Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise Student & Family Handbook 2015-2016


I. School Activity Participation Guidelines



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I. School Activity Participation Guidelines

LAAAE personnel are dedicated to ensuring all events promote school culture and memorable experiences. It is a privilege for a student to attend any school activity and fieldtrips. A student must earn the right to participate by obtaining good academic and behavioral standing. A student who fails to comply with any of the school rules and expectations is in danger of not being able to participate in the school event. If a ticket is purchased to participate in a school activity, and a violation occurs before or during the activity, the student may not be permitted to attend the activity, and may not qualify for a full refund.



J. Honor Roll

Students may be placed on Honor Roll if they have satisfied the following criteria:

GPA 3.5 and above (no F’s) = Board of Director’s Honor Roll

GPA 3.0 – 3.49 (no F’s) = Principal’s Honor Roll



K. Homework Policy

Regular, purposeful homework is an essential part of a student's education. Homework is an integral factor in fostering the academic achievement of students and in extending school activities into the home and the community. Regular homework provides opportunities for developmental practice, drill, the application of skills already learned, the development of independent study skills, enrichment activities, and self-discipline. Homework should provide reinforcement and extension of class instruction, and should serve as a basis for further study and preparation for future class assignments.



Student's Responsibilities


  • Completing assigned homework as directed and in the spirit in which it was assigned.

  • Returning homework to the teacher by the designated time.

  • Submitting homework assignments that reflect careful attention to detail and quality of work.

  • Devoting a minimum of 30 minutes each day to reading as an additional part of the homework assignment



Parents’ Responsibilities


While it is understood that parents/guardians are not responsible for providing a great deal of assistance to their child in completing homework, there is still much that parents/guardians can do to promote good study habits. Parents'/guardians' responsibilities include:

  • Providing an environment conducive to study.

  • Providing continued interest and concern for the child's successful performance in school, through encouraging and supporting the child in his/her performance of homework.

  • Indicating an interest in assignments and assisting, if possible, when requested by the child, but not to include performing the work for the child.

  • Supporting the school in regard to the child being assigned homework.

  • Requesting assignments for the child when short-term absences are involved.

  • Assuring that the child reads for a period of at least 30 minutes each day in addition to any other assigned homework.


L. LATE WORK POLICY

Assignments provide opportunities for developmental practice, drill, the application of skills already learned, and the development of independent study skills, enrichment activities, and self-discipline. Students are required to turn in homework or other assignments by the schedule due date. If students do not turn in the assignment on due date, the students may receive a ten percent (10%) deduction for each late day, with a maximum of fifty percent (50%) deduction.



M. After School Program- YOUTH POLICY INSTITUTE

LAAAE has partnered with YPI to help support our students and their families. The mission of YPI is to provide education, training, and technology services for our families. All LAAAE students will be members of the YPI program, which takes place after-school and some weekends. Services offered are academics support, enrichment opportunities, college/career preparation and sports.



II. Attendance Policy

A. Overview

There is probably no factor more important to a successful school program than regular school attendance. Students who are absent excessively from the instructional program may fall behind in academic achievement. Excessive school absenteeism can result in course failure. While the faculty and staff at school encourage and support positive student attendance, the responsibility for ensuring student attendance rests upon their parents and legal guardians.



B. Absences

LAAAE recognizes two kinds of absences and tardiness: excused and unexcused. LAAAE is required by law to seek an explanation from the parent/guardian (a written note) regarding all absences. Any student returning after an absence must turn in an absence note. If a note is not received after two days upon return, the student may be considered a “truant.” The school will determine if it excused or unexcused (see below). Students are allowed to miss ten days of school per semester with a parent note. After eleven or more days in a semester, a parent note will be considered unexcused and legal documentation will be required.


A student who arrives thirty minutes late to class will be marked as an unexcused absence. In addition, there are consequences for unexcused absences. A student with an unexcused absence may be classified as truant. This may be grounds for referral to the Student Attendance Review Team (SART).
A SART committee consists of three or more school personnel who have the responsibility to review student attendance petitions during the last week of the course(s) and recommend the:

    • Issuing of final grades

    • Temporary withholding of final grades pending makeup assignments; or

    • Permanent withholding of final grades and credit



C. Excused Absences

Parents or guardians must explain each absence in writing and sign it and/or call the office. An excuse for absence from school may be approved for one (1) or more of the following reasons: Excused Absences: California E.C. 48205 provides that a student may be excused from school when the absence is due to:



  • Illness or injury of student

  • Quarantine, Medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic services

  • Attending the funeral of an immediate family member e.g., mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, brother, sister, or any relative living in the immediate household of the student (one day within the state, three days outside the state)

  • Jury duty

  • Illness or medical treatment of a child of whom the student is the custodial parent.

