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JBHS Discipline OfficeMiriam Wazirkajoyan, Assistant Principal818 / 729 - 6900, ext 61921VACANT, Senior Secretary818 / 729 - 6900, ext 61940email:Students are expected to comply with directives given by school officials or authorized school personnel.Please click on the items below to view the following policies. You may also download the Discipline Policies Cheat Sheet on the left side of this page.
Academic Honesty Policy
Students shall not misrepresent examination materials, research materials, classwork, and/or homework assignments as their own, when in fact they are the work of someone else. Copying the work of another student, or allowing your work to be copied, is Academic Dishonesty. Copied work from published sources, and/or from the internet (plagiarism) without proper documentation constitutes academic theft.
- Student will receive a “zero” on the assignment;
- Teacher will contact parent or guardian and warn them of possible consequences for subsequent offenses.
- FYI referral will be sent to the Discipline Office for recording.
Second Offense in the same or any other class:
- If the class is an A.P. or Honors class, student will be transferred to a regular class (with the same teacher if possible);
- Student will receive a zero on the assignment;
- Teacher will contact parent or guardian and warn them of possible consequences of subsequent offenses.
- Student’s grade may be dropped by one letter grade at the teacher’s discretion.
- Student will lose privileges, such as lunch pass, dance and game admission.
- Student will receive a referral to an administrator or counselor.
- Administrator/Counselor will inform all the student’s teachers that this is the student’s second offense.
- Student may receive a ‘U’ in citizenship and “cheating” comment for the semester in the class where the second offense occurred.
Third or Subsequent Offense in the same or any other class:
- Student will receive a zero on the assignment.
- Student maybe dropped/failed from the class in which he/she committed the third or subsequent offense or if student is not dropped/failed, his/her grade will be dropped by one or two letter grades at the teacher’s discretion.
- Student may be suspended from school.
- Administrator will meet with parent or guardian, student, and teacher.
- Administrator will inform all the student’s teachers that this is the student’s third offense.
- A notice stating that this student has committed at least three offenses of the Academic Honesty Policy will be in placed in student’s permanent record.
- Student will receive a ‘U’ in citizenship and “cheating” comment for the semester in the class where the third offense occurred.
- Student, if a Senior, will be excluded from participation in senior activities.
Controlled Substances Policy
- Possession of any controlled substance, including tobacco/vaping products, alcohol, marijuana (edibles and otherwise) or drugs of any kind will result in suspension.
- Possession of a lighter or paraphernalia for using tobacco/vaping or marijuana will also result in suspension. Two violations for controlled substance at any time may result in expulsion from JBHS.
- Use of a controlled substance before attending a school event will result in suspension, even if the controlled substance is medically prescribed for the individual’s use.
- Exchange of a controlled substance between parties will result in suspension or expulsion. Burbank Police are contacted regarding every incident of students in the possession of a controlled substance.
Technology/School Computers Policy
Students who use the school computers to search topics not related to school research or done without the knowledge of the teacher (ways to get around the district server/proxy sites, drugs, etc.) will lose the privilege of using school computers for the school year OR for the duration of their time in Burbank Schools. Appropriate consequences will also be given for such actions.
Any student who is involved in a physical altercation, regardless of who started it, will be suspended. Involvement in a fight includes any use of hands, feet or body to attempt to hurt another person, including pushing, punching, slapping, etc. All incidents of fighting on campus are reported to Burbank Police.
Bullying and Sexual Harassment Policy
Bullying of any kind (intimidation, racial slurs, hate violence) and Sexual Harassment in any form will not be tolerated. This includes actions, words, comments, texting, internet posts (Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), or any communication, either in school or outside of school. Possible referral to law enforcement may occur.
Each teacher determines what is tardy to class but students are expected to be inside of the room when the bell rings.
- Students who are late to any class more than four (4) or more times will receive consequences. Excessive tardies may result in loss of the privilege to attend pep rallies, music assemblies, grade level picnics, etc.
- Juniors and Seniors who have six (6) tardies to any one class or ten (10) or more total tardies to all classes will lose their lunch pass until having demonstrated 5 weeks of attendance with no tardies.
