Las Vegas High School is a CLOSED CAMPUS! Students are not permitted to leave the facility unless they have permission from the administration. Students found off campus during normal school hours will be referred to the Dean's Office for disciplinary action.

ATTENDANCE POLICIES

ABSENCES

An absence will be recorded when a student is absent one or more periods in a day. For example, if a student has eight (8) total absences recorded, this indicates that on (8) different days the student was absent one or more periods. Also, if the student is more than thirty (30) minutes late for any class, the student will be recorded as absent.

 

Absences not counted toward attendance enforcement and loss of credit:

  • A Required Parent Conference (RPC) pending

  • A student is on suspension

  • A student is participating in a school approved activity

  • Ten prearranged absences

  • Approved absences

 

LIMITATION OF ABSENCES

The Nevada Revised Statutes and the Clark County School District Regulations provide corrective steps and/or sanctions to be taken or applied when a student does not attend school.

  • Secondary students who exceed ten (10) unapproved absences in any course during the semester shall receive a failing semester grade, shall not earn semester credit for that course and may be retained in the current grade.

  • All prearranged absences in excess of ten (10) during a school year shall be considered unapproved. All prearranged absences for which the makeup work was not completed and submitted as specified by the teacher shall be considered unapproved.

  • Students who lose credits in three (3) or more classes will be referred to an alternative education program.

 

APPROVED ABSENCES

Excuses will be granted for the following reasons:

  • Student is physically or mentally unable to attend school.

  • Student is required to appear in court or a religious holiday.

  • Student has prearranged the absence through the attendance office prior to the absence. (Limited to a maximum of 10 days per year)

PREARRANGED ABSENCES

A parent/guardian may request a prearranged absence for a maximum of ten (10) school days for any reason. The following are the procedures to obtain a prearranged absence:

1. The parent must submit the request in writing five (5) day in advance of the absence to the attendance office.

2. The attendance office will provide the student with the prearranged absence forms.

3. The prearranged absence forms must be completed and returned to the attendance office prior to the absence.

 

TARDY SWEEPS

Tardy sweeps will be randomly conducted. Any student caught in a tardy sweep without proper authorization will subject to discipline procedures through the deans’ office.

COMMUNICATION TO PARENT OF STUDENTS ATTENDANCE RECORDS

Written notices of the attendance record will be sent to the parent/guardian or the student’s recorded residence. Automated attendance mailer cards will be generated from the CCSD office. These notices will be sent after the third, fifth, eighth, and tenth absences each semester. Additionally, Las Vegas High School has an automated phone system that will call the student’s recorded home phone when the student is absent for two or more periods during the school day.

DRESS CODE POLICY

 

Proper attire is to be worn at school by all students to foster an environment conducive to learning. To ensure that students observe basic rules of personal hygiene and dress in a manner that would not disrupt the educational process, the following dress code shall apply. (Clark County School District Regulation 5131)

  1. Students are required to wear shoes with soles. House slippers and shoes with wheels are not permitted.

  2. All clothing must be sufficient to conceal any and all undergarments. No skin will show between bottom of shirt/blouse and top of pants or skirts at any time. All sleeveless shirts must have straps at least three inches wide. Prohibited tops include, but are not limited to, crop tops, tank tops, strapless, low‐cut clothing, clothing with slits, or tops and outfits that provide minimum coverage.

  3. All shorts, skorts, skirts, and jumpers/dresses must be at fingertip length.

  4. All jeans, pants, and trousers must be secured at waist level. Sagging is strictly prohibited. Jeans, pants, and trousers are not to have rips or tears that expose undergarments and/or are located mid‐thigh or higher.

  5. Headgear (hats, hoods, caps, bandanas, hair grooming aids, etc.) is not permitted on campus except for designated school approved uniforms, special events, authorized athletic practices, documented medical conditions, bona fide religious reasons, or CCSD/school sanctioned activities.

  6. Slogans or advertising on clothing, jewelry, buttons, and/or accessories which by their controversial, discriminatory, profane, and/or obscene nature disrupt the educational setting are prohibited.

  7. Any clothing, jewelry, buttons, and/or accessories that promote illegal or violent conduct, or affiliation with groups that promote illegal or violent conduct such as, but not limited to, the unlawful use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or drug paraphernalia, or clothing that contains threats are prohibited.

  8. Spiked or studded clothing, jewelry, and/or accessories are prohibited.

  9. Outerwear such as coats, mittens, and scarves must be removed upon entering the classrooms/buildings. Administrators, teachers, and staff may use their discretion as appropriate based on the temperature in the facility.  

