen a la escuela descansados, limpios, bien alimentados, y adecuadamente vestidos con uniforme de estudiante según el Código de Vestimenta  todos los días..

·  Haga todo lo posible para asegurar que los estudiantes asistan a la escuela todos los días que la escuela está en sesión y lleguen a tiempo. [Si hay un número excesivo de ausencias, la familia será referida al Consejo de Relaciones Escuela-Comunidad (FACS) o al Comité de Defensa de Padres (FPC, SMBCCS, STEM o FCLA).]

·  Asegurar la devolución de los materiales de Estudio Independiente antes del regreso del estudiante a la instrucción en el salón de clases.   (Si no se devuelve, la familia será referida al consejo o comité anterior.)

·  Notifique a la oficina de asistencia cuando el niño esté ausente y proporcione la documentación apropiada por el motivo de la ausencia.   Después del tercer día, si la escuela no recibe ninguna notificación de los padres,  esto puede ser visto como un retiro voluntario y podría resultar en una baja voluntaria.   Si el padre desea volver a inscribirse, las asignaciones de habitación dependerán de la disponibilidad de espacio.   

 



V.  Materiales/Propiedad Escolar

Las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton:

·  Proveerá los materiales apropiados para el uso del estudiante en clase y para completar la tarea.

·  Tendrá en cuenta la condición de los materiales al entregarlo a los estudiantes.

·  Pedirá a los alumnos que completen un Acuerdo de Libro de Texto.

Los Padres/Tutores:

·  Asegurar que los estudiantes no destruyan los materiales o la propiedad de la escuela.

·  Asegurar que los estudiantes no traigan materiales destructivos a la escuela.

·  Pagar por cualquier daño a los materiales y / o propiedad incurridos por los estudiantes, que no sea el desgaste normal.  Pague por cualquier libro o material perdido o dañado en EFECTIVO de acuerdo con la ley aplicable.

·  Asegurar que todos los materiales prestados al estudiante serán devueltos en la condición entregada.

·  Recuerde que el uso de la tecnología FCPS en préstamo al estudiante no es privado.  FCPS mantiene el derecho de revisar todos los materiales creados, almacenados, enviados o recibidos en la red de FCPS o en cualquier tecnología FCPS.

 

VI.  Salud y Seguridad

Las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton:

·  Proporcionará supervisión en las puertas de salida.

·  Mantendrá todas las puertas al campus cerradas durante el día escolar, con la entrada a la escuela accesible sólo a través de la oficina principal.

·  Proporcionará asistentes de seguridad del campus.

·  Actualizará los procedimientos de emergencia según sea necesario y mantendrá los suministros de emergencia.

·  Entregará a los estudiantes solo a las personas en la Tarjeta de Emergencia.  Cuando los estudiantes son sacados durante el día escolar, serán entregados sólo a un adulto  en la Tarjeta de Emergencia, y por razones de seguridad, serán llamados desde sus aulas cuando el adulto (18 años o más) llegue para llevarlos a casa.

·  Mantendrá un ambiente escolar atractivo y limpio con aulas y baños limpios.

·  MANTENDRA UN CAMPUS CERRADO y seguirá los procedimientos de registro descritos en la sección Padres/Tutores cuando permita a cualquier adulto, incluidos los padres/tutores, al campus.

Los Padres/Tutores:

·  No traer mascotas a la escuela, incluso con correa, cuando se acerca a los estudiantes a la escuela o recoger a los estudiantes en la salida debido a la posibilidad de alergias estudiantiles y el peligro de los estudiantes, los padres y el personal.

·  No se permite armas de ningún tipo en la escuela.   Traer o posesión de cualquier arma es motivo de expulsión  de las Escuelas Autónomas Públicas de Fenton.

·  Asegúrese de que los estudiantes no lleven o usen medicamentos en el campus sin el consentimiento por escrito de un médico que haya sido presentado a la Enfermera Escolar en el formulario aprobado por la escuela (disponible en la oficina de La Enfermera y en el sitio web de Fenton: www.fentoncharter.net) y documentado en los registros del estudiante.  Los medicamentos aprobados se guardan  SOLAMENTE en la Oficina de Enfermeras.

·  Siga los procedimientos de la escuela para las visitas y observaciones en el salón de clases y el Código de Conducta de FCPS:

Þ    Regístrese en la Oficina Principal para solicitar una observación en el salón (un máximo de 20 minutos por día, a menos que se hayan establecido otras disposiciones con el maestro del salón de clases y aprobado por el Director) o la entrada al campus.

Þ    Obtener un permiso de visitante antes de la observación o entrada que ha sido aprobado por el Director. 

Þ    No interfiera ni interrumpa a los maestros, estudiantes o el programa de instrucción de ninguna manera.  Los padres/tutores deben entrar y salir del salón de clases lo más tranquilamente posible.   

Þ    Visite solo el salón de clases (o área) aprobado para esa visita.   (La cafetería es para uso de los estudiantes inscritos y el personal de la escuela solamente.)

Þ    Niños que no están inscritos en la escuela no están permitidos en las visitas al campus sin la aprobación previa del Director.

Þ    Registre su salida en la oficina principal cuando salgas. 

·  Mantenga actualizada la Tarjeta de Emergencia con una lista precisa de las personas a las que la Escuela puede entregar a los estudiantes.

·  La recogida tardía de los estudiantes de TK/Kindergarten resultará en las siguientes consecuencias:

1)  Carta a casa para recordar a los padres

2)  Intervención administrativa con el padre.

