Knowledge Counts Summer School adheres to the policies and procedures established by the Las Virgenes Unified School District.
DRESS CODE POLICY
Knowledge Counts believes that our students must strive for success in all areas: academics, behavior, and how they present themselves. We expect our students to come to school appropriately dressed to create an environment that is conducive to learning. Remember, the wearing of clothing that exposes one’s undergarments or is unduly revealing can be distracting in the educational environment. Reasonable care and neatness in regard to dress and appearance is required of all students. Shoes must be worn on campus and in the classroom at all times.
- Students will follow all school rules governing safety in classes that may require the wearing of protective clothing, safety glasses, proper foot protection, or other items.
- It is not permitted to wear clothing which features offensive and/or vulgar words, pictures, or drawings or phrases of a sexual nature, or derogatory language regarding a person’s ethnic background, national origin, religious belief, sexual orientation, or disability.
- Clothing which represents any group, gang, organization, or philosophy that advocates violence or disruption is not permitted.
- Clothing which features alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs is not permitted.
- The wearing of clothing that is unduly revealing, which includes exposing of chest, midriff, back, or undergarments is not permitted.
If a student’s general attire or appearance represents a danger to his/her health or welfare, or attracts undue attention to the extent that it becomes a disruptive factor on the school, the student will be asked to make necessary changes. Repeated infractions will be cause for expulsion from Summer School with no refund.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY
Knowledge Counts believes that personal integrity is a fundamental element to being a successful student, both academically and socially. It is the goal of Knowledge Counts to help support programs that develop a sense of responsibility, respect, and integrity in all students.
Responsibility is the quality of being accountable for our actions and accepting the consequences of those actions.
Respect is treating others as we would like to be treated.
Integrity is affirmed adherence to our values with or without the presence of others.
It is the expectation of Knowledge Counts that staff and parents will work to establish an environment that encompasses each of these virtues and traits, thereby generating a sense of honor and pride in each of our students.
Knowledge Counts encourages practices and consequences that hold students accountable for individual acts of academic dishonesty. Anyone responsible for cheating or an act of dishonesty shall be expelled from Summer School with no refund. Knowledge Counts adheres to a Zero Tolerance policy.
For the purpose of this policy, academic dishonesty shall include, but not be limited to the following:
- Copying from others and presenting the work as your own.
- Having or using notes, using a "cheat sheet" (with answers, formulas, information, or notes of any kind), or other information in a programmable calculator or other electronic device without explicit teacher review and permission.
- Having or using a communication device such as a cell phone, PDA, or electronic translator to send or obtain unauthorized information.
- Taking an exam for another student, or permitting someone else to take a test for you.
- Asking another to give you improper assistance, including offering money or other benefits.
- Asking for or accepting money or any other benefit in return for giving another improper assistance.
- Providing or receiving information about all or part of an exam, including answers (e.g. telling someone in a subsequent period what was on your exam, or being told this information).
- Altering a graded assignment and resubmitting it for a better grade.
- Gaining or providing unauthorized access to examination materials.
Note: Simply having possession during an exam of any prohibited or unauthorized information or device, whether or not it is actually used, is an act of academic dishonesty and will result in the student being expelled from Summer School with no refund.
- Giving or getting improper assistance on an assignment meant to be individual work. (When in doubt, ask.)
- Including in any assignment turned in for credit any materials not based on your own research and writing. This includes:
- Using the services of a commercial term paper company.
- Using the services of another student.
- Copying part or all of another person's assignment and submitting it as your own for an assignment.
- Acting as a provider of assignment(s) for a student or students.
- Submitting substantial portions of the same academic work for credit from a previous course without consulting the teachers involved.
- Failing to use quotation marks where appropriate and/or failing to properly acknowledge paraphrased materials via textual attribution, footnotes, endnotes, and/or a bibliography.
- Making up data for an experiment ("fudging data").
- Citing nonexistent sources (articles, books, etc.).
- Misrepresenting your accomplishments, such as by tampering with computer records or misrepresenting/misreporting scores.
- Deceiving a teacher or making up a false reason or excuse to get special consideration on an exam or an extension for an exam, paper or assignment.
- Failing to promptly stop work on an exam when the time allocated has elapsed.
- Forging a signature.
- Hoarding or damaging library materials with the intent of hampering access by others.
Note: Attempted academic dishonesty, even if unsuccessful, will be treated as academic dishonesty.
If it is determined by the Summer School Principal that a student is guilty of academic dishonesty, the student shall be expelled from Summer School with no refund and the student’s home school will be notified.
1. Students are responsible for any textbook signed out to them. Students are not to leave textbooks in the classroom: the teacher is not responsible for the textbooks.
