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



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A. School Activities

LAAAE offers a range of activities that enrich student development during and after school. Because the safety of students is priority, specific rules may apply to these activities.

PLEASE NOTE: All extracurricular activities are privilege, not a right. Therefore, school administration reserves the right to refuse anyone to attend these activities based on academic, disciplinary, and behavioral concerns.

B. Field trips

Field Trips offer exiting ways to learn. LAAAE students may have the opportunity to go on field trips at various times throughout the school year. Students must have the LAAAE permission form completed and submitted one week before the field trip. Participation in any school related field trip may be denied due to academic, attendance, and disciplinary issues upon review by teachers and/or administration. Students participating in field trips must follow all LAAAE dress code and/or grooming regulations, and conduct themselves according to the discipline policies of LAAAE.



C. After-School Activities

LAAAE offers a variety of after-school tutoring, clubs, sports, and other various student activities that is free. There is no better way to enrich your student’s education than by taking part of the many offerings at LAAAE. Students who stay for an after-school activity must follow these rules:



  • Be with a teacher or other staff member at all times

  • Arrange to have their transportation pick them up at the end of the activity

  • Abide by the LAAAE code of conduct as outlined in the handbook while participating in the activity

  • Students who are disruptive, disrespectful, or who do not follow the rules may be prohibited from participating in LAAAE after-school activities.



D. Textbooks

Textbooks may be issued for courses. Each subject area teacher may check out a book to a student directly. Students are responsible for the textbooks that are issued to them. Charges may be applied for books that are lost or damaged. The school is not responsible for stolen, lost, or damaged books. Report lost books immediately. A replacement fee may be charged and must be paid by the end of the semester. Withdrawing or transferring students must have returned all school materials, books, and equipment or pay all fees before any transfer records may be released.


Lost Book………………………………..Full textbook price

Damaged………………………………..$25 or more (depending on extent)




E. Medication Policy

Non-Prescription medication: School employees may not distribute any non-prescription medication. Students may NOT carry, consume, or distribute any non-prescription medication for pain relief (or for any other reason) to anyone. Medications must be checked-in with a LAAAE staff member in the reception office. Parents must provide a note with instructions for administration.



F. Parent/Family Involvement

All parents and legal guardians are highly encouraged, but not required, to volunteer 20 hours to the school by the end of May of the school year. Furthermore, they are encouraged to attend and participate in parent-student-teacher conferences, school meetings, and other LAAAE related events throughout the year.



G. Visitors

Parents/Guardians of current students are welcome to visit the school. All visitors must enter and sign-in at the main office. Students may not have friends, siblings, or other relatives visit them at school at any time. For prospective students who would like to visit the school, they can do so if accompanied by a parent or guardian on a scheduled tour accompanied by a school administrator or designee. All visitors must sign in and sign out of school.



H. PowerSchool

Parents can follow student academic progress through the Internet. Parents have access to the PowerSchool parent portal, which allows them to check their student’s homework, grades, test scores, lunch balances, and even attendance. To receive access to your PowerSchool log-in, please contact the main office.


Users of Power School are required to ensure that confidential, sensitive, and personal information is protected from disclosure by law, regulation, and policy. LAAAE strictly enforces information security. Unauthorized access, inspection, use, disclosure or modification of confidential, sensitive, or personal information may result in administrative discipline or termination of privileges to access PowerSchool.

I. Technology and Internet Usage



Acceptable Uses of the Computer or the Internet


The account provided by LAAAE should be used only for educational or professional purposes. Staff may use the Internet for personal use only if such use is incidental and occurs during their duty-free time. If a user is uncertain about whether a particular use of the computer network or the Internet is appropriate, he or she should consult a teacher or supervisor.

Unacceptable Uses of the Computer or the Internet


Individuals who are provided access to computer facilities and to the campus-wide communication network assume responsibility for their appropriate use. LAAAE expects individuals to be careful, honest, responsible, and civil in the use of computers and networks. Those who use wide-area networks (such as the Internet) to communicate with others or to connect to computers at other institutions are expected to abide by the rules for the remote systems and networks as well as those for LAAAE’s systems. Be advised that, in addition to being a violation of LAAAE rules, certain computer misconduct is prohibited under California General Laws, and is, therefore, subject to criminal penalties. Such misconduct includes: knowingly gaining unauthorized access to a computer system or data base, falsely obtaining electronic services or data without payment of required charges, and destroying of electronically processed, stored, or in-transit data.
Individuals are expected to abide by these rules and policies and to consult an official of LAAAE prior to any activity that would appear to threaten the security or performance of School computers and networks.
The following uses of the account provided by LAAAE are unacceptable:

    • LAAAE must ensure that academic work takes precedence at all times over other computing activities in its facilities. In situations of high user demand that may strain available computer resources, LAAAE reserves the right to restrict (e.g., to specific times of day) or prohibit computer entertainment activities such as game playing.

