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Parent/Student Handbook

Parent/Student Handbook


31400 South Koster Road
Tracy, CA 95304
School Office: 209.830.6363
Delta Elementary Office: 209.830.9324

Delta Charter Schools, recognizing the intrinsic value of each student, is committed to providing a
quality, diverse education in a personalized, safe, and supportive learning environment which
inspires students to learn and grow to their potential.
William Koster, President
Stephen Bogetti, Clerk
Michael Petz, Trustee
The New Jerusalem Elementary School District Board of Trustees is the primary policy making body for the Charter Schools. Board meetings are held on the second
Tuesday of each month in the school library. Board meetings are open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.
Welcome to Delta Charter School
Dear Delta Charter School Families and Students,
This handbook is designed to help our students and their families acquaint themselves with Delta
Charter School’s information and expectations. Delta Charter School is a K-12 school, which was first
established in 2001. Delta Charter School, accredited by the Western Association of Schools and
Colleges (WASC), is an innovative, personalized, full-time learning program for grades K-12
providing students with the resources needed to achieve educational goals and graduate with a high
school diploma.
Delta Charter Kindergarten through fifth grade focuses on Dynamic Visual Learning (DVL). DVL is
modeled after the renowned Integrated Visual Learning program developed by Dr. Steven J.
Ingersoll, OD in Michigan. Our teachers utilize techniques to improve the students’ visual perception
function in the brain, improving visual thinking skills and applying their visual abilities to academics
as well as other areas of their lives. Our students have shown tremendous growth using this model of
teaching. In grades 6-8 we employ a rotational model in preparation for high school and beyond.
Delta Charter High School focuses on college/career preparation. At DCHS we not only focus on the
academic skills that are essential to success but incorporate the ideas of respect, responsibility, and
integrity into our learning. DCHS offers rigorous courses that meet the UC/CSU a-g requirements in
addition to various elective and career education courses. These programs include ag. science, art,
early college, forensics, leadership, music, and video production. Additionally, DCHS offers
athletics, clubs, and FFA/4-H. Delta Charter has adopted our four “Senses,” which include the sense
of Knowledge, Self, Community, and Direction. Students at DCHS will participate in Graduation by
Exhibition where they will demonstrate their learning in order to graduate.
Revised August, 2018
We at Delta Charter Schools are committed to a partnership for all learners whose goal is to help
make this the most rewarding of any educational experience. All members of our school community
have a responsibility to ensure a positive learning environment. Trust, acceptance, and concern for
each individual must be fostered and demonstrated in order to achieve and maintain a positive
school climate. These basic rights are the joint responsibility for guidance and discipline on the part of
parents, school staff, and students. We know that attending Delta Charter School is a choice and we
will do all within our power to ensure that this choice is one that will fully empower learners.
1. School Staff - The staff has the primary responsibility for providing a teaching/learning
environment which contributes to an atmosphere of trust and respect. The school staff is
responsible for modeling and teaching their students the behavioral standards that exist in the
classroom and throughout the school as a whole. The staff enforces the rules in the school and
supports the Administration in carrying out District policy.
2. Parents/Guardians - Parents/Guardians are responsible for enforcing their student’s behaviors
consistent with the Parent/Student Handbook/Conduct Code and District policy.
Parents/Guardians are in partnership with the school staff regarding decisions affecting their
student and the well-being of the school as a whole.
3. Students - Students are responsible for following school rules and procedures established in
the Delta Charter School Conduct Code, and elsewhere. Respecting the rights of others and
demonstrating self-discipline are primary requirements for a positive school climate.
A child is eligible for transitional kindergarten if his or her fifth birthday falls between
September 2 and December 2. Students must be 5 years of age on or before Sept 1 to attend
kindergarten. Birth certificate, proof of residence, and immunization records are required to
register a child in school.
First Grade Physical Examination: State law requires that all children must have a physical
check-up within 18 months prior to, or 90 days after their first grade entry. The health checkup
may be performed by your family physician, the Public Health Clinic, or by other CHDP
Program providers. Forms and information are available in the school office.
Immunizations required by state law for school entry:
Vaccine Minimum Doses Required
Only 3 doses meet requirements if 3rd dose was on or after 4th birthday
for ages 4-6, or on or after 2nd birthday for ages 7-17 years.
Only 4 doses meet requirements if 4th dose was on or after 4th birthday
for ages 4-6, or on or after 2nd birthday for ages 7-17.
Tdap Booster
7th graders need one dose on or after 7th birthday
Measles, Mumps, Two doses on or after 1st birthday.
Rubella (MMR)
Hepatitis B Series of 3 doses.
Varicella One dose for Kindergarten (or physician-documented proof of disease).
Oral Health Assessment: California law now requires that children have an oral health
assessment (dental check-up) by May 31 in either kindergarten or first grade, whichever is his
or her first year in public school. The law specifies that the assessment must be done by a
licensed dentist or other licensed or registered dental health professional. Forms are available
in the school office.
Pets on the playground and in the classroom can create problems at school. It is impossible to
predict what a normally docile animal may do on a playground with many children. Your
cooperation in keeping pets at home will aid in maintaining a safe school environment. If a
student wishes to bring a small animal to school for study or observation, the pupil must
obtain prior approval from his/her teacher and must be supervised by an adult. Pets are to be
taken home after sharing; they cannot remain at school.
Regular attendance is extremely valuable to every child. In addition to the pupil's loss, the
school loses vital state funds for absences.
If your child must leave for a medical or dental appointment after arriving at school, please
send him/her with a note stating the time and reason for leaving. You are encouraged to make
appointments during non-school hours whenever possible.
Excused and unexcused absences are listed below:
Excused Absences Unexcused Absences
Illness Vacation
Quarantine Personal Days
Medical Appointment Suspension
Attend a Funeral of a Family Member Disenrollment
To Obtain Immunizations (not more than 3 days)
Any student with three or more unexcused absences may be assigned Saturday School
hours for each subsequent unexcused absence. (See “Saturday School” section)
The Delta Charter states that students with poor attendance, excused or unexcused, may be
disenrolled. Because each case is different, an Attendance Review Board (ARB) will be
assembled on request by the administration to review a student’s attendance. During the ARB
the student/parent(s) will have the opportunity to explain the reason for poor attendance. The
ARB will be authorized to take any of the following actions:
 Place the student on an attendance contract
 Recommend a change in schools to an online program (with parent permission)
 Disenroll the student from Delta Charter
If the parent is not satisfied with the result of the ARB, they may appeal the decision to the
Superintendent. The Superintendent will have final say over all disenrollments due to
California Education Code states that any student with three unexcused absences or tardies
(if for more than 30 minutes) shall be classified as truant. Parents will be notified when a
student is classified as truant. Excessive unexcused absences from a class is sufficient reason
for a teacher to assign a failing grade. If attendance problems persist, parents and the student
may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).
Home-hospital instruction may also be arranged through the school when a child is
unable to attend class due to a serious medical condition.
Children are encouraged to establish a habit of promptness. Students are at a
disadvantage when they enter late, as they frequently miss directions given by the
teacher, or major concepts covered that hour or day. Late arrivals are also a disruption
to the other students in the class. Students arriving tardy are to report to the office to
obtain a tardy slip to give to his/her teacher. Generally, a parent note or phone call is
needed to “excuse” a tardy. Tardy in excess of 30 minutes will be counted toward
The District School Attendance Review board addresses students who are classified as
truants, have excessive absences or tardy, or serious behavior problems. In situations
where attempts have failed to improve a student’s attendance or disruptive behavior
patterns, the matter will be turned over to SARB. Parents and the student will be
involved in this process and will be required to appear before SARB. Parents will be
sent letters as appropriate when their child is unexcused from school. After an
appropriate number of unexcused letters are sent home and parent conferences are
held, the record will be sent to the District SARB Committee. If attendance does not
improve, the parents can be taken to Municipal Court in Tracy. Fines ($250-500) and/or
probation can be levied by the judge. The judge can also require that the parents
personally transport their child to school and also attend classes.
We believe:
o Relationships are our core.
o Critical thinking is paramount to life-long learning.
o Higher expectations empower greater achievements.
o All students try harder when they believe they are cared for.
o Students are diverse learners and deserve individual attention.
o Courageous and confident students will see mistakes as a process for success.
o Students can think globally yet act locally by helping others for the benefit of
the community.
o Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is nurtured through the
parent/student/teacher partnership.
Delta Charter Schools has a closed campus policy. If you wish to have your child released from
school you must personally pick him/her up at the office. If someone other than the parent is to
pick up a student the person must be named on the emergency card or prior approval must
have been given by a signed note. Parents / guardians must come into the office to pick the
student up and sign them out.
Students on Independent Study are excluded from the aforementioned since they are on an
appointment-based system.
In an on-going effort to improve the supervision of students and to provide a safe and secure
campus, DCS uses video cameras to monitor specific open and public areas of the school
campus and therefore students and others have no reasonable expectation of privacy in those
areas. Signs posted on campus serve as reminders that electronic surveillance is used to
augment campus supervision.
An enrollment card asking for vital emergency information is sent home with each child for
parents to complete. It requests the names and numbers of persons to contact if the parent
cannot be reached. Also, the card requests any other information you think we should be
aware of. You, as the parent or legal guardian, are responsible for providing this emergency
information to the school, as well as keeping this information updated. In the event of a real
emergency, the school will normally try to contact you first, and then those contacts you have
listed. However, if none of the contacts is successful, it may be necessary to call 911
(emergency hotline). The family will be responsible for any costs incurred. Please complete the
card and return it promptly to notify us of any changes throughout the year. Your cooperation
is necessary to make sure the school is able to provide the best possible protection for the
health and welfare of your child.
Please be aware that all emergency contacts have right to sign the student(s) out of campus and
authorize their absences
Power Outage:
If the school has no electrical power before school begins in the morning, and if there is
little or no reason to expect restoration of power, the buses will not run and school will
not open that day. If the power goes out for more than 30 minutes during the same
school day, the process of dismissing the students will begin..
Earthquake, Fire, Explosion, Lockdown, and Chemical Accident:
When appropriate, children will take the best available cover within the school building
and remain under cover until First Responders advise other action. Every precaution
will be taken to minimize the possibility of injury from flying objects. Drills on this
procedure are held each year. If specific instructions are received from First Responder
officials, children may be sent home without prior notice to parents. Delta Charter
Schools staff have been trained in ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate).
In the event of a threat on campus, Delta Charter Schools staff will utilize techniques
acquired through this training to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and families
who might be on campus. Additional information on ALICE may be obtained through
the ALICE training Institute,
Children will be taken to a safe area or sent home depending on the circumstances,
upon orders from First Responder officials.
If an emergency or disaster should occur that affects our school, please do not attempt
to come to the school and pick up your child unless you are instructed to do so by a
responsible school or First Responder official. This plan has been designed for one
primary purpose, to provide the greatest possible safety for students during an
emergency. Parents rushing to the school during an emergency will defeat this objective
and impose serious obstacles to the entire Emergency Plan.
The District provides a bus for the convenience of families to transport the children to school.
If the buses are not running due to inclement weather or breakdown an all call message will be
sent out via the schools' all call system. Parents may also tune to 103.3 KAT Country or 93.1
FM on the radio for updates.
By law the School Board must approve any and all uses of district facilities. Any group that
uses the facilities for an activity must obtain a certificate of insurance naming the New
Jerusalem School District, its agents and officers, harmless in the event of any injury or
accident of any kind and naming the New Jerusalem School District as additional insured.
