Berendo School Policies

 

Berendo’s Expectation of Every Student
Berendo Middle School has set the following standards as goals for student behavior. Each student is expected to be responsible for his/her own behavior while on campus and should recognize the relationship between achieving academic success and meeting these standards of behavior:

  • Students will assist staff in the creation and maintenance of a SAFE environment of study and fellowship.
  • Students will strive to maintain DAILY classroom attendance.
  • Students will take responsibility for being prepared for class EVERY day.
  • Students and staff will strive to maintain a clean, healthy, inviting campus, where EACH person will work to create and maintain a community that is CRIME-FREE.
  • Students will NOT eat or drink in school buildings or in the PHYSICAL EDUCATION area.
  • No chewing gum is allowed on school grounds.
  • No electronic devices of any kind are allowed on campus (iPods, CD Players, Gameboys, etc.).

Absences

Success in school requires good attendance. Students are expected to be absent only for valid reasons such as illness. Avoid missing an entire school day for a medical or dental appointment.  Attendance is critical for success in school. Whenever a student is absent, the parent should call the attendance office at (213) 382-1343 ext.313 by 7:30 a.m. to report the absence.  If the school does not receive a call, school personnel will call the parent to verify the nature and length of absence.  Upon returning to school students are required to report to the Attendance Office at 7:00 a.m. with a note written and signed by parents stating the student’s name, date, and reason of absence.

Attendance is required by law.  Students, who do not regularly attend school, place their families in legal jeopardy.  Through programs such as Operation Bright Future and the Los Angeles District Attorney, Berendo is ensuring that all students attend school.  We want you at school every day.  Remember Students who attend achieve!

 Absentee Homework
If a student expects to be absent for more than three (3) consecutive days, parents may contact their child’s counselor to request homework. Assignments may be picked up twenty-four (24) hours after the initial request. Once the teacher prepares homework, assignments for an absent student, the student is expected to complete the assignments. Also check the website for the assignments.

Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) For The Internet

Los Angeles Unified School District

Information for Parents and Students
Policy Bulletin No. BUL-999 July 13, 2004
Office of the Chief Information Officer
This Acceptable Use Policy was adopted by the Board on July 13, 2004.

The District’s Acceptable Use Policy (“AUP”) is to prevent unauthorized access and other unlawful activities by users online, prevent unauthorized disclosure of or access to sensitive information, and to comply with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (“CIPA”). As used in this policy, “user” includes anyone using the computers, Internet, email, chat rooms and other forms of direct electronic communications or equipment provided by the District (the “network.”). Only current students or employees are authorized to use the network.

The District will use technology protection measures to block or filter, to the extent practicable, access of visual depictions that are obscene, pornographic, and harmful to minors over the network. The District reserves the right to monitor users’ online activities and to access, review, copy, and store or delete any electronic communication or files and disclose them to others as it deems necessary. Users should have no expectation of privacy regarding their use of District property, network and/or Internet access or files, including email.

Acceptable Uses of the LAUSD Computer Network or the Internet
Schools must verify each year students using the computer network and Internet access for that school year have a signed page acknowledging this policy.  Students who are under 18 must have their parents or guardians sign this page and schools must keep it on file. Once signed that permission/acknowledgement page remains in effect until revoked by the parent, or the student loses the privilege of using the District’s network due to violation of this policy or is no longer an LAUSD student. Employees and other users are required to follow this policy. Even without signature, all users must follow this policy and report any misuse of the network or Internet to a teacher, supervisor or other appropriate District personnel. Access is provided primarily for education and District business.  Staff may use the Internet, for incidental personal use during duty-free time. By using the network, users have agreed to this policy. If a user is uncertain about whether a particular use is acceptable or appropriate, he or she should consult a teacher, supervisor or other appropriate District personnel.