Disciplinary Actions for Tardies
Teacher Warning – Document
Teacher Warning - Contact Parent – Document
Teacher Consequence - Contact Parent – Document
Referral to D/O - LDET Assigned
Referral to D/O - DET Assigned
Referral to D/O - SWP Assigned / Lose Lunch Pass Privileges
Referral to D/O - Additional SWP Assigned - LDET
Referral to D/O - Additional SWP Assigned - LDET
Parent/AP Conference with Attendance Contract
- Excused absences include: illness, doctor’s appointment, court or other government appointment, or to attend the funeral of an immediate family member (mother/father/sibling/grandparent).
- Vacations are NOT excused absences.
- Vehicle trouble is NOT an excused tardy or absence.
- Teachers are NOT required to give homework or classwork for unexcused absences.
- You must bring a note to the Attendance Office to excuse your absences within 3 days of being absent from school.
- Seniors and Juniors who have three (3) unexcused absences to any ONE class OR ten (10) or more excused or unexcused absences altogether, will lose their lunch pass privilege until having demonstrated 10 weeks of positive attendance.
Dress Code and Grooming Policy
Dress And Grooming
The Burbank Unified School District’s student dress code supports equitable educational access. To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school staff shall enforce the dress code consistently and in a manner that does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any protected class or group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, immigration, religion, cultural observance, household income or body type/size.
When the site administrator/designee determines that a student's appearance or attire is in violation of this policy, the student will modify his/her appearance, clothing, apparel, and/or accessories in such a manner that it no longer violates this policy. If necessary, with parental permission, the student may be given school clothing to wear, if available. Refusal to take steps as described in this policy shall be cause for disciplinary action against the student.
Parents/guardians have the primary responsibility to see that students are properly attired for school. School district personnel have the responsibility of maintaining proper and appropriate conditions conducive to learning. Hence, at all district schools or at school-related activities, inappropriate appearance and dress includes:
- Wearing clothing containing violent language or images or is affiliated with gangs, including bandanas. (Bandanas are only allowed on designated days.)
- Images or language depicting drugs or alcohol (or any illegal item or activity)
- Hate speech, profanity, and/or pornography
- Images or language that create a hostile or intimidating environment based on any protected class or groups
- Any item that obscures the face or ears; exceptions will be made for students who are observing a religious tradition
- Sunglasses that are worn inside a classroom, library, or any building (unless recommended by a physician)
Clothes must be worn in a way such that genitals, buttocks, midriffs, breasts, and nipples are fully covered with opaque fabric. All items listed in the “required to wear” and “may wear” categories below must meet this basic principle.
Students are required to wear:
- A shirt or top (with fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms) AND
- Pants/jeans or the equivalent (for example, a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, a dress, or shorts that comply with the parameters listed above) AND
Students may wear (as long as it is in compliance with the parameters listed above)
- Knit caps, full brimmed hats, or beanies can be worn outside only; baseball caps are not allowed
- Religious headwear
- Hooded sweatshirts (wearing the hood over the head is not allowed)
- Fitted pants, including opaque leggings, yoga pants, and “skinny jeans”
- Ripped jeans, as long as buttocks are not exposed
- Tank tops, including spaghetti straps, off the shoulder tops, and halter tops
- Open-toed shoes/strapless sandals (elementary and middle school students must have straps and closed-toed shoes). Wearing slippers is not allowed without permission from a physician.
The district expects all students will dress in a way that is appropriate for the school day or for any school sponsored event. Student dress choices should represent the district’s intent to sustain a community that is inclusive of a diverse range of identities. The primary responsibility for a student’s attire resides with the student and their parent(s) or guardian(s). The district and individual schools are responsible for seeing that student attire does not interfere with the health or safety of any student, that student attire does not contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, and that dress code enforcement does not reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income, or body type/size. Any restrictions to the way a student dresses must be necessary to support the overall educational goals of the school and must be explained within this dress code.