Coverage amounts are determined by the nature of the event. All participants in such events
must sign waivers releasing the New Jerusalem School District of any kind of legal or financial
responsibility whatsoever. Organizations must comply with the posted occupancy restrictions.
Students attending field trips must have a parent/guardian-signed permission slip on file with
the teacher, designated faculty advisor, or chaperone. Though siblings are allowed to attend in
certain situations, for insurance reasons they are not allowed to ride the bus. Also, parents who
bring siblings, or other younger children, will not be allowed to be chaperones, as they will be
distracted by the additional children. Please note that students are not allowed to attend field
trips with classes or groups that they are not a part of. Field trips may be cancelled without
notice if there are not sufficient chaperones to maintain student safety. Chaperones must be a
minimum of 21 years old. Students who attend the field trip must ride to and from the trip on
the bus. Students will not be allowed to be “signed out” to a parent without a prior approval
from the school administrators.
GRADES 9-12:
Each instructor has syllabi and grading rationale. Grades 9-12 operate on a semester
basis and students will receive letter grades, A through F.
Parent/student/teacher conferences for Grades 9-12 are held via “After 5” events in
October and March of each year.
Grades are available online. Follow the “Parent Portal” link at and get
information regarding your child’s attendance, schedule, class assignments, and grades.
Parents must contact the school front office if they are unable to login/access the parent portal.
With the exception of certain on-site classes and community college courses, a student
receives 5 credits for each semester course passed. Please see the course catalog for
specific credits. Student must complete a minimum of 220 credits for graduation and
satisfy the requirements of Graduation by Exhibition (GBE).
Required Courses for Delta Charter High School
The following courses and their credits are required to graduate from Delta Charter
School. There are additional course requirements for a student to be eligible for college
acceptance. Please contact the academic adviser for additional information.
Required Courses Credits
English 40
Mathematics 20
Physical Ed. 20
Consumer Math 5
Life Science 10
Physical Science 10
US History 10
VPA/World Lang 10
World History 10
American Govt. 5
Economics 5
Health/Safety 5
Electives 70
Sense/Direction Defend
Sense/Community Defend
Sense/Self Defend
Graduation by Exhibition Defend
Sense/Knowledge Defend
Delta Charter High School’s Expected School wide Learning Results
The Delta Charter School’s Expected School wide Learning Results and Indicators were
developed when the school was chartered and were reviewed and approved by
committees of the staff, parent, and student populations in 2012. During the academic
year 2013-2014, faculty, parents, and students participated in conversations which led to
a revision of these ESLRs to reflect the core belief statements adopted in the same year.
We refer to these ESLRs as the “Five Senses” of Delta Charter School.
Students represent Delta Charter High School as:
Persons of Character who
• Demonstrate integrity in their personal, academic, and community lives
• Accept responsibility for their words and actions
• Extend respect to others
A Delta Charter Schools student possesses “Four Senses”:
• Sense of Knowledge
o Contribute time, energy, talents, and resources in community service projects.
o Demonstrate ability to transfer knowledge and experience to the academic
and business world.
o Demonstrate core subject matter mastery, critical thinking and problem
solving skills.
o Demonstrate proficiency in basic computer programs by using a variety of
communication systems.
o Demonstrate the ability to select and apply technology tools for research,
information analysis, problem-solving, communicating and decision-making
in learning.
o Demonstrate through writing, speech, and/or projects an understanding of
diverse societies, cultures, and governments.
o Explore a variety of educational and career options.
o Express oneself appropriately within different media.
o Make informed choices among technology systems, resources and services.
o Set personal and educational goals and develop a plan to achieve those goals.
o Speak within and to a group on a specific topic using appropriate and
effective language.
o Understand that one’s rights as a contributing citizen in an effective
government comes with civic responsibility.
o Use the writing process to create, edit and evaluate.
o Write a coherent essay with logical structure, evidence, results, and
conclusions in a research project or scientific experiment.
• Sense of Self
o Contribute time, energy, talents, and resources in community service projects.
o Demonstrate ability to transfer knowledge and experience to the academic
and business world.
o Demonstrate core subject matter mastery, critical thinking and problem
solving skills.
o Demonstrate the ability to solve problems in real-life situations.
o Demonstrate through writing, speech, and/or projects an understanding of
diverse societies, cultures, and governments. o Develop vocational
knowledge and skills.
o Explore a variety of educational and career options.
o Express oneself appropriately within different media.
o Set personal and educational goals and develop a plan to achieve those goals.
o Speak within and to a group on a specific topic using appropriate and
effective language.
o Understand that one’s rights as a contributing citizen in an effective
government comes with civic responsibility.
o Use the writing process to create, edit and evaluate.
o Write a coherent essay with logical structure, evidence, results, and
conclusions in a research project or scientific experiment.
• Sense of Community
o Contribute time, energy, talents, and resources in community service projects.
o Demonstrate proficiency in basic computer programs by using a variety of
communication systems.
o Demonstrate the ability to select and apply technology tools for research,
information analysis, problem solving, communicating and decision-making
in learning.
o Demonstrate the ability to solve problems in real-life situations.
o Demonstrate through writing, speech, and/or projects an understanding of
diverse societies, cultures, and governments.
o Develop vocational knowledge and skills.
o Make informed choices among technology systems, resources and services.
o Present a dramatic or oral presentation that demonstrates poise, command of
language, and clear communication.
o Set personal and educational goals and develop a plan to achieve those goals.
o Speak within and to a group on a specific topic using appropriate and
effective language.
o Understand that one’s rights as a contributing citizen in an effective
government comes with civic responsibility.
o Use the writing process to create, edit and evaluate.
o Write a coherent essay with logical structure, evidence, results, and
conclusions in a research project or scientific experiment.
• Sense of Direction
o Contribute time, energy, talents, and resources in community service projects.
o Demonstrate ability to transfer knowledge and experience to the academic
and business world.
o Demonstrate core subject matter mastery, critical thinking and problem
solving skills.
o Demonstrate the ability to solve problems in real-life situations.
o Demonstrate through writing, speech, and/or projects an understanding of
diverse societies, cultures, and governments.
o Develop vocational knowledge and skills.
o Explore a variety of educational and career options.
o Set personal and educational goals and develop a plan to achieve those goals
using a variety of communication systems.
o Understand that one’s rights as a contributing citizen in an effective
government comes with civic responsibility.
Occasionally, head lice or nits/eggs are first founds while the child is at school. If this happens
to your child, you will be called and notified of our findings, and the student will be sent
home. Upon return to school, a parent/guardian must accompany the student to the office to
be checked prior to entering the classroom. If active lice or nits/eggs are still present, the
student will need further treatment before being readmitted to school. Students returning to
school after treatment with a prescribed medication, who are found to have a few remaining
eggs/nits will be readmitted to class only if accompanied by a doctor's note stating the child
was treated with a prescribed medication.
A small percentage of students at Delta Charter School will utilize Independent Study as the
learning methodology.
Parent/teacher conferences will be conducted according to the annual schedule of Personalized
Learning Plan schedules. Student and parent/guardian (if student is under 18) must
conference with his/her assigned Teacher Advisor to review the student’s progress. It is the
responsibility of the student and/or parent to ensure a conference is scheduled and attended
with the Teacher Advisor. Parents/guardians will receive progress reports indicating their
student’s educational progress. Parents/guardians will be notified of deficiencies in their
student’s educational program. Teachers are expected to maintain comprehensive
documentation of teacher engagement with students/parents.
Lost or unclaimed clothing and other articles are placed in the “Lost and Found” container in
the office. “Lost and Found” is generally emptied of unclaimed items during December and
June, shortly after school is out. Children should have their belongings labeled and accept
responsibility for their care.
The school is not responsible for a student’s personal property left or lost at school. Articles of
personal value or which are expensive should not be brought to school. Items found should be
turned in to the school office to be placed in the Lost and Found. Students should inform their
teachers and the school office of personal items lost, misplaced, or stolen. Please mark all
articles (clothes, lunch pails, binders, etc.) with your child’s name. The school will not take
responsibility for recovering lost personal items. Students must realize that valuable items are
brought to school at the child’s own risk.
Students may bring lunch from home or purchase a school lunch. School lunches are prepared
on site and the cost is $3.00. Reduced price lunches are 40¢. To qualify for free or reduced
lunches, parents must complete the state-approved NSLP application and submit it to the
Main Office. Students who would like to order lunch will be asked each morning in their
classroom. Refrigeration and/or microwave accessibility is not provided to students.
If your child has been prescribed medication by a physician either on a continuing or episodic
basis, or needs to take "over the counter" medications while in school, he/she may be assisted
by school personnel if a medication administration form is filled out and signed both by the
physician and the parent, and brought to the school office, with the medication, at the
beginning of the school day.
No student may have any form of medication on his/her person or in his/her personal
belongings at any time during the school day without specific permission from the office. Any
such medication found in a student's possession will be confiscated and the situation will be
dealt with by the school administration. Medication administration forms are available in the
school office.
Please note that parents may not send bottles of aspirin, Tylenol, decongestants, etc. to the
office with a note for the student to use them on an "as needed" basis - medication may only be
administered in accordance with the appropriately completed and signed form discussed
The medication shall be in a properly labeled pharmacy bottle containing the name and
telephone number of the pharmacy, the student’s identification, name of the physician, and
dosage of the medication to be given. The designated employee shall be responsible for the
medication at school and shall administer it in accordance with the physician’s indicated
dosage schedule. Student self-administration of medication is only allowed if the child has
specific written permission from the office. Medication for students in grade 9-12 will be
administered by a designated staff member in the DCS 9-12 office.
Students will not have access to their cell phones during class time and may only check
phones during passing periods and breaks. In case of emergency please contact the office
directly. To minimize classroom interruptions, parents and students are expected to remember
and plan ahead with before children leave for school. Excessive messages are difficult and
time-consuming for the office staff to process, as well as very disruptive to the classrooms. We
realize there are unavoidable circumstances that may necessitate a student receiving a message
during the school day; however, we do appreciate your cooperation in keeping these instances
to an absolute minimum.
The office telephone is a business telephone and is available for students’ use only in case of an
emergency or to notify you if they are to remain after school by teacher request. We have
found it necessary to restrict calls regarding forgotten books, homework, after school sports,
permission to visit a friend’s home after school, etc. Students and parents are asked to
remember and to plan ahead.
Students who must leave school during the day should provide a note from their parent giving
the reason and time the student should be excused. We urge all parents to pick up students at
recess or lunch to minimize disruptions to the class. Parents picking up a student are to do so
at the office. All students must be signed out in the office before they can be released. For your
child’s protection, it is our policy not to release a student to anyone other than the parents or
guardians, or someone named on the emergency card, without your written permission.
Any student who defaces, destroys, damages, or loses equipment or instructional materials
entrusted to him/her is responsible for those items. This includes, but is not limited to, books,
science equipment, physical education equipment, computers, and computer software. Legal
procedures may be taken for restitution.
Delta Charter High School Regular Daily Schedule:
Period 1: 8:55 – 9:55
Period 2: 10:00– 10:50
Period 3: 10:55 -11:50
Lunch: 11:50 – 12:20
Period 4: 12:425 – 1:15
Period 5: 1:20 – 2:10
Break: 2:10 – 2:17
Period 6: 2:20 – 3:10
Period 7: 3:15 – 4:10
Delta Charter High School Early (typo) Release Schedule:
Period 1: 8:55 - 9:25
Period 2: 9:30 – 10:00
Period 3: 10:05 – 10:35
Period 4: 10:40 – 11:10
Period 5: 11:15 – 11:45
Period 6: 11:50 – 12:20
Period 7: 12:25 – 12:55
Students in grades 9-12 compete in the California Interscholastic Federation in a variety of
sports. Certain eligibility requirements apply to each sport. See the school’s Athletic Director
for more information. All athletes representing Delta Charter High School must agree to and
abide by the Athletic Code of Conduct. Failure to adhere to the expectations outlined in the
Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action including removal from the team.