3) Monitoreo administrativa

4)  Referencia al Consejo de Relaciones Escuela-Comunidad (FACS)/Comité de Defensa de Padres (SMBCCS, FPC, STEM, FCLA).

 

 

 

VIDEO VIGILANCIA EN EL CAMPUS

 

La máxima prioridad de las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton es proporcionar un entorno de aprendizaje seguro y saludable para el personal y los estudiantes.  En cumplimiento de este objetivo, los edificios y terrenos de las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton están equipados con vigilancia electrónica para la seguridad de los estudiantes, el personal y los visitantes. Sus acciones pueden ser registradas y preservadas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CÓDIGO DE RESPONSABILIDAD DEL ESTUDIANTE

El comportamiento apropiado de los estudiantes en la escuela es un elemento esencial del programa escolar total.  El Código de Educación de California § 48908 establece: "Todos los estudiantes deben cumplir con las regulaciones, seguir el curso de estudio requerido y someterse a la autoridad de los maestros de la escuela."

La escuela actúa "en lugar del padre" mientras el niño asiste a la escuela.  El maestro/a es el principal responsable de implementar el plan de estudios previsto y supervisar a los estudiantes.   Los estudiantes están obligados a cumplir con este Código de Responsabilidad Estudiantil para apoyar los esfuerzos de las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton ("FCPS") para mantener un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro y saludable.

REGLAS GENERALES DE LA ESCUELA

1.     Los estudiantes deberán llegar a la escuela no antes de las 7:00 a.m.  Los terrenos de la escuela están cerrados antes de las 7:00 a.m.  Los estudiantes que llegan entre las 7:00 a.m. y las 7:50 a.m. deben seguir todas las reglas de la escuela.  Los niños que no siguen la expectativa de conducta positiva en toda la escuela pueden estar sujetos a procedimientos de disciplina general.

2.     Los estudiantes solo pueden traer a la escuela artículos que tengan fines educativos legítimos.

3.     Los estudiantes no deben traer, o poseer, medicamentos (incluyendo medicamentos recetados sin la aprobación de FCPS*) o objetos o armas peligrosas (incluyendo fósforos, gorras, cuetes, cuchillos, etc.).  Es ilegal llevarlos a la escuela o a cualquier evento patrocinado por la escuela, y tal acción puede resultar en la expulsión del estudiante.

*Medicamentos recetados pueden ser traidos a la escuela por un padre según sea necesario, pero solo con una nota médica (presentada en el formulario aprobado por la escuela) para mantenerse en el archivo en la oficina de la enfermera.  Siempre que esto sea necesario, el padre debe ver a la enfermera de la escuela personalmente.

4.     Los estudiantes no deben traer marcadores, marcadores permanentes o pintura de ninguna forma a menos que sea aprobado por el maestro del salón de clases.  FCPS proporcionará los suministros de arte necesarios en el salón de clases. 

5.     Los estudiantes no deben traer ningún tipo de dispositivo electrónico a la escuela, incluidos los teléfonos celulares. Además, los juguetes, las cartas de juego o de comercio, las pelotas, los monopatines o las mascotas no deben ser traídos a la escuela ni a ningún evento patrocinado por la escuela.  Estos elementos pueden distraer a los estudiantes del aprendizaje y la escuela no se hace responsable de los artículos personales de valor.

6.     Los estudiantes no deben traer chicle, dulces, refrescos u otra comida chatarra (por ejemplo, Hot Cheetos, Takis) a la escuela o a cualquier evento patrocinado por la escuela.

7.     Los estudiantes no deben traer dinero a la escuela o a ningún evento patrocinado por la escuela, a menos que cuando se necesite dinero para participar en actividades de ventas o recaudación de fondos patrocinadas por la escuela.

8.     No se pueden montar bicicletas, scooters, monopatines, patines de zapatos, etc., en los terrenos de la escuela.

9.     Los estudiantes no deben estar en áreas de estacionamiento en ningún momento, excepto cuando van acompañados por personal aprobado por la escuela durante la salida.  Los padres no deben conducir a las áreas de estacionamiento o bloquear las entradas y salidas para dejar o recoger a sus hijos

 

CÓDIGO DE VESTIMENTA

Con el fin de promover e inculcar un entorno de aprendizaje profesional y saludable, fomentar la unidad escolar y el orgullo de la comunidad, eliminar los estigmas sociales que pueden atribuirse al atuendo, y minimizar las distracciones para permitir que los estudiantes se enfoquen en el aprendizaje, las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton ("FCPS" o "Fenton") ha desarrollado este Código de Vestimenta.

SE REQUIERE QUE TODOS LOS ESTUDIANTES UTILIZEN EL UNIFORME DE ESTUDIANTE FCPS APROBADO:

Para niños:     Pantalones o pantalones cortos azul marino (NO jeans); camisa blanca  o polo azul marino o camisa o sudadera con el logotipo de Fenton.

Para niñas:      Pantalones o pantalones cortos azul marinos (NO jeans), "skort" o falda; blusa o camisa blanca, blusa azul marino  polo, camisa o sudadera con el logotipo de Fenton.

Las camisetas para niños y niñas deben ser de color azul marino o blanco claro.

            Todas las camisas deben ser blancas, excepto las camisas con el logotipo de Fenton, limpias y en buen estado

1.     Los estudiantes deben venir a la escuela limpios, ordenados, y con el cabello peinado en un estilo y / o color que NO distraiga o perturbe las actividades escolares.   Esta determinación se hará a la sola discreción de la administración escolar. NO mohawks, pelo con púas, brillo en el cabello, diseños en el cabello o corte de pelo, o pelo teñido de un color antinatural (como verde, naranja, púrpura, etc.)