Unacceptable Uses of the Computer Network or Internet

  • Violating any state or federal law or municipal ordinance, such as: Accessing or transmitting pornography of any kind, obscene depictions, harmful materials, materials that encourage others to violate the law, confidential information or  copyrighted materials;
  • Selling or purchasing illegal items or substances;
  • Obtaining and/or using anonymous email sites; spamming; spreading viruses;
  • Causing harm to others or damage to their property, such as:
  • Using profane, abusive, or impolite language; threatening, harassing, or making damaging or false statements about others or accessing, transmitting, or downloading offensive, harassing, or disparaging materials;
  • Deleting, copying, modifying, or forging other users’ names, emails, files, or data; disguising one’s identity, impersonating other users, or sending anonymous email; Damaging computer equipment, files, data or the network in any way, including intentionally accessing, transmitting or downloading computer viruses or other harmful files or programs, or disrupting any computer system performance;
  • Using any District computer to pursue “hacking,” internal or external to the District, or attempting to access information protected by privacy laws; or
  • Accessing, transmitting or downloading large files, including “chain letters” or any type of “pyramid schemes”
  • Engaging in uses that jeopardize access or lead to unauthorized access into others’ accounts or other computer networks, such as:
  • Using another’s account password(s) or identifier(s);
  • Interfering with other users’ ability to access their account(s); or
  • Disclosing anyone’s password to others or allowing them to use another’s account(s).
  • Using the network or Internet for Commercial purposes:
  • Using the Internet for personal financial gain;
  • Using the Internet for personal advertising, promotion, or financial gain; or
  • Conducting for-profit business activities and/or engaging in non-government related fundraising or public relations activities such as solicitation for religious purposes, lobbying for personal political purposes.

Student Internet Safety

  • Students under the age of eighteen should only access LAUSDnet accounts outside of school if a parent or legal guardian supervises their usage at all times. The student’s parent or guardian is responsible for monitoring the minor’s use;
  • Students shall not reveal on the Internet personal information about themselves or other persons. For example, students should not reveal their name, home  address, telephone number, or display photographs of themselves or others;
  • Students shall not meet in person anyone they have  met only on the Internet; and
  • Students must abide by all laws, this Acceptable Use Policy and all District security policies.

Penalties for Improper Use

The use of a District account is a privilege, not a right, and misuse will result in the restriction or cancellation of the account. Misuse may also lead to disciplinary and/or legal action for both students and employees, including suspension, expulsion, dismissal from District employment, or criminal prosecution by government authorities. The District will attempt to tailor any disciplinary action to meet the specific concerns related to each violation.

Disclaimer
The District makes no guarantees about the quality of the services provided and is not responsible for any claims, losses, damages, costs, or other obligations arising from use of the network or accounts. Any additional charges a user accrues due to the use of the District’s network are to be borne by the user. The District also denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through user access. Any statement, accessible on the computer network or the Internet, is understood to be the author’s individual point of view and not that of the District, its affiliates, or employees.

 Areas Off Limits During School

  • ALL PARKING LOTS
  • STAIRWELLS AND SECOND FLORRS OF ALL BUILDINGS  DURING NON-CLASS TIME
  • NO SKATE BOARDING ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

Assembly Standards

Attending assemblies is a privilege; it is not a right. Remember, with privilege, comes responsibility. Assemblies are held during class time; therefore, the expectations that apply in the classroom also apply at the assembly. Remember to show your CRUSADER Pride and appreciation for the speaker or performer by always doing the following:

  • Taking your seat quickly and quietly
  • Remaining orderly and respectful throughout the assembly
  • Showing your appreciation for the speaker or program by applauding only at the appropriate times
  • Waiting for dismissal instructions, placing your seat in the upright position, and exiting quietly

Berendo’s Schedule
Berendo Middle School is on the Concept 6 schedule. There are three tracks. Tracks B and C start at the beginning of July. Track A begins at the end of August. You will be assigned to tracks according to student programs and space availability. The first bell rings at 7:30 a.m.

Bicycles

We have a designated area for bike storage. However, you should bring a lock for your bike. Never ride your bike on campus. Skateboards are not permitted.

