Policies and Procedures

Citizenship Requirements for Graduation

I. General information and requirements for citizenship at Southwest High School

  • Satisfactory citizenship is a graduation requirement at Southwest High School. This includes behavior, attendance, punctuality, and adherence to the rules and policies of the classroom and school. Students will be required to earn a 2.0 cumulative Citizenship Point Average (CPA) on a 4.0 point scale in grades 9-12. In addition to academic grades the following citizenship grades willbe earned in each class:
    A - Outstanding
    B - Above Average
    C - Average
    D - Needs Improvement
    F - Unsatisfactory
  • Transfer students will be required to maintain a 2.00 CPA to meet graduation requirements from the time they enroll in Southwest High School.
  • High school students who do not achieve the required 2.00 CPA will not graduate until the failing citizenship mark is remediated. (NOTE: Effective with Class of 2014. Class of 2012 and 2013 will be allowed to graduate, but not participate in the graduation ceremonies)

II. Citizenship Determination:

  • Classroom behavior should be appropriate and consistent with each teacher’s expectations. The expectations will be described in the Southwest Citizenship Grade Rubric provided by each teacher. Teachers may provide options for students to improve citizenship during the term being graded. Southwest administration will provide citizenship remediation at the close of each 9 week marking period.
  • Tardy — A tardy is defined as an unexcused tardy; arriving to class after the late bell has sounded will be considered an unexcused tardy, unless a student has the school- issued proper excused tardy slip/hall pass.

III. Citizenship Remediation:

Citizenship remediation may be accomplished in the following ways:

  • Teacher Remedjation teachers may elect to provide remediation opportunities which can include, but are not limited to:
  1. Teacher detention or tutoring
  2. Classroom beautification
  • Southwest Student Services Remediation:
    The Student Services Office will provide students with remediation opportunities that will support the teachers and attendance office in improving a student’s CPA.

The following citizenship remediation plan will be utilized for those students who earn an F in citizenship in any class     

Remediation for an “F” on the semester trade report
Three community service hours at SHS
Three pre-approved non-profit community service hours in the community.
Three campus beautification hours completed on minimum days, weekends, or school holidays
Three after-school detention hours that will be structured with character education materials and assignments.

Upon the completion of the twelve hour remediation citizenship program, the given “F” in citizenship will be changed to a “C”.

Remediation for an “F” on 9-week grade report
Three campus beautification hours completed on minimum days, weekends, or school holidays
Three after-school detention hours that will be structured with character education materials and assignments.

Upon the completion of the six hour remediation citizenship program, the given “F” in citizenship will be changed to a “C”.

IV. Appeals Procedure:

If a student disputes a citizenship grade, it must be resolved with the issuing teacher(s) or the Student Service Office before the end of the term following the one in which the grade was received.

To appeal lost citizenship credit:

  • If a student feels that he/she has been denied citizenship credit unfairly due to circumstances beyond his/her control, he/she may appeal his/her case to the Appeals Board. The Appeals Board will consist of one SHS administrator, two counselors, and two SHS teachers.
  • Appeals will only be accepted during the grading period immediately following the credit loss. A senior’s only hearing will be held prior to the graduation ceremony.
  • An appeal form can be obtained in the Student Services Office.

V. Recognition of Outstanding Citizenship

Southwest will develop ways to recognize outstanding student citizenship. These may include:

  • Recognition on transcript
  • Recognition at the annual academic awards assembly
  • Designation in the Graduation Program

Central Union HSD Board Policy

BP  5131  Students’ Conduct   

The Board of Trustees believes that all students have the right to be educated in a positive learning environment free from disruptions. On school grounds and at school activities, students shall be expected to exhibit appropriate conduct that does not infringe upon the rights of others or interfere with the school program.

Behavior is considered appropriate when students are diligent in study, careful with school property, courteous and respectful towards their teachers, other staff, students and volunteers.

(cf. 5131.1 - Bus Conduct)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that each school site develops standards of conduct and discipline consistent with district policies and administrative regulations.

Students and parents/guardians shall be notified of district and school rules related to conduct and shall receive regular instruction regarding these rules. In addition, parents/guardians and students may be provided information about early warning signs of harassing/intimidating behaviors, such as bullying, as well as prevention and intervention strategies.  