Additional information regarding the rule and regulations of CIF sports and Delta Charter
High School athletics can be found in the Delta Charter High School Athletic Handbook.
Uniforms must be returned at the end of the season, failure to so will result in a monetary fine
for the parents and student ineligibility for future participation in school sports until the issue
is resolved.
Delta Charter Schools partners with several agencies and behavioral health counselors to offer
behavioral health screening and counseling services. Screening services used to identify
student needs are available upon student, parent or teacher request. Students may self-refer, or
teachers or parents may recommend them for referral.
Mental Health Services of SJC Crisis Service (24 hrs) .................................... 468-8686
Mental Health Services of SJC Tracy Children’s Clinic ................................. 835-8583
Valley Community Counseling Services ......................................................... 835-8583
Adolescent Family Life Program/Cal Learn ................................................... 953-3647
Black Infant Health Program ............................................................................. 468-3004
Children’s Medical Services .............................................................................. 953-3600
Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care ......................................... 468-1408
Women, Infants and Children ........................................................................... 468-3280
AIDS Hotline ........................................................................................... 1-800-367-AIDS
Community Services: HIV/AIDS ...................................................................... 468-3820
Public Health Clinic ............................................................................................ 468-3820
Student Abuse Prevention ................................................................................ 464-4524
Sexual Assault/Rape .......................................................................................... 465-4997
Domestic Violence ............................................................................................... 465-
Rape Crisis Line ................................................................................................... 465-4997
National Runaway Hotline ...................................................................... 1-800-621-4000
California Runaway Hotline ................................................................... 1-800-843-5200
Dawn House ........................................................................................................ 465-4878
Alcohol/Drug Abuse 24 hour Hotline .................................................... 1-800-444-9999
Alcohol Treatment Center 24 hour Help Line ...................................... 1-800-861-6864
Trans Cultural Clinic for Mental Health (Stockton) ...................................... 953-8860
Alcoholics Anonymous ...................................................................................... 464-1594
Alcoholics & Narcotics Helpline 24 hours ............................................. 1-888-206-7272
Mental Health Services of SJC Crisis Service (24 hrs.) .................................... 468-8686
ILLEGAL SUBSTANCE/MATERIAL-FREE CAMPUS – Possession of illegal substances
including medications, narcotics, weapons, alcohol, vaping devices, and tobacco products are
prohibited on and around campus. Students caught using, possessing, selling, or distributing any
of these product(s) will face a Discipline Review Board (DRB) and minimum of one semester of
independent study.
Please advise the school office as early as possible when moving or transferring to another school.
When we know in advance of a transfer, we can prepare information that will help the next school
in class placement. Cumulative records are sent by mail as soon as the appropriate request is
received from the receiving school.
Requests for transfer between Delta Charter High School and Delta Charter Online/Keys must go
through the Delta Charter High School principal first. Requests will then be communicated to the
Delta Charter Online/Keys principal. If the request to transfer is granted, the student will remain
at Delta Charter Online/Keys for the remainder of the school year. Transfer back to Delta Charter
High School will be based on available openings at the particular grade level being requested.
(format changed) If no openings are available, the child will be placed on the waitlist for his/her
grade level.
When transporting students to and from Delta Charter Schools by private car on any authorized
trip, the following rules and regulations must always be obeyed:
1. The driver must observe all traffic regulations of the California Vehicle Code.
2. The number of occupants in any vehicle must conform to the number of seat belts.
3. Board policy requires proof of insurance and a driver’s license for any private
automobile/driver, which will be part of a field trip. If you are going to drive students
on a trip, the office must have on file: 1) a signed form acknowledging private
transportation regulations, 2) a copy of your driver’s license, and 3) an insurance policy
for an individual or group of $500,000.00 general liability insurance coverage. The
insurance policy must name the insurance carrier, the covered party or insured
individual, and all policies must be dated.
4. Transportation of youngsters in dune buggies, motorcycles, go-carts, tractors, lawn
mowers or riding in the back of pick-ups is not permitted.
5. Any vehicle employed for student transportation must be in good working condition.
Special attention shall be given to the safety of the students.
6. The Superintendent and Principal must authorize any and all trips.
Permission Form:
Parents must give written permission for their children to be transported to any school
sponsored event off the school grounds.
Parents are welcome to visit classrooms throughout the year. We request that you make
an appointment with the teacher before visiting a classroom. District policy and state
law require that all visitors check in at the school office prior to each visit.
Come with an open-minded, cooperative attitude, seeking to understand how you and
the teacher can work together to help your child. Enter and leave the classroom quietly.
Do not interrupt the teacher to answer questions. Please make arrangements for the care
of younger children so they will not distract the class. If you would like to talk with the
teacher, make an appointment for a later time when you can both speak more freely,
and when the teacher’s attention is not distracted from his/her classroom
In order to eliminate unnecessary interruptions, we request that parents and other
visitors leave messages, forgotten lunches, books, etc. in the office for their child. In this
way, the teacher is given the article or message at his/her break time, rather than
interrupting students’ precious learning time. Your cooperation in this matter will be
Student visitors are discouraged. If the classroom teacher and the principal give
approval, a visitor may come for generally no more than half a day. Requests for
visitors should be submitted at least one day in advance.
The successful operation of the school requires the time and effort of not only the paid staff,
but also of many parent volunteers. Volunteers must have fingerprint and TB clearance. All
volunteers must check in at the office beforehand.
Delta Charter Schools offers work experience for any student under the age of 18 who has a
work permit issued by Delta Charter School. All elements of the work experience guidelines
as outlined in the work experience program definitions must be adhered to. Any student not
maintaining the required academic requirements will not be able to participate in work
experience and will have his/her work permit revoked.
Delta Charter School will grant work permits to students who have a job and are earning at
least a 2.0 grade point average. A work permit form must be filled out completely by the
student, parent or legal guardian and employer and turned into the Administrative Assistant.
If approved, it will take 48 hours to return the signed work permit. Students who have been
granted a work permit must continue to make adequate progress toward completion of their
assigned courses.
Delta Charter Schools has a responsibility to parents and their children from the time that the
child leave(s) his/her home until the time he/she returns home again in the afternoon.
Therefore, these rules are enforced during the whole day, from the time the child leave(s)
home to the time he/she returns there. Any staff member may issue citations to students who
violate school rules. These rules apply to all school activities whether they occur before,
during or after school hours.
Students are to be picked up as soon as they are dismissed after school. Parents, please be on
time. Do not instruct them to wait for their brothers or sisters after sporting events. The staff
cannot accept responsibility for supervising them.
Fighting will not be tolerated at school. In the event of a dispute, any child who strikes another
person will be suspended. It makes no difference who “started” the dispute or who was
“simply fighting back.” The rule is simply stated: If a student hits another person he/she will
be suspended. (California State Education Code 48900)
Responsible student(s) will face minimum of one semester of independent study as the
consequence for violating the code of conduct.
Students, whether through their own actions or those of their parents/guardians, may be
disciplined, suspended, or disenrolled, from Delta Charter School for noncompliance with the
terms of the parent/student handbook; for causing Delta Charter School to be in jeopardy of or
actual violation of any provision of the law; any material violation of any of the conditions,
standards or procedures set forth in the Charter, by-laws or future rules and regulations; or for
committing any act or acts that would apply to suspension or expulsion of a pupil(s) from a
public school as identified in the California Education Code. A committee may be formed to
review disenrollment; however, the Superintendent shall have final authority in all matters
relating to suspensions, disenrollment, and consideration of reinstatement of suspended or
disenrolled students. All discipline matters will be conducted in compliance with
constitutional due process.
Cell phones are to be turned to silent/vibrate and put away once a student enters school
grounds. The device must be kept out of sight during the school day. Cell phone use resulting
in a disruption of the school environment may result in parent contact, confiscation, and
further disciplinary action.
Cell phones are valuable communicative devices in today’s world. However, use of cell phones
during the instructional time seriously impedes and distracts from the learning process. As a
school, we believe that students should be allowed to use cell phones on campus at
appropriate times but not during the instructional day due to the impact of these devices on
 Students are to turn off cell phones and keep them out of sight during class time.
 Students may not use electric outlets on site to charge their personal devices whether directly,
or through the school’s computers. In the event of emergencies, students may appeal to the
administrators for special permission.
 Students may use cell phones only before school, at lunch, during passing periods and after
 Teachers will review the cell phone policy and consequences for cell phone policy violation
with all their students at the beginning of the year.
 Teachers will advise administration of cell phone policy violations by writing an email to the
assistant principal and then documenting it in Aeries.
 Administrators and teachers will confiscate cell phones if necessary.
 All staff and students must be consistent with implementation of this policy and the
procedures below in order to ensure the learning process is not impacted or disrupted by cell
phone use.
 These rules may be applied for all electronic devices.
Consequences of Policy Violations:
1st offence – Phone taken by teacher till the end of period and recorded in Aeries visitation.
Teacher notifies parent and administrator.
2nd offence – Phone taken by teacher or administrator and kept in the office till the end of the
3rd offence – Phone taken by teacher or administrator and kept in the office till the end of the
day. Student receives detention for defiance. Administration notifies parent that they will have
to come in person to retrieve the phone if it is taken again.
4th offence – Phone taken and kept in the office till a parent comes to retrieve it; student
receives detention.
5th offence – Meeting with parents and behavioral contract signed/put in place.
Tardy in class is defined as being not fully across the classroom doorway and in the classroom
when the tardy bell rings.
In calculating tardy, both being late to school and late to class count as a tardy.
For the purpose of imposing consequences, tardy total resets each semester.
Consequences of Excessive Tardy:
4th tardy - Saturday School
8th tardy – Saturday School
9th tardy – Parent letter sent
12th tardy – Saturday school and parent attendance meeting held
Tardy in excess of 12 may result in more advanced discipline actions
Public Displays of Affection
Delta Charter recognizes that our students have relationships on campus. However, students
shall refrain from all Public Displays of Affection (PDA) while on campus or while attending
and/or participating in a school-related activity. PDAs can be offensive and are socially
unacceptable in a school setting. DCHS defines PDAs as acts of physical affection/contact that
may make those nearby uncomfortable and/or serve as a distraction to themselves and others.
Specific examples of PDA include, but is not limited to:
 Kissing
 Holding hands (in class)
 Inappropriate touching, including but not limited to:
 Fondling
 Cuddling
 Rubbing/massaging
 Caressing/stroking/petting
 Excessive or sustained hugging
Students caught engaging in such practices are subject to the
following disciplinary actions:
 1st Offense = Verbal Warning
 2nd Offense = Final warning to students; parents notified
 3rd Offense- Students receive detention for defiance
 4th offense- Behavior review parent meeting
1. Applaud, but do not boo, shout out, or whistle.
2. Enter and leave as quietly as possible with your teacher.
3. Always be courteous to the speaker, performer, or guest.
4. Students in a class are to sit together supervised by their teacher.
1. Unless approved by administration (Grades 9-12, only), only Delta students may
2. Parents must pick up their children promptly at the conclusion of the dance. Added -
Future dance participation is dependent upon students being picked up in timely
3. A dance is a school function and normal school rules must be obeyed. Parents of
misbehaving students will be contacted and the student will be asked to leave. Future
dance participation is dependent upon appropriate behavior/actions.