Bus Passes

Many students ride the M.T.A. buses to school.  If you ride the bus, you will probably wish to purchase a bus pass.  The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority sells student monthly bus stamps.  This pass is for unlimited riding on most District Lines within Los Angeles County.  Applications may be obtained in the local MTA Office. Take special care of your bus pass.  You do not want to lose your pass and have to buy another.

Causes For Expulsion and/or Arrest Recommendations

  • Possessing, selling or furnishing a firearm, E.C. 48915 (c.1)
  • Brandishing a knife at another person, E.C. 48915 (c.2)
  • Unlawfully selling a controlled substance E.C. 48915 (c.3)
  • Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault or committing a sexual battery E.C. 48915 (c.4)
  • Causing serious physical injury to another person, except in self-defense E.C. 48915 (a.1)
  • Possession of any knife, explosive, or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the pupil E.C. 48915 (a.3)
  • Unlawful possession of any controlled substance E.C. 48915 (a.3)
  • Robbery or extortion E.C. 48915 (a.5)
  • Assault or battery upon any school employee E.C. 48915 (a.5)

Students violating these rules will be immediately suspended, a recommendation to the Superintendent will be made that the student be expelled, and the incident will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

 

Classroom Standards

  • Students must arrive punctually with all necessary materials. You must be in your seat and ready for class before the tardy bell rings.
  • Eating, drinking and chewing gum in class are not allowed.
  • Textbooks are to be covered at all times and must be free of graffiti or improper words and/or drawings.
  • Personal grooming is not permitted in the classroom.
  • The teacher not the bell dismisses the students at the end of class.
  • Students must obtain permission and a pass to leave the room for any reason.
  • Students are required to respect school property in classrooms as well as the property of others.
  • Following an absence, students must present an absence slip at beginning of each class.
  • Students are responsible for making up all missing work following absences.
  • Individual teachers may add to these school-wide classroom standards, as they feel necessary.

 Clean Campus
Students are requested to keep “Beautiful” Berendo clean at all times to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment. Students must not litter and must throw away all trash in appropriate containers. This is your school help KEEP IT CLEAN!

Closed Campus

Berendo Middle School is a closed campus. All students are required to stay on campus for the entire school day. Students may only leave early if a parent/guardian signs them out in the Attendance Office. The Los Angeles Police Department, with authority of the Los Angeles City Council, will ticket any student found out of school without permission between the hours 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The fine may be up to $250 and/or community service.

Counseling Office
The Counseling Office is located in the main entrance of the Crusader Hall.  The Counseling Office is where students go for assistance when they have problems with their class schedule, academic or interpersonal problems.  The Counseling Office is open before and after school as well as during class hours.

The office staff assists students in many ways including preparing documents for students and parents, making copies of school records and arranging parent/teacher conferences.

There is one counselor for each track.  The counselor’s primary duty is to support students, teachers and parents. Counselors prepare students’ programs and check for academic progress of their students.  Middle years can be a challenge. Your counselor is here to help in any way possible.

Students may see counselors at the following times:

  • Before school in the Counseling Office
  • Immediately after school in the various offices
  • During the day ALL students must use a certified
    Hall pass with their teacher’s permission.

Parents may make an appointment with your counselor by calling (213) 382-1343 x320.

Conduct During Morning Pledge and Announcements

The morning ceremonies begin with the Pledge of Allegiance.  At the first note of the bugle call everyone on campus should stop what they are doing, stand up straight, and face the flag.  If no flag is visible, people should face toward the music. After the bugle call, they should continue standing for the Pledge of Allegiance. Those choosing to say the Pledge should do so in a clear, appropriate voice, and with their right hands over their hearts, gentlemen in civilian clothes must remove their hats. At the conclusion of morning ceremonies, people should return to their previous activity or to the direction of their homeroom.

Discipline

After school Detention:  The deans or counselors will assign detention to students.  Detention slips are generally given to students to be signed by a parent for service of detention the following day.  Same day assignments are possible if parental consent is obtained by phone, or blanket permission has been granted.