Dress Code Enforcement
To ensure effective and equitable enforcement of this dress code, school staff shall enforce the dress code consistently using the requirements below. School administration and staff shall not have discretion to vary the requirements in ways that lead to discriminatory enforcement.
Students will only be removed from spaces, hallways, or classrooms as a result of a violating the “inappropriate dress” section of the dress code. If the administration determines a student's dress or appearance to be inappropriate, the following consequences will apply at the elementary level:
- First Offense: Parent/guardian will be called. Student will need to change into acceptable clothing.
- Second Offense: Parent/guardian conference held. Student will need to change into acceptable clothing.
- Third Offense: Parent/guardian conference held. Additional interventions shall be considered which involve the parent, student, and school (e.g. Student Study Team (SST) meeting, referral to family counseling, etc.).
A student may request a second opinion from another administrator for collaboration before a consequence is applied. If the administration determines a student's clothing, jewelry, accessories, and/or appearance to be inappropriate, the following consequences will apply at the secondary level:
- First Offense: Parent/guardian will be called. Student will need to change into acceptable clothing.
- Second Offense: Parent/guardian will be called. Consequence assigned.
- Third Offense: Student may be sent to detention and parent/guardian will be notified.
- Fourth Offense: Saturday School or detention may be assigned; parent/guardian will be notified.
- Fifth Offense: Parent/guardian conference held. Additional interventions shall be considered which involve the parent, students and school (e.g. Student Study Team meeting, referral to family counseling, etc.)
No student shall be subjected to dress code enforcement because of racial identity, sex assigned at birth, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, cultural or religious identity, household income, body size/type, or body maturity.
School staff shall not enforce the school’s dress code more strictly against transgender and gender nonconforming students than other students.
Staff shall not shame or require a student to display their body in front of others. “Shaming” includes, but is not limited to:
- Kneeling or bending over to check attire fit
- Asking students to account for their attire in front of others
- Calling out students about perceived dress code violations in front of others
- Accusing students of “distracting” others with their clothing
- Making critical or judgmental comments about a student’s attire through verbal or non-verbal means which are not necessary to enforce this policy
The district expects students to be treated with respect when addressing a dress code issue. Conversations with students about dress code shall be private, respectful, and discreet.
No student may be suspended because of a violation of this Board policy unless:
- The student has been given adequate notice of the violation of this Board policy.
- The student has been given adequate opportunity under the circumstances to comply with the direction to cease violation of this Board policy.
- Other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct.
32281 School safety plans
35183 School dress codes; uniforms
35183.5 Sun-protective clothing
48907 Student exercise of free expression
49066 Grades; effect of physical education class apparel
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
302 Pupils to be neat and clean on entering school
Marvin H. Jeglin et al v. San Jacinto Unified School District et al, (C.D. Cal. 1993)
827 F.Supp. 1459
Arcadia Unified School District v. California Department of Education, (1992) 2 Cal. 4th 251
Hartzell v. Connell, (1984) 35 Cal. 3d 899
Electronic Device Policy
Students will be allowed to use electronic devices during the following times of the school day:
- Before a student’s instructional day begins (7:00am or 8:00am).
- Following a student’s instructional day (2:00pm or 3:00pm).
Students must refrain from communicating with students who are in class before or after their instructional day begins or ends as such behavior may result in disciplinary action.
Students are not permitted to use their electronic device during instruction time or during passing periods unless given permission by a school employee. This means devices must be:
- Turned off and out-of-sight (stored in backpack or pocket) before entering the classroom.
- Ear buds/headphones may not be visible during instructional time or passing periods.
- Electronic devices may not be used outside of the classroom when classes are in session. For example, leaving for the restroom, library, or any other location outside of the classroom.
DET + SWP
In-House SUS/Parent/AP Conf. & Parent must pick up item
LDET = Lunch Detention (30 Minutes Served in D/O)
DET = AM / PM Detention (1 Hour Served in D/O)
SWP = Saturday Work Program (4 Hours Served on Campus)
SUS = Suspension (In-House)
AP = Assistant Principal of Discipline & Attendance
D/O = Discipline Office