Delta Charter 9-12 Dress Code:
As a general rule of thumb, no backs, bellies, butts, bras, boxers, boobs should be visible on
campus. Additionally, no hoods, hats and headphones (including cords, ear buds) are allowed
in class
Student Dress Code (developed in concert with students and staff, fall 2016)
• Condition, Wear and Safety of Clothing
1. Nothing that distracts or poses a safety hazard
2. No hanging chains, spiked or studded accessories
• Tops/Skirts/Dresses
1. Tops must cover the upper and middle torso at all times.
2. Skirts must cover the lower torso with no skin showing between top and skirt
3. No exposed undergarments
4. No halter or tube tops; no transparent, half, or muscle shirts
5. No pajamas or bath robes
6. Students wearing inappropriate tops may be asked to cover them with a
borrowed shirt from Delta Charter or to call home for appropriate attire.
• Pants/Shorts
1. Must cover lower torso with no skin showing between top and pants/shorts
2. No exposed undergarments
• Footwear
1. Footwear must be worn at all times
2. No house slippers
• Language / Illustrations on Clothing
1. No obscene, vulgar, profane, or derogatory language or illustrations,
references or depiction of drugs or weapons on clothing
2. No sexual overtones, or anything that promotes alcohol, drugs, tobacco, gang
membership, or violence or something deemed a safety issue
Unauthorized Group Apparel is Prohibited
Clothing, jewelry, accessory, notebook or manner of grooming (including haircuts) which
by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark or any other attribute denotes membership in
an unauthorized group or group is prohibited.
1. No clothing or articles of clothing (including but not limited to gloves, bandannas,
shoestrings, wristbands, belts, jewelry) related to unauthorized groups that may provoke
others to acts of violence are prohibited.
2. Belt buckles with initials or red, blue, or brown web belts, belts hanging out of pants.
3. Red, blue or other colored shoelaces
4. Bandanas of any type of color, either worn in hair or displayed in clothing
5. Excessive clothing items (more than 2) of predominately one color
Because gang-related symbols are constantly changing, definitions of gang-related apparel
may be reviewed and updated whenever related information is received by administrators
and/or school safety committee.
Dress Code Violation:
If a student violates the dress code s/he will be given a warning by school staff. School
staff will notify a site administrator (Principal or Assistant Principal) with the student’s
name. The site administrator will notify parent/legal guardian of the warning. The
student must correct the clothing violation at that time, prior to returning to his/her
class schedule or use of school facilities. Refusal to comply with the rule will constitute
insubordination. If the student is sent home, student cannot return until a parent
conference is held.
The school has discretion to determine whether a student’s dress is appropriate.
All students riding the bus are expected to follow all bus rules and regulations.
1. Students must obey the bus driver.
2. Seatbelts MUST be worn at all times while in district vehicles that are so equipped.
3. All passengers shall sit facing forward with their feet and legs kept out of the aisle; feet
are to be kept off the seats.
4. All passengers shall remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop. To avoid
possible injury, heads, arms and legs shall be kept inside the bus at all times.
5. No Loud talking, yelling or screaming,
6. In no event shall the aisle, doors, steps, or emergency exits be blocked.
7. Silence must be observed at all railroad crossings.
8. Students shall board the bus at their regularly assigned bus stop and ride the bus they
are assigned unless otherwise instructed by the bus driver.
9. Students who wish to ride the bus to a stop other than their regular stop shall bring a
note first thing in the morning from their parents and be approved by the
Transportation director. Only existing stops may be used: no new stops will be created
for this purpose.
10. When riding the bus students are to remain in one seat; no changing of seats without
the permission of the driver.
11. Do not touch any controls or open/close any windows or doors without permission.
12. Never crawl or chase anything under a school bus.
13. Do not deface the bus. Parents will be charged for damages.
14. Be on time. Never run to or from the bus. Students should arrive at the bus stop no
more than ten (10) minutes before the scheduled arrival time of the bus.
15. Students who have missed the bus or have any questions regarding which bus to ride
should immediately report to the school office.
16. At a RED LIGHT CROSSING wait for the driver’s signal before crossing. ALWAYS
cross at least 10 feet in front of the bus. Students who must be escorted across the road
shall follow the directions of the driver.
17. Any improper bus stop procedures (not lining up, rock throwing, playing in streets,
property damage at bus stops, etc.) will result in a bus citation.
18. Depending on the severity of the offense, up to ten (10) days, or an automatic denial of
bus riding privileges may be imposed for the following:
a. Fighting, biting, or spitting
b. Obscene language or gestures
c. Possession of tobacco, alcohol, drugs or weapons
d. Vandalism to the bus and/or private property
e. Exiting the bus through a window
f. Endangering the safety of the bus driver or other bus riders
g. Any violation of these rules or regulations or inappropriate behavior
h. Items that are NOT allowed on the bus (include, but not limited to): Hoods,
Food, Liquids, candy, gum, glass containers, perfume, cologne, hair spray,
balloons, skates, skateboards, scooters, bats, balls, electronic devices, (including
Mp3 players, cell phones/bluetooth headsets, cd/dvd players, video games),
pornographic material, hobbies and crafts, refreshments for parties, live or dead
insects or animals, lighters, tobacco, drugs, alcohol, weapons, replica weapons, or
materials of ANY kind that could cause harm to another student or distract the
(hiding/attempting to conceal any item will not be tolerated.)
i. Due to limited storage space and the safety of ALL riders, ANY item larger than
14” x 20” may be refused by driver. All items must be kept inside rider’s
backpack at all times.
In the event of a severe disruption or violation of the rules, the driver and the
administrator may omit normal consequence “steps” and take whatever action is
necessary to insure that the bus is operated in a safe manner. This immediate action
may include:
1. Stopping the bus until the disruption ends.
2. Calling a dispatcher or law enforcement official to remove disruptive
3. Returning to the school and placing the offending student in detention until a
parent picks him/her up.
4. Returning to school for administrative assistance.
5. Suspension from school.
6. Permanent denial of bus riding privileges.
The distraction of the bus driver endangers all student riders and the driver. Since safe
transportation is a commitment to be shared equally by the home and school, parents are
urged to continually assist the school by reviewing good bus behavior with their child(ren).
For the safety of the students & drivers, buses may be equipped with video surveillance
equipment. Video may be used by district administrators in disciplinary proceedings.
Bus Stop Rules:
The general rules of conduct at the bus stop are as follows:
1. Riders should arrive at the bus stop on time, 10 minutes before pick up.
2. For two of more students: form a single, straight line and avoid pushing or shoving.
3. Riders should stand in a safe place and wait for the bus. Please stand off the road at
least 12 feet, if possible. If you are not able to stand 12 feet back, stand still until the
bus stops completely, because the driver has to stop the bus at least 12 feet away
from you; and just before the driver stops, he/she has to look into the left mirror to
stop the bus properly to be able to watch for traffic.
4. Please do not play with other students at the bus stop, or play with objects such as
balls, because you or someone else might run into the street, into the path of an
oncoming car or the bus itself.
5. Any rock throwing will cause a loss of bus privileges.
6. Students must behave appropriately at bus stops and not commit unsafe acts or
violate the rights of others.
7. Enter the bus when the driver gives permission.
Bus Citation

Red Light Crossing:
The following instructions are for RED LIGHT CROSSING child(ren) at their bus stop. A.
The driver will enter the street with his/her stop sign and look for traffic.
B. The child is to stand still and about six feet from the street until the driver tells him/her
to cross. He/She is to cross between the driver and the bus.
C. If the parent wishes to cross with the child, by law he/she must wait for the driver to
give permission to cross.
D. In the afternoon, when the driver takes the child home, the child is to follow the bus
driver and wait at the front right corner of the bus until the driver goes out into the
street, then gives the child permission to cross again.
Danger Zones:
Please review with your child attached picture showing the danger zones around the bus. It
shows the places where it could be hard for the driver to see a child, even if the driver is
looking for him/her in the mirrors. If a student drops something and it goes under or in front
of the bus, he/she should not try to get it on his/her own. The student is to step away from the
bus, tell the driver what happened, and ask for help. If the driver does not see the student, the
child shall wait until the bus has completely left the stop, then safely go and pick up whatever
has been dropped.
Students should cross at properly marked crosswalks or at the corners of intersections
Field Trip:
Students attending field trips must have a parent/guardian-signed permission slip on file with
the teacher, designated faculty advisor, or chaperone. Though siblings are allowed to attend in
certain situations, for insurance reasons they are not allowed to ride the bus. Also, parents who
bring siblings, or other younger children, will not be allowed to be chaperones, as they will be
distracted by the additional children. Please note that students are not allowed to attend field
trips with classes or groups that they are not a part of. Field trips may be cancelled without
notice if there are not sufficient chaperones to maintain student safety. Chaperones must be a
minimum of 21 years old. Students who attend the field trip must ride to and from the trip on
the bus. Students will not be allowed to be “signed out” to a parent.
Rainy Days/Inclement Weather:
There is no change in school arrival or dismissal times during bad weather. Please try to
provide your children with specific instructions as to what procedure they should follow if it
is raining at dismissal time. Every phone call from a parent requesting dismissal instructions
to be given to their child creates an interruption of the educational program.
Foggy Days:
Bus drivers will decide when to leave the school in the morning on foggy days. Quite often
buses will run late for safety purposes. Tune in the radio to 103.3 KAT Country or 93.1 FM for
bus information. No radio announcement will be given unless the buses are not running on
time. Please do not phone the school. The buses will leave the school one-hour later in the
morning if there is a foggy day schedule. Actual time of student pick up may vary. School will
start at regularly scheduled times.
Other Information:
1. Vehicle Code #545b and the CHP Passenger Transportation Safety Handbook states that
students are not allowed to be transported in the back of a pickup truck to or from a public
or private school or to or from a public or private school activity. Please observe this law
for the safety of all our children.
2. If your child is not riding the bus home or if you need to make sure he/she does ride the
bus home, please send a note along with the student as early as possible. When a request is
called in later in the day, we have to disrupt the classes to relay the messages. We, of
course, understand that occasionally an emergency may arise that necessitates an exception
to this, but on a daily basis you should make arrangements with your child before he/she
leaves home as to how he/she will be transported back home.
3. Loss of bus riding privileges applies to field trips. For example, if a student loses his/her
bus riding privileges on a school-home or home-school bus run, he/she is disqualified from
riding a bus for a field trip if such occurs during the time of the bus suspension.
Students, whether through their own actions or those of their parents/guardians, may be
suspended or disenrolled from Delta Charter School for noncompliance with the terms of the
parent/student handbook; for causing Delta Charter School to be in jeopardy of or actual
violation of any provision of the law; any material violation of any of the conditions, standards
or procedures set forth in the Charter, by-laws or future rules and regulations; or for
committing any act or acts that would apply to suspension or expulsion of a pupil(s) from a
public school as identified in the California Education Code. A committee may be formed to
review disenrollment; however, the Superintendent shall have final authority in all matters
relating to suspensions, disenrollment, and consideration of reinstatement of suspended or
disenrolled students. All discipline matters will be conducted in compliance with
constitutional due process.
