Codes & Policies

The family handbook includes the NP3 mission, vision and detailed information on our codes and policies. Click here to view our distance learning policies.

Attendance – Students are expected to attend school daily. Consistent daily attendance is critical for a student’s academic success. The State of California considers ten days of absence for one school year (for any reason) excessive. Excessive absences will result in a parent/guardian conference.  If a parent/guardian conference does not result in an improvement in a student’s attendance, the parents/legal guardians will receive a SARB (School Attendance Review Board) letter and the student’s enrollment at NP3 will be considered for dismissal.

Tardy Procedure – Students are expected to be in class seated at their desk for the start of each class. When a student’s tardiness has a negative impact on the student’s academic achievement, is causing a negative impact on the instruction of others, or is a repetitive disruption, the teacher will inform the student’s Advisory teacher. The Advisory teacher will contact the parent and if necessary hold an attendance conference.   The State of California considers three tardy’s equal to a 1 day absence.  Therefore, excessive tardy’s will result in a parent/guardian conference.  If a parent/guardian conference does not result in an improvement in a student’s attendance, the parents/legal guardians will receive a SARB (School Attendance Review Board) letter and the student’s enrollment at NP3 will be considered for dismissal.

Parents are asked whenever possible to make appointments for their student outside of the school day. California Education Code 48205 states that a student may be excused legally from school when the absence is due to:

  • Personal illness or injury.
  • Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health office.
  • Medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic services.
  • Attendance at funeral services for a member of the immediate family.
  • Jury duty.
  • Pupil is the custodial parent of a child who is ill or has a medical appointment during school hours.
  • Justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats, or attendance at an employment conference, when the pupil’s absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative.
  • For the purpose of serving as a member of a precinct board for an election.
  • Exclusion for failure to present evidence of immunization.
  • Exclusion from school because student is either the carrier of a contagious disease or not immunized for a contagious disease.

Absence Procedure – When a student is absent, the parent/guardian is to call the office on the day of the absence (High/Middle (916) 567-5740, Elementary (916) 575-7557). A written note stating the reason and date(s) of the absence(s) is also required on the day the student returns to school.  Again, Students who are absent more than 10 times are in violation of California Education Code

Early Dismissal – Students leaving campus early must be signed out in the office by the parent/guardian or an adult identified on the student’s Emergency Card with a note from the student’s parent/guardian. Parents/Guardians are asked, when possible to schedule all appointments outside of the school day. Teachers are to keep students in class until notified by the office to release the student. Please do not text student during class time.

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 electronic devices during class time.  Teachers will collect electronic devices at the start of class and the student will receive it back at the conclusion of class.  Teachers will take all efforts possible to safeguard the collected items. NP3 is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged electronics.


If a student is misusing a cell phone or other device without permission during class time then the student is subject to the following consequences:

  • On the first offense, the electronic device will be confiscated and secured in the Administrator’s After a conference with the Administrator, the device will be returned to the student.
  • On the second offense, the device will be confiscated and will only be returned to the student’s parent/guardian.
  • On the third offense, the device will be confiscated, returned to the parent/guardian and the student must turn in the device each day upon arrival on to campus for the remainder of the school year. The device will be returned to the student at the end of school each day.

Students may also be held accountable for misuse of electronics during school hours AND/OR outside of school hours if:

  • The use results in bullying/cyberbullying of another student who attends NP3 (see Cyberbullying policy in handbook)
  • Is deemed inappropriate or provides mis-information in regards to students themselves, other students or staff at NP3 and/or causes a distraction to learning during the school day.

Parents are not to call or text student’s cell phones during the school day. Parents wishing to contact their student during the day should call the front office at (Del Paso) 916-567-5740 or (East Commerce) 916-575-7557

Dress Code Policy for Students

All students are expected to wear clothes that are neat, clean, in good condition and fitting appropriately for conventional school standards.  There are many positive reasons to have a school dress code.  Some of the more important advantages are:

1) A dress code promotes a more serious school atmosphere, which emphasizes academics and promotes good behavior.
2) Dress codes have proven to increase student achievement by encouraging students to concentrate more on their studies and less on their wardrobe. A de-emphasis on clothing can also save money, as there will be less pressure to keep up with expensive trends and fashions.
3) Dress codes in school settings reduce social conflict and peer pressure that may be associated with appearance.
4) Studies indicate that a school dress code can reduces the prevalence of certain behaviors, which are often expressed through wardrobe such as violence or promiscuity.
5) As opposed to uniforms, dress codes still allow students to wear what they want, which leaves students with a sense of choice and expression.                                                              6) Having a dress code allows NP3 staff and administration to easily identify our students from others who might be trespassing on campus.

NP3 does not permit dress as described below:

  • Athletic attire (jerseys, workout clothes, and anything in sweatpants-type material)
  • Ripped or torn attire; this includes pants and shorts purchased with intentional rips or fraying.
  • Tops that do not cover the midriff, are too low cut, spaghetti straps, excessive or sagging pants, short shorts or skirts.
  • Hat/hoods indoors (Students may wear them while outside only).
  • Any item of clothing that promotes drugs, alcohol, violence, racism or discrimination.

Consequences for not meeting the NP3 dress code may include:

  • Student loss of cell phone for the day
  • Lunch detention
  • Call home for a change of clothes to be delivered
  • Sent home for repeated dress code violations.
  • Peer Court Sentencing (see Peer Court Sentencing details in handbook) – This would be implemented after repeated violations of the dress code policy, parent contact and other attempts have not initiated a change in behavior.

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.