Daily attendance and participation in classes is important for the success of all students. Students need to be on time to classes to maximize learning and instructional time.
Tardies to Class
Teachers can assign classroom citizenship grades, including “NI” (needs improvement) or “U” (unsatisfactory), for tardiness.
Examples of Excused Absences and Tardies
- Serious illness or death in the immediate family
- Medical or dental appointments
- Religious holiday observances
Examples of Unexcused Absences and Tardies
- Missing the bus, car breaks down, traffic delays, or difficulties with car pool
- Trips or vacations
- Family outings, babysitting, etc.
Absences and Re-Admit Slips
Students who are absent from school for any part of the school day must report to the Student Center or Bulldog Tech office to pick up a re-admit slip upon return. Re-admit slips must be picked up before a student returns to class. The Student Center and Bulldog Tech offices open at 7:40 a.m. each morning. If a student picks up a re-admit slip late, he/she will be marked late for the class period in which the re-admit slip has been issued. Parents and guardians are encouraged to call the attendance number (408-270-6710) to report the reason for the absence, however this does not excuse the student from picking up the proper documentation for his/her absence. Questions can be directed to Ms. Escobar in the health office.
It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to make sure students attend school daily (Education Code 48200). Students who are chronically absent from school will receive official notices of truancy (Education Code 48260). This process can lead to our district’s Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) (Education Code 48263) and ultimately, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution (Education Code 48264 and 48293 and Penal Code 270.1).
In addition to the Bulldog Code of Conduct, California state laws determine our behavior standards. All standards are in place in order to maintain a safe, learning environment. The most common types of unacceptable behaviors are reviewed in this section. Behavior standards apply to students while they are at school, coming to school, and leaving school. These same standards also apply when students are riding a school bus to and from ANY school-sponsored event or attending any school-sponsored event.
California Law States:
- Every student shall attend school punctually and regularly, follow school rules, obey all directions of the teacher and others in authority, study diligently, behave appropriately, and respect those in authority (CA Administrative Code 300).
- Those students who continue to defy school authority by word or act, or who commit an obscene act or engage in habitual profanity, are subject to disciplinary action (Ed. Code 48900).
- Students who possess, sell, or otherwise furnish any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object, shall be subject to suspension and expulsion from school and the items will be confiscated (CA Administrative Code 300, Penal Code 653k, Penal Code 62610). LeyVa Middle School adheres to a "zero tolerance" policy. Weapons brought to school can result in a recommendation for expulsion from the Evergreen School District.
- There shall be no smoking or possession of tobacco on school grounds or during any school activity (Ed. Code 48900).
- The use, possession or being under the influence of any controlled substance, intoxicant, or alcoholic beverage on school grounds or any school sponsored activity is strictly prohibited. Violators will be suspended from school and subject to referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency (Ed. Code 48900, Administrative Code 301).
- Any student who destroys or in any way injures public or private property including books, lockers, buildings, buses, or other equipment is liable for suspension or expulsion, and the parent or guardian of any such minor shall be held financially liable.
- Any student who steals, or attempts to steal school or personal property, or commits any unlawful act on school buses or grounds shall be subject to suspension with referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Video games, Sharpies, toys or other items that are disruptive to school activities, dangerous, or potentially damaging to school property, are not allowed at school or at school-sponsored functions. Ear buds are only allowed inside the classroom if permitted by the classroom teacher. Ear buds and phones CANNOT be used outside the classroom except in designated areas. These items will be confiscated and must be picked up by the student or parent from an assistant principal.
Students are not allowed to sell any unauthorized items on campus. This includes fundraisers for other schools and organizations.
Since certain items pose obvious safety hazards and aid in vandalism: matches, lighters, fireworks, power-laser pointers, permanent markers, spray bottles and spray cans are not allowed at school. Items will be confiscated and consequences will be enforced.
All forms of fighting or conspiracies to fight are strictly prohibited and will result in suspension or expulsion. Students who “arrange” for other students to fight will be suspended. Recording, sharing, and/or posting of a video of a fight will result in disciplinary action and possibly law enforcement involvement. Students who fight while either walking to or from school will be suspended.
Bullying behaviors which include physical, written, verbal, and electronic, with the intent to harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, cyberbully, or cause bodily or psychological harm, are not allowed. If you are a student, parent/guardian, close relative, teacher or other staff member and wish to report an incident of alleged bullying, complete the online bullying report form or obtain a hard copy in the front office.
Students at LeyVa are required to remain on campus during the entire school day. If a student needs to leave early, the student must be signed out of the front office by a parent or designee listed as an emergency contact.
A student who leaves campus without permission or is not in class during class time will be assigned detention and/or Friday School. Students must leave campus immediately after school unless they are involved in a school-sponsored activity and under the supervision of a staff member. Failure to do so will result in detention or loss of privileges.
Students are not allowed to hold hands, kiss, or hug a boyfriend or girlfriend at school, school activities away from LeyVa or on the way to or from school. Behavior like this is not appropriate at school and distracts from our focus on learning. Parents will be contacted.
Students are not allowed to walk around during break, lunch, or before or after school in a group that may be perceived as intimidating to other students.
School is important, so students need to dress appropriately.
- NO backless tops, sheer or lace tops, tops that are low cut or expose the midsection. Undergarments should not be showing under any circumstances. Shirts must also be worn at an appropriate length and not falling below fingertip length.
- NO slippers, flip-flops, or open-toed shoes at anytime for student safety.