2. When textbooks are initially checked out, students must check for damage that may include missing barcodes, missing pages, writing in book, cover damage, and water damage. If there are any issues, students must bring the book back to the library immediately for an exchange. Damaged textbooks are charged to the student, unless damage is reported at the time of checkout.
3. All textbooks are issued using a barcode number. Students must record their barcode numbers in order to keep track of their books throughout Summer School. Books can get mixed up quite easily and students are responsible for returning the books checked out to them at the beginning of Summer School. A fee is charged for barcodes missing from a textbook.
4. Books issued to a teacher as classroom sets are not to be removed from the classroom without permission from the teacher. The teacher will have the student sign out the book, making the student solely responsible for that book.
5. If a student loses or severely damages a textbook, it must be paid for before a new textbook can be issued. The student must stop by the library to find out the cost of the book and then bring in either a check (made out to Knowledge Counts) or cash and a new book will be issued. If the lost book is later found the student should bring it to the library and a refund check will be issued.
6. All textbooks must be returned to the library before a student drops a class or withdraws from Summer School.
7. If a textbook is found, it should be returned to the library so that the owner of the book can be notified.
8. Students will be charged a replacement cost for textbooks and library books that are damaged or not returned.
9. Students must be clear of all debts for lost or damaged text and library books, school equipment or other fines, and school debts before their Summer School grades will be issued.
Final exams are given in all classes during the last day of each semester. Knowledge Counts policy states that all students must take these finals - there are no exceptions or "early finals".
IMPORTANT! Any student who checks out of Summer School prior to the end of the semester will not receive a grade or semester credit and no refund will be given.
Students are required to carry I.D. with them at all times. Acceptable forms of identification include their home school ID from the most recently completed academic year, or a state issued driver’s license or identification card (this does not apply to students who do not attend LVUSD schools).
Knowledge Counts is not responsible for lost or stolen backpacks or other personal items. Students should not leave their personal property/items unattended at any time.
1. Skateboards, bicycles, or roller blades are not permitted at any time, in any area on campus, including parking lots.
2. Public displays of affection are not permitted on campus.
3. Fighting or roughhousing is not permitted at any time on campus.
4. Students may be disciplined for any violation of school rules.
California State law prohibits gambling of any kind on campus.
STUDENT USE OF PARKING LOTS
There is an assigned area for student parking. Knowledge Counts and the Las Virgenes Unified School District are not responsible for any damage that may occur in the parking lot.
Students park in the lot at their own risk. Student cars parked in either faculty or visitor parking areas may be ticketed and/or towed. Any type of violation of the California Vehicle Code by the student will terminate the student's right to bring a vehicle onto the campus.
Parking lots are considered out-of-bounds areas to students during school hours.
AUTOMOBILE SEARCH POLICY
By entering school property or the surrounding area (1,000 feet from school boundaries), the person driving any vehicle is deemed to consent to a complete search of the vehicle, all its compartments and contents, by school officials or law enforcement personnel, for any reason whatsoever. This notice applies to all vehicles of any type and is enforced 24 hours a day.
RESPECT FOR EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES
If a student damages or loses school property, the parent will be held responsible for paying for the damage incurred or replacement of the property. Damage of a malicious nature will be cause for expulsion from Summer School with no refund.
It is important to demonstrate courtesy and consideration for our neighbors in order to promote good community relations. Littering, loitering and vandalism reflect negatively on Summer School and students as individuals. Each student should be most careful to be a good neighbor.
Effective July 1, 1995, smoking and the use of any tobacco products were prohibited on all school district property, including district vehicles, at all times by all persons, including students, employees, and visitors at any school or district site or attending any school-sponsored activities, athletic events, and meetings. This "zero tolerance" for tobacco is also in effect during Summer School.
Students found to be smoking or in possession of tobacco products or electronic cigarettes or in a group of students smoking or in possession of tobacco products or electronic cigarettes shall be expelled from Summer School with no refund and may be ticketed by law enforcement.
Knowledge Counts has a closed campus. Students are not permitted to bring visitors to school.
CAMPUS OUT-OF-BOUNDS AREAS
All athletic fields (football, soccer, baseball/softball, and tennis courts) and all parking lots are considered out-of-bounds areas to students during school hours. No student should be in these areas without written permission of the administration. Students found in these areas without permission will be expelled with no refund.
A fire drill will be conducted during the first week of school. The fire drill signal is a series of bells. The teachers will provide instructions concerning drill procedures.
In the case of an earthquake, students should duck and cover, turn away from windows, and bury their face in their arms protecting the head. Students are advised not to run out of the building. If outside, students should stay away from all buildings. Classes will be escorted to the football field upon hearing the appropriate signal.