2.     Los estudiantes deben estar vestidos apropiadamente para el clima, y en un uniforme limpio y bien cuidado que cumpla con este Código de Vestimenta.  Recuerde que una higiene adecuada es esencial para garantizar la autoestima positiva de un estudiante.

3.     Los estudiantes deben usar zapatos apropiados para la escuela.  Las sandalias abiertas, tangas, tacones altos u otros tipos de calzado que se consideren un peligro para la seguridad del estudiante (o para otros estudiantes), NO son apropiados para la escuela y  no se pueden usar para la escuela.

4.     Los estudiantes NO deben usar ni llevar:

  • maquillaje, uñas pegadas o artificiales, o esmalte de uñas
  • atuendo de pandillas, incluyendo, pero no limitado a:
  • pulseras con púas
  • insignias de pandillas
  • otra parafernalia estimulante
  • ropa o joyas que promuevan el abuso de sustancias u otros actividades ilegales/peligrosas
  • tatuajes de cualquier tipo

 

5.              Los estudiantes NO deben usar pendientes colgantes

6.              Los suéteres y chaquetas deben estar etiquetados con el nombre del niño, preferiblemente en el interior del escote o cuello.

7.              Los estudiantes pueden usar sombreros afuera para el recreo, el almuerzo y el P.E. para protegerse del sol.  Los sombreros no pueden contener logotipos deportivos ni imágenes inapropiadas, y no se pueden usar dentro del salón de clases.

Piezas de uniformes con logotipos de Fenton están disponibles para la compra.  Los estudiantes no están obligados a comprar ropa con el logotipo de Fenton.  Cualquier estudiante o padre que necesite ayuda para comprar ropa debe comunicarse con la Oficina Principal.  Ningún estudiante será enviado a casa de la escuela o se le negará la asistencia a la escuela, o penalizado académicamente o discriminado de otra manera, por incumplimiento de este código de vestimenta.  Sin embargo, a los estudiantes se les dará ropa (un uniforme escolar reciclado) para cambiarse si no se vistió con el uniforme de la escuela.

Estudiantes que no sigan el Código de Vestimenta pueden estar sujetos a las consecuencias descritas en Procedimientos De Disciplina General.  Dependiendo de las circunstancias, se le puede pedir a los padres que lleven un cambio de zapatos y/o ropa a la escuela (por ejemplo, los zapatos/ropa usados por el estudiante causan un peligro para la seguridad o una interrupción en las actividades escolares).   Las familias que no se adhieran repetidamente al Código de Vestimenta pueden ser remitidas al Consejo de Relaciones Escuela-Comunidad (FACS) o al Comité de Defensa de Padres (FPC, SMBCCS, STEM y FCLA).

REGLAS DE COMPORTAMIENTO ESTUDIANTIL

Se espera que los estudiantes se conduzcan de una manera que siga las expectativas de comportamiento positivo en la escuela: Ser Seguro, Ser Respetuoso y Ser Responsable.

SE ESPERA QUE LOS ESTUDIANTES:

1.     Respeten la autoridad de sus maestros y de los demás adultos de la escuela.

2.     Respeten y sean cortés con otros estudiantes.

3.     Respeten TODAS las  propiedades.

4.     Se detengan cuando escuchen la campana o el silbido, y CAMINEN  a su área de alineación.  Sigan al maestro o al asistente del maestro asignado al salón de clases de manera ordenada.

5.     Coman el almuerzo y jueguen en las áreas asignadas.

6.     Usen modales de mesa apropiados mientras comen en el área de la cafetería.

7.     Sigan las reglas de Educación Física de los juegos y sean buenos deportistas.

8.     Caminen, no corran, en cualquier momento en el campus, excepto durante las actividades de educación física.

9.     Usen libros escolares, equipos de juegos infantiles y todos los demás materiales educativos con cuidado.

10.  Mantengan los libros de texto, otros materiales y equipos en buenas condiciones, y reemplacen (paguen) cualquier libro, material o equipo dañado o perdido de acuerdo con la ley aplicable.

11.  Utilicen computadoras, Internet y otros recursos tecnológicos de manera apropiada como se especifica en el Código de Responsabilidad Tecnológica y la Política de Seguridad de Internet. Si las computadoras son dañadas, los padres pueden ser considerados responsables de la sustitución de piezas, o de toda la computadora completa.

LOS ESTUDIANTES NO:

1.     Pelearán.

2.     Jugarán rudo, empujarán o golpearán a otros estudiantes.

3.     Utilizarán lenguaje profano y/o gestos.

4.     Intimidarán, extorsionarán, acosarán y/o hará

5.     n daño corporal a cualquier persona.

6.     Serán irrespetuosos con cualquier adulto o monitor.

7.     Intercambiar o vender cualquier tipo de artículos en los terrenos de la escuela, o traer dichos artículos a la escuela.

8.     Lanzar o disparar objetos.

9.     Tire papel, dulces o envoltorios de goma de mascar, latas o basura en los terrenos de la escuela, en los pisos del baño o en cualquier lugar hacia y desde casa.

