Code of Conduct
The CVCHS Code of Conduct has been created in direct alignment with California Education Code, and progresses in level of consequence in relation to the severity or reoccurance of a behavior or action that attempts to or actually comprises physical and/or emotional safety for any member of our school community. Consequences are organized in this document into three areas according to the severity of possible disciplinary action. Behaviors/actions and consequences listed in “Level 3” require mandatory referral for expulsion in alignment with California Education Code.
The majority of CVCHS students receive less severe consequences or disciplinary actions (in comparison with suspension or referral for expulsion) which include: parent notification (via email or phone), request for parent meeting, detention or Saturday School assignment, community service (on campus), confiscation, removal of privileges including participation in school-sanctioned events or athletic participation, creation of behavior contract, or class suspension (issued by teacher). The Discipline Office thoroughly investigates all infractions of the CVCHS Code of Conduct in order to ensure all perspectives are heard and the appropriate disciplinary action is issued with the intent the student does not continue to engage in behaviors/actions in violation of the CVCHS Code of Conduct.
Level 1 - Actions can result in disciplinary consequences up to and including suspension. Depending on the seriousness of the act the student may be recommended for additional suspension days or expulsion on the first or succeeding offenses.
NOTE: Table above outlines consequences pertaining to nicotine, alcohol or marijuana.
NOTE: Notification must be made to law enforcement pertaining to any infraction related to safety and security alarms and signals. Notification must also be made to law enforcement pertaining to any infraction related to fires.
NOTE: An incident will be considered a mutual fight when two students engage in a physical altercation, regardless of who initiated the conflict. A student who allows themselves to be provoked into fighting will be considered as guilty as the one who starts the fight. It is the responsibility of the administrator to conduct an investigation to determine if one of the parties was acting in self-defense.
Any act committed against school staff shall warrant consequences starting at 2nd offense. If a student caused serious physical injury (as defined in Penal Code Section 243) to another person, except in self-defense, the executive director must recommend expulsion or report in writing to the governing board that expulsion is inappropriate due to the nature of the particular circumstances which shall be indicated in the report of the incident.
NOTE: Damage valued in excess of $100.00 will warrant consequences starting at the 2nd offense. Parent/guardian will be held responsible for damage to school property up to the State established limit. When the minor and parent are unable to pay for the damages, the school shall provide a program of voluntary work for the minor in lieu of the payment of monetary damages. Participation in extra curricular school activities may be limited during the period of voluntary work. Parents or guardians of the student are also liable for the amount of a reward paid for information leading to the apprehension of person(s) causing damage up to the State established limit.
NOTE: In the event an allegation of sexual harassment is not resolved informally to the satisfaction of a complainant, the complainant may use the complaint process for formal resolution of such complaints.
"Hazing" includes any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to these organizations which causes, or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace.
NOTE: Stolen items of value greater than $100.00 will warrant consequences starting at the 2nd offense. CVCHS is not responsible for the theft/loss of personal electronic devices at school or school-sponsored events.
NOTE: Stolen items of value greater than $100.00 will warrant consequences starting at the 2nd offense.
NOTE: A student may be suspended on the first offense for 5 days if such behavior disrupts school activities, threatens to disrupt the instructional process, or causes a danger to persons or property.
Note: A student may be suspended on the first offense for 5 days if such behavior disrupts school activities, threatens to disrupt the instructional process, or causes a danger to persons or property.
NOTE: Any act committed against school staff would warrant consequences starting at the 2nd offense.
1st Offense: Warning to student. Loss of network privileges or other alternative consequences
2nd Offense: Detention/Saturday School and loss of network and computer use
3rd Offense: 1-3 Day Suspension. Possible recommendation for expulsion or alternative education
NOTE: Student parking permits may also be revoked if parking permit has been issued.
NOTE: A student may be subject to arrest according to Penal Code 653G if he/she loiters at or near any school or public place at or near where students attend or normally congregate, or re- enters or comes upon such school or place after being asked to leave by a school official. According to PC 653G, punishment for loitering includes a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed six months.
Examples: Including but not limited to: Eating/drinking in class, willfully defying staff in a non-safety related incident, non-habitual use of profanity or vulgarity, verbal insults/putdowns/name calling (non-discriminatory), horseplay, etc.
Examples: Including but not limited to: Minor altercation not resulting in actual fight (i.e. pushing/shoving), bullying etc.
Level 2 - Actions that will result in suspension and the recommendation for expulsion
unless the Executive Director finds that expulsion is inappropriate, due to the particular circumstance.
NOTE: “Serious bodily injury” means a serious impairment of physical condition including, but not limited to, the following: loss of consciousness; concussion; bone fracture; protracted loss or impairment of function of any bodily member or organ; a wound requiring extensive suturing; and serious disfigurement. (P.C. 243 (f) (4) Note: An incident will be considered a mutual fight when two students engage in a physical altercation, regardless of who initiated the conflict. A student who allows him/herself to be provoked into fighting will be considered as guilty as the one who starts the fight. It is the responsibility of the administrator to conduct an investigation to determine if one of the parties was acting in self-defense.
NOTE: Furnishing or possessing an imitation controlled substance (look-a-likes) with the intent to distribute will result in the same consequences as listed above. Imitation controlled substances are considered "dangerous objects." This offense is also in violation of Health and Safety Code 11680.
NOTE: Look-a-like (imitation) toy guns refers to a replica of a firearm that is substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm.
NOTE: Possession of tear gas/tear gas weapon/pepper spray/mace is considered a dangerous object. (Penal Code Sec. 12401, 12402)
NOTE: The elements of a Terrorist Threat include the intent that the statement be taken as a serious threat, the gravity and immediacy of the threat is unequivocal, unconditional, immediate and specific, and causes sustained fear in the person/people threatened
Level 3 - Actions that will result in the Recommendation for Expulsion as Mandated by Law
NOTE: Brandishing means to display or wield in a threatening manner.