    • Uses that violate any state or federal law or municipal ordinance are unacceptable. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Selling or purchasing any illegal substance;

  2. Accessing, transmitting, or downloading child pornography, obscene depictions, harmful materials, or materials that encourage others to violate the law; or

  3. Transmitting or downloading confidential information or copyrighted materials.

  • Uses that involve the accessing, transmitting or downloading of inappropriate matters on the Internet, as determined by the school board, local educational agency or other related authority

  • Uses that involve obtaining and or using anonymous email sites.

  • Individuals may not attempt to damage or to degrade the performance of LAAAE’s computers and networks and should not disrupt the work of other users. Individuals may not attempt to circumvent security systems or to exploit or probe for security holes in any LAAAE network or system, nor may individuals attempt any such activity against other networks or systems accessed through LAAAE’s facilities. Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property are unacceptable. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to the following:

    1. Deleting, copying, modifying, or forging other users' e-mails, files, or data;

    2. Accessing another User’s email without their permission, and as a result of that access, reading or forwarding the other User's e-mails or files without that User's permission;

    3. Damaging computer equipment, files, data or the network;

    4. Using profane, abusive, or impolite language;

    5. Disguising one's identity, impersonating other users, or sending anonymous email messages;

    6. Threatening, harassing, or making defamatory or false statements about others;

    7. Accessing, transmitting, or downloading offensive, harassing, or disparaging materials;

    8. Accessing, transmitting or downloading computer viruses or other harmful files or programs, or in any way degrading or disrupting any computer system performance; or

    9. Accessing, transmitting or downloading large files, including "chain letters" or any type of "pyramid schemes."

    10. Using any district computer to pursue “hacking,” internal or external to LAAAE, or attempting to access information that is protected by privacy laws.

  • Execution or compilation of programs designed to breach system security is prohibited unless authorized in advanced. Moreover, the possession or collection of others passwords, personal identification numbers (PINs), private digital certificates, or other secure identification information is prohibited. Use that jeopardize access or lead to unauthorized access into Accounts or other computer networks are unacceptable. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Using other users' account passwords or identifiers;

  2. Disclosing one's account password to other users or allowing other users to use one's accounts;

  3. Getting unauthorized access into other users' accounts or other computer

  4. Interfering with other users' ability to access their accounts.

  • Use of LAAAE’s computers and networks for business-related purposes without authorization is prohibited. Unauthorized use of the LAAAE Network, computer systems, or facilities is prohibited. Individuals should not attempt to exploit, test, or probe for suspected security holes on LAAAE computers or networks, but instead should report them to LAAAE's Network Operation Center. Likewise, users should not disseminate to others any information that serves to circumvent or degrade system or network security, configuration or integrity. Commercial uses are unacceptable. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Selling or buying anything over the Internet for personal financial gain; or

  2. Using the Internet for advertising, promotion, or financial gain; or

  3. Conducting for-profit business activities and engaging in non-government related fundraising or public relations activities such as solicitation for religious purposes, lobbying for political purposes, or soliciting votes.

      • Physical theft, rearrangement, or damage to any School computer or network equipment, facilities, or property is strictly prohibited, and will be reported to the police. This includes all public computer labs, network hubs, wiring, and links. III. Internet Safety

  • In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act ("CIPA"), LAAAE may implement filtering and/or blocking software to restrict access to Internet sites containing child pornography, obscene depictions, or other materials harmful to minors under 18 years of age. The software may work by scanning for objectionable words or concepts, as determined by LAAAE. [Note: CIPA does not enumerate any actual words or concepts that should be filtered or blocked. Thus, CIPA necessarily requires that LAAAE determine which words or concepts are objectionable.] However, no software is foolproof, and there is still a risk an Internet user may be exposed to a site containing such materials. An account user who incidentally connects to such a site must immediately disconnect from the site and notify a teacher or supervisor. If an Account user sees another user is accessing inappropriate sites, he or she should notify a teacher or supervisor immediately.

  • In compliance with CIPA, LAAAE and its representatives may implement a mechanism to monitor all minors' on-line activities, including website browsing, email use, chat room participation and other forms of electronic communications. Such a mechanism may lead to discovery a user has violated or may be violating this Policy, the appropriate disciplinary code or the law. Monitoring is aimed to protect minors from accessing inappropriate matter, as well as help enforce this policy, on the Internet, as determined by the school board, local educational agency or other related authority. LAAAE reserves the right to monitor other users' (e.g., employees, students 17 years or older) online activities, and to access review, copy, store or delete any electronic communications or files and disclose them to others as it deems necessary.

  • If a student under the age of eighteen accesses his/her LAAAE account or the Internet outside of school, a parent or legal guardian must supervise the student's use of the Account or Internet at all times and is completely responsible for monitoring the use. Filtering and/or blocking software may or may not be employed to screen home access to the Internet. Parents and legal guardians should inquire at the school or district if they desire more detailed information about the software.

  • Student information may not be posted unless it is necessary to receive information for instructional purposes, and only if the student's teacher and parent or guardian has granted.