Students, whether through their own actions or those of their parents/guardians, who
accumulate more than three unexcused absences per year will be assigned Saturday School
hours for each unexcused absence beyond three. In addition, any student who is tardy more
than three times per semester may also be assigned Saturday School Hours. Saturday School
hours may also be assigned for disciplinary infractions. Saturday School must be served at one
of the next two available Saturday School sessions; failure to do so may result in further
discipline including additional hours, and up to and including disenrollment. Student athletes
will not be allowed to participate in sports if they have more than four Saturday School hours.
Other school activities may be restricted for any student owing more than four Saturday
School hours and is at the complete discretion of the Principal. Student may be offered School
Site Community Service hours in lieu of Saturday School hours. School Site Community
Service hours are completely voluntary and are assigned by mutual consent of the student,
parent/guardian, and principal. All rules which apply to Saturday School also apply to School
Site Community Service.
Students are required to be in the assigned Saturday School classroom no later than 8:00AM to
receive credit for attendance. Students must stay for the entire four hours unless prior
arrangements have been made with the principal. Students are required to bring school work
to complete during the Saturday School session; if not, work will be assigned by school staff.
Failure to make adequate progress on above mentioned work, any disrespectful behavior,
failure to turn in phone immediately upon arrival to Saturday School, or further violations of
the school’s disciplinary policies, will result in removal from Saturday School (all hours will be
forfeited). Further disciplinary action will be taken and may result in disenrollment. Students
who have verifiable religious objections to Saturday School are exempt and the student will be
provided an alternative time to serve their hours.
State law requires that parents be notified of their rights and responsibilities in certain matters
pertaining to their children’s education.
1. Absence for Religious Exercises and Instruction: Pupils may be excused, with written
permission from a parent or guardian, in order to participate in religious exercises or receive moral
and religious instruction away from school property. Every pupil so excused must attend at least the
minimum school day.(Ed. Code, ~ 46014)
2. Comprehensive Sexual Health Education and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education:
Parents may request in writing that their child not receive comprehensive sexual health education or
HIV/AIDS prevention education. Parents may inspect the written and audio visual educational
materials used in comprehensive sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention education.
Parents have a right to request that the District provide them with a copy of the Education Code
section 51938.
Every child’s parent will be notified prior to the commencement of any comprehensive sexual
health education and HIV/AIDS prevention education instruction as to the date of such instruction
and whether the instruction will be taught by District personnel or by outside consultants. If outside
consultants are used, the name of the organization of each guest speaker will be identified. Parents
have a right to request that the District provide them with a copy of Education Code sections 51933
and 51934.
3. Excuse From Instruction in Health: Upon written request of a parent, a pupil may be
excused from any part of instruction in health which conflicts with the parent(s)’ religious training or
(including personal moral convictions). (Ed. Code, ~ 51240)
4. Administration of Medication: Medication prescribed by a physician for a child may be
administered during the school day by a registered nurse or other designated school personnel, or
self-administered by the child if the medication is prescription auto-injectable epinephrine or
prescription inhaled asthma medication, but only if the parent consents in writing and provides
detailed written instructions from a physician. Forms for administering medication may be obtained
from the school secretary. (Ed. Code, ~ 49423, 4423.1, 49423.5, 49480)
5. Students on Medication: Parents are to notify the principal if their child is on a
continuing medication regime. This notification shall include the name of the medication being taken,
the dosage, and the name of the supervising physician. With parental consent, the principal or school
nurse may confer with the physician regarding possible effects of the drug, including symptoms of
adverse side effects, omission or overdose and counsel with school personnel as deemed appropriate.
(Ed.Code, ~ 49480)
6. Immunizations: The District shall exclude from school any pupil who has not been
immunized properly. Pursuant to Health & Safety Code section 120325, a parent or guardian may
consent in writing for a physician, surgeon, or health care practitioner acting under the direction of a
supervising physician and surgeon, to administer an immunizing agent to a pupil at school.
~ 48216, 48853.5(d)(7)(B), 48980(a), 49403, Health & Safety Code, ~120325, 120335, 120341)
7. Physical Exams and Testing: The District is required to conduct certain physical
examinations and vision, hearing and scoliosis testing of students unless the parent has a current
written objection on file. However, the child may be sent home if he or she is believed to be suffering
from a recognized contagious or infectious disease. (Ed.Code, ~ 49451, 49452, 49452.5 and 49455,
Health & Safety Code, ~ 124085)
8. Confidential Medical Services: For students in grades 7 through 12, the District may
release a student for the purpose of obtaining confidential medical services without obtaining the
consent of the student’s parent or guardian. (Ed. Code, ~ 46010.1)
9. Medical Coverage for Injuries: Medical and hospital services for pupils injured at
school or school-sponsored events, or while being transported, may be insured at parent’s expense.
No pupil shall be compelled to accept such services without his or her consent or, if the pupil is a
minor, without the consent of a parent or guardian. The District provides and pays for secondary
insurance coverage only. (Ed. Code, ~ 49472)
10. Medical and Hospital Services Not Provided: The District does not provide medical
and hospital services for students injured while participating in athletic activities. However, all
members of school athletic teams must have accidental injury insurance that covers medical and
hospital expenses. (Ed Code ~ 32221.5, 49471)
11. Services for Students with Exceptional Needs or a Disability: State and federal law
requires that a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment be
offered to qualified pupils with disabilities ages 3 through 21 years. Students classified as individuals
with exceptional needs for whom a special education placement is unavailable or inappropriate may
receive services in a private nonsectarian school. Please contact the local director of special education
for specific information. (Ed. Code, ~ 56040, et seq.) In addition, services are available for students
who have a disability that interferes with their equal access to educational opportunities. (Section 504
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 34 C.F.R. ~104.32) The District official listed below is responsible for
handling requests for services under Section 504 and may be reached at the following address and
Steve Payne, Assistant Superintendent, Student Services
New Jerusalem School District, 31400 S. Koster Rd., Tracy, CA 95304
(209) 830-6363
12. No Academic Penalty for Excused Absence: No pupil may have his or her grade
reduced or lose academic credit for any absence or absences which are excused for the reasons
specified below when missed assignments and tests that can reasonably be provided are satisfactorily
completed within a reasonable period of time. (Ed Code, ~ 48205, 48980(j)) A pupil shall be excused
from school when the absence is:
(1) Due to his or her illness.
(2) Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer.
(3) For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic services rendered.
(4) For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family,
so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not
more than three days if the service is conducted outside California.
(5) For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law.
(6) Due to the illness or medical appointment during the school hours of a child of whom the pupil
is the custodial parent.
(7) For justifiable personal reasons, including but not limited to, an appearance in court, attendance
at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at
religious retreats, or attendance at an employment conference, or attendance at an educational
conference on the legislative or judicial process offered by a nonprofit organization, when the
pupil’s absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the
principal or a designated representative pursuant to uniform standards established by the
governing board.
(8) For the purpose of serving as a member of a precinct board or an election consultant to section
12302 of the Elections Code.
(9) For the purpose of spending time with a member of the pupil’s immediate family, who is an
active duty member of the uniformed services, as defined in Section 497-1, and has been called
to duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from, deployment to a combat zone
or combat support position. Absences granted pursuant to this paragraph shall be granted for a
period of time to be determined at the discretion of the superintendent of the school district.
A pupil absent from school under this section shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests
missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion within
a reasonable period of time, shall be given full credit therefor. The teacher of the class from which a
pupil is absent shall determine which tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not
necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence.
For purposes of this section, attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed four hours per semester.
“Immediate family,” as used in this section refers to mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, or a
grandchild of the pupil or of the spouse of the pupil, and the spouse, son, son-in-law, daughter,
daughter-in-law, brother, or sister of the pupil, or any relative living in the immediate household of
the pupil. (Ed. Code, ~ 48205)
13. Equal Opportunity: Equal opportunities for both sexes in all educational
programs and activities run by the District is a commitment made by the District to all students. (Title
IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.) Inquiries on all matters, including complaints, regarding
the implementation of Title IX in the District may be referred to the District official listed below at the
following address and telephone:
David Thoming, Superintendent
New Jerusalem School District, 31400 S. Koster Rd., Tracy, CA 95304
(209) 830-6363
14. Complaints (Special Education): Parents may file a complaint concerning
violations of federal or state law or regulations governing special education related services.
To file a complaint, write a description of the manner in which the parent believes special
education programs for handicapped do not comply with state or federal law or regulations
and file with the District official listed below at the following address and telephone:
Steve Payne, Deputy Superintendent, Student Services
New Jerusalem School District, 31400 S. Koster Rd., Tracy, CA 95304
(209) 830-6363
(Cal. Code Regs., tit. 5, ~ 4630)
15. Release of Student Information: The District does not release information or
records concerning a child to noneducational organizations or individuals without parent
consent except by court order, receipt of a lawfully issued subpoena, or when otherwise
allowed by law. The following categories of directory information may be made available to
various persons, agencies or institutions unless the parent or guardian notifies the District in
writing not to release such information: Name, address, telephone, date of birth, e-mail
address, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports,
weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, diplomas and awards
received, and most recent previous educational institution attended. (Ed. Code, ~ 49060 et
seq., 49073, 20 U.S.C. ~ 1232g, 34 C.F.R. ~ 99.7) In accordance with state and federal law, the
District may also make available photographs, videos and class rosters.
16. Inspection of Student Records: State law requires that the District notify parents
of the following rights, which pertain to student records. (Ed. Code, ~ 49063, 49069, 34 C.F.R.
~ 99.7)
b. A parent or guardian has the right to inspect and review student records relating directly to
his or her child during school hours or obtain a copy of such records within five (5) business
days of his/her request.
c. Any parent who wishes to review the types of student records and information contained
therein may do so by contacting the principal at his/her child’s school. The principal of each
school is ultimately responsible for maintenance of student records.
d. A parent with legal custody has a right to challenge information contained in his/her child’s
records. Any determination to expunge a student’s record is made after a review of said
record(s) by site administrators and certificated staff. Following an inspection and review of
student records, the parent may challenge the content of the student’s record. The right to
challenge becomes the sole right of the student when the student becomes eighteen (18) years
of age.
The parent may file a written request with the Superintendent of the District to remove any
information recorded in the written records concerning the child, which is alleged to be:
(1) Inaccurate.
(2) An unsubstantiated personal conclusion or inference.
(3) A conclusion or inference outside of the observer’s area of competence.
(4) Not based on the personal observation of a named person with the time and place of the
(5) Misleading.
(6) In violation of the privacy or other rights of the pupil.
Within thirty (30) days, the Superintendent shall meet with the parent/guardian and the
certificated employee, who recorded the information, if any, and if the person is still employed
with the District, and sustain or deny the allegations. If the allegations are sustained, the
Superintendent shall order the correction, removal or destruction of the information. If the
Superintendent denies the allegations, the parent may appeal the decision to the Governing
Board within thirty (30) days. The Board shall determine whether or not to sustain or deny the
allegations. If the Board sustains the allegations, it shall order the Superintendent to
immediately correct, remove or destroy the information from the written records of the student.