10.  Juegue, corra o grite en el área de almuerzo o entre edificios.

11.  Salta, sube o mueve bancos que están en el patio de recreo.

12.  Empuje o empuje en la fila.

13.  Desfigurar o dañar cualquier propiedad de la escuela.

 

PROCEDIMIENTOS DE DISCIPLINA GENERAL

 

Los estudiantes que no están a la alta de sus responsabilidades y que violan las reglas de las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton están sujetos a consecuencias por su comportamiento.  Estos pueden incluir lo siguiente:

  • Advertencias
  • Pérdida de privilegios (puede incluir supervisión por la mañana y por la tarde)
  • Cambio de asiento dentro del salón de clases o en otras áreas supervisadas
  • Avisos a los padres por teléfono o carta
  • Solicitud de conferencia de padres
  • Referencia al Coordinador Administrativo (Sala de Apoyo al Comportamiento)
  • Enviar al estudiante a un administrador de la escuela cuando el maestro del salón de clases lo considere necesario
  • Suspensión
  • Expulsión


Mala conducta grave puede ser motivo de suspensión.  La petición de autonomía de la escuela detalla los motivos de suspensión, pero algunos ejemplos incluyen:

  • Amenazar, intentar o causar lesiones físicas a otra persona.
  • Posesión, uso, venta, proveer o estar bajo la influencia de cualquier sustancia controlada, bebida alcohólica de cualquier tipo.
  • Ofrecer, proveer o vender cualquier sustancia sustitutiva representada como una sustancia controlada de cualquier tipo.
  • Cometer o intentar cometer robo o extorsión.
  • Robar o intentar robar a la escuela o la propiedad privada.
  • Posesión o uso de tabaco o cualquier producto que contenga tabaco o productos de nicotina, incluidos los cigarrillos de clavo de olor.
  • Cometer un acto obsceno o participar en blasfemias o vulgaridades habituales.
  • Posesión, ofrenda, proveer o venta ilegal de cualquier parafernalia de drogas.
  • Recibir a sabiendas propiedad de la escuela o privada robada.

 

 

 

 

POLIZA DE TAREAS

Los estudiantes de las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton ("FCPS") buscarán activamente oportunidades de aprendizaje trabajando en cooperación, pensando críticamente y esforzándose por dominar rigurosos estándares académicos.  Por lo tanto, nuestros estudiantes:

  • Deben escuche atentamente y seguir las instrucciones proporcionadas por el maestro.
  • Deben asegúrese de que entiendan y registren las tareas antes de salir del salón de clases.
  • Deben entregar las tareas ordenadas, precisas y completas a tiempo.
  • Deben dejar a un lado un lugar de estudio y tiempo en casa o en la escuela.
  • Deben asumir la responsabilidad de cuidar los libros y materiales.

 

Los empleados de FCPS demostrarán su creencia en el valor del aprendizaje y modelarán los comportamientos y actitudes apropiadas y deseadas que se esperan de los estudiantes.  Los maestros, administradores y personal de la escuela creen que la tarea proporciona práctica adicional en habilidades fundamentales, refuerza los buenos hábitos de trabajo y puede aumentar el rendimiento de los estudiantes.  Con el fin de satisfacer las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes, todos los maestros:

 

  • Explica todas las tareas y comprueban si hay comprensión antes de despedir a los alumnos.
  • Asignan la tarea en función de la instrucción en el salón de clases en una variedad de áreas temáticas sobre una base diaria/semanal.
  • Revisan la tarea y dan su punto de vista a los estudiantes y a los padres si los estudiantes no están cumpliendo con sus responsabilidades en la tarea.
  • Proporcionan una lista de los suministros recomendados (ver más abajo).

 

 

La comunidad de FCPS  trabajará de manera cooperativa y colaborativa para crear un entorno centrado en la infancia en el que todos los socios estén potenciados por su propio sentido de propiedad y responsabilidad con la escuela.  Animamos a todos los padres a  demostrar interés en la tarea de sus hijos y monitorear los hábitos de trabajo.   Los padres:

  • Revise las tareas cada noche y ayude a asegurarse de que los estudiantes completen la tarea con regularidad, de manera ordenada y la devuelvan a la escuela a tiempo.
  • Proporcionar un lugar y tiempo tranquilo para la tarea, libre de distracciones.
  • Comuníquese con el maestro si las tareas son demasiado difíciles o consumen mucho tiempo.
  • Proporcione los materiales apropiados para que los alumnos los usen en casa.

 

 

 

Plan de Tareas

Los maestros de FCPS están comprometidos a tomar medidas para mejorar el rendimiento de los estudiantes.  Los maestros trabajarán en colaboración con los estudiantes, los padres y los demás para implementar el siguiente Plan de Tareas en toda la escuela.  Este plan proporcionará a todos los estudiantes tareas semanales en las áreas académicas básicas.  También alienta a los estudiantes a adquirir buenos hábitos de trabajo y habilidades organizativas.

 

Los estudiantes en todos los grados usarán carpetas u otros recursos para organizar los materiales de la tarea en la escuela y en casa.

Los estudiantes de todos los grados recibirán tareas basadas en estándares.  Estas tareas incluirán todas las áreas académicas básicas (lectura, escritura, ortografía y matemáticas).  Los maestros pueden asignar tareas de otras áreas temáticas, dependiendo del enfoque instructivo.

Guías para las tareas

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Kindergarten de Transición:  15 Minutos + 1 historia leída a los estudiantes (Recomendado)

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Kindergarten: 20 minutos + 1 historia leída a los estudiantes (Más tarde en el año escolar, si/cuando el niño es capaz de leer, su hijo puede leer 1 historia a los padres /adultos.)

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Primer Grado:15 - 20 minutos + 10 minutos de lectura oral a los padres/adultos

(Al comienzo del año escolar, los padres/adultos pueden leer al niño; más adelante en el año escolar, el niño debe leer a los padres /adultos.)

