Cyber bullying is the use of electronic information and communication devices to willfully and repeatedly harm either a person or persons through the medium of electronic text, photos or videos.
Examples of this behavior include, but are not limited to:
- Sending false, cruel, and/or vicious messages.
- Creating websites that have stories, cartoons, pictures, and jokes ridiculing others.
- Breaking into an email account and sending vicious or embarrassing materials to others.
- Engaging someone in electronic communication, tricking that person into revealing sensitive personal information, and forwarding that information to others.
- Posting of a student picture without their permission.
Bullying of this nature creates a hostile and disruptive environment on the school campus and is a violation of a student’s right to be safe and secure. Cyber bullying and harasssment will not be tolerated. Actions deliberately threatening, harassing, and/or intimidating to an individual or group of individuals, placing an individual in reasonable fear of harm, or damaging an individual’s property or reputation, or disrupting the orderly operation of the school, will not be tolerated.
The online activities and technologies used by students engaged in cyber bullying include, but are not limited to, social networking sites, chat rooms and discussion groups, instant messaging, text messaging, computers, cell phones and personal digital devices, digital cameras, cell phone cameras, and web cams. As new technologies emerge, they too may be included with the above forms of communication.
Consequences for Harassment and/or Cyber Bullying:
Education Codes 48900.4 and 48900 (r) strictly prohibit harassment or bullying of any kind and such behavior is subject to suspension and possible expulsion.
***Education Code 48900.4 “…harassment, threats, or intimidation…creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment.”
***Education Code 48900 (r) “Engaged in an act of bullying including, but not limited to bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in subdivions (f) and (k) of Section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel.” If the conduct occurs off school grounds and causes or threatens to cause a substantial disruption at school or interferes with the rights of students to be secure, school administration may impose consequences.
The Administration may also report the cyber bullying or harassment to the police.
Action Steps to Respond to Cyber Bullying or Harassment:
- Save the evidence. Print hard copies.
- Identify the cyber bully.
- Clearly tell the cyber bully to stop.
- Ignore the bully by leaving the online environment and/or blocking communications.
- File a complaint with the internet provider or cell phone company.
- Contact the administration.
While not recommended, students may bring electronic devices (i.e. cell phones, iPods, etc.) to school. They may be used before school, during passing periods, lunch, and after school. Phones and other electronic devices are to be off during class time. Students may not use electronics during class time without teacher permission. At appropriate times, for academic purposes, with teacher permission, students may use electronic devices for calculators, as a dictionary or e-reader, or for music. Teachers may ask students to check in their cell phones and electronic devices at the start of class. Teachers will make all efforts possible to safe-guard the collected items. NP3 is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged electronics.
Violating the electronic use policy will result in the following steps being taken.
- 1st offense: the electronic device will be confiscated and secured in the principal’s office. After a conference with the principal and at the end of the day, the device will be returned to the student.
- 2nd offense: the device will be confiscated and will only be returned to the parent or guardian.
- 3rd offense: the device will be confiscated, returned to the parent or guardian, and the student will not be allowed to bring the device to school for the rest of the year.
Parents are not to call or text students during the school day. Parents wishing to contact their student during the day are to call the front office at 916-567-5740 or 916-567-5741.
Student Dress Code
All students who attend NP3 are expected to respect the school community by dressing appropriately for a K-12 educational environment. Student attire should facilitate participation in learning as well as the health and safety of students and the adults that supervise them. This policy is intended to provide guidance for students, staff, and parents.
- Clothing must cover areas from one shoulder across to the other shoulder, down to approximately 3 to 4 inches in length on the upper thighs.
- Hats and hoods are limited to outdoors only unless permitted for religious, medical, or other reasons by school administration.
- Tank tops or tops with spaghetti straps and athletic attire (jerseys or sweatpant material) may not be worn.
- Clothing may not be ripped or torn.
- Clothing may not depict, imply, advertise, or advocate illegal, violent, lewd conduct, weapons, the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.
- Clothing may not depict or imply pornography, nudity, or sexual acts.
- Clothing may not display or imply vulgar, discriminatory, or obscene language or images.
- Clothing may not state, imply, or depict hate speech/imagery targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or any other protected classification.
- Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as athletic attire or safety gear.
Consequences for not meeting the NP3 dress code:
- We will work with families to ensure students are dressed appropriately for school.
- If students are out of dress code, students will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at school, to be dressed to code for the remainder of the day.
- Students will be provided with temporary school clothing to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.
- If necessary, students’ parents may be called during the school day to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day.
A student may receive a suspension when s/he demonstrates a disregard for school rules and policies, chronically violates policies, or is a chronic disruption to instruction. Only the principal may suspend a student.
Suspension will generally be for one (1) to five (5) school days. The principal will determine the length of the suspension. The student’s parent or guardian will be informed of the suspension. A conference with the Principal, Parent or Guardian, and Student will be held. A suspended student may not attend regular classes, or any school function, event, or activity.
Suspension may be imposed for any of the following:
- Defiance of authority.
- Acting in any way that could cause personal injury, property damage, or endanger other students, staff, or self.
- Using or possessing any form of alcohol, drug, or tobacco on campus or within view of the campus or at any school event.
- Using obscenity.
- Fighting on campus or at any school sponsored activity.
- Failure of past disciplinary action to effect improved conduct.
- Demonstrating disregard through attitude or actions for staff, other students, or the NP3 school community and/or disrupting the orderly process of learning.
- Falsifying notes or phone calls from parents.
- Academic dishonesty.
- Any other action deemed serious at the discretion of the principal.
There are 2 types of suspension: In-House and Out-of-School Suspension. Generally, In-House Suspension will be given as an alternative to Out-of-School Suspension if the offense is of a lesser nature. In-House is up to the principal’s discretion. The nature and number of violations of school rules will be a consideration in the decision as to which suspension the student is to receive. No student will be referred to In-House who could be a threat to himself or herself, or to other students or staff. All suspensions are considered unexcused absences. Students receiving multiple disciplinary actions will be placed on a behavior contract. Failure to follow the conditions of the contract will result in the student being asked to withdraw from NP3.