(Ed. Code, ~ 49070) If the final decision of the Board is unfavorable to the parents, or if the
parent accepts an unfavorable decision by the District Superintendent, the parent shall have the
right to submit a written statement of objections to the information. This statement shall
become a part of the student’s school record until such time as the information objected is
removed. Both the Superintendent and the Board have the option of appointing a hearing panel
in accordance with Education Code sections 49070-49071 to assist in the decision making. The
decision as to whether a hearing panel is to be used shall be made at the discretion of the
Superintendent or the Board and not of the challenging party.
e. A Student Records Log is maintained for each student. The Student Records Log lists persons,
agencies or organizations requesting and/or receiving information from the records to the
extent required by law. Student Record Logs are located at each school and are open to
inspection by parents or guardians. (Ed. Code, ~ 49064)
f. School officials and employees having a legitimate educational interest, as well as persons
identified in Education Code section 49076 and in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act, may access student records without first obtaining parental consent. “School officials and
employees” are persons employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor,
or support staff member (including health or medical staff and District-employed law
enforcement personnel), a Board member, a person or company with whom the District has
contracted to perform a special service (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or
therapist), or a parent or student whose access to student records is legally authorized. A
“legitimate educational interest” is one held by a school official or employee whose duties and
responsibilities create a reasonable need for access.
(Ed. Code, ~ 49063(d), 49076, 20 U.S.C.~1232g)
g. Parents and guardians have the right to authorize the release of student records to themselves.
Only parents and guardians with legal custody can authorize the release of student records to
h. Parents and guardians will be charged 10¢ per page for the reproduction of student records.
i. Parents have a right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education for alleged
violations of parent rights related to student records. (20 U.S.C. ~ 1232g(g))
j. Parents may obtain a copy of the District’s complete student records policy by contacting the
17. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: In addition, parents have certain
rights regarding student information and records, which are guaranteed under federal law.
This information is included in the Parent Handbook.
18. Student Discipline: District and School Rules pertaining to student discipline are
available to parents or guardians of district students in the school office. (Ed. Code, ~ 35291)
Students may be subject to discipline for off-campus misconduct if the misconduct is related
to school activity or attendance and causes or is reasonably likely to cause a substantial
disruption to school activity. For example, a student using technology such as a home
computer, cellular phone, or other electronic communication device may be disciplined for
engaging in unlawful harassment or making threats against students, staff, or district
property even if such misconduct occurred off-campus and during nonschool hours.
19. Dissection of Animals: If a student has a moral objection to dissecting (or
otherwise harming or destroying) animals, or any part of an animal, the pupil must notify
the teacher regarding such objection, and the objection must be substantiated with a note
from the pupil’s parent or guardian. If the pupil chooses to refrain from participating in
such a project or test, and if the teacher believes that an adequate alternative education
project or test is possible, then the teacher may work with the pupil to develop and agree
upon an alternate education project or test for the purpose of providing the pupil an
alternate avenue for obtaining the knowledge, information or experience required by the
course of study. (Ed. Code, ~ 32255-32255.6)
20. Temporary Disability: A temporary disability, which makes it impossible or
inadvisable for a student to attend class, may entitle the student to receive individualized
instruction. It is the responsibility of the pupil’s parent or guardian to notify the school
district in which the pupil is deemed to reside of the pupil’s need for individualized
instruction. A student with a temporary disability who is in a hospital or other residential
health facility, other than a state hospital, which is located outside the student’s school
district of residence shall be deemed to comply with the residency requirements of the
school district in which the hospital is located. (Ed. Code, ~ 48206.3, 48207, 48208, 48980(b))
21. Student Residency: A student may be enrolled in the District if (1) the student’s
parent, legal guardian or other person having control and charge of the student resides in
the District (Ed. Code ~ 48200); (2) the District has approved interdistrict attendance (Ed.
Code, ~46600; (3) the student is placed in a regularly established children’s institution,
licensed foster home, or family home; (4) the student is emancipated and lives within the
District, (5) the student lives in the home of an adult who has submitted a caregiver
affidavit, or (6) the student resides in a state hospital within the District. (Ed. Code, ~ 48204)
The law allows, but does not require, a district to accept a student for enrollment where at
least one parent or legal guardian of the student is physically employed within the district’s
boundaries for a minimum of 10 hours during the school week. (Ed. Code, ~48204).
22. Attendance Options: All districts must inform parents at the beginning of the
school year how to enroll in a school within the district that is different than the one
assigned. Students who attend schools other than those assigned by the district are referred
to as “transfer students” throughout this notification. There are three separate processes for
selecting schools in other districts (interdistrict transfer). (Ed. Code, ~48980(h)) There is also
a process under the Open Enrollment Act for students enrolled in “low-achieving schools”
as identified annually by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. (Ed. Code, ~48350 et
Parents interested in interdistrict transfers should contact:
Steve Payne, Deputy Superintendent, Student Services
New Jerusalem School District, 31400 S. Koster Rd., Tracy, CA 95304 (209)
The general requirements and limitations of each process are described as follows:
a. Choosing a School Outside District in Which Parent Lives: Parents have three different
options for choosing a school outside the district in which they live. The three options are:
i. Districts of Choice (Ed. Code, ~48300 - 48315): The law allows, but does not require,
each school district to become a “district of choice”–-that is, a district that accepts transfer students
from outside the district under the terms of the referenced Education Code sections. The school
board of a district that decides to become a “district of choice” must determine the number of
students it is willing to accept in this category each year and make sure that the students are selected
through a “random, unbiased process”, which prohibits student enrollment and district
communications about enrollment from being based upon actual or perceived academic or athletic
performance, or any other personal characteristic. If the number of transfer applications exceeds the
number of students the school board is willing to accept, transfer approval must be determined by a
random public drawing held at a regular board meeting. If the district chooses not to become a
“district of choice”, a parent may not request a transfer under these provisions. Other provisions of
the “district of choice” option include:
Either the district to or from which a student would transfer may deny a transfer if it
will negatively affect the racial and ethnic balance of the district, or a court-ordered or
voluntary desegregation plan. The district a student would be leaving may also limit the total
number of students transferring out of the district each year to a specified percentage of its
total enrollment, depending on the size of the district.
No student who currently attends a school or lives within the attendance area of a
school can be forced out of that school to make room for a student transferring under these
Siblings of students already attending school in the “district of choice” must be given
transfer priority.
A parent may request transportation assistance within the boundaries of the “district of
choice”. The district is required to provide transportation only to the extent it already does so.
ii. Other Interdistrict Transfers (Ed. Code, 46601.5 - 46611): The law allows two or more
districts to enter into an agreement for the transfer of one or more students for a period of up to
five years. New agreements may be entered into for additional periods of up to five years each.
The agreement must specify the terms and conditions under which transfers are permitted. The
law on interdistrict transfers also provides for the following:
Once a pupil is enrolled in a school pursuant to an interdistrict transfer agreement, the
pupil must be allowed to continue to attend the school in which he or she is enrolled without
reapplying, unless revocation of the interdistrict transfer is a term and condition of the
agreement between the districts; however, a district must not rescind existing transfer permits
for pupils entering grade 11 or 12 in the subsequent school year.
Upon request, a pupil determined to be the victim of an act of bullying by a pupil of the
district of residence must be given priority of interdistrict attendance under any existing
interdistrict attendance agreement or additional consideration for the creation of an
interdistrict attendance agreement. (Ed.Code, ~46600(b), 48900(r))
If either district denies a transfer request, a parent may appeal that decision to the
county board of education. There are specified timelines in the law for filing an appeal and for
the county board of education to make a decision.
iii. “Allen Bill” Transfers (Ed. Code, 48204(b)): The law allows, but does not require, each school
district to adopt a policy whereby the student may be considered a resident of the school district in
which his/her parents (or legal guardian(s)) physically work for a minimum of 10 hours during the
school week if that is different from the school district in which the student resides. This code section
does not require that a school district accept a student requesting a transfer on this basis, but a
student may not be rejected on the basis of race/ethnicity, sex, parental income, academic
achievement, or any other “arbitrary” consideration. Other provisions of Education Code section
48204(b) include:
Either the district in which the parent (or legal guardian) lives or the district in which
the parent (or legal guardian) physically works may prohibit the student’s transfer if it is
determined that there would be a negative impact on the district’s desegregation plan.
The district in which the parent (or legal guardian) physically works may reject a
transfer it is determines that the cost of educating the student would be more than the amount
of state funds the district would receive for educating the student.
There are set limits (based on total enrollment) on the net numbers of students that may
transfer out of a district under this law, unless the district approves a greater number of
There is no required appeal process for a transfer that is denied. However, the district
that declines to admit a student must provide in writing to the parent the specific reasons for
denying the transfer.
b. Applying to Attend a School under the Open Enrollment Act: The Open Enrollment Act allows
the parent of a pupil enrolled in a “low-achieving school” to submit an application for the pupil to
transfer to another public school served by the school district of residence or another school district.
(Ed. Code, ~48350 et seq.) The parent must submit an application requesting a transfer to the school
district in which the parent does not reside, but in which the parent intends to enroll the pupil. With
some exceptions, the application must be submitted prior to January 1 of the school year before the
school year for which the pupil is requesting a transfer. Both of the school districts from which and
to which the parent has applied to transfer may prohibit or limit pupil transfers in accordance with
the Open Enrollment Act. Additionally, the school district in which the parent does not reside, but in
which the parent intends to enroll the pupil may adopt specific, written standards for acceptance and
rejection of applications pursuant to the Open Enrollment Act. (Ed. Code, ~48356)
23. Sexual Harassment Policy: Each student will receive a written copy of the district
policy on sexual harassment. The purpose of this policy is to provide notification of the prohibition
against sexual harassment as a form of sexual discrimination and to provide notification of available
remedies. A copy of the District’s policy on sexual harassment is attached. (Ed. Code,~ 231.5,
24. Notice of Alternative Schools: California state law authorizes all school districts to
provide for alternative schools. Section 58500 of the Education Code defines alternative school as a
school or separate class group within a school which is operated in a manner designed to:
a. Maximize the opportunity for students to develop the positive values of self-reliance, initiative,
kindness, spontaneity, resourcefulness, coverage, creativity, responsibility, and joy.
b. Recognize that the best learning takes place when the student learns because of the student’s
desire to learn.
c. Maintain a learning situation maximizing student self-motivation and encouraging the student
in his or her own time to follow his or her own interests. These interests may be conceived by
the student totally and independently or may result in whole or in part from a presentation by
the student’s teachers of choices of learning projects.
d. Maximize the opportunity for teachers, parents and students to cooperatively develop the
learning process and its subject matter. This opportunity shall be a continuous permanent
e. Maximize the opportunity for the students, teachers, and parents to continuously react to
the changing world, including but not limited to the community in which the school is located.
In the event any parent, pupil, or teacher is interested in further information concerning
alternative schools, the county superintendent of schools, the administrative office of this district
and the principal’s office in each attendance unit have copies of the law available for parent
information. This law particularly authorizes interested persons to request the governing board
of the district to establish alternative school programs in each district. (Ed. Code, ~58501)
25. Nutrition Program: The State Department of Education has established a statewide
program to provide nutritious meals and milk at school for pupils, and to provide free meals to
the neediest children. In some instances, nominal cash payments may be required. (Ed. Code, ~
49510 et seq.)
26. U.S. Department of Education Programs: The following applies only to programs
directly funded by the U.S. Department of Education: All instructional materials, including
teacher’s manuals, films, tapes, or other supplementary material which will be used in
connection with any survey, analysis, or evaluation shall be available for inspection by the
parents or guardians of the children. No student shall be required, as part of any applicable U.S.
