Policies & Procedures
- Attendance & Absence Notification
- Academic Honesty
- Bicycles, Skateboards & Rollerblades
- Dress Code
- Homework Policy
- Safe & Drug Free School
- Statement of Non-Discrimination
- Student Fees
- Wellness Policy
- Undocumented Students
- Cell Phones, iPads & Other Electronic Devices
Attendance Policies & Procedures
See Bell Schedule in this handbook for the beginning and ending school day times. Students are to arrive no earlier than 7:40 a.m. on regular and minimum days. Students are to vacate no later than 2:50 p.m. unless participating in supervised activities.
A phone call or written note from a parent/guardian must be at the office prior to readmission to classes. Notes must include date(s) and reason(s) for absence. If the child’s parent or guardian does not phone or write a note, the absence will be considered unexcused. The Orchard Hills office staff may attempt to contact parent/guardian to confirm unexcused absences.
EXCUSED/UNEXCUSED ABSENCES AND TARDIES
The only excused absences/tardies are for illness, medical appointments, or death in the immediate family. Every unexcused absence can jeopardize a student’s grades and results in a loss of income for the school district.
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REVIEW BOARD (S.A.R.B.)
In 1974, the Legislature enacted Education Code (EC) Section 48320 to enhance the enforcement of compulsory education laws and to divert students with school attendance or behavior problems from the juvenile justice system until all available resources have been exhausted. Although the goal is to keep students in school and provide them with a meaningful educational experience, SARBs do have the power to refer students & their parents or guardians to court.
A student is considered tardy when he or she is not in his or her seat when the class bell rings. Students arriving to school after the school bell has rung must report to the office prior to reporting to class. Tardies are calculated for disciplinary purposes per semester and totaled by class. Students that exceed a total of five tardies in a semester that do not have recurring tardies in individual classes may meet with an administrator or counselor and receive a detention. Students who have multiple tardies in a class may receive consequences as outlined:
Academic Honesty Policy
Orchard Hills believes that a sound educational program must insist upon academic honesty. We expect Orchard Hills students to display personal integrity and self-respect. Students should understand that learning to prepare for an exam is as important as the material being covered. The final value of one’s education is what is learned and not what grade a student receives. Grades mean little when cheating is accepted. Assisting someone else to cheat is no different than cheating yourself.
The following actions, but not limited to, are in violation of Orchard Hills’s Academic Honesty Policy:
- Copying from another student’s assignment or test.
- Using a “cheat” sheet or other external assistance.
- Stealing or borrowing without expressed teacher permission of a test, quiz, and/or other confidential document.
- Making a copy, in part or in whole, of a confidential document, including but not limited to, taking a picture of a test or quiz.
- Using a paper one has written for one class in another class without teacher permission.
- Creating false data for a bibliography.
- Watching a video or reading “Cliff Notes” of a literary work in place of reading the piece.
- Borrowing a study sheet or object with answers and copying them as one’s own work.
- Plagiarism: Copying word for word in part or in whole from a source without giving proper credit to the author. This includes electronic sources and/or services found on the internet.
- Turning in someone else’s work, in part or in whole, including but not limited to, erasing/deleting someone else’s name and substituting it for your own.
- Forgery of a parent or guardian signature on a school document.
- Unauthorized collaboration: Working with another student on a project, assignment, homework, test, etc. without expressed permission from the teacher. This also includes but is not limited to lending or showing your paper and/or assignment to another student for any reason without the expressed permission from the teacher.
- Successfully or unsuccessfully attempting to solicit another in the process of violating Orchard Hills’s Academic Honesty Policy.
- In any way attempting to or planning to engage in the process of violating Orchard Hills’s Academic Honesty Policy.
- In any way assisting another student with the process of Orchard Hills’s Academic Honesty Policy.
Consequences for violating the Orchard Hills Academic Honesty Policy may include:
First Offense: Student receives a zero grade on the assignment. Teacher calls the parent(s)/guardian(s) and informs them that the student will be referred to the Assistant Principal. Referral to Assistant Principal. Administrative detention assigned. Student receives an “N” in both citizenship and work habits on quarter report card.
Second Offense: Student receives a zero grade on the assignment. Teacher calls the parent(s)/guardian(s) and informs them that the student will be referred to the Assistant Principal Referral to Assistant Principal. Student suspended. Parent conference. Student receives a “U” in both citizenship and work habits on quarter report card.