Prohibited student conduct includes but is not limited to:

1. Behavior that endangers staff and/or students

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 5131.7 - Weapons and Dangerous Instruments)

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

(cf. 5142 - Safety)


2. Behavior that disrupts the orderly classroom or school environment

(cf. 5131.4 - Campus Disturbances)


3. Harassment or bullying of students or staff, including, but not limited to, cyberbullying, intimidation, (meaning intentional behavior which would cause a person of ordinary sensibilities fear of injury or harm) hazing or initiation activity, extortion, or any other verbal, written, or physical conduct that causes or threatens to cause violence, bodily harm, or substantial disruption, in accordance with the section entitled "Bullying/Cyberbullying" below

Cyberbullying includes the transmission of communications, posting of harassing messages, direct threats, or other harmful texts, sounds, or images on the Internet, social networking sites, or other digital technologies using a telephone, computer, or any wireless communication device. Cyberbullying also includes breaking into another person’s electronic account and assuming that person’s identity in order to damage that person’s reputation.

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

(cf. 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior)


4. Damage to or theft of property belonging to the district, staff, or students

(cf. 3515.4 - Recovery for Property Loss or Damage)

(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism, Theft and Graffiti)


5. Possession or use of laser pointers, unless used for a valid instructional or other school-related purpose, including employment (Penal Code 417.27)

Prior to bringing a laser pointer on school premises, students shall first obtain permission from the principal or designee. The principal or designee shall determine whether the requested use of the laser pointer is for a valid instructional or other school-related purpose.


6. Profane, vulgar, or abusive language

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)


7. Plagiarism or dishonesty in school work or on tests

(cf. 5131.9 - Academic Honesty)

(cf. 6162.54 - Test Integrity/Test Preparation)

(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)

(cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)


8. Inappropriate dress

(cf. 5132 - Dress and Grooming)  

9. Tardiness and unexcused absence from school

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

(cf. 5113.1 - Truancy)

10. Failure to remain on school premises in accordance with school rules

(cf. 5112.5 - Open/Closed Campus)

11. Possession, use, or being under the influence of tobacco, alcohol, or other prohibited drugs

Possession of Cellular Phones and Other Personal Electronic Signaling Devices

No student shall be prohibited from possessing or using an electronic signaling device that is determined by a licensed physician or surgeon to be essential for the student’s health and the use of which is limited to health-related purposes. (Education Code 48901.5)

Students may possess or use personal electronic signaling devices including but not limited to pagers, beepers, and cellular/digital phones.

Permitted devices shall:

1. Be turned off during school hours and at any other time directed by a district employee. Permissible use times are limited to before school, after school, and during the lunch break.  

2. Not disrupt the educational program or school activity

If a student uses a device during times not identified as permissible, or a disruption occurs, the employee shall confiscate it. If a school employee finds it necessary to confiscate a device, he/she shall ensure that the device is turned in to the administration office. The student’s parent/guardian will be contacted by the principal or designee and advised of the rules regarding student use of electronic devices and informed that the device will be returned to the parent/guardian only. Under no circumstances will electronic signaling devices be returned to students.

Students who commit subsequent violations of the policy will be deemed to be defiant and subject to further disciplinary action and may be prohibited from possessing a personal electronic signaling device at school or school-related events.

In accordance with BP/AR 5145.12 - Search and Seizure, a school official may search a student’s mobile communications device, including, but not limited to, reviewing messages or viewing pictures.


Enforcement of Standards

Employees are expected to provide appropriate supervision to enforce standards of conduct and, if they observe or become aware of a violation of these standards, to immediately intervene or call for assistance. If an employee believes a matter has not been resolved, he/she shall refer the matter to his/her supervisor or administrator for further investigation.

Students who violate district or school rules and regulations may be subject to discipline, including but not limited to suspension, expulsion, or transfer to alternative programs in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulation. In addition, when the conduct involves intimidation, harassment, or other endangerment of a student or employee, the Superintendent or designee shall provide appropriate assistance as necessary for the victim and the offender or make appropriate referrals for such assistance.