1. Students shall be permitted to be in possession of cell phones while attending school.
2. Students shall have cell phones turned off during class time, unless otherwise instructed by the teacher.
3. Students may not record or videotape in the classroom without receiving prior permission from the teacher.
4. Students may use cell phones before and after school, and during Nutrition.
5. Should a student receive a phone call during class that disrupts the classroom instructional process, the device shall be confiscated by a certificated or classified staff member and be given to the Summer School Office. The student may pick up the phone at the end of the school day.
6. Second offense: the parent has to retrieve the phone from the School Office. We will not return the cell phone to the student.
7. Third offense: the student may be expelled from Summer School with no refund.
8. No student shall be prohibited from possessing or using an electronic signal device during class time that is determined by a licensed physician to be essential for the health of a pupil. A doctor’s note describing the medical necessity must be given to the health clerk prior to the beginning of school.
LOST AND FOUND
Any items found on campus should be turned in to the Summer School Office. Unclaimed items will be turned over to a charitable organization at the end of Summer School.
REPORT OF THEFT
Report any theft to the Summer School Office. If a police report is needed, it is up to the student/parent to file with the Sheriff’s Department. The school does not file a police report for stolen items.
Students are advised not to leave anything of value in plain sight in a parked car as they leave it at their own risk.
No personal belongings should be left unattended. Knowledge Counts and the Las Virgenes Unified School District are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
The food service area, in addition to being a dining area, is also a place where good human relations can be developed. Here, each student is expected to practice the general rules of good manners which one would expect to find in the home. Some simple rules of courteous behavior, which make the nutrition period pleasant and relaxed, include:
- Observing good dining room standards at the table.
- Leaving the table and the surrounding area clean and orderly.
- Putting trash in the proper containers.
1. The “Authorization for Any Medication Taken During Summer School Hours” form must be completed by a parent and the student’s physician, and submitted to the Health Clerk with the medication. This form can be found on the Knowledge Counts website.
2. All medications, including over-the-counter medications, must be delivered to the Health Clerk in the original pharmacy-labeled or manufacturer’s container. Medications can only be dispensed from properly labeled containers.
3. Instructions on administering medications must include the dosage, frequency and time of administration. Instructions to “follow package directions” will not be accepted.
4. Medications that are controlled substances, such as Ritalin and Adderall, will be counted and documented when delivered to the Health Clerk. The Health Clerk will notify the parent when additional medication is needed. Refills brought to the school must be delivered in pharmacy-labeled containers. Medications cannot be transferred between containers.
5. If the date on any medication is expired or the prescription is more than one year old, the medication will not be accepted.
6. For the health and safety of all students, medications are not to be sent with students. Parents, or an adult designee, are required to deliver and pick up medications from the Health Clerk.
7. All medication must be picked up from the Health Clerk on the last day of Summer School.
8. Students with casts, crutches, sutures or other medical appliances must submit a Medical Waiver form to the Health Clerk before being admitted to campus.
We appreciate your cooperation with the above guidelines to ensure the safety of our students.
GROUNDS FOR EXPULSION
Knowledge Counts may expel a student if the Summer School Principal or Principal’s designee determines that the pupil has:
- (a) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
(b) Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.
- Possessed, sold, otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object unless (in the possession of any such object) the pupil had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee and the Principal or the designee of the Principal.
- Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code on alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.
- Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage or an intoxicant of any kind and either sold, delivered or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material and represented the liquid, substance, or material as a controlled substance alcoholic beverage or intoxicant.
- Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
- Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
- Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property.
- Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, clove cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, smoke-less tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel. However, this section does not prohibit use or possession by a pupil of his or her own prescription products when cleared through the Health Clerk.
- Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
- Had unlawful possession of, or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
- Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
- Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
- Possessed an imitation firearm. As used in this section, "imitation firearm" means a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm.
- Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault as defined in Section 261, 266c, 286, 288a, or 289 of the Penal Code or committed a sexual battery as defined in Section 243.4 of the Penal Code.
- Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both.
- Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma.
- Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing. For purposes of this subdivision, "hazing" means a method of initiation or pre-initiation into a pupil organization or body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to a former, current, or prospective pupil.
- Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in subdivisions (f) and (g) of Ed. Code Section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel. Electronic acts include emails, texts, online postings and other social media.
- A pupil shall not be expelled for any of the acts enumerated in this section, unless that act is related to school activity or school attendance occurring within Summer School under the jurisdiction of Knowledge Counts.
A pupil may be expelled for acts that are enumerated in this section and related to school activity or attendance that occur at any time, including, but not limited to, any of the following:
- While on school grounds.
- While going to or coming from school.
- During the nutrition period whether on or off the campus.
Sexual Harassment: A student may be suspended or expelled if he/she has committed sexual harassment as defined in Ed. Code 48900.2. The conduct as described in Section 212.5 must be considered by a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to have a negative impact upon the individual's academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.
