Codes & Policies

Cyber Bullying

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.

Electronic Devices

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 are expected to wear clothes that are neat, clean, in good condition and fitting appropriately for conventional school standards.

Dress Considered Acceptable:

Tops:

  • Students may wear sweatshirts, sweaters, collared shirts, and blouses. Students may also wear any v-neck shirts or t-shirts that are plain black or orange, have a college logo, or have NP3 on it.
  • Tops must cover the midriff.

Bottoms:

  • Pants of any material (except sweats) are acceptable as long as they fit at the natural waist.
  • Leggings are acceptable when they are worn underneath a tunic, dress, skirt or shorts.
  • Skirts and shorts (except sweats) of any material may be worn. These should fit at the natural waist and be at least fingertip length.

Hats and Hoods:

  • Hats and hoods may only be worn outdoors.

Shoes:

  • Shoes must be worn at all times.  While acceptable, flip-flops and backless shoes are discouraged due to safety concerns.  

Dress Considered Unacceptable:

Tops:

  • Spaghetti straps  are not acceptable.  
  • Students may not wear shirts that are low cut, oversized or excessively tight.
  • Sleeveless shirts, tank tops or cami tops are not acceptable.
  • Athletic attire is not acceptable.  This includes warm-ups and jerseys.

Bottoms:

  • Students may not wear bottoms that are sagging or excessively tight.
  • Students may not wear bottoms that are ripped, torn or frayed, including pants and shorts that are purchased with intentional rips or fraying.
  • Athletic attire is not acceptable.  This includes sweats, warm-ups, and athletic shorts.

Hats and Hoods:

  • Hats and hoods may not be worn indoors.

Belts:

  • Students may not wear belts that dangle or chains.

Other:

  • No article of clothing (or other belonging) may promote drugs, alcohol, violence, racism or discrimination.
  • Leggings that are worn under ripped, torn or frayed clothing is not acceptable (ripped, torn, or frayed clothing is not accepted at any time).

T-shirt Fridays

In addition to the acceptable t-shirt policy listed above, any t-shirt may be worn on Friday as long as it does not promote alcohol, drugs, violence, racism or discrimination. T-shirts may not be low cut, oversized or excessively tight.
All other aspects of the dress code policy still apply.

The administration reserves the right to make a determination that an item of clothing, a logo or other style or fashion statements is disruptive or inappropriate to student learning or safety. Students in violation of the dress code policy will be required to call home and borrow loaner clothes and will not be allowed to attend class until appropriately dressed. Loaner clothes are in exchange for an item such as a cell phone until the clothing items are returned.  Students may also be asked to attend a detention for dress code violation.

Suspension Policy

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.

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