Students may be subject to discipline, in accordance with law, Board policy, or administrative regulation, for any off-campus conduct during nonschool hours which poses a threat or danger to the safety of students, staff, or district property, or substantially disrupts school activities.



The Board desires to prevent bullying by establishing a positive, collaborative school climate and clear rules for student conduct.

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

Students may submit a verbal or written complaint of conduct they consider to be bullying to a teacher or administrator.

When a student is suspected of or reported to be using electronic or digital communications to engage in cyberbullying against other students or staff, or to threaten district property, the investigation shall include documentation of the activity, identification of the source, and specific facts or circumstances that explain the impact or potential impact on school activity, school attendance, or the targeted student’s education performance.

Students shall be encouraged to save and print any messages sent to them that they feel constitute cyberbullying and to notify a teacher, the principal, or other employee so that the matter may be investigated.

Any student who engages in cyberbullying on school premises, or off campus in a manner that causes or is likely to cause a substantial disruption of a school activity or school attendance, shall be subject to discipline in accordance with district policies and regulations. If the student is using a social networking site or service that has terms of use that prohibit posting of harmful material, the Superintendent or designee also may file a complaint with the Internet site or service to have the material removed.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)

(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

(cf. 6182 - Opportunity School/Class/Program)

(cf. 6184 - Continuation Education)

(cf. 6185 - Community Day School)

Legal Reference:


200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination

32261 Bullying

35181 Governing board policy on responsibilities of students

35291-35291.5 Rules

44807 Duty concerning conduct of students

48900-48925 Suspension or expulsion, especially:

48908 Duties of students

51512 Prohibition against electronic listening or recording device in classroom without permission


1714.1 Liability of parents and guardians for willful misconduct of minor


288.2 Harmful matter with intent to seduce

313 Harmful matter

417.25-417.27 Laser scope

647 Use of camera or other instrument to invade person’s privacy; misdemeanor

647.7 Use of camera or other instrument to invade person’s privacy; punishment

653.2 Electronic communication devices, threats to safety


23124 Use of cellular phones provisional license holders


300-307 Duties of pupils


2000h-2000h6 Title IX, 1972 Education Act Amendments


254 Universal service discounts (e-rate)


J.C. v. Beverly Hills Unified School District, 2009 (CV 08-03824 SVW)

LaVine v. Blaine School District, (2000, 9th Cir.) 257 F.3d 981

Emmett v. Kent School District No. 415, (2000) 92 F.Supp. 1088

Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, (1986) 478 U.S. 675

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, (1969) 393 U.S. 503

Management Resources:


Cyberbullying: Policy Considerations for Boards, Policy Brief, July 2007


Bullying at School, 2003


Digital Discipline: Off-Campus Student Conduct, the First Amendment and Web Sites, School Law in Review, 2001


Bullying in School: Fighting the Bullying Battle, 2006


CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Cybersafety for Children: http://www.cybersafety.ca.gov

California Department of Education, Safe Schools Office: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use: http://cyberbully.org

National School Boards Association: http://www.nsba.org

National School Safety Center: http://www.schoolsafety.us

U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

Policy CENTRAL UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT adopted: March 8, 2005 El Centro, California revised: September 14, 2010 

Tardy Policy Consequences 2011-12

1st Tardy-Written Warning (teacher action logged)

2nd Tardy-Phone call home by teacher

3rd Tardy-Written Warning by Teacher

4th Tardy-Referral to office, 1 day ISS at Lunch and parent contact

5th Tardy-Referral to office, 3 days ISS at Lunch and parent contact

6th Tardy-Referral to office, 6 days ISS at Lunch and parent contact

7th Tardy-Referral to office, 2 weeks ISS at lunch, parent contact

8th Tardy and beyond-Parent conference, increased ISS and possible referral to SARB/DAHP

Cell Phone & Other Electronic Device Use During Classtime 2011-12

1ST Offense Referral, student must come into office to pick up item

2nd Offense Referral, parent must come into office to pick up item,

3rd offense  Referral, parent must pick up item in office, item could be kept for 1 week

4th offense  Referral, item kept for 1 week and 1 hr. immediate ISS, Parent must come into pick up item

5th offense and beyond – Parent conference with administrator, consequence to be determined at that time