Hate Violence: (Ed. Code 48900.3) A pupil may be recommended for expulsion if the Principal of Summer School determines that the pupil has caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 33032.5.
Harassment, Threats, or Intimidation: (Ed. Code 48900.4) A pupil may be recommended for expulsion if the Principal of Summer School determines that the pupil has intentionally engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation directed against a pupil or group of pupils that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to have the actual and reasonably expected effect of materially disrupting class work, creating substantial disorder, and invading the rights of that pupil or group of pupils by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment.
Terrorist Threats Against School Officials or School Property, or Both: (Ed. Code 48900.7) A pupil may be recommended for expulsion if the Principal of Summer School determines that the pupil has made:
- Terrorist threats against school officials or school property, or both.
- For the purpose of this section, "terrorist threat" shall include any statement, whether written or oral, by a person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death, great bodily injury to another person, or property damage in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000), with the specific intent that the statement is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent to actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family's safety, or for the protection of school property or the personal property of the person threatened or his or her immediate family.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY AND COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
Knowledge Counts pledges its best efforts to ensure that no student or faculty member is subject to sexual harassment or discrimination in the educational setting.
Purpose: The purpose of this policy is to establish a strong commitment to prohibit harassment in the educational setting, to define sexual harassment, and to set forth a procedure for investigating and resolving internal complaints of harassment.
Policy: Sexual harassment of a student by an administrator, teacher or other employee, or another student will not be tolerated. This policy also applies to actions that affect a student's academic status or progress.
Any employee who engages in sexual harassment, as more fully defined below, shall be subject to disciplinary action up to, and including termination. Any student who engages in sexual harassment, as more fully defined below, shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Any retaliation against a person for filing a harassment charge or making a harassment complaint is prohibited. Employees found to be retaliating against a student shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. Students engaged in retaliation shall also be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion.
Definition of Sexual Harassment: "Sexual harassment" means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by any person in the educational setting under any of the following conditions:
- Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or a condition of an individual's academic status or progress.
- Submission to or rejection of the conduct by the individual is used as the basis of academic decisions affecting the individual.
- The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact upon the individual's academic performance or of creating an intimidating, hostile educational environment.
- Submission to or rejection of the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding the benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at Summer School.
Sexual harassment is prohibited against members of the same sex, as well as against members of the opposite sex.
Examples of prohibited conduct that may constitute sexual harassment:
- Making unwanted sexual advances toward other students.
- Making or threatening reprisals after a negative response to a sexual advance.
- Offering any kind of academic benefit in exchange for sexual favors.
- Visual conduct (e.g., leering, making sexual gestures, displaying sexually suggestive objects or pictures, texts, emails, website posts, cartoons, posters, or graffiti; sending/displaying suggestive or obscene texts, emails, website posts, letters, notes, or invitations).
- Verbal conduct (e.g., making derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, jokes, unwanted verbal sexual propositions, verbal abuse of a sexual nature, graphic verbal commentary about an individual's body, using sexually degrading words to describe an individual).
- Physical conduct (e.g., assault, grabbing, pinching, touching, impeding, or blocking one's movement).
Complaint Procedure Regarding Sexual Harassment: Students are encouraged to assist Knowledge Counts in eliminating sexual harassment by promptly reporting any instance of suspected harassment.
Knowledge Counts will investigate any complaints of sexual harassment seriously. Complaints will be processed in a manner that protects the complainant and maintains confidentiality to the extent possible.
- Filing: A student who believes he or she has been harassed may make a complaint orally or in writing to any of the following:
- Summer School Principal
- Any faculty or staff member within the school. Any faculty/staff member who receives a complaint should notify the Summer School Principal immediately.
- Upon notification of a harassment complaint, the Summer School Principal shall:
- Investigate the complaint. The investigation will include interviews with:
- The complainant
- The accused harasser; and
- Any other person(s) the Summer School Principal or his/her designee has reason to believe has relevant knowledge concerning the complaint. This may include victims of similar conduct.
- Review factual information gathered through the investigation to determine whether the alleged conduct constitutes harassment - giving consideration to all factual information, the totality of the circumstances, including the nature of the verbal, physical, or visual conduct and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred.
- Report the results of the investigation and the determination as to whether harassment occurred to appropriate persons, including to the complainant, the alleged harasser, and the appropriate supervisor(s). If discipline is imposed, the specific nature of the discipline will not be communicated to the complainant.
- If harassment occurred, take and/or recommend to Knowledge Counts prompt and effective remedial action against the harasser. The remedial action will be commensurate with the severity of the offense.
- If harassment occurred, take reasonable steps to protect the victim and other potential victims from further harassment.
- Take reasonable steps to protect the complainant from any retaliation as a result of communicating the complaint.
- If appropriate, take action to remedy the victim's loss, if any, which resulted from the harassment.