  • Account users may not reveal on the Internet personal information about themselves or about other persons. For example, Account users should not reveal their full names, home addresses, telephone numbers, school addresses, or parents' names on the Internet.

  • Account users may not meet in person anyone they have met on the Internet in a secluded place or a private setting. Account users who are under the age of 18 may not meet in person anyone they have met on the Internet without their parent's permission.

  • Account users may abide by all LAAAE security policies.

use of the wireless network


  • Users with personal computers on the wireless network are expected to take reasonable precautions to ensure the security of their systems. Individuals may be held responsible for misuse by others that occurs on their systems.

  • Attempts to monitor, analyze, or tamper with network data packets that are not explicitly addressed to your computer are prohibited.

  • Using a network address other than the one assigned by LAAAE is prohibited.

  • Users are not permitted to register external domain names that reference systems on the LAAAE Network without authorization.

  • Users may not advertise routing information on the LAAAE Network, attempt to act as a gateway to any external network, or connect any other secondary physical network.

  • Providing services or running applications that consume excessive bandwidth or impede others' use of the LAAAE Network is prohibited without authorization.



privacy of information


Information stored on a computer system or sent electronically over a network is the property of the individual who created it. Examination, collection, or dissemination of that information without authorization from the owner is a violation of the owner's rights to control his or her own property. Systems administrators, however, may gain access to users data or programs when it is necessary to maintain or prevent damage to systems or to ensure compliance with other rules.

Computer systems and networks provide mechanisms for the protection of private information from examination. These mechanisms are necessarily imperfect and any attempt to circumvent them or to gain unauthorized access to private information (including both stored computer files and messages transmitted over a network) will be treated as a violation of privacy.


In general, information that the owner would reasonably regard as private must be treated as private by other users. Examples include the contents of electronic mail boxes, the private file storage areas of individual users, and information stored in other areas that are not public. That measures have not been taken to protect such information does not make it permissible for others to inspect it.

On shared and networked computer systems certain information about users and their activities is visible to others. Users are cautioned that certain accounting and directory information (for example, user names and electronic mail addresses), certain records of file names and executed commands, and information stored in public areas, are not private. Nonetheless, such unsecured information about other users must not be manipulated in ways that they might reasonably find intrusive; for example, eavesdropping by computer and systematic monitoring of the behavior of others are likely to be considered invasions of privacy. The compilation or redistribution of information from School directories (printed or electronic) to third parties, especially those outside the School, is forbidden.



Electronic communication


LAAAE neither sanctions nor censors individual expression of opinion on its systems. The same standards of behavior, however, are expected in the use of electronic mail as in the use of telephones and written and oral communication. Therefore electronic mail, like telephone messages, must be neither obscene nor harassing. Similarly, messages must not misrepresent the identity of the sender and should not be sent as chain letters or broadcast indiscriminately to large numbers of individuals. This prohibition includes unauthorized mass electronic mailings. For example, E-mail on a given topic that is sent to large numbers of recipients should in general be directed only to those who have indicated a willingness to receive such E-mail.

intellectual property


Computer programs written as part of one's academic work should be regarded as literary creations and subject to the same standards of misrepresentation of copied work. In addition, attempts to duplicate, use, or distribute software or other data without authorization by the owner is prohibited.

Under federal copyright law, no copyrighted work may be copied, published, disseminated, displayed, performed, or played without permission of the copyright holder. LAAAE may terminate the network access of users who are found to have repeatedly infringed the copyrights of others.



Cases of misconduct


Whenever a case of computer misconduct is suspected or reported, LAAAE reserves the right to deny system or network access on a temporary basis to anyone who violates these rules. This includes the ability to terminate processes or connections that threaten system or network security, performance, or integrity.

Waiver


Users recognize that systems and networks are imperfect and waive any responsibility for lost work or time that may arise from their use. The staff of LAAAE cannot compensate users for degradation or loss of personal data, software, or hardware as a result of their use of school-owned systems, software, or networks, or as a result of assistance they may seek from LAAAE staff.

disconnection


LAAAE reserves the right to disconnect a network connection to protect the integrity and security of the network.

J. Personal Property

Students may be solely responsible for bringing items to school and must watch their belongings carefully. The school is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal items. It is best for items that are not related to the instructional program (i.e., iPods, IPads, PSPs, Portable Gaming Devices, expensive jewelry/items) be kept at home for safe-keeping.


Skateboards, Bicycles, and Scooters:

Students may ride a skateboard/bicycle/scooter to school. Upon arriving to campus, students must store their skateboard or bicycle in the designated storage area below the large stairwell. Students may not ride on any of these things during the school day or on campus grounds. Students who do not adhere to these conditions may have these items confiscated. Only the parent/guardian may retrieve the confiscated item. The school is not responsible for any loss or damage to equipment. We encourage the use of locks to keep student’s belongings safe.



K. Lost and Found

The lost-and-found may be in the Main Office. Students who have lost clothing, keys, etc., should check in the office to see if the items have been turned-in. at the end of the month, unclaimed items may be donated to a non-profit organization.