Bicycles, Skateboards, Razor Scooters & Rollerblades
Students may ride bicycles, skateboards and Razor scooters to school as long as they do so in a responsible manner. To prevent theft, bicycles, skateboards, and Razor scooters must be locked to the racks in the designated bike, skateboard and Razor scooter rack area. ALL STUDENTS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN LOCKS. Every precaution is made to ensure the safety of these items parked/locked up at Orchard Hills during the school day. However Orchard Hills School cannot be held financially liable should a bicycle, skateboard or Razor scooter be stolen or damaged. Bicycles, Skateboards and Razor scooters are never to be ridden inside the gates of Orchard Hills or in the parking lot. Bicycles must always be walked along the outer perimeter of the parking lot while on campus, and on the sidewalk, and across the crosswalks going to and from school. In addition, all students should register their bicycle with the Irvine Police Department.
The bicycle safety law requires that all persons under 18 years of age wear a helmet. Students who do not wear a helmet run the risk of having their bicycles impounded until a parent can pick up the bicycles or provide the student with a helmet.
BICYCLE RIDER’S RULES
1. Keep your bicycle in good mechanical condition (tires, chain, brakes).
2. Obey all traffic rules and signs—always give proper hand signals.
3. Walk your bicycle across busy intersections.
4. Always ride with the traffic – as close as possible to the right side of the road.
5. Be sure the roadway is clear before entering.
6. Always ride single file and watch for opening car doors.
7. Select the safest route to and from school.
8. Yield right of way to pedestrians.
9. Always wear a bicycle helmet.
It is against the law to ride a motorized scooter unless you are at least 16 years of age. If you have additional questions regarding traffic safety laws you are encouraged to visit the Irvine Police Department Web Site at www.cityofirvine.org/ipd
Getting To and From School
- For the safety of all Orchard Hills’ staff and students, please follow the traffic pattern, obey all posted signs and traffic laws, and keep an eye open for pedestrians. Students may walk or ride their bikes to school, but are reminded that they must wear a helmet. Bicycles must be walked on school property. Bike, Skateboard and Razor racks are located near the gym behind the MPR (middle school students) and in front of the 5th Grade classrooms (for 5th Graders). Students are responsible for locking their Bicycles, Skateboards and Razor Scooters. Rollerblades are not permitted at Orchard Hills School.
Orchard Hills Dress Code
- First Offense – Referral and change into school-issued garments
- Second Offense – Referral and detention; change into school-issued garments; inappropriate clothing released to parent
- Third Offense – Referral and one-day suspension; parents are informed of ramifications of fourth offence
- Fourth Offense – Suspension and referral to the SPRC for a possible new educational placement
1. Clothing/Apparel that causes undue attention or distraction from the educational process.
- Tight/Revealing Clothes
- See-through Blouses/Shirts
- Bare Midriff Tops (if skin shows when arms are raised above head, the top is too short)
- Bare Back Tops
- Low cut or hip hugger pants/jeans
- Exposed Undergarments
- Halter Tops/Tank Tops/Spaghetti Straps/Off shoulder tops (straps must be at least 4 fingers wide)
- White cotton ribbed underwear tank tops
- Shorts or skirts must not exceed 3 inches from the top of the knee
- Hats/Head Coverings, including hoods of sweatshirts (unless medically or religiously required) inside a building (i.e. classroom, MPR, office, etc.) Hats may be worn outside.
- Extreme hair color
- Holes, Slits or Splits in Clothes
IN ADDITION: SHIRTS THAT ARE LONGER THAN A STUDENT’S FINGERTIPS WHEN FULLY EXTENDED AT ONE’S SIDE MUST BE TUCKED IN.
2. Clothing/Apparel which may be considered dangerous or a health hazard:
- Excessively Baggy or Loose Clothes
- Unsewn Pant Hems
- Pants Worn Below the Hips
- Barefoot – APPROPRIATE SCHOOL SHOES MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES
3. Clothing/Apparel that is associated with gangs or illegal activities:
- Web, Untied, or Dangling Belts/Initial Belt Buckles
- Studded belts or jewelry
- Hairnets, Snow Caps, Beanies or Other Types of Headwear
- Combat boots worn in conjunction with flight jackets.