  • Students, with the written consent of their parents or guardians, may be excused from school in order to participate in religious exercises with prior approval by the school principal [Education Code Section 46014]. Additionally, students may be absent to attend a religious retreat [Education Code Section 48205(a) (7)], not to exceed four hours per semester. Such absences are considered excused absences, and students are responsible for making up missed work.

  • Other justifiable personal reasons may include when the student‘s absence has been requested in writing by the parent and approved by the principal or designee. Absences that fall into this category include, but are not limited to: Active Duty Military (Immediate Family Member- 1-3 days: local (within US) 4-5 days: overseas); Mental Health Day Treatment; Appearance in court; Educational conference offered by non-profit organization (legislative/judicial); Entertainment Industry- no more than 5 consecutive days or maximum of 5 absences per school year; Medical Exclusion or exemption; Member of a precinct board for an election; Participation in not-for-profit performing arts organization (maximum 5 per school year); Pre-arranged Mental Health Services; Revoked suspension through appeal‘s procedure; Attendance at an employment conference; Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day®



D. Unexcused Absences

Any absence for reasons other than those listed as EXCUSED ABSENCES may be unexcused. LAAAE is required by law to seek an explanation from the parent/guardian (a written note or verbal justification) regarding all absences. A student with an unexcused absence may be classified as truant (refer to Truancy section) and this could be grounds for referral to the Student Attendance Review Team (SART) and to the City or District Attorney‘s Office may be marked unexcused if the following occur:



  • Do not bring a note within three school days, following an absence.

  • Leave school early without signing out at the office

  • Are absent from class without permission, including walking out of class

  • Are absent from school without parental permission

  • Get a pass to go to a certain place but do not report there and/or

Below are examples being absent for reasons not acceptable to the administration include, but are not limited to:



  • On vacation or out-of-town

  • Traffic

  • Car trouble

  • Did not wake up on time

  • Errands

  • Miss the bus

  • Work

  • Babysitting

  • Hair appointment

  • Needed at home

While we recognize that certain events at home or concerning the parent or legal guardian may make it difficult for the student to be present at school, it is still within the parent or legal guardian’s responsibility to ensure that their student is in attendance.



E. Emergency or Out-of-Ordinary Leave

While parents/guardians are discouraged from taking their child(ren) on extended vacations or leaves of absence outside the designated instructional days, there are circumstances in which a school principal may authorize or approve such time off. Such approval must take place prior to the leave.


F. MAKE UP WORK POLICY

Students who miss school are allowed to make up the missing assignment(s) ONLY if the student has an excused absence. It is the students’ responsibility to make up homework, classwork, quizzes, and tests. Students will have the same amount of day(s) to turn in assignment(s) as the day(s) they have excused absence(s). Make-up tests may be scheduled at a date/time mutually agreed upon by the teacher and student. It is the students’ responsibility to take the test at that time. If the student fails to do so, the teacher is not obligated to set another time for make-up.


The Late Work Policy applies for students who have unexcused absences.

G. No Credit policy

Student absences have a direct impact on performance and grades. The Attendance Plan was devised to keep students in class and reduce the number of days absent.

Students who have 10 or more unexcused absences in a semester are in danger of receiving a No Credit (NC) grade and will likely need to repeat the course in summer school or at another time outside of the regular school day.
If a student receives a No Credit (NC) due to ten (10) or more unexcused absences, the student will be provided due process through an appeal.
Students have the right to appeal the No Credit within fifteen (15) school days of receipt of the No Credit (NC) grade. However, the provisions of the attendance policy will be strictly followed. Appeals may be filed for extenuating and extraordinary circumstances. Some examples are: hospitalization, death of immediate family member, car accident, court subpoena.
When filing your appeal:

Supporting documentation must be included and submitted with the appeal.

Late documentation may not be accepted.

H. Truancy

A student who is inexcusably absent from any assigned class period may be considered truant. As stated in the California Education Code Section 48260.5, truancy is against the law. The Education Code also requires students to attend school until 18 years of age, or the completion of high school. Students are expected to attend school daily and are not allowed to leave campus during the school day without an off campus permit (Ed Code 48264.5A, 48260, & 48900K).



  • It is the parent’s obligation to compel the attendance of the student. Students who are not in school during school hours (i.e. truant) may receive a citation, which can cost the family from $165 to $350.00.