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Segundo Grado:         20 - 25 minutos + 15 minutos de lectura oral a los padres/adultos

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Tercer Grado: 20 - 25 minutos + 15 minutos de lectura oral a los padres/adultos        

 

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Cuarto Grado: 30 - 35 minutos + 20 minutos de lectura oral a los padres/adultos       

 

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Quinto Grado: 35 - 40 minutos + 20 minutos de lectura oral a los padres/adultos       

 

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Sexto Grado: 35 - 40 minutos + 20 minutos de lectura oral a los padres / adultos

 

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Artículos sugeridos necesarios en el hogar para la tarea

TK/K:

pegamento

Grado 1:

pegamento

Grado 2:

pegamento

Grado 3:

pegamento

Grado 4-6

pegamento

crayones

crayones

crayones

crayones

colored pencils

borradores

borradores

borradores

borradores

borradores

lápices

lápicestijeras

carpeta

lápicestijeras

carpeta

papel

lápices/saca puntas

tijeras

carpeta

papel

regla

diccionario

 

lápices/saca puntas

tijeras

carpeta

papel

regla

diccionario

grapadora

Plumas

Tesauro

Cinta

 

*Todos los estudiantes necesitan libros para leer en casa.

 

PÓLIZA DE NO DISCRIMINACIÓN Y ANTI-ACOSO

 

Las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton ("FCPS") está comprometida con la igualdad de oportunidades para todas las personas en la educación.  FCPS prohíbe la discriminación, el acoso, la intimidación y el acoso por motivos de raza real o percibida o étnicos (incluyendo identidad de género, expresión de género), sexo (incluido el acoso sexual), embarazo, parto, lactancia materna y condiciones médicas relacionadas con el embarazo, orientación sexual, religión, color, origen nacional, estatus migratorio, ascendencia, estado de discapacidad, estado civil, información genética, asociación de una persona con una persona o grupo , o cualquier otra base protegida por la ley aplicable.

 

La discriminación prohibida, el acoso, la intimidación o el acoso incluyen conductas físicas, verbales, no verbales o escritas basadas en una de las categorías enumeradas anteriormente que es tan grave y generalizada que afecta la capacidad de un estudiante para participar o beneficiarse de un programa o actividad educativa; crea un entorno educativo intimidatorio, amenazante, hostil u ofensivo; tiene el efecto de interferir sustancial o injustificadamente con el desempeño académico de un estudiante; o de otra manera afecta negativamente las oportunidades educativas de un estudiante.

 

FCPS también prohíbe cualquier forma de represalia contra cualquier estudiante que presente una queja o informe sobre un incidente de discriminación, acoso, o intimidación.

 

El Director Ejecutivo o designado proporcionará capacitación e información apropiada para la edad de los estudiantes, padres/tutores y empleados con respecto a la discriminación, el acoso, y la intimidación, incluyendo, pero no limitado a, esta póliza, lo que constituye un comportamiento prohibido, cómo reportar incidentes y a quién se deben hacer dichos informes.

 

Al proporcionar instrucción, orientación, supervisión u otros servicios a los estudiantes, los empleados y voluntarios deben proteger cuidadosamente contra la segregación o estereotipos de los estudiantes.

 

El Director o designado deberá elaborar un plan para proporcionar a los estudiantes las adaptaciones apropiadas cuando sea necesario para su protección contra conductas amenazadoras o potencialmente acosadoras o discriminatorias.  Los estudiantes que incurre en discriminación, acoso, intimidación, o represalias en violación a la ley o la póliza escolar estarán sujetos a la disciplina apropiada, hasta e incluyendo asesoramiento, suspensión y/o expulsión.  Cualquier empleado que permita o participe en discriminación prohibida, acoso, intimidación, o represalias estará sujeto a medidas disciplinarias, hasta e incluyendo el despido.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quejas por Discriminación

 

La siguiente posición es la designada para manejar quejas relacionadas con discriminación, acoso, intimidación, y para responder a consultas sobre las pólizas de no discriminación de la escuela:

 

Leticia Padilla Parra, Director     Richard Parra, Director        Cary Rabinowitz, Director

Fenton Avenue Charter School    Fenton Primary Center         Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter

11828 Gain Street                        11351 Dronfield Avenue         1022 N. Van Ness

Lake View Terrace, CA 91342       Pacoima, CA 91331               Los Angeles, CA 90038

(818) 896-7482                           (818) 485-5900                     (323) 469-0971

 

 

Jennifer Miller, Director Jennifer Miller, Director                                    

Fenton STEM Academy             Fenton Charter Leadership Academy      

8926 Sunland Blvd                      8926 Sunland Blvd         

Sun Valley, CA 91352                 Sun Valley, CA 91352                            

(818) 962-3636                           (818) 962-3636                          

Cualquier estudiante que sienta que ha sido objeto de discriminación, acoso, o intimidación debe comunicarse inmediatamente con el Director, o cualquier otro miembro del personal.  Además, cualquier estudiante que observe cualquier incidente de este tipo debe reportar el incidente al Director, independientemente de si la víctima presenta o no una queja.

Cualquier empleado de la escuela que observe un incidente de discriminación, acoso, o intimidación deberá reportar el incidente al Director, independientemente de que la víctima presente o no una queja.

Además, el personal de la escuela tomará medidas inmediatas para intervenir cuando sea testigo de un acto de discriminación, acoso, o intimidación y cuando sea seguro hacerlo. 

Al recibir una queja de discriminación, acoso, o intimidación, el Director investigará inmediatamente la queja de acuerdo con los procedimientos a nivel de sitio especificados en la Póliza de Acoso Sexual de FCPS o bajo los Procedimientos Uniformes de Quejas de FCPS (si discriminación, acoso o intimidación contra un grupo protegido).