Department of Education funded program, to submit to a survey, analysis, or evaluation that
reveals information concerning: a. political affiliations;
b. mental and psychological problems potentially embarrassing to the student or his family;
c. sex behavior and attitudes;
d. illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating and demeaning behavior;
e. critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family
f. legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians,
and ministers;
g. religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; or
h. income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program
or for receiving financial assistance under such program), without the prior consent of the
student (if the student is an adult or emancipated minor), or in the case of an unemancipated
minor, without the prior written consent of the parent. (20 U.S.C. ~ 1232h)
27. Uniform Complaint Procedures: Complaints Alleging Discrimination, Harassment,
Intimidation, and Bullying: State and federal law prohibit discrimination in education programs and
activities. Under State law, all pupils have the right to attend classes no school campuses that are
safe, secure, and peaceful. (Ed.Code, ~32261) Additionally, all acts related to school activity or
attendance must be free of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or
perceived characteristics, such as disability (mental and physical), gender (includes gender identity,
gender expression, and gender-related appearance and behavior whether or not stereotypically
associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth), nationality (includes citizenship, country of origin
and national origin), race or ethnicity (includes ancestry, color, ethnic group identification and ethnic
background), religion (includes all aspects of religious belief, observance and practice, including
agnosticism and atheism), sexual orientation (heterosexuality, homosexuality or bisexuality), or
association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. (Ed.
Code, ~210-214, 220 et seq., 234 et seq.,, 66260-66269, Cal. Code Regs., tit. 5, ~4900 et seq., 20 U.S.C.,
~1681 et seq., 29 U.S.C., ~794, 42 U.S.C., ~2000d et seq., 42 U.S.C., ~12101 et seq., 34 C.F.R., ~106.9) In
addition to being the subject of a complaint, pupil engaging in an act of bullying as defined by
Education Code section 48900(r) may be suspended from school or recommended for explusion.
The District has a written complaint procedure, which may be used in cases where individuals or a
group have suffered discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 5, ~
4610, 4630, 4650, Ed. Code, ~234 et seq., 48900(r).)
a. Any individual, public agency or organization has the right to file a written complaint
alleging that he/she has personally suffered unlawful discrimination or that an individual or
specific class of individuals has been subjected to unlawful discrimination. (Cal. Code Regs., tit.
5, ~
b. Complaints must usually be filed with the district superintendent. In the following cases,
however, complaints may be filed directly with the State Superintendent of Public
Instruction: (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 5, ~ 4630(a), 4650)
(1) Complaints alleging that the District failed to comply with the complaint procedures described
(2) Complaints alleging facts, which indicate that complainant will suffer an immediate loss of
some benefit such as employment or education.
(3) Complaints requesting anonymity, but only where complainant also provides clear and
convincing evidence that complainant would be in danger of retaliation if filing complaint at
the District level.
(4) Complaints alleging that the District failed or refused to implement a final decision regarding
a complaint originally filed with the District.
(5) Complaints alleging that the District took no action within sixty (60) days regarding a
complaint originally filed with the District.
(6) The District refuses to respond to the State Superintendent’s request for information regarding
a complaint originally filed with the District.
c. Discrimination complaints must be filed within six (6) months of the date the alleged
discrimination occurred, or within six (6) months of the date the complainant first obtained
knowledge of the facts of the alleged discrimination. Within that six (6) month period,
complainant may file a written request with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction for
an extension of up to ninety (90) days. Extensions will not be automatically granted, but may
be granted for good cause. (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 5, ~ 4630(b))
Complaints Other Than Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying:
The District has a written complaint procedure, which may be used in cases where any individual,
public agency or organization alleges violations of state or federal law, other than those relating to
discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying.
a. Written complaints may be made in the following areas:
(1) Adult Basic Education
(2) Consolidated Categorical Aid Programs
(3) Migrant Education
(4) Vocational Education
(5) Child Care and Development
(6) Child Nutrition
(7) Special Education
(Cal. Code Regs., tit. 5, ~ 4610(b), 4630)
b. Complaints must usually be filed with the district superintendent. However, complaints may
be filed directly with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in the following cases:
(1) Complaints alleging that the District failed to comply with the complaint procedures described
(2) Complaints regarding Child Development and Child Nutrition programs not administered by
the District.
(3) Complaints requesting anonymity, but only where complainant also provides clear and
convincing evidence that complainant would be in danger of retaliation if filing complaint at
District level.
(4) Complaints alleging that the District failed or refused to implement a final decision regarding
a complaint originally filed with the District.
(5) Complaints alleging that the District took no action within sixty (60) days regarding a
complaint originally filed with the District.
(6) Complaints relating to Special Education, but only if:
(a) District unlawfully refuses to provide a free appropriate public education to handicapped
students; or
(b) District refuses to comply with due process procedures or fails to implement due process
hearing order; or
(c) Children may be in immediate physical danger, or their health, safety or welfare is
threatened; or
(d) A handicapped pupil is not receiving the services specified in his/her Individual
Educational Program (IEP); or
(e) The complaint involves a violation of federal law.
(7) The District refuses to respond to the State Superintendent’s request for information regarding
a complaint originally filed with the District.
(Cal. Code Regs., tit. 5, ~ 4630, 4650)
c. Williams Complaints: Complaints, including anonymous complaints, may be made and
addressed on a shortened time line for the following areas: (Ed. Code, ~ 35186)
(1) Insufficient textbooks and instructional materials;
(2) Emergency or urgent school facilities conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of
(3) Teacher vacancy or misassignment; or
(4) The provision of intensive instruction and services for pupils who have not passed the high
school exit exam by the end of grade 12.
A complainant not satisfied with the resolution of a Williams Complaint has further rights under
Education Code Section 35186.
Responsible Official: The District official responsible for processing complaints is listed below at the
following address:
David Thoming, Superintendent
New Jerusalem School District Office, 31400 S. Koster Rd., Tracy, CA 95304
a. Except for Williams Complaints, if a complaint is denied, in full or in part, by the District, the
complainant may appeal to the California Department of Education. (Ed. Code, ~262.3(a), Cal. Code
Regs., tit. 5, ~ 4632)
(1) Appeals must be filed within fifteen (l5) days of receiving the District decision.
Complainant may, within that fifteen (15) day period, file a written request for an extension.
Extensions will not be automatically granted, but may be granted for good cause.
(2) Appeals must be in writing.
(3) Appeals must specify the reason(s) for appealing the District decision.
(4) Appeals must include a copy of the original complaint and a copy of the District decision.
b. If a complaint is denied, in full or in part, by the Department of Education, the complainant
may request reconsideration by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. (5 C.C.R.~4665)
(1) Reconsideration must be requested within thirty-five (35) days of receiving the Department of
Education report.
(2) The original decision denying the complaint will remain in effect and enforceable unless and until
the State Superintendent of Public Instruction modifies that decision.
Civil Law Remedies:
In addition to the above-described complaint procedure, or upon completion of that procedure,
complainants may have civil law remedies. These civil law remedies can include, but are not limited
to, injunctions and restraining orders. These civil law remedies are granted by a court of law and may
be used, in part, to prevent the District from acting in an unlawful manner. Delay in pursuing civil
law remedies before a court of law may result in loss of rights to those remedies. Any questions
regarding civil law remedies should be directed to an attorney. (Ed. Code, ~ 262.3(b), Cal. Code Regs.,
tit. 5, ~ 4622)
28. Pupil-Free Staff Development Day and Minimum Day Schedule: A copy of the
District’s pupil-free staff development days and minimum day schedules is attached for reference. A
pupil’s parent or guardian will be notified during the school year of any additional minimum days
and pupil-free staff development days no later than one month before the actual date. (Ed. Code, ~
29. Review of Curriculum: A prospectus of curriculum, including titles, descriptions, and
instructional aims of every course offered by each public school, is available at the school site for
parent review upon request. Copies are available upon request for a reasonable fee not to exceed the
actual copying cost. (Ed. Code, ~ 49063, 49091.14)
30. Child Find System; Policies and Procedures: Any parent suspecting that a child has
exceptional needs may request an assessment for eligibility for special education services through the
school principal. Policy and procedures shall include written notification to all parents of their rights
pursuant to Education Code section 56300 et seq. (Ed. Code, ~ 56301; 34 C.F.R. ~ 104.32 (b))
31. School Accountability Report: Parents/guardians may request a hard copy of the
School Accountability Report Card which is issued annually for each school of the District. (Ed. Code,
~ 35256)
32. Asbestos Management Plan: An updated management plan for asbestos-containing
material in school buildings is available at the District Office. (40 C.F.R.~ 763.93)
33. Availability of State Funds to Cover Costs of Advanced Placement Examination Fees:
School districts may apply to the State Department of Education for grant funding to assist
economically disadvantaged pupils pay for advanced placement examination fees. School districts
that apply for these grants must designate specific school district staff to whom pupils may submit
applications for grants and must institute a plan to notify pupils of the availability of financial
assistance. A copy of the District’s notification of these grant monies, if applicable, is attached. (Ed.
Code, ~48980(k) and 52244)
34. No Child Left Behind Act of 2001: Under the NCLB Act, parents have the following
(1) Information Regarding Professional Qualifications of Teachers, Paraprofessionals,
and Aides: Upon request, parents have a right to information regarding the professional
qualifications of their student’s classroom teachers, paraprofessionals and aides. This includes
whether the teacher meets the state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grades and subjects
s/he teaches, whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency permit or other provisional status
because of special circumstances, the teacher’s college major, whether s/he has any advanced degrees
and the subject(s) of those degrees, and whether any instructional aides or paraprofessionals provide
services to the parents’ child and, if so, their qualifications. The District shall also notify parents if
their child has been assigned to or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher
who is not highly qualified. (20 U.S.C. ~6311(h)(6))
(2) Information Regarding Individual Student Reports on Statewide Assessments: Upon
request, parents have a right to information on the level of achievement of their student on every
State academic assessment administered to the student. (20 U.S.C. ~6311(h)(6))
(3) Limited English Proficient Students: The Act requires notice be given to parents of
limited English proficient students regarding limited English proficiency programs, including: the
reasons for the identification of the student as limited English proficient; the need for placement in a
language instruction educational program; the student’s level of English proficiency, and how such
level was assessed; the status of the student’s academic achievement; the methods of instruction used
in the available programs; how the recommended program will meet the student’s needs; the exit
requirements for the program; how the program meets the objectives of the student’s IEP, if
applicable, and; parent options for removing a student from a program and/or declining initial
enrollment. (20 U.S.C. ~6312(g)(1)(A))
(4) Program Improvement Schools: Parent shall be notified when their child’s school is
identified a “program improvement” school. Parents must be notified as to what the identification
means, how the school compares to other District schools, the reasons for the identification, how the
low achievement is being addressed by the school, District, or State, and how the parents can be
involved. The parents must also be notified about the opportunities for school choice and
supplemental instruction. (20 U.S.C. ~6316(b)(6))
The information provided above is available upon request from each child’s school or the
district office. Additional notices that may be required under the No Child Left Behind Act shall be
sent separately. (20 U.S.C. ~ 6301 et seq.)
36. Children in Homeless Situations: Each local district shall appoint a liaison for
homeless children who shall ensure the dissemination of public notice of the educational rights of
students in homeless situations. (42 U.S.C. ~ 11432(g)(l)(J)(ii), (g)(6))
37. Sex Equity in Career Planning: Parents shall be notified in advance of career
counseling and course selection commencing with course selection in Grade 7, to promote sex equity
and allow parents to participate in counseling sessions and decisions. (Ed. Code, ~ 221.5(d))
38. Pesticide Products: All schools are required to provide parents or guardians with
annual written notice of expected pesticide use at schools. The attached list provides the name of
each pesticide product, the active ingredient(s) and the Internet address for further information.
Parents or guardians may request prior notice of individual pesticide applications at the school. If a
parent wishes to be notified every time a pesticide is going to be applied, he or she must complete the
attached form and return it to his or her child’s school. (Ed. Code, ~ 48980.c, 17612)
Notification of Rights Under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Institutions
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years
of age (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These rights
(1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the
District receives a request for access.