L. Meal Program



Application


Students must submit the LAAAE meal program application in order to apply for the school lunch program. Students are responsible for adding funds to their meal account if they pay reduced or full price. Each month, students with balances may receive a letter home detailing an invoice that must be paid by the end of the month.

  • Students who qualify for free or reduced-price breakfast/nutrition/lunch may receive one meal of each per day. Students who do not qualify for free or reduced-priced meal may be charged the full price of $1.85 for breakfast/nutrition and $3.00 for lunch.



Food Service


All students are provided with breakfast and lunch during the school day. Students in the lunch line will use their student ID number to record lunches received. Students with a balance will be contacted for payment to be made.

m. Disaster Procedures



School Safety and Emergency Drills


Emergency drills such as earthquake and fire drills, are conducted during the school year. Drills are serious practice so that everyone may be prepared should an emergency occur. Procedures are reviewed with staff members who in turn teach them to students. If an emergency occurs during regular school hours, students are to report to their regularly scheduled class. If the emergency occurs during break, lunch-time, or at the end of the day, students are to report to their Advisor in their Advisory classroom. If an emergency occurs off campus during a school activity, students are to report to their supervising teacher. Supervising personnel may call the school to report any problem. If the emergency extends beyond the end of the school day, students may not be released until it has been determined that it is safe to do so. Before students are released, parents must sign them out in the Main Office.

Safe School Plan


  • Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our area while school is in session, we want you to be aware that the school has made preparations to respond effectively to such situations.

  • Should we have a major disaster during school hours, your student(s) may be cared for at the school. Our school has a detailed emergency plan, which has been formulated to respond to a major catastrophe.

  • Your cooperation is necessary in any emergency.

  • Do not telephone the school. Telephone lines may be needed for emergency communication.

  • In the event of a serious emergency, students may be kept at school until they are picked up by an identified, responsible adult who has been identified as such on the school emergency card, which is required to be filled out by parents at the beginning of every school year. Please be sure to consider the following criteria when you authorize another person to pick up your child are school:

    • He/she is 18 years of age or older.

    • He/she is usually home during the day.

    • He/She could walk to school if necessary.

    • He/she is known to your child.

    • He/she is both aware and able to assume this responsibility.

    • Turn your radio for emergency announcements. If students are to be kept at school, radio stations may be notified.

    • Impress upon your children the need for them to follow the directions of any school personnel in times of an emergency.

    • During an extreme emergency, students may be released at designated reunion gates/entrances located on school campuses. Parents should become familiar with the School Emergency Response Plan and be patient and understanding with the student release process. Please instruct your student to remain at school until you or a designee arrives.

    • Because local telephone service may be disrupted, also including an out-of-state contact on the emergency card, as calls may still be made out of the area while incoming calls are affected. The decision to keep students at school may be based upon whether or not streets in the area are open. If this occurs, radio stations may be notified.

    • In the event that a natural disaster or crises at school, takes place during the time that students are being transported, students may be kept on the bus and the driver may ask for assistance through radio contact with the school. Please discuss these matters with your immediate family. Planning ahead may help alleviate concern during emergencies.



n. Student Transfers





  • Any Student transferring out of LAAAE must complete the “Exit Survey Form” which can be obtained in the reception office. The form must be completed prior to a student transferring.

  • It is the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) responsibility to fill out and complete the parent assurance letter form.

  • If a student may be transferring to another school for the following school year, the parent is still responsible to inform the school.

  • All textbooks must be turned in before the last day of attendance in order to complete a transfer. The student’s parent/guardian is responsible for refund for damages to or lost textbooks.

  • The school has the right to hold the student records until debts are repaid or payment arrangements are made.


o. Driving and Parking

LAAAE is located in the densely populated area of Rampart/Mid-Wilshire area where the limited street parking is mostly used by our neighbors. In serving this community, we acknowledge a commitment to maintain a good relationship with our neighbors and honor their need for parking space where they reside. While LAAAE rents the parking lot, this is shared with Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) and other businesses in the building and/or surrounding area, and parking is limited.




P. permission to leave campus

Students cannot leave campus during the school day without prior written consent from their parents or guardians. A written note must be given to the school office by 8:15 a.m. the day the early dismissal is being requested. A phone number where a parent can be reached must be on the request. Once verified verbally from the parent, to administration may authorize an early dismissal slip. If no verbal verification is received within a timely manner, the students may not be able to leave school before the end of the day.



Q. Uniform Policy

Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise (LAAAE) has adopted a School Uniform Requirement for all students. School uniforms assist schools in several ways, such as an enhanced climate of learning, boosting school unity and pride, they are cost-effective, and most importantly they increases school safety and security.