El Director Ejecutivo o designado se asegurará de que el manual del estudiante describa claramente la Póliza de no Discriminación de la escuela, los procedimientos para presentar una queja con respecto a la discriminación, acoso, o intimidación, y los recursos que están disponibles para los estudiantes que sienten que han sido víctimas de tal comportamiento.  La póliza de FCPS también se publicará en el sitio web o en cualquier otra ubicación que sea fácilmente accesible para los estudiantes.

Cuando sea requerido de conformidad con el Código de Educación § 48985, FCPS se asegurará de que cualquier formulario de queja se traduzca al idioma principal del estudiante.

 

PÓLIZA DE ACOSO SEXUAL

Acoso Sexual

Las Escuelas Autónomas Publicas Fenton ("FCPS") se comprometen a mantener un ambiente escolar seguro que esté libre de acoso y discriminación.  FCPS prohíbe el acoso sexual de estudiantes en la escuela o en actividades patrocinadas por la escuela o relacionadas con la escuela.  FCPS también prohíbe el comportamiento o acción de represalia contra cualquier persona que presente una queja, testifique o participe de cualquier manera en los procesos de quejas e investigaciones.

 

Instrucción/Información

El Director Ejecutivo o designado se asegurará de que los estudiantes de FCPS reciban instrucción e información apropiada sobre acoso sexual.  Dicha instrucción puede incluir:

1.       Qué actos y comportamientos constituyen acoso sexual, incluido el hecho de que el acoso sexual podría ocurrir entre personas del mismo sexo y podría implicar violencia sexual.

2.       Un mensaje claro de que los estudiantes no tienen que soportar el acoso sexual.

3.       Animamos a que denuncien los casos observados de acoso sexual, incluso cuando la víctima del acoso no se haya quejado.

4.       Información sobre el procedimiento de la escuela para investigar las quejas y la(s) persona(s) a la que se debe hacer una denuncia de acoso sexual.

5.       Información sobre los derechos de los estudiantes y padres/tutores a presentar una queja penal, según corresponda.

Visión General del Proceso de Quejas

Cualquier estudiante que sienta que está siendo o ha sido acosado sexualmente en los terrenos de la escuela o en una actividad patrocinada por la escuela o relacionada con la escuela (por ejemplo, por un atleta visitante o entrenador) debe ponerse inmediatamente en contacto con su maestro o cualquier otro empleado de FCPS.  Un empleado que reciba dicha queja deberá reportarla al Director en un plazo de 24 horas.

El Director Ejecutivo o designado se asegurará de que cualquier queja relacionada con el acoso sexual sea investigada inmediatamente de acuerdo con esta póliza.  Cuando el Director Ejecutivo o designado haya determinado que ha ocurrido acoso sexual, tomará las medidas oportunas y apropiadas para poner fin al acoso y remediar sus efectos en la víctima.

 

 

El Oficial del Título IX responsable de la equidad y el cumplimiento del Título IX son los siguientes:

Leticia Padilla Parra, Director     Richard Parra, Director        Cary Rabinowitz, Director

Fenton Avenue Charter School    Fenton Primary Center         Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter

11828 Gain Street                        11351 Dronfield Avenue         1022 N. Van Ness

Lake View Terrace, CA 91342       Pacoima, CA 91331               Los Angeles, CA 90038

(818) 896-7482                           (818) 485-5900                     (323) 469-0971

 

 

Jennifer Miller, Director Jennifer Miller, Director                                    

Fenton STEM Academy             Fenton Charter Leadership Academy      

8926 Sunland Blvd                      8926 Sunland Blvd         

Sun Valley, CA 91352                 Sun Valley, CA 91352                            

(818) 962-3636                           (818) 962-3636  

 

Acciones Disciplinarias

Cualquier estudiante que participe en acoso sexual o violencia sexual en la escuela o en una actividad patrocinada por la escuela o relacionada con la escuela está en violación de esta póliza y estará sujeto a medidas disciplinarias.  Según el nivel de grado del estudiante, las medidas disciplinarias pueden incluir la suspensión y/o expulsión, siempre que, al imponer dicha disciplina, se tengan en cuenta todas las circunstancias del incidente o incidentes.

 

Confidencialidad y Mantenimiento de Registros

All complaints and allegations of sexual harassment shall be kept confidential except as necessary to carry out the investigation or take other subsequent necessary action.

The Executive Director or designee shall maintain a record of all reported cases of sexual harassment to enable FCPS to monitor, address, and prevent repetitive harassing behavior in the schools.

 

Acoso Sexual

El acoso sexual prohibido incluye, pero no se limita a, avances sexuales no deseados, solicitudes no deseadas de favores sexuales u otras conductas verbales, visuales o físicas no deseadas de naturaleza sexual hechas contra otra persona del mismo sexo o del sexo opuesto en el entorno educativo, cuando se hacen sobre la base del sexo y bajo cualquiera de las siguientes condiciones (derivada del Código de Educación § 212.5; 5 CCR § 4916) :

  1. La sumisión a la conducta se hace explícita o implícitamente un término o condición del estatus académico o progreso de un estudiante.
  2. La sumisión a un rechazo de la conducta por parte de un estudiante se utiliza como base para las decisiones académicas que afectan al estudiante.
  3. La conducta tiene el propósito o efecto de tener un impacto negativo en el rendimiento académico del estudiante o de crear un ambiente educativo intimidatorio, hostil u ofensivo.
  4. La sumisión o rechazo de la conducta por parte del estudiante se utiliza como base para cualquier decisión que afecte al estudiante con respecto a beneficios y servicios, honores, programas o actividades disponibles en o a través de cualquier programa o actividad escolar.