Parents or eligible students should submit to the School principal (or appropriate school
official) a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The school official will
make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where
the records may be inspected.
(2) The right to request amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible
student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy
rights under FERPA.
Parents or eligible students may ask the School to amend a record that they believe is
inaccurate or misleading. They should write the School principal, clearly identify the part of the
record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.
If the School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the
School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise the parent or eligible
student of the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information
regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when
notified of the right to a hearing.
(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the
student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without
One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with
legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the School as an
administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and
law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with
whom the School has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical
consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a
disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an
education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Upon request, the School discloses education records, without prior consent, to officials of
another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by
the school to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that
administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5920
Notification of Rights Under the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)
PPRA affords parents certain rights regarding our conduct on surveys, collection and use of
information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to:
1. Consent before students are required to submit a survey that concerns one or more of the
following protected areas (“protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in
part by a problem of the U.S. Department of Education (ED):
a. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent;
b. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
c. Sex behavior or attitudes;
d. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
e. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
f. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
g. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents; or
h. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
2. Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of:
a. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
b. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening required as a condition of
attendance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the
immediate health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screening,
or any physical exam or screening permitted or required under State law; and
c. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from
students for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.
3. Inspect, upon request and before administration or use:
a. Protected information surveys on students;
b. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above
marketing sales, or other distribution purposes; and
c. Instructional material used as part of the education curriculum.
These rights transfer from the parents to a student who is 18 years old or an emancipated minor
under State law.
New Jerusalem Elementary School District will adopt policies, in consultation with parents, regarding
these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected
surveys and the collection, disclosure, or use of the personal information for marketing, sales, or
other distribution purposes. NJES will directly notify parents of these policies at least annually at the
start of each school year and after any substantive changes. NJES will also directly notify, such as
through U.S. Mail or email, parents of students who are scheduled to participate in the specific
activities or surveys noted below and will provide an opportunity for the parent to opt his or her
child out of participation of the specific activity or survey. NJES will make this notification to parents
at the beginning of the school year if the District has identified the specific or approximate dates of
the activities or surveys at that time. For surveys and activities scheduled after the school year starts,
parents will be provided reasonable notification of the planned activities and surveys listed below
and be provided an opportunity to opt their child out of such activities and surveys. Following is a
list of the specific activities and surveys covered under this requirement:
1. Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution.
2. Administration of any unprotected information survey not funded in whole or in part by the
Department of Education.
3. Any non-emergency, invasive physical examination or screening as described above.
Parents/eligible student who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with:
Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Dept. of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
The District wishes to inform you that, under the laws of California, certain sex offenders are
required to register with the city or county law enforcement agency in which they reside.
When law enforcement officials receive information about registered sex offenders, they may
advise school districts about such individuals residing within district boundaries.
Any such information that New Jerusalem School District receives from law enforcement
agencies will be maintained at the District Office and will be available and open to public
review at any time. The District invites members of the community to review such records at
the District Office or at the local law enforcement agency.
As always, we recommend that parents and guardians remind their children of the dangers of
talking to strangers, going alone instead of in a group, and accepting rides.
For further information regarding any registered sex offenders and ways of protecting
children, parents and guardians should contact the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department
at 468-4400.
Notice to all students, parents/guardians and employees of the Delta Charter Schools (New
Jerusalem School District):
Assembly Bill 2260 went into effect on January 1, 2001. This legislation enacted Education
Code sections 17608 et seq. which require, among other things, that school districts notify
parents and staff about the use of pesticides at school. The purpose of this legislation is to
reduce exposure to toxic pesticides through information and application of an integrated pest
management system at schools. Towards this end, and pursuant to the requirements of this
legislation, please be advised of the following:
The New Jerusalem School District expects to use pesticides containing the following active
ingredients at its campuses during the upcoming year:
Tetramethrin [(1-cyclohexene-1, 2-dicarboximido)
Methyl 2, 2-dimethyl-3-(2-methylpropenyl)
cyclopropanecarboxylate] 0.25%
3-Phenoxybenzyl – (1RS, 3RS; 1RS, 3SR) - 2, 2-dimethyl-3-(2-methylprop-1-enyl)
Cyclopropanecarboxylate 0.143%
Petroleum distillate 9.250%
D-trans Allethrin
Piperonyl butoxide, Technical 0.60%
+N-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide 1.00%
2-(1-Methylethoxy) phenyl methlcarbamate 0.49%
Deltamethrin 4.75%
Bifenthrin 0.2%
Fipronil 9.1%
Parents/guardians of the New Jerusalem School District can register with the District’s
designee, Lisa McHugh, to receive notification of individual pesticide applications by calling
(209) 835-2597. Persons who register for this notification shall be notified at least seventy-two
(72) hours prior to the application, except in emergencies, and will be provided the name and
active ingredient(s) of the pesticide as well as the date of application.
If you wish to access information on pesticides and pesticide use reduction developed by the
Department of Pesticide Regulation pursuant to California Food and Agricultural Code section
13184, you can do so by accessing the Department’s Web-site at
New Jerusalem School District
The Governing Board is committed to maintaining a school environment that is free from harassment. The Board
prohibits sexual harassment of any student by another student, an employee or other person, at school or at a school
sponsored or school-related activity. The Board also prohibits retaliatory behavior or action against any person who
complains, testifies, assists or otherwise participates in the complaint process established in accordance with this policy.
Any student who engages in sexual harassment of anyone at school or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity is
in violation of this policy and shall be subject to disciplinary action. For students in grades 4 through 12, disciplinary
action may include suspension and/or Disenrollment, provided that in imposing such discipline the entire circumstances
of the incident(s) shall be taken into account. Such circumstances shall include but are not limited to:
1. Age and maturity of the victim and the perpetrator
2. Pervasiveness of the alleged harassing conduct (i.e., how many times the act(s) occurred, how many individuals
were involved, etc.)
3. Prior complaints against the perpetrator
(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Disenrollment/Due Process)
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that all district students receive age-appropriate instruction and information
on sexual harassment. Such instruction and information shall include:
1. What acts and behavior constitute sexual harassment, including the fact that sexual harassment could occur
between people of the same gender
2. A clear message that students do not have to endure sexual harassment. Students should be encouraged to
report observed instances of sexual harassment, even where the victim of the harassment has not complained 3.
Information about the person(s) to whom a report of sexual harassment should be made.
(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism, Theft and Graffiti)
(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)
(cf. 5141.41 - Child Abuse Prevention)
(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)
(cf. 6142.1 - Family Life/Sex Education)
Any student who feels that he/she is being or has been subjected to sexual harassment shall immediately contact a school
employee. A school employee to whom a complaint is made shall, within 24 hours of his/her getting the complaint,
report it to the principal or designee. Any school employee who observes any incident of sexual harassment on any
student shall similarly report his/her observation to the principal or designee, whether or not the victim makes a
complaint. If the alleged harasser is the principal or designee, the employee may report the complaint or his/her
observation of the incident to the Superintendent or designee who shall investigate the complaint.
(cf. 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11 - Sexual Harassment)
(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Reporting Procedures)
Adopted November 21, 2000
(cf. 4119.11/4219.11/4319.11 - Sexual Harassment) (cf.
5141.4 - Child Abuse Reporting Procedures)
The principal or designee to whom a complaint of sexual harassment is reported shall immediately investigate the
complaint. Where the principal or designee finds that sexual harassment occurred, he/she shall take prompt, appropriate
action to end the harassment and address its effects on the victim. The principal or designee shall also advise the victim
of any other remedies that may be available. The principal or designee shall file a report with the Superintendent or
designee and refer the matter to law enforcement authorities, where necessary. In addition, the student may file a formal
complaint with the Superintendent or designee in accordance with the district's uniform complaint procedures. (cf. 1312.1
- Complaints Concerning District Employees) (cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)
The Superintendent or designee shall maintain a record of all reported cases of sexual harassment to enable the district to
monitor, address and prevent repetitive harassing behavior in its schools.
Information gathered in the course of investigating a sexual harassment complaint shall be kept confidential to the extent
(cf. 4119.23/4219.23/4319.23 - Unauthorized Release of Confidential/Privileged Information) Legal
200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex
48900.2 Additional grounds for suspension or Disenrollment; sexual harassment
48904 Liability of parent/guardian for willful student misconduct
48980 Notice at beginning of term
51.9 Liability for sexual harassment; business, service and professional relationships
1714.1 Liability of parents/guardians for willful misconduct of minor
1681 - 1688 Title IX, Discrimination
2000d - 2000d-7 Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964
2000e - 2000e-17 Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended
106.1 - 106.71 Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex in education programs
Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education (1999) No. 97-843, 1999 U.S. Lexis 3452, -- U.S.--
Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District (1998) 118 S.Ct. 1989
Nabozny v. Podlesny (1996, 7th Cir.) 92 F.3d 446
Doe v. Petaluma City School District (1995, 9th Cir.) 54 F.3d 1447
Oona R.-S. etc. v. Santa Rosa City Schools et al (1995) 890 F.Supp. 1452
Rosa H. v. San Elizario Ind. School District, (W.D. Tex. 1995) 887 F. Supp. 140, 143
Clyde K. v. Puyallup School District #3 (1994) 35 F.3d 1396
Patricia H. v. Berkeley Unified School District (1993) 830 F.Supp. 1288
Franklin v. Gwinnet County Schools (1992) 112 S. Ct. 1028 Kelson
v. City of Springfield, Oregon (1985, 9th Cir.) 767 F.2d 651
Management Resources:
Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate Crime: A Guide for Schools, January 1999
Sexual Harassment Guidance, 62 FR 49, 1997
(6/96 2/97) 6/99 Adopted November 21, 2000
The policies, rules, regulations, directives, guidelines, and expectations of Delta Charter Schools are
contained in, but not limited to, this Handbook; this Handbook is intended to serve as a general
reference for parents and students to assist them in participating in the school community. Delta
Charter Schools reserves the right to make revisions to this Handbook; observance of any such
change is expected by all as soon as the change is made known to the school community via
appropriate means of communication. The registration of a student at Delta Charter Schools is
deemed to be an agreement on his/her part, and on the part of his/her parents or guardians, to
comply fully with all policies, rules, regulations, directives, guidelines and expectations of the school.
Violations of the spirit, intent or letter of the philosophy and rules will be considered just cause for
administrative action. The use of the term “parents” throughout this document is meant to include a
single parent and/or legal guardian(s). All students are expected to participate in the educational
experiences and activities of the school as directed by the administration and staff. Failure to
participate in an appropriate fashion or to conform to the directions of the proper school authority is
a breach of the condition of enrollment. Students are required to respect the principles explicitly and
implicitly conveyed by the duly appointed authorities of the school. Under no circumstances may a
parent excuse a student from observance of the policies, rules, regulations, directives, guidelines, and
expectations of Delta Charter Schools if the parent expects the student to remain in good standing
with the school. The policies, rules, regulations, directives, guidelines, and expectations in this
Handbook apply when going to or coming from school, while on school grounds, during the lunch
period, whether on or off the campus, during, or while going to or coming from a school-sponsored
activity, or while at other schools. It is the responsibility of all students to observe any other
applicable policies, rules, regulations, directives, guidelines, and expectations communicated to them
by the school staff and administration that are not explicitly referred to in this Handbook yet are
required for participation in school activities and functions extending beyond those matters
addressed in this document.
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