PROCEDURE
The uniform policy is mandatory for all students. Students are expected to arrive in a clean and neat uniform every day. Each student will be issued a polo shirt and physical education t-shirt free of charge with the submission of his/her lunch application.
Students are to wear jeans, pants, or shorts of blue or black color. Leggings are not permitted. Skirts and shorts are permitted as long as the length is no greater than four inches above the knee. Pants, shorts and skirts should be not ripped and/or with holes. Students are allowed to wear only the school polo shirt in the colors: blue, white or gray. Accessories such as, hats, gloves, bandanas, wearing hoodies, or sunglasses are not permitted during school hours.
Everyday an LAAAE staff member will go around during the first period of the day to perform uniform inspections to ensure all students comply with the School Uniform Policy. If any of the Uniform School Policies are violated, the following steps will take place.
Accessories Violations:


  • First Offense: Provide warning for violation of policy.




  • Second Offense: The accessory item will be confiscated and will be stored by the teacher or staff member until the end of the same school day.




  • Third/Final Offense: The accessory item will be confiscated and will be stored with the teacher or staff member and a parent conference will be required.


Out of Uniform Consequences:


  • First Offense: Phone call home and lunch duty pickup.




  • Second Offense: Second phone call home and lunch duty pickup.




  • Third Offense: Third phone call home and thirty-minute after-school detention.




  • Fourth Offense: Fourth phone call home and one-hour after-school detention.




  • Fifth or more Offense: Final phone call homes and additional after-school detentions or Saturday School.


NOTE: If the student is unable to wear the school uniform due to extenuating circumstances, please notify school administration.


R. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Notice


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.


FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."


  • Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.




  • Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.




  • Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):




    • School officials with legitimate educational interest;

    • Other schools to which a student is transferring;

    • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;

    • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;

    • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;

    • Accrediting organizations;

    • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;

    • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and

    • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a school bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.



S. TRANSPORTATION SAFETY POLICY

This policy applies to the use of private vehicles by (1) Los Angeles Academy of Arts & Enterprise (LAAAE) employees during the course and scope of the employees’ approved employment duties and activities AND (2) employees, parents and other volunteers on LAAAE approved field trips.



The following guidelines should be adhered to by LAAAE employees using privately owned vehicles for employment purposes, including those personnel charged with transporting students or tangible goods in a private vehicle. These guidelines shall be applicable in all cases of private vehicle use by a LAAAE employee.


Transportation by Parents and/or Students of other Students is Not Permitted


  • The preferred manner to transport students is through the use of school buses arranged through the School Administration. However, where private vehicles are used to transport students, the following guidelines should be adhered to by LAAAE employees when using a private vehicle for the approved transport of students.

  • LAAAE does not authorize the use of parents, volunteers, or student drivers to transport another student. In addition, the use of private automobiles driven by parents is prohibited for LAAAE activities.



General Safety Precautions for the Use of Private Vehicles



  • All drivers of private vehicles must maintain a valid California driver’s license and automobile liability insurance that meet or exceed California mandatory liability insurance requirements as provided in California Vehicle Code sections 12500, 16054, and 16430. Drivers must have a valid California driver’s license and proof of automobile liability insurance with them at all times while transporting LAAAE students and/or personnel or at any time when using their private vehicle to conduct LAAAE approved employment duties or activities. Employees and any volunteers who regularly drive as part of their duties, responsibilities and activities must submit proof of a valid driver’s license and automobile liability insurance on at least an annual basis to the division human resources department and site administrator or principal designee.

  • Drivers must not transport more persons than the vehicle was originally designed to safely carry or more than the number of seat belts equipped in the vehicle. There shall not be more than ten (10) persons, including the driver, in any vehicle used for student transportation other than in an approved school bus or authorized transport van.

  • Drivers and passengers must wear seat belts at all times while occupying a private passenger vehicle to carry out approved activities or employment duties. Under no circumstances shall students or any other person be transported in trailers or the cargo space of trucks or vans, including the cargo space of open pick-up trucks.

  • The School Administration has discretion whether or not to authorize the use of a vehicle. In making this decision, the administrator may consider the vehicle’s overall condition, appearance and intended use or purpose as well as the known or disclosed destination of the private passenger vehicle and the passengers.

  • The administrator shall not authorize any person to transport students if the administrator has information or knowledge that the person may have an unsafe driving record or be physically unfit to drive.


Employee Responsibility for the Use of Private Vehicle



  • LAAAE employees may not use private vehicles to conduct employment duties and activities unless specifically authorized to do so in advance by the site administrator in compliance with their job classification and responsibilities.

  • Upon request from a Site Administrator, Principal, Supervisor or an authorized delegate, employees who are authorized to use a private passenger vehicle for employment purposes or to transport a student MUST show proof and possession of a valid California drivers license and Automobile Liability insurance pursuant to the California Financial Responsibility Act.

  • No collision or comprehensive coverage is provided by the LAAAE for an employee’s private vehicle whether owned, leased or borrowed. The LAAAE does not pay for damage to the employee’s vehicle. Additionally, the automobile liability insurance carried on the employee vehicle shall always be primary in the event of an accident resulting in property damage or bodily injury to another party. Beyond that, additional liability coverage, if any, for a LAAAE employee depends on whether the private vehicle use falls within the course and scope of an employee’s designated employment.