 

Ejemplos de tipos de conducta que están prohibidos en FCPS que pueden constituir acoso sexual incluyen, pero no se limitan a:

  1. Miradas no bienvenidas, coqueteo sexual o proposiciones

 

  1. Insultos sexuales, sobrenombres, amenazas, abuso verbal, comentarios despectivos o descripciones sexualmente degradantes

 

  1. Comentarios verbales gráficos sobre el cuerpo de un individuo o una conversación demasiado personal

 

  1. Bromas sexuales, carteles despectivos, notas, historias, dibujos animados, dibujos, imágenes, gestos obscenos o imágenes generadas por computadora de naturaleza sexual

 

  1. Difundir rumores sexuales

 

  1. Bromas o comentarios sexuales sobre estudiantes matriculados en una clase predominantemente de un solo sexo

 

  1. Masajear, agarrar, acariciar, acariciar o cepillar el cuerpo

 

  1. Tocar el cuerpo o la ropa de una persona de una manera sexual

 

  1. Impedir o bloquear movimientos o cualquier interferencia física con las actividades escolares cuando se dirige a una persona sobre la base del sexo

 

  1. Mostrar objetos sexualmente sugerentes

 

  1. Agresión sexual, agresión sexual o coerción sexual

 

 

Quejas de Acoso Sexual y Otros

Las quejas de acoso sexual, o cualquier comportamiento prohibido por la Póliza de No Discriminación y Anti-Acoso de la FCPS, se manejarán de acuerdo con el siguiente procedimiento o de conformidad con los Procedimientos Uniformes de Quejas de Fenton (por ejemplo, si discriminación, acoso o intimidación contra un grupo protegido):

  1. Aviso y Recibo de Quejas: Cualquier estudiante que crea que ha sido objeto de acoso sexual o que haya presenciado acoso sexual puede presentar una queja ante cualquier empleado de la escuela. Dentro de las 24 horas siguientes de haber recibido una queja, el empleado de la escuela deberá reportarla al Director.  Además, cualquier empleado de la escuela que observe cualquier incidente de acoso sexual que involucre a un estudiante deberá, dentro de las 24 horas, reportar esta observación al Director, independientemente de si la víctima presenta o no una queja.

En cualquier caso de acoso sexual que involucre al Director a quien normalmente se presentaría la queja, el empleado que reciba el informe del estudiante o que observe el incidente deberá informar al Director Ejecutivo o al designado.  En tales casos, el Director Ejecutivo o el designado serán responsables de las responsabilidades del Director detalladas en este Procedimiento de Queja/Reclamación.

  1. Iniciación de la investigación: El Director iniciará una investigación imparcial de una denuncia de acoso sexual dentro de los cinco días escolares siguientes a la recepción de la notificación de la conducta de acoso, independientemente de si se ha presentado una queja formal. Se considerará que la Escuela tiene "aviso" de la necesidad de una investigación al recibir información de un estudiante que cree que ha sido objeto de acoso, el padre/tutor del estudiante, un empleado que recibió una queja de un estudiante, o cualquier empleado o estudiante que haya presenciado el comportamiento.

Si el Director recibe una queja anónima o un informe de los medios de comunicación sobre el presunto acoso sexual, determinará si es razonable llevar a cabo una investigación considerando la especificidad y fiabilidad de la información, la gravedad del presunto incidente y si se puede identificar a personas que fueron objeto del presunto acoso.

  1. Entrevista inicial con el Estudiante: Cuando un estudiante o padre/tutor se ha quejado o proporcionado información sobre acoso sexual, el Director describirá el procedimiento de queja de FCPS y discutirá qué acciones está buscando el estudiante en respuesta a la queja. El estudiante que se queja tendrá la oportunidad de describir el incidente, identificar a los testigos que puedan tener información relevante, proporcionar otras pruebas del acoso y poner su queja por escrito.  Si el estudiante solicita confidencialidad, se le informará que dicha solicitud puede limitar la capacidad de FCPS para investigar la denuncia.
  2. Proceso de investigación: El Director mantendrá la queja y la denuncia confidenciales, excepto cuando sea necesario para llevar a cabo la investigación o tomar otras medidas posteriores necesarias.

El Director entrevistará a personas que sean relevantes para la investigación, incluyendo, pero no limitado a, el estudiante que se queja, la persona acusada de acoso, cualquier persona que haya presenciado el acoso denunciado, y cualquier persona mencionada como que tenga información relevante.  El Director puede tomar otras medidas como revisar cualquier registro, nota o declaración relacionada con el acoso o visitar el lugar donde se alega que el acoso ha tenido lugar.

Cuando sea necesario para llevar a cabo su investigación o para proteger la seguridad de los estudiantes, el Director también puede discutir la queja con el Director Ejecutivo o designado, el padre/tutor del estudiante que se quejó, el padre/tutor del presunto acosador si el presunto acosador es un estudiante, un maestro o miembro del personal cuyo conocimiento de los estudiantes involucrados puede ayudar a determinar quién está diciendo la verdad, la aplicación de la ley y / o servicios de protección de niños, y asesoramiento legal.