Deans Office:  Students are sent to the Dean’s office for behavior counseling and more serious infractions of the Student Behavioral Code.  Referrals are based on progressive discipline or single major infractions.

Emergency Drills

Knowing what to do in time of danger could save your life. This is especially true living in Los Angeles where we face the very real threat of experiencing a large magnitude earthquake at any time. Emergency drills are held regularly, so that if a real emergency should arise, you will be familiar with what to do.

Lock Down Drills: The signal for a lock down drill is a series of bells: long short long short. When this signal is given, all students are to stay in the classroom away from windows and doors. Teachers are to lock their doors. Another announcement will be made over the P. A. to end the lock down.

Fire Drills: The signal for a fire drill is the ringing of short intermittent bells. When the signal is given, all students are expected to immediately proceed with their teachers to their assigned areas. One long bell is the signal to return to class with your teacher.

Drop Drills: The signal for a drop drill is the word DROP given by the teacher. When the signal is given, all students are to drop to their knees and take cover under their desks. The desk should be held by the student so as to provide maximum protection form falling objects.Gum Chewing

 

NO GUM! Gum chewing is not permitted on campus. Careless disposal of gum in drinking fountains, or furniture, floors, and sidewalks creates sanitation and cleaning problem with costly repairs. Students who bring or chew gum at school will face disciplinary action.

 

Illness/Injury

If a student suffers a minor injury or becomes ill while at school, the student should immediately notify a staff member. If a student is injured or becomes ill during a passing period, the student should check in with the next classroom teacher for permission to report to the nurse’s office. If a student’s injury appears to be more serious, or if the student complains of pain and appears to be unable or unwilling to move, do not attempt to move the student. Contact a staff member immediately.

Loitering/Truancy Ordinance

The Los Angeles City Council and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors have passed a Loitering/Truancy Ordinance that presently is in effect.

The cities of Los Angeles, Gardena, Santa Monica, Torrance, and County of East Los Angeles, areas of Compton, Carson and South Gate are cities that immediately impact the students of the District that may be truant.

In essence, the ordinance prohibits any person under the age of 18 and subject to compulsory school attendance, from loitering in or upon the public streets, highways, roads, alleys, parks, playgrounds, or other public grounds between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on days when the student’s school is in session.

The exceptions to this are as follows:

  • A students is accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • A student is on an emergency errand directed by a parent or guardian
  • A student is going or coming directly from his/her place of gainful employment
  • A student is going to or returning from a medical appointment
  • A student has permission to leave campus for lunch and has in his/her possession a school issued permit
  • A student is going to or returning from a public meeting.

If a student is found to be in violation of this ordinance, he/she will be issued a citation. This will require the parent to appear in court with the youngster and may include a fine of $250. The ordinance will be enforced through the Los Angeles City Traffic Ordinance Citation Program and became effective in the County on April 15, 1996.

Meals

Food is available as follows:

  • Breakfast – in the Cafeteria at 7:00 a.m.
  • Nutrition – in the Cafeteria and Hash-lines
  • Lunch – in the Cafeteria and Hash-lines

The Student Store also sells snack items during nutrition and lunch.

Berendo participates in the Federal Meal Program.  Lunch and breakfast or nutrition is provided at no cost or at reduced prices to those who are eligible.  Applications are given to students early each school year to take home to parents by the Title I Office.  Those who are eligible receive meal tickets.  These should be kept at home.  Lost meal tickets cannot be replaced.  Any student may buy one of the federal meals by paying (Breakfast-$1.00; Nutrition-$1.00; Lunch-$1.50) at the window or counter.  Meal tickets are not to be sold or given away by students.  If you need help regarding the Federal Meal Program visit the Title I Office or call (213) 382-1343 ext. 386.

Medications

A student who needs to take medication during school hours must have a statement to this effect on file at the school, signed by the prescribing physician and the parent/guardian. The required forms are available from the school nurse. School health personnel do not prescribe or give advice regarding medication or other care beyond first aide.