  • Employees required or authorized to drive private vehicles for student transportation or other LAAAE business are covered by Workers’ Compensation in case of injury to themselves while engaged in carrying out the authorized business.

  • Employees, such as Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors (PSA), authorized to drive private vehicles to transport student(s) in an emergency or non-routine situation must complete the Authorization for Emergency/Non-Routine Transportation form (Attachment A). A copy of each emergency/non-routine transport should be kept on file with the school site administrator.



T. Notice of Nondiscrimination, anti-bullying, & anti-harassment

The Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise (LAAAE) is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying. LAAAE prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying based on the actual or perceived characteristics set forth in Penal Code § 422.5, Education Code § 220 and actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race or ethnicity, ethnic group identification, ancestry, nationality, national origin, religion, color, mental or physical disability, age, or on the basis of a person's association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics, in any program or activity it conducts or to which it provides significant assistance.



Discrimination

Discrimination is different treatment on the basis of a protected category in the context of an educational program or activity without a legitimate nondiscriminatory reason and interferes with or limits the individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by LAAAE.


Harassment

Harassment occurs when: (1) the target is subjected to unwelcome conduct related to a protected category; (2) the harassment is both subjectively offensive to the target and would be offensive to a reasonable person of the same age and characteristics under the same circumstances; and (3) the harassment is sufficiently severe, pervasive, or persistent so as to interfere with or limit an individual’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or opportunities offered by LAAAE.


Bullying
LAAAE takes a strong position against bullying, hazing or any behavior that infringes on the safety and well-being of students and employees, or interferes with learning or teaching. LAAAE prohibits retaliatory behavior against anyone who files a complaint or who participates in the complaint investigation process.

All students and staff of public primary, elementary, middle, and senior high schools have the inalienable right to attend campuses which are safe, secure and peaceful [Article 1, Section 28(c) of the California State Constitution]. The bullying and hazing policy, written in accordance with Federal guidelines and California Education Code, requires that LAAAE students and all personnel promote respect and acceptance. This policy shall encompass behaviors and actions that occur among students, LAAAE employees, and associated adults. The policy is applicable in LAAAE, at school and LAAAE-related programs, activities and events, traveling to and from school, and all other areas of the

LAAAE’s jurisdiction [Ed Code 489009(s)].
Bullying is unwanted and aggressive behavior among students that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Examples of bullying behavior include making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. The determination of whether an action or collection of actions rises to the level of bullying is generally differentiated from an isolated occurrence when the behavior is repetitive and there exists a power imbalance that may include physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity used to control or harm another student.
Bullying is any deliberate and unwanted severe or pervasive physical, verbal, or electronic act that has the intention of, or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of, one or more of the following:

• Reasonable fear of harm to person or property.

• Substantially detrimental effect on physical or mental health.

• Substantial interference with academic performance.



  • Substantial interference with the ability to participate in or benefit from school services, activities, or privileges.

Cyberbullying is conducted via electronic communication technology (e.g., texts, e-mails, blogs, postings) and meets the impact of bullying. A

person who engages in cyberbullying at school or school-related activities and events may be subject to disciplinary action. Cyberbullying that occurs off-campus but substantially disrupts the instructional environment of the school may fall under District jurisdiction.
Hazing is any humiliating or potentially harmful initiation, pre-initiation, or rite of passage associated with membership in a student organization whether or not it is officially recognized by the educational institution. Parents and students are encouraged work with LAAAE faculty or administrative staff.
Sexual Harassment

LAAAE is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment.

The District prohibits sexual harassment of or by employees, students, or persons doing business with or for the District on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression. Failure to follow this policy is a violation of state and federal law.
Sexual harassment is defined by California Education Code Section 212.5 as any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the work or educational setting, under any of the following conditions:

• Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or a condition of an individual‘s employment, academic status, or progress.

• Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of employment or academic decisions affecting the individual.

• The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual‘s work or academic performance, or of creating

an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment.

• Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the educational institution.


Upon witnessing an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of a protected category (as enumerated above), school personnel are required to take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so. Once LAAAE has notice of discriminatory, harassing, intimidating or bullying conduct, whether carried out by employees, students, or third parties, it should take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred and take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the conduct, eliminate a hostile environment, if one has been created and prevent the conduct from occurring again. These steps should be taken whether or not an individual makes a complaint or asks the school or office to take action.

This policy applies to all acts related to school activity or school attendance. For inquiries or complaints related to discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying of students based on the actual or perceived characteristics listed above or for complaints related to employee-to-employee, student-to-employee, or work/employment related discrimination, harassment, or intimidation, contact LAAAE’s administrator designated to coordinate compliance efforts: David Calvo, Principal, at (213) 487-0600.


Title IX

Federal law, Title IX, State law and District policy prohibit anyone from discriminating against any student on the basis of actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, and gender (including gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical condition).