  1. Medidas Provisionales: El Director determinará si las medidas provisionales son necesarias durante y a la espera de los resultados de la investigación, como colocar a los estudiantes en clases separadas o transferir a un estudiante a una clase impartida por un profesor diferente.
  2. Mediación Opcional: En los casos de acoso de estudiante a estudiante, cuando el estudiante que se quejó y el presunto acosador así lo acuerdan, el Director puede hacer arreglos para que resuelvan la queja informalmente con la ayuda de un consejero, maestro, administrador o mediador capacitado. El estudiante que se quejó nunca se le pedirá que solucione el problema directamente con la persona acusada a menos que ambas partes estén de acuerdo y el personal de FCPS brinde apoyo, y se le informará del derecho a poner fin al proceso informal en cualquier momento.
  3. Factores Para Llegar a una Determinación: Al llegar a una decisión sobre la queja, el Director puede tener en cuenta:
  4. Declaraciones hechas por las personas identificadas anteriormente
  5. Los detalles y la consistencia del resumen de cada persona
  6. Evidencia de cómo el estudiante reclamante reaccionó al incidente
  7. Evidencia de cualquier caso anterior de acoso por parte del presunto acosador
  8. Evidencia de cualquier denuncia de acoso pasado que se encontró que era falsa

Para juzgar la gravedad del acoso, el Director puede tener en cuenta:

  1. Cómo la mala conducta afectó la educación de uno o más estudiantes
  2. El tipo, la frecuencia y la duración de la mala conducta
  3. La identidad, la edad y el sexo del acosador y el estudiante que se quejó, y la relación entre ellos
  4. El número de personas involucradas en la conducta de acoso y a las que se dirigió el acoso
  5. El tamaño de la escuela, la ubicación de los incidentes y el contexto en el que ocurrieron
  6. Otros incidentes en la escuela que involucran a diferentes estudiantes

 

 

  1. Informe Escrito Sobre Hallazgos y Seguimiento :No más de30 días después de recibir la queja, el Director concluirá la investigación y preparará un informe escrito de sus conclusiones. Esta línea de tiempo puede extenderse por una buena causa.  Si se necesita una extensión, el Director notificará al estudiante que se quejó y a los padres/tutores, y explicará las razones de la extensión.

El informe incluirá la decisión y los motivos de la decisión y resumirá las medidas adoptadas durante la investigación.  Si se determina que se produjo acoso, el informe también incluirá cualquier acción correctiva que se haya tomado o se tome para abordar el acoso y evitar cualquier represalia o acoso adicional.  Este informe se presentará al estudiante que se quejó, a la persona acusada, a los padres/tutores del estudiante que se quejó, al estudiante acusado, y al Director Ejecutivo o designado.

Además, el Director se asegurará de que el estudiante acosado y sus padres/tutores sean informados de los procedimientos para informar de cualquier problema posterior.  El Director hará consultas de seguimiento para ver si ha habido nuevos incidentes o represalias y llevará un registro de esta información.

 

Cumplimiento de la Póliza de la Escuela Autónoma

El Director Ejecutivo o designado tomará las medidas apropiadas para reforzar la Póliza de Acoso Sexual.  Según sea necesario, estas acciones pueden incluir cualquiera de las siguientes:

  1. Eliminación de graffiti vulgar u ofensivo
  2. Proporcionar capacitación a estudiantes, personal y padres/tutores sobre cómo reconocer el acoso y cómo responder
  3. Difundir y/o resumir las pólizas y procedimientos de FCPS en relación con el acoso sexual
  4. De acuerdo con las leyes relativas a la confidencialidad de los registros de estudiantes y personal, comunicando la respuesta de la escuela a los padres/tutores y a la comunidad
  5. Tomar las medidas disciplinarias apropiadas

Además, se pueden tomar medidas disciplinarias contra cualquier persona que se encuentre que ha presentado una denuncia de acoso sexual que sabía que no era cierto.

 

Notificaciones

FCPS proporcionará una copia de esta póliza utilizando métodos tales como:

  1. Incluir la póliza en las notificaciones que se envían a los padres/tutores al comienzo de cada año escolar (por ejemplo, como parte del Manual del Estudiante).
  2. Mostrar la póliza en un lugar prominente en el edificio administrativo principal u otra área donde se publican avisos de reglas, reglamentos, procedimientos y estándares de conducta del distrito, incluidos los sitios web de la escuela.
  3. Proporcionar la póliza como parte de cualquier programa de orientación dirigido a nuevos estudiantes al comienzo de cada trimestre, semestre o sesión de verano.
  4. Mostrar la póliza en cualquier publicación de la escuela que establezca las reglas, reglamentos, procedimientos y estándares de conducta integrales de la escuela.
  5. Distribuir la póliza a los empleados.

 

Declaración de la Ley de Equidad Sexual en la Educación

 

Según el Código de Educación § 230, el acoso y otras discriminaciones por razón de sexo incluyen, entre otros, lo siguiente: exclusión de una persona o personas de participar, negar los beneficios de, o someterse a acoso u otra discriminación en, cualquier programa académico, extracurricular, investigación, capacitación ocupacional u otro programa o actividad; y la exclusión de la participación en, o la negación de oportunidades equivalentes en, programas deportivos.  La definición de discriminación y acoso basado en el sexo del Código de Educación § 230 se puede encontrar aquí:

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=EDC&sectionNum=230.

 

Los estudiantes tienen todos los derechos establecidos en la sección 221.8 del Código de Educación (según corresponda a los programas de la escuela): Esto incluye  el derecho a un trato justo y equitativo y los estudiantes no serán discriminados en función de su sexo y derecho a recibir una oportunidad equitativa de participar en todas las actividades extracurriculares académicas.  La descripción de todos los derechos que se establece en el Código de Educación § 221.8 se puede encontrar aquí:

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=EDC&sectionNum=221.8


Para obtener más información sobre Equidad de Género/Título IX, visite el siguiente sitio web del CDE:https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/di/eo/genequitytitleix.asp