Messages
Only in the case of an emergency will the Attendance Office forward messages from parent to student.

Metal Detectors/Scanning
All persons who enter Berendo Middle School, are subject to search by a metal detector. Random searchers will be conducted daily.

Miscellaneous Health Information

Communicable disease inspections will be conducted periodically. A student suspected of having a communicable disease will be excluded form school until guidelines for re-admission are met.

An effort will be made to notify parents/guardians about school exposure to chicken pox. The parent/guardian of a student for whom chicken pox presents a particular hazard should contact the school nurse to facilitate notification.

A student returning to school with sutures, casts, crutches, leg brace/s, or a wheelchair must have a physician’s written permission to attend school and must comply with any safety procedures required by the school and health services personnel.

A student returning to school following a serious or prolonged illness, injury, surgery, or other hospitalization must have written permission by the health care provider to attend school, including any recommendations regarding physical activity.

An excuse from a physical education class may be granted to a student for a temporary period of time due to illness or injury. A written request is needed from the student’s health care provider.

A current District Emergency Information Card must be on file at the school so that parent/ guardians can be notified promptly in case of accident or illness involving their child. Parents should keep the school informed of changes in address or phone numbers.

Money and Valuables

If it is necessary to bring money to school, it your responsibility to take great care of it. You are responsible for all personal belongings. Neither the school nor teachers will be responsible for any student’s personal belongings.

Physical Education

Students are required to dress daily for P.E. classes. Our Berendo P.E. uniform is white and blue. You may buy the uniform items listed below at the Student Store:

  • PE T-shirt (white)                        $7.00 tax included
  • PE Shorts (blue)                          $10.00 tax included
  • Padlock (red, green, blue)              $5.00 tax included

$22.00 Total (all XXL clothes are $1 extra)

You must also wear white socks and tennis shoes.  Don’t forget to write your name on your P.E. clothes using a special laundry pen.

Adult Sizes – Measurement    Adult Sizes – Waist Sizes

T-Shirt                                   Shorts
Small 34-36                            Small 28-30
Medium 38-40                         Medium 32-34
Large 42-44                            Large 36-38
X-Large 46-48                         X-Large 46-48

 

Safety On Campus (Protecting Your Belongings)

Keep these tips in mind for your own safety while on campus:

  • Remember that you will be traveling from one room to another. Keep your school supplies in a backpack.
  • If you play sports, have a responsible friend watch your backpack.
  • Only bring two meal tickets with you each day. Do not use anyone else’s tickets.
  • Protect your bus pass. Do not show it to other people when you are standing at the bus stop.
  • Keep your bus pass in a safe place like a wallet never inside a book.
  • Do not bring expensive jewelry, radios, ipods, CD Players, MP3’s, toys, markers, or white-out to school.
  • As you make new friends at school, do not give out your phone number without your parent’s permission.
  • Do not bring any kind of weapon to school. This includes anything that can be used as a weapon. If you do, you will be arrested and expelled.

 

Student Behavior Code

All students enrolling in Berendo Middle School, as well as their parents, may rightfully expect the Administration and Faculty to maintain a positive school environment, where there is freedom to learn, free from disruption or distraction.

Students are expected to behave in a responsible manner at school and at school activities, to take advantage of the multicultural nature of the school environment, and to take personal responsibility for their own action.