- Trench coats
- Monikers/Nicknames on any article of clothing
- Any clothing deemed gang related as concluded by law enforcement agencies
- Shirts/Clothing associated with “tagging”
- Jewelry with Gang Symbols
5. Clothing/Apparel containing symbols, or slogans glorifying sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and violence.
- Any type of clothing that the administration deems to be inappropriate at school may be brought to a parent’s attention.
As fashion trends change, there may be a need to modify dress standards. When this occurs, students and parents will be notified. Students may be notified through the bulletin, discussions with teachers, and/or announcements. Please call the school at any time for clarification prior to purchase of school clothing. Parent support in encouraging students to dress appropriately is greatly appreciated.
Orchard Hills SSchool Homework Policy
Homework is reinforcement, practice, drill, reading for research, review, writing, project work, reading for placement, and other assigned tasks after regular school hours. Homework reinforces and extends instruction presented during school hours. Homework develops personal responsibility and time management.RATIONALE
Because classroom time is for instruction, discussion, and clarification, additional study time is needed for maximum success. Home study is necessary for practicing and refining skills, obtaining additional information, completing assignments and projects, reading, writing, research, practice and review. Homework also provides opportunities for parents to monitor student understanding and quality of work.
Sixth Grade College Prep
Sixth Grade Honors*
Seventh Grade College Prep
Core: 30 – 45 minutes
Core: 60 minutes
Core: 45 – 60 minutes
Math: 15 – 30 minutes
Math: 60 minutes
Math: 20 – 30 minutes
Science: 15 – 30 minutes
Science: 20 – 30 minutes
Elective/PE: as needed
Elective/PE: as needed
Seventh Grade Honors*
Eighth Grade College Prep
Eighth Grade Honors*
Core: 60 minutes
Core: 45 – 60 minutes
Core: 60 minutes
Math: 30 minutes
Math: 20 – 30 minutes
Math: 30 minutes
Science: 20 – 30 minutes
Elective/PE: as needed
* Honors contract will also be required.
High school level courses:
Algebra 1, Geometry, and Foreign Languages will require additional homework, including Friday/weekend homework
Reading: all students are expected to read 30 minutes per day (including weekends). This is in addition to homework minutes listed above.
Test/Projects: when possible, the Orchard Hills staff will coordinate assignments so that students do not have more than two major tests and/or projects due on the same day.
Teachers will use Back-To-School Night, Homework Policy, course outlines, Binder Reminders, assignment sheets, daily lectures, comments on grade reports, teacher computer grade printouts (when available), web sites (when available), Parent Portal, and other means to keep parents and students notified of homework.
- Teachers will review study skills, homework guidelines and expectations, homework organization, planning for project completion, and use of the Binder Reminder.
- Teachers/staff may offer before and after school Tutorial/Homework Club for help.
- Teachers may offer incentives for public library visitation/use, Internet access, and extra reading.
- Parents will establish a time and quiet workplace for completion of homework.
- Parents should monitor work, with minimal assistance for complex projects, to maintain integrity of student work. Daily assignments and the Binder Reminder should be reviewed daily. Some assignments may involve parental evaluation or trips to the public library.
- Students will know homework assignments before leaving school. Homework assignments will be written in the Binder Reminder.
- Students will accept responsibility for completion of assigned tasks.
- Students will submit completed homework to their teacher on time.
Teachers will assign work that is within the student’s ability. If other resources are needed, teachers will ascertain where and how these resources can be obtained. Textbooks used as classroom sets will be available for overnight checkout in the library.
Teachers will coordinate homework and projects during grade level and faculty meetings.
Teachers and staff will periodically review achievement and District standards to maintain alignment of coursework and extended work.
SAFE AND DRUG FREE SCHOOL
The Tustin Board of Education and Orchard Hills Middle School are committed to providing a safe and drug-free learning environment for all students and staff. In a continuing effort to keep school campuses free of contraband/illegal drugs, the District has been authorized to allow the use of specially trained detection canines on 6-12 campuses to search common areas such as student lockers, P.E. lockers and locker rooms and vehicles on campus. In collaboration with local law enforcement and with the coordination of the District's Student Services office, these unannounced visits will occur at the discretion of the principal during school hours and while students are in class.