Male and female students have the right to equal learning opportunities in their schools and must be treated the same in all activities and programs, including:
• Athletics

• The classes they can take

• The way they are treated in the classroom

• The kind of counseling they are given

• The extracurricular activities in which they can participate

• The honors, special awards, scholarships and graduation activities in which they can participate

Students who feel that their rights are being violated have the right to take action and should not be afraid of trying to correct a situation by speaking to a school administrator, Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager, psychologist, counselor, or trusted adult at school, or filing a complaint (see Uniform Complaint Procedures). Students are encouraged whenever possible to try to resolve their complaints directly at the school site. Any student who believes he or she is being discriminated against in violation of Title IX has the right to file a complaint. For further information or assistance, contact the LAAAE Compliance Staff Member, Kelly O’Brien at (213) 487-0600.

U. Student Searches

The 4th Amendment of the United States Constitution protects individuals from unlawful searches. However, the law allows school officials to conduct searches of students under certain limited circumstances.


Searches Based on Reasonable Suspicion

If a student has engaged in conduct that causes an administrator to have reasonable suspicion that the student has committed, or is about to commit, a crime or has violated statutory laws or school rules, the administrator may conduct a search of that student. The administrator must:

• Be able to articulate the reason for his or her suspicion and the facts and/or circumstances surrounding a specific incident.

• Be able to reasonably connect the student to a specific incident, crime or rule or statute violation.

• Have relied on recent, credible information from personal knowledge and/or other eyewitnesses.

• Ensure that a search based on reasonable suspicion is not excessively intrusive in light of the student‘s age and gender and the nature of the offense.


When conducting a student search based on reasonable suspicion, school officials must adhere to the following practices:

• Conduct the search only if there are clear and specific reasons for suspicion and there are facts that connect the student to a specific incident of misconduct.

• Jackets, purses, pockets, back packs, bags, and containers in the student‘s possession may be searched to the extent reasonably necessary.

• Under no conditions may a body or strip search be conducted.

• Only school officials of the same sex as the student being searched may conduct the search.

• Searches based on reasonable suspicion must be conducted in a private area where the search will not be visible to other students or staff (except for a school administrator or designee witness, also of the same sex).



V. Annual Notice of UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURE



Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise has the primary responsibility for compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. We have established Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) to address allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and complaints alleging violation of state or federal laws governing educational programs, the charging of unlawful pupil fees and the non-compliance of our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP).
We will investigate all allegations of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying against any protected group as identified in Education Code section 200 and 220 and Government Code section 11135, including any actual or perceived characteristics as set forth in Penal Code section 422.55 or on the basis or a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any program or activity conducted by the LEA, which is funded directly by, or that receives or benefits from any state financial assistance.
The UCP shall also be used when addressing complaints alleging failure to comply with state and/or federal laws in:

  • After School Education and Safety

  • Career Technical Education

  • Consolidated Categorical Programs

  • Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

  • Foster and Homeless Youth

  • Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control Accountability Plans

  • NCLB Titles I-VII

  • Nutrition Services - USDA Civil Rights

  • School Facilities

  • Special Education

  • Unlawful Pupil Fees



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A pupil fees and/or LCAP complaint may be filed anonymously if the complainant provides evidence or information leading to evidence to support the complaint.
A pupil enrolled in a public school shall not be required to pay a pupil fee for participation in an educational activity.
A pupil fee includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:

  1. A fee charged to a pupil as a condition for registering for school or classes, or as a condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is elective or compulsory, or is for credit.

  2. A security deposit, or other payment, that a pupil is required to make to obtain a lock, locker, book, class apparatus, musical instrument, clothes, or other materials or equipment.

  3. A purchase that a pupil is required to make to obtain materials, supplies, equipment, or clothes associated with an educational activity.


A pupil fee complaint shall be filed no later than one year from the date the alleged violation occurred.
Complaints other than issues relating to pupil fees must be filed in writing with the following designated to receive complaints:
Name or title: David Calvo

Unit or office: Principal

Address: 600 S. LaFayette Park Place, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Phone: (213) 478-0600



E-mail address: dcalvo@laaae.org
A pupil fees complaint is filed with the Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise and/or the principal of a school.
Complaints alleging discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, must be filed within six (6) months from the date the alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, occurred or the date the complainant first obtained knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, unless the time for filing is extended by the superintendent or his or her designee.
Complaints will be investigated and a written Decision or report will be sent to the complainant within sixty (60) days from the receipt of the complaint. This sixty (60) day time period may be extended by written agreement of the complainant. The LEA person responsible for investigating the complaint shall conduct and complete the investigation in accordance with sections 4680-4687 and in accordance with local procedures adopted under section 4621.
The complainant has a right to appeal our Decision of complaints regarding specific programs, pupil fees and the LCAP to the California Department of Education (CDE) by filing a written appeal within 15 days of receiving our Decision.
The appeal must be accompanied by a copy of the originally-filed complaint and a copy of our Decision.
The complainant is advised of civil law remedies, including, but not limited to, injunctions, restraining orders, or other remedies or orders that may be available under state or federal discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying laws, if applicable.
A copy of our UCP compliant policies and procedures is available free of charge.
Applicable Law:

Education Code Section 35186; Title 5 California Code of Regulations Section 4681, 4682, 4683

W. Annual Williams Notice to Parents, guaridans, pupils, teachers



Pursuant to California Education Code Section 35186, you are hereby notified that:

  1. There should be sufficient textbooks and instructional materials. That means each pupil, including English learners, must have a textbook or instructional materials, or both, to use in class and to take home.