  • Students are expected to show proper attention to personal appearance, cleanliness, health, safety, neatness, and suitability of school uniforms.
  • Students are expected to attend all assigned classes daily, be on time and be prepared for classes.
  • Pens are not allowed, ONLY pencils!
  • After an absence, students are expected to pick up their readmit slips before 7:30 a.m.
  • Students are tardy if they are not seated in their proper class prior to the start of the tardy bell.  Students have 6 minutes between classes. This time is sufficient to get from one class to another on time. Budget your time wisely.
  • All students must carry their ID card at all times on campus or at school activities and surrender them when asked by adult authority.
  • Skateboards are not allowed on campus. Bicycles must be locked at bicycle racks, not ridden on campus, in the halls, or surrounding sidewalks. Neither Berendo Middle School nor LAUSD assume any responsibility for damage or theft to skateboards or bicycles.
  • Students are expected to be in assigned classes during the day. Parking lots, surrounding parks, and streets, and local businesses are off limits during the regular school day. Students found off campus, or in the parking lot, without permission will be considered truant from school.
  • Students are to leave iPods, radios, video games, tape players, headphones, cameras or any other personal item of value at home. Students with these items at school will have them confiscated and returned to the parent upon request to the Assistant Principal.
  • All students are expected to place trash in the proper classroom, hall or lunch containers.
  • Students are expected to eat in the designated areas. Food in the classroom or in the buildings is not allowed. Students are requested to refrain from throwing food or other projectiles.
  • Students may be suspended for any of the following reasons:
    • Threatened, attempted, or caused physical injury to another person.
    • Possessed, sold, or furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, imitation firearm or other dangerous object.
    • Possessed, used sold, or furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance, an alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind.
    • Committed robbery or extortion.
    • Damaged, attempted to damage, or stolen school or private property.
  • Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  • Disrupted school activities or willfully defied the authority of school personnel.

 

Student ID Cards

The student identification card is an important item for each student to have in his or in her possession at all times. The Berendo ID card is needed to help maintain security on campus. Other important reasons for having an Berendo ID Card are:

  • To check out books from the library;
  • To purchase and claim your yearbook;
  • To request replacement of lost lunch program tickets;
  • To purchase bus passes;
  • To participate in certain school activities, such as dances;
  • To receive a discount at many local businesses.

*Berendo ID Cards are free. If you lose your ID, you must pay $1.00 to replace it and can be purchased in the Student Store.

Student Store
The Financial Manager is in charge of the Student Store. It is located in the area north of the cafeteria next to the Kennedy Building. At the Student Store you may buy school supplies, padlocks, gym uniforms, and snack items.  The Student Store is open Monday- Friday from 7:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  If you have any questions you may call (213) 389-2873 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

If you wish to pay by check, please follow the following procedures:

  • Make checks payable to Berendo M.S. Student Body
  • Write the following in memo section on the front of the check:
    • Student’s Full Name
    • Grade and Track
    • Homeroom Number and Teacher
    • Telephone Number, if not shown on check

Tardiness

At “Beautiful” Berendo Middle School, all students and staff pride themselves on meeting their responsibilities. One of the first responsibilities of the day is arriving to school and class on time. Students are expected to be in class and in their assigned seats before the tardy bell rings. Late students may receive a consequence as result of tardiness. Notices and phone calls to parents are also provisions of the tardy program. When it comes to punctuality even a little late is too late. Show your school pride by making a commitment to arrive on time and ready to learn!

Telephone Use
The telephone should be used only in emergencies. A pay telephone is located just outside the Main Office. It may only be used at nutrition and lunch. During class, a pass to use a phone must be obtained from a counselor or administrator. Students may not use their personal cell phones in class or anywhere on campus.  If students need to contact their parents for emergencies or other situations, students must get permission from an adult on campus.

 

Textbooks
The Textbook Room is located behind G102. Your books are supplied to you without cost by the Board of Education. It is your duty to take care of them. You are responsible for damage to any book issued to you. Cover your textbooks within one week after you receive them. Book covers may be purchased at the Student Store. Write you name, teacher’s name, date and condition of the book on the nameplate on the inside book cover. This helps in the return of lost books.  Students who lose books must pay before exiting to another school or before graduating from Berendo.

Visitors

All visitors are required to check in at the front door upon entering the campus. Visiting friends or relatives are not allowed to attend class with students. All visitors should have a visitor’s badge. Visitors are requested to check out at the front door upon exiting the campus. (08/06)

Weapons on Campus Hotline

If you would like to anonymously report a weapon on campus, call 1-800-954-HELP.

Zero Tolerance Policy

Berendo Middle School supports a Zero Tolerance for the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs on its campus.

 


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