Additionally, the use of breath alcohol testing devices (portable breathalyzers) will be employed by trained site administrators upon any student reasonably suspected as being under the influence of an intoxicant of any kind. The use of breathalyzers will be available to these administrators during the regular school day as well as during all student activities, on or off campus.
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS
Students who possess, use, or are under the influence on any controlled substance (drug), alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, or who possess or sell any drug paraphernalia (equipment used for the taking of drugs) shall be suspended from school for 5 days and shall be involuntarily transferred or recommended for expulsion depending upon the seriousness of the offense [E/C/ 48900 (c), 48915 (a)]
- Students using, under the influence of, or possessing alcohol, drug paraphernalia, or less than 1 ounce of marijuana, and having no previous drug or alcohol violations shall be suspended for 5 days and involuntarily transferred another school, and shall be placed on administrative probation for one year.
- Students having two previous drug and/or alcohol violations, and students possessing any controlled substance (including more than one ounce of marijuana) or selling a controlled substance shall be suspended for 5 days and shall be recommended for expulsion from the Tustin Unified School District.
Tustin Unified School District - Orchard Hills School
STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
(Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
The Tustin Unified School District (Tustin USD) is committed to ensuring equal, fair, and meaningful access to employment and education services. The District prohibits, in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity, unlawful discrimination, including discriminatory harassment, intimidation, and bullying, based on actual or perceived race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, veteran or military status, medical condition, pregnancy and related conditions, retaliation, or political beliefs; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The District will take steps to assure that the lack of English will not be a barrier to admission and participation in District programs. A copy of the District’s nondiscrimination policy is available from the Tustin Unified School District Office.
The following position is designated Coordinator for Nondiscrimination at Orchard Hills School to handle complaints regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and to answer inquiries regarding the District’s nondiscrimination policies:
Cindy Agopian - Principal
Any student who feels that he/she has been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying should immediately contact the Coordinator, the principal, or any other staff member. In addition, any student who observes any such incident should report the incident to the Coordinator or principal, whether or not the victim files a complaint.
Any school employee who observes an incident of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying or to whom such an incident is reported shall report the incident to the Coordinator or principal, whether or not the victim files a complaint.
Tustin Unified School District
Undocumented Students and Families
The Tustin Unified School District values all students regardless of their race, ethnicity, or country of origin and we are committed to providing a safe, secure and productive learning environment for all students. The District will take all legal measures to ensure that students’ rights to a public education are maintained. In light of recent political discussions, the District wants to share some facts about how it enrolls students and who has access to students and their school records.
All students who reside within the District not only have a right to attend public schools in California, but are mandated to attend (Ed Code 48200). The US Supreme Court has held that no state may deny access to a basic public education to any child residing within the state, whether residing in the US legally or not. (Plyler v Doe 1982). Further, all students have a right to be in a school learning environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying, violence, and intimidation (Ed Code 220, 234)
The District does not collect information or documentation about a student’s immigration status or Social Security number (Ed Code 48204.1). New students must present proof of residence within the District in order to enroll. Proof of residence may include lease/purchase agreements, escrow papers, mortgage statement, property tax bill, grant deed or a Residence Verification form. The District also requires one current utility bill dated within the last 90 days. In addition to proof of residency within the District, the State of California requires the District to collect students’ country of birth in order to calculate the number of immigrant and English Learner students in the state and to ensure compliance with Title III provisions of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (Ed Code 60900).
Student Privacy Rights
The District is required by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to maintain the confidentiality of all personally identifiable information in education records related to students. (20 U.S.C. 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) Access to student records are only allowed if the requesting agency has a valid court order or subpoena in compliance with FERPA or immigration laws or regulations.
Releasing students to Immigration Enforcement Officials
The District does not release students to ICE officials, unless the officials have a valid court order. If a parent is in custody as the result of an immigration enforcement action, the school will only release students to adults listed on the emergency information card submitted to schools. Parents may update the emergency information on-line at any time of the year to include trusted extended family or non-family members.
Sources: The Association of California School Administrators | Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP
Bullying & Harassment Policy
Cell Phones, iPads & Other Electronic Device Policy
Fourth Offense: Students may be subject to Home suspension for defiance of authority - phone confiscated and returned to the parent, conference with the student and parent/guardian when they pick up the phone at a prearranged appointment time, student placed on a behavior contact, student may be subject to a referral to the Student Placement Review committee for a possible new educational placement.