  • A habitual truant is a student who is absent from school without a valid excuse three full days in one school year or is tardy for more than any given 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse.

    • Habitual truants are subject to prosecution through a referral to the School Attendance and Review Team (SART), and may have their right to obtain a drivers license delayed.

    • A Saturday School may be assigned for every full day truancy or for every four partial cuts.

    • Students who do not attend Saturday School may be detained one full hour after school for every hour of truancy.

    • Students with excessive excused absences may be required to obtain a doctor’s note.

    • Automatic caller and/or attendance clerk may call parents/ guardians to report each period absence. It is the family’s responsibility to make sure the school has an accurate phone number to reach a parent or guardian at all times.

    • Students may not be allowed to attend any School Dances, Prom, and other school functions with any un-cleared truancies.

LAAAE has adopted a four-tier system to address truancy as defined below:




  • Tier 1 - Three unexcused absences: Administrative staff will mail out the first truancy notification letter to the parent, and the Students’ Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) team member will meet with the student to address the absences.




  • Tier 2 - Six unexcused absences: Administrative staff will mail out the second truancy notification letter to the parent, and set an administrative meeting with the parent and the student to address the absences and develop a correction action plan.




  • Tier 3 - Eight unexcused absences: Administrative staff will mail out the third truancy notification letter to the parent, and a home visit by an administrative designee and a SRR team member may occur. The corrective action plan will be revisited and revised and updated, as needed.




  • Tier 4 - Eleven absences: The student will be issued a No Credit for the absences and has the right to an appeal process. (See No Credit Policy).



I. Tardiness

A student is marked tardy when the student is not in the assigned class, when the official class time has started. Tardies can be marked excused, unexcused, or truant. Students who accrue more than three tardies in a week will be assigned thirty minutes after school detention. If the student does not complete the detention at the assigned time, the detention will be reschedule and the assigned time will be doubled. If the student fails to comply with consequences the student may be assigned Saturday school.



j. Hallway Pass guidelines





  • Students should not leave the classroom during the first fifteen minutes and the last fifteen minutes of the class period.

  • Official hallway passes must be visible at all times when a student leaves a classroom or office during the instructional time. Students using a pass are required to fill out a hallway pass log located in each classroom indicating their time out and time in.

  • Generally, only one student at a time per class may use the hallway pass.

  • No cell phone usage during this time. See Cell Phone and Electronic Device Policy.

  • If a faculty or staff member requires more than one student to use the pass at a given time, the faculty or staff member may write a note permitting more than one student to use the pass at the same time.

III. Discipline Policy



A. PHILOSOPHY

The Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise discipline policy aims for a schoolwide culture which enables students to improve their academic abilities and self-esteem through a foundation of trust and high expectations. It is the goal of the administration, staff and parents to encourage students to exercise self-discipline. Students share the responsibility for creating an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. LAAAE will implement a schoolwide culture of positive and Restorative Justice approaches to working with students, staff and parents/guardians.



B. Discipline PHILOSOPHY

The LAAAE discipline philosophy aims to establish a culture, which enables students to improve their academic abilities and self-esteem through a foundation of trust and high expectations. Students share the responsibility for creating an atmosphere that is conducive to learning. LAAAE will implement a schoolwide culture of positive and restorative justice approaches to working with students, staff, and parents/guardians. It is the responsibility of the student to attend school regularly, to show effort in classroom work, and to conform to school rules and regulations and expectations. No student has the right to interfere with the education of fellow students.


Student discipline at LAAAE is based on positive support and involves multiple parties including school staff, teachers, parents, and students. Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise seeks input from parents, teachers, and students on how to best provide a safe and healthy school environment.
Based on stakeholder feedback, Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise has developed a comprehensive student discipline policy included in the student handbook. Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise staff review the discipline policy with students and parents prior to admission to LAAAE. By enrolling in Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise, the students and parents acknowledge their understanding of and the responsibility to the standards set forth in the discipline policy. The discipline policy will include the students’ rights and responsibilities and Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise’s suspension and expulsion policies. The discipline policy will not be discriminatory, arbitrary, or capricious, and will follow the general principles of due process. The policy will be adapted as needed in regard to the discipline of a student with special needs as determined by the provisions of the IDEA.
Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise shall ensure that its staff is knowledgeable about and complies with the District’s Discipline Foundation Policy and/or current equivalent policy, as required by the Modified Consent Decree. Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise shall comply with the terms of the School Discipline Policy and School Climate Bill of Rights resolution adopted by the LAUSD Board of Education on May 6, 2013.





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