It is the intent of Mt. Carmel High School that School and District discipline policies and regulations be enforced consistently and fairly without regard to race, creed, color, or gender. Discipline based on faith in the worth and dignity of each individual is a positive form of guidance rather than a punitive device. This basic code of conduct is designed to support, not stifle, students. We hope it will help provide students with a school they are proud to attend and an atmosphere where they have freedom to learn.
RULES OF STUDENT DISCIPLINE IN THE POWAY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Students of the Poway Unified School District will be disciplined in accordance with Statutes of the State of California. A student will be subject to disciplinary action for designated acts if the acts are related to school activity or attendance and which occur at any time, including, but not limited to, any of the following:
The prohibited acts are:
- The student is on school grounds.
- The student is going to or coming from school.
- The student is on breaks or lunch periods whether on or off campus.
- The student is going to, coming from, or attending a school or district-sponsored activity.
GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION AND/OR EXPULSION
- Causing, attempting to cause, threatening to cause, or assisting in the cause or threat of physical injury to another person; including, but not limited to fighting, assault or battery.
- Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing to others any firearm, any knife, explosive, or other dangerous objects such as, but not limited to, brass knuckles, razor blades, any pellet or pellet-type guns, paintball guns, lasers, or pepper spray.
- Possessing, using, having consumed, or being under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, dangerous drugs, unauthorized prescription medications (e.g., Soma or Ritalin), or other controlled substances or intoxicants of any kind; (including over-the-counter medications which create an intoxicating effect).
- Transferring, selling, distributing, offering, arranging, or negotiating to sell, or possessing quantities sufficient to suggest the intent to provide, give, or sell to other students substances which are, or are purported to be, alcohol, narcotics, dangerous drugs, unauthorized prescription medications (e.g., Soma, Ritalin), other controlled substances, (i.e., marijuana, crystal methamphetamine, or anabolic steroids) or intoxicants of any kind; (including over-the-counter medications which create an intoxicating effect).
- Committing or attempting to commit robbery or extortion.
- Causing or attempting to cause damage to school or private property.
- Committing or attempting to commit theft of school or private property.
- Possessing or using tobacco or any products containing tobacco or nicotine on school premises.
- Commission of obscene act or engaging in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
- Unlawfully possessing, offering, arranging, or negotiating to sell any drug paraphernalia as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
- Disruption of school activities or willful defiance of school authority, including violations of academic honesty.
- Knowingly receiving stolen school or private property.
- Possessing an imitation firearm.
- Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault or sexual battery.
- Threatening or intimidating a witness or a complaining witness in a school disciplinary proceeding.
- Sexual harassment (Grades 4-12).
- Hate behavior/Violence (Grades 4-12).
- Violating technology-use policies and inappropriate use of electronic signaling devices (e.g., cell phones, pagers, laser pointers, computers).
- Causing or attempting to cause an assault or battery, intimidation, harassment, or threats on any school employee or school property.
- Causing or attempting to cause acts of intimidation, harassment, or hazing on any student (e.g., initiations into clubs, sport teams, or student body associations).
- Terrorist threats against school officials, school property, or both.
- Violating individual school rules, or violating bus rules. Disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to, advice and counsel, warnings, campus work details, detention, In-School Suspension (ISS), Friday School, bus suspension, home suspension, behavior or rehabilitation contracts, transfer to another school/program, and/or expulsion from the Poway Unified School District.
The Board of Education authorizes the school principal to suspend or to recommend to the Board for consideration of expulsion any student who violates the Rules of Student Discipline. Restitution may also be required in cases of damage or destruction of property. At any time, if the principal determines that the student’s presence causes a danger to persons or property or threatens to disrupt the instructional process, the student may be suspended and/or expelled.