  2. School facilities must be clean, safe, and maintained in good repair.

There should be no teacher vacancies or misassignments. There should be a teacher assigned to each class and not a series of substitutes or other temporary teachers. The teacher should have the proper credential to teach the class, including the certification required to teach English learners if present.

Teacher vacancy means a position to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of the year for an entire year or, if the position is for a one-semester course, a position to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of a semester for an entire semester.

  1. Misassignment means the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or services position for which the employee does not hold a legally recognized certificate or credential or the placement of a certificated employee in a teaching or services position that the employee is not otherwise authorized by statute to hold.

  2. A complaint form may be obtained at the school office, district office, or downloaded from the school’s Web site at www.laaae.org. You may also download a copy of the California Department of Education complaint form from the following Web site: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cp/uc.


X. Annual Notice of Physical Fitness Test

State law requires school to administer the Physical Fitness Test (PFT) annually to all students in grades seven and nine. The state-designated PFT is the FITNESSGRAM®. The FITNESSGRAM® is a set of tests designed to evaluate health related fitness and to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity.


The complete FITNESSGRAM test battery measures student performance in the following areas:

1. aerobic capacity

2. body composition

3. muscular strength, endurance and flexibility


Teachers and administrators are responsible for preparing students to do their best on the test by providing instruction and appropriate practice in the skills and abilities that are tested. It is recommended that schools should provide students appropriate practice as part of the regular physical education (P.E.) program throughout the year. Students are tested between February and May. Parents should see that their children

participate in a regular program of physical activity and nutrition.


All students must take physical education classes in high school for two years (freshman and sophomore). Freshman students in 2008 were the first class required to “pass” FITNESSGRAM in order to receive the exemption for physical education classes for two years (junior and senior). A “passing” score is defined as meeting the healthy fitness zone for 5 out of 6 components. Students who do not meet the healthy fitness zone in grades 9 or 10 will continue to take physical education classes until they either “pass” the FITNESSGRAM or graduate.
To find more information about the FITNESSGRAM, please contact your child‘s teachers. Additional information is posted on the internet at http://www.cde.ca/gov/ta/tg/pf.

If you have additional questions about the testing program at your child‘s school, please contact the school principal.



Y. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL EDUCATION

Students learn in a variety of ways with most students learning effectively in a traditional school setting. Students with disabilities may be eligible to receive special education services. These services are based on assessments and determined by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, which includes the student‘s parent(s) as equal participants. Special education services are designed to meet the unique educational needs of students with disabilities and are provided at no cost to parents. To the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities are to be educated with their peers without disabilities in the general education environment at the school they would attend if they were not disabled. The general education classroom with all appropriate supplementary aids and services where the student has the greatest opportunity to be integrated with their peers without disabilities is the first educational setting for an IEP team to consider.


An IEP team should only remove a student from the general educational classroom and environment when the nature or severity of a student’s disability is such that education in general classes with the use of supplemental aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. Parents who suspect their child may have a disability and who may need special education services should contact the school administrator. Further information concerning special education programs and services is provided in the publication, A Parent’s Guide to Special Education Services (Including Procedural Rights and Safeguards) which is available in the main office. Assistance related to special education issues is available.

Z. STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES UNDER SECTION 504 of the REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Discrimination, harassment,



intimidation, and/or bullying in any form toward individuals on the basis of their actual or perceived disability are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. LAAAE will promptly investigate any complaints of disability-based discrimination, harassment, intimidation and/or bullying, and take reasonable actions to stop future incidents.
LAAAE has specific responsibilities related to the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to school age individuals with disabilities under Section 504. LAAAE is required to provide a program designed to provide equal access to the educational program and activities for students with disabilities as adequately as that provided for students without disabilities. For students who are not eligible for special education services, but meet the federal definition of persons with disabilities under Section 504, a Section 504 Plan may be developed which indicates the accommodations, supplementary aids and/or services that will be provided to assist the student in accessing the general education program. Section 504 must provide nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities in a manner that ensures that individuals with disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate. Parents or guardians must be notified in writing of any District decisions regarding the evaluation, identification, and/or educational placement of their student and their right to participate in and/or appeal these decisions under Section 504.

For further information about Section 504 and/or assistance in related to Section 504 inquiries please contact the LAAAE Administration.


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