The school administration will have the right to designate which type of dress, fashion, fads, or appearance disrupt or detract from the educational program and may be potential safety hazard. The principal shall retain the authority to grant exceptions for special occasions and/or special conditions. Teachers are to refer students who are in violation of the dress code to the deans’ office for appropriate disciplinary action.

CCSD WEAPONS SEARCH POLICY

As part of an overall plan to protect the health, welfare, safety, and lives of students, staff, and visitors to the public schools, and in response to the extremely high number of weapons found on school property [in 2018], a new administrative program was implemented by CCSD that will involve the use of handheld metal detectors to randomly search students for weapons.

Searches in General

  • Searches conducted pursuant to this program are administrative searches.

  • Searches are designed to be conducted in a manner that results in the least amount of disruption to the educational program as possible.

  • This program and these procedures do not address or involve searches conducted by law enforcement.

  • Searches conducted pursuant to this program shall occur only at high schools and middle schools.

  • Searches conducted with handheld metal detectors shall not involve touching the student’s person.

  • If the circumstances (e.g., unexplained metal is detected) require physical contact with a student’s person (e.g., patting of clothing

  • to ascertain identity of metal), it shall be conducted by someone of the same gender as the student.

Random Searches

  • A computer program shall be utilized to randomly select schools, classrooms, and students to be searched.

  • CCSD personnel may not deviate from these random selections.

Student Cooperation

  • If selected for a random search, students must cooperate and submit to the search.

  • Students who refuse to cooperate and submit to the search will be subject to disciplinary action for failing to follow school rules and may be prevented access to or be removed from the school property.

Random Arrival Searches

  • When a school is randomly selected for an arrival search, the administration of that school shall be provided a number that is also randomly selected (e.g., 3 or 5).

  • The search team will use the number provided to identify which students are subjected to the search (e.g. every 3rd student, or every 5th student) as they enter the school property.

  • Identified students shall be directed to the search area and advised of the purpose of the search, the method in which the search will be conducted, and the fact that his/her selection was made in a random manner.

  • The student shall be directed to place his/her belongings (backpack, purse, binders, etc.) on a table in the search area. The belongings shall be physically searched only to the degree necessary to affirm that no weapons are concealed therein.

  • The student shall be directed to remove all metal objects from their pockets.

  • The student shall be scanned using the handheld metal detector. Staff conducting the search must use an identical scanning technique/pattern for each student. The handheld device should not touch the student’s body during the search.

  • If the metal detector activates, the student shall be asked if they are in possession of any metal object in the area scanned. After

    determining that the object is not a weapon and is removable, staff will request that the student remove the object and re-scan the area. If an activation reoccurs and the object cannot be removed, the operator shall visually confirm the student’s explanation (e.g., jewelry, belt, buckle, rivets on pants) or as a second alternative, by lightly touching (not grabbing) the area which is causing the repeated activation.

  • If during a search an item is discovered that is a violation of District or school policy, regulation, or rule, the item may be confiscated, and the student may be subject to disciplinary action.

  • If the search results in negative findings, the student will gather his/her belongings and will provide his/her student number to the staff member who conducted the search. Student numbers shall be documented for each student searched.

  • The student shall then be allowed to exit the search area.

Random Classroom Search

  • When a school is randomly selected for a classroom search, the administration of that school shall be provided the classroom(s) that is (are) to be searched, which are also randomly selected.

  • The school administrator shall enter the classroom and explain the purpose of the search, the method in which the search will be conducted, and the fact that the classroom was randomly selected.

  • Students shall be directed to stand, carry their belongings, and form a line near the door which leads directly to the search area setup in the hallway.

  • The teacher shall remain in the classroom to monitor behavior while students are in line waiting to be searched.

  • Each student shall be directed to exit the classroom and place his/her belongings (backpack, purse, binders, etc.) on a table in the search area. The belongings shall be physically searched only to the degree necessary to affirm that no weapons are concealed therein.

  • The student shall be directed to remove all metal objects from their pockets.

  • The student shall be scanned using the handheld metal detector. Staff conducting the search must use an identical scanning technique/pattern for each student. The handheld device should not touch the student’s body during the search.

  • If the metal detector activates, the student shall be asked if they are in possession of any metal object in the area scanned. After

    determining that the object is not a weapon and is removable, staff will request that the student remove the object and re-scan the area. If an activation reoccurs and the object cannot be removed, the operator shall visually confirm the student’s explanation (e.g., jewelry, belt, buckle, rivets on pants) or as a second alternative, by lightly touching (not grabbing) the area which is causing the repeated activation.

  • If during a search an item is discovered that is a violation of District or school policy, regulation, or rule, the item may be confiscated, and the student may be subject to disciplinary action.

  • If the search results in negative findings, the student will gather his/her belongings and will provide his/her student number to the staff member who conducted the search. Student numbers shall be documented for each student searched.

  • The student shall then be directed to exit the search area and to reenter the classroom through a separate door, if available. The teacher located in the classroom will ensure the student proceeds directly to his/her seat. If a separate door is not available, the searched students will exit the search area and will form a line nearby in the hallway until all students and belongings have been searched.

 

Search Documentation

The student number of every student who is searched shall be documented. The documentation shall include the date, time, location (room number if applicable), and who conducted the search.

 

Parent Notification

Parents shall be advised of the possibility that their child may be searched pursuant to this program.

SCHOOLWIDE DISCIPLINE

 

STUDENT BEHAVIOR

Students are expected to behave appropriately in order to guarantee an excellent learning environment for all students. Behaviors subject to disciplinary action include but are not limited to:

  • Arson – Intentionally setting fire, or attempting to set fire, or intentionally engaging in conduct which may reasonable be foreseen to set fire to property of another, participating in, or encouraging another person to participate in such conduct.

  • Assault – Attempt to cause physical injury intentionally or behave in such a way as could reasonably cause physical injury to a person or group of persons. This offense will result in an expulsion referral.

  • Automobile Misuse – Inappropriate use of an automobile on school property or during school events.

  • Battery – Unlawful and offensive hitting or touching of another person, a person’s clothes, or anything attached or held by him/her. This offense will result in an expulsion referral.

  • Bus Misbehavior – refusal to obey bus rules, and/or any action which creates a safety hazard or distracts the attention of the driver.

  • Campus Disruption – Participating in or causing a disturbance at school or school-related activities, e.g., riots, gang fights, false fire alarms, bomb threats, or similar disturbances. This offense will result in an expulsion referral

  • Computer Misconduct – Any unauthorized, unacceptable or inappropriate use of computer activities, computer access, computer software, or any computer equipment; and/or any activity that affects or disrupts the school’s or the district’s computer hardware, software, or computer systems.

  • Defiance of School Personnel/Insubordination – Refusing to comply with the reasonable request of any staff member.

  • Discrimination – Discrimination is defined as a failure to treat all persons equally where no reasonable distinction can be found between those favored and those not favored.

  • Disorderly Conduct, Profanity, and Obscene Behavior – Conduct and/or behavior which is disruptive to the school environment such as vulgar, abusive or coarse language, or behavior offensive to decency.

  • Dress Code Violation – see description above

  • Drugs/Alcoholic Beverages – Any student who is found to have used, possessed and/or distributed a controlled and/or illicit substance or any substance represented as such will be referred for expulsion.

  • Explosive Devices or Poison Gas – Possession, use, or sale of explosive devices, inflammable materials, or poison gas, including but not limited to bombs, dynamite, fireworks, firecrackers, or any substance prepared chemically that explodes or is capable of explosion, or emits a poison gas, or a collection of parts from which an explosive device may be readily constructed. This offense will result in an expulsion referral.

  • Extortion – Solicitation of money, information, or something of value from another person in return for protection, or in connection with a threat to inflict harm, or through intimidation. This offense will result in an expulsion referral.

  • Forgery – Writing and using the signature or initials of another person for an illegal or unauthorized purpose.

  • Gambling – Participating in games of chance for the purpose of exchanging money and/or other valuables.

  • Gang Activity – Wearing any clothing or carrying any symbol on school district property that denotes membership in or an affiliation with a gang, or engaging in activity that encourages participation in a gang, or facilitates illegal acts of a gang.

  • Habitual Disregard of School Rules – Repeated occurrences of not following school rules regardless of efforts to correct such behavior.

  • Harassment – Verbal, visual or physical conduct that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that adversely affects, or has the purpose or logical consequence of interfering with a student’s educational program or creates an intimidation, hostile, or offensive school atmosphere.

  • Hazing – An activity in which a person intentionally or recklessly endangers the physical health of another person for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with a student organization, academic association, or athletic team of a school.

  • Illegal Conduct – Behavior that violates the statues and/or ordinates of the State of Nevada or any political subdivision of the State of Nevada.

  • Immoral Conduct – Behavior which the administration determines is not in conformity with the accepted principles of right and wrong and which is contrary to the moral standards of the community. Students who participate in immoral conduct as it pertains to sexual behavior between individuals shall be recommended for expulsion.

  • Insubordination – refusing to follow the directive any staff member.

  • Racially Derogatory Remarks – Use of abusive and/or inappropriate word or phrase directed toward an individual’s race or heritage is considered harassment and/or verbal assault.

  • Robbery – Illegally taking property by using force or the threat of force. This offense will result in an expulsion referral.

  • Spray Propellants – All liquid, gaseous, or solid substances intended to produce temporary physical discomfort through being vaporized or other wise dispersed into the air, including but not limited to: Tear gas, Mace, Capstun, Pepper Spray, etc. This offense will result in an expulsion referral.

  • Theft – Taking property that does not belong to the taker.

  • Tobacco – Use of tobacco on any school campus or at any school sponsored activity or event is prohibited.

  • Trespassing

  • Vandalism, Destruction, or Defacement of Property – Willfully and maliciously destroying, defacing, or mutilating the property of another, or intentionally engaging in conduct which could reasonably result in destruction or damage to the property of another.

  • Weapons – Any student who is found to possess, use, transmit, or conceal any operable or inoperable weapon will be referred for expulsion. Weapons are defined as firearms, knives, explosives, inflammable materials, or other items that may cause bodily injury or death. BB and pellet guns, pocket knives, and fireworks are weapons. The Gun Free Schools Act and the NRS 392.466 specify expulsion requirements based on the type of weapons and/or circumstances surrounding the infraction.

 

CORRECTIVE DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

 

Discipline is the combination of a mental attitude and a system of personal self-control that results in a standard of behavior demonstrated by appropriate conduct in all situations. In education it is a process which strengthens, molds, and corrects student behavior through a system of essential rules and when necessary, just and constructive consequences.

 

The following is a list of interventions and discipline used to alter student behavior at Las Vegas High School:

  • Informal Conference – School official talks with the student and attempts to reach an agreement regarding the student’s behavior.

  • Conference – Formal conference is held between the student and one or more school officials. During this conference, the student must agree to correct his/her behavior or additional disciplinary measures may be considered.

  • Required Parent Conference (RPC) – A Notice of Required Parent Conference is to be used by deans, assistant principals, and principals when a student-parent conference is required. The school office is to schedule the conference as soon as possible.

  • In-School Procedures – School officials implement disciplinary procedures intended to correct inappropriate behavior while allowing the student to remain in school. Such in-house procedures may include telephone contact to parents, teacher assigned discipline, loss of classroom credit for scholastic dishonesty, detention, bus citation including revocation of bus-riding privileges, removal from extracurricular activities.

  • Suspension – Suspension is defined as the temporary removal of a student from school for the period of time necessary to (1) seek problem resolution, or (2) ensure that the student’s presence at the school does not constitute a danger to himself/herself or others, or (3) accomplish stringent disciplinary actions such as behavior program placement or expulsion. Students on suspension status are not allowed on a school campus or at any school sponsored activity for any reason without the express prior permission of the school principal.

  • Correctional Education Program – Students expelled for serious offenses are subject to arrest and referral to the Clark County Juvenile Justice Services for adjudication. The court may act to place students under its jurisdiction. In doing so, the student is enrolled in a school district education program.

  • Behavior Program Referral – A behavior program provides instruction for school age students in grades 6 through 12 who have had behavior problems in a comprehensive school. Placement duration upon positive student performance in this more restrictive program with the opportunity to return to the referring school. Such interim placement generally last for 4 to 9 weeks.

  • Expulsion (limited) – Long-term termination of enrollment in the regular schools in the Clark County School District, with the potential that a student may return to a regular school campus, other than the campus from which the student was expelled, under the provisions of a trail enrollment, following a successful period of Continuation School placement.

  • Expulsion (permanent) – Total termination of enrollment in the regular schools in the Clark County School District, with potential future enrollment only in an alternative education program.

  • Expulsion (Habitual Disciplinary Problem) – Pursuant to NRS 392.466(3), a student who is expelled from any CCSD school for habitual discipline as defined by NRS 382.4665, and as set forth in the CCSD Behavior Guidelines for Secondary Student, may not return to ANY CCSD school for the period of at least 18 weeks, but must instead continue education not provided by the district through programs such as home schooling or private schooling.

  • Student/Parent Drug Intervention Program Referral – when the behavior problem area is related to alcohol/substance use or possession, the student and the parent will be required to attend the drug awareness program which involves attendance in sessions totaling approximately eight (8) hours of instruction.

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