- Hats are allowed IF worn appropriately. This rule is in effect for male and female students.
- NO inappropriate logos are allowed, which includes anything profane, vulgar, sexually suggestive, violent, drug, alcohol, tobacco or gang related.
- Shorts and skirts must be “fingertip length” even if tights or leggings are worn.
- Students should be aware that if they cannot keep their pants up, or if the pant waist is determined to be too low, it must be corrected.
- To ensure safety on campus, NO predominantly red or blue clothing or backpacks are allowed. This includes maroon and royal/navy blue items (except blue denim).
- Other personal items to be monitored are notebooks, backpacks, belts and belt buckles. In regard to backpacks, notebooks, and binders, they must be free of any writing except for the owner’s name. In our efforts to curb graffiti, permanent markers such as Sharpies are not to be brought to school.
The administration reserves the right to use discretion to deem other items as inappropriate or disruptive to the learning process since fashion trends and styles change with such regularity.
The Evergreen School District allows students to have cell phones with them during the school day. However, all cell phones must be turned off and put away. LeyVa is not responsible for any lost or stolen phones. Students cannot make calls or text using their personal cell phones during the school day. This includes passing periods, break and lunch. Such devices shall be turned off in class, except when being used for a valid instructional or other school-related purpose as determined by the teacher or other district employee, and at any other time directed by a district employee. Any device with camera, video, or voice recording function shall not be used in any manner which infringes on the privacy rights of any other person. When a student uses any prohibited device, or uses a permitted device in any unethical or illegal activity, a district employee may confiscate the device. The employee shall store the item in a secure manner until an appropriate time.
Since our focus is on learning, celebratory items are not permitted. Items such as balloons, flowers, and gifts are best left to celebrations off campus, during non-school hours. Additionally, food items such as cupcakes, pizzas, cakes, etc., are not allowed. This includes both home baked/prepared goods and purchased goods.
There is a bike rack on the school campus that is locked after classes begin at the beginning of each day. It is inside the entrance gate to school, which is locked as well. Bicycles should still be locked while inside the bike rack area. Even with all these precautions, sometimes theft and/or damage occurs. LeyVa Middle School cannot be responsible for such damage or theft should it happen.
Students arriving to campus on a skateboard must carry their skateboard onto campus. Skateboards must be stored in the Student Center before the start of first period and picked up after school ends. LeyVa Middle School cannot be responsible for any damage or theft to skateboards should it happen.
Students may lose the privilege of participating in the promotion ceremony and other 8th grade activities/privileges for the following reasons:
- Failure to meet the academic criteria for receiving a promotion certificate
- Failure to maintain a 1.50 GPA
- Disciplinary actions for inappropriate behaviors
- Any disruptive and/or inappropriate misbehavior during the promotion practice or ceremony may result in the delay of receiving a promotion certificate
- Excessive absences or tardies
Any student who chooses not to comply with California laws and school/classroom rules concerning behavior is subject to the following:
- Teacher contact parent/guardian
- Loss of break time
- Loss of activities
- Restorative assignments
- After school or lunchtime detention
- Student and assistant principal conference
- Parent/student/teacher/assistant principal conference
- Parent(s) supervision of their child at school
- Suspension (1 - 5 days)
- In-House suspension
- Loss of one or more promotion activities
- Expulsion from school and/or the Evergreen School District
Students who do not attend an assigned detention will be assigned further disciplinary consequences. The after-school detention period is from 2:20 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. on specified days. Classroom teachers may also assign detention on other days and times. Students must arrive on time and make arrangements to be picked up promptly at 3:20 p.m. Detention forms are sent home with students, and students are responsible for having parent’s sign their forms and returning them to the Student Center. Failure to attend/complete detention will result in further disciplinary action.
Expectations For Detention
- Students must demonstrate appropriate behavior during any assigned detention. A student will be asked to leave if he/she does not behave and is subject to further disciplinary action.
- During detention, students must work quietly. Students need to take class work to complete and/or a book to read.
- Personal needs such as eating, drinking and using the restroom should be taken care of before entering the room for serving detention.
To help us maintain a safe campus, parents and/or visitors ARE NOT allowed to eat in the parking lot during break and/or lunchtime.Visitors must report to the front office before entering the campus. No off-campus food may be brought on campus to share with students in class. Also, due to food allergies and dietary restrictions, you should only provide food for your own child as a health precaution.
District Policies Provided to Students and Families
The Evergreen School District provides the following written policies for students and families yearly:
- Student Use of Technology
- Acceptable Use of Technology
- Student Substance Abuse
- Notice of Uniform Complaint
- Williams Uniform Complaint
- Student Non-Discrimination
- Student Sexual Harassment
- Protection of Pupil Rights Annual Notice to Parents
- PPRA Annual Notice of Student Education Record Privacy
To see the policies mentioned above and additional helpful information to our school community, please click:
The Evergreen School District Parent Handbook
Uniform Complaint Procedure
The district shall investigate and seek to resolve complaints at the local level.The district follows uniform procedures when addressing complaints alleging unlawful discrimination or failure to comply with state or federal law in programs for consolidated categorical aid, migrant education, child nutrition, special education, adult basic education, vocation education, and child care & development. Contact the Superintendent or Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, if you have a question concerning noncompliance on any of the programs listed above. After receiving the district's decision regarding a complaint, appeal procedures are available to the California Department of Education. Complainants may use any civil law remedies that may be available.
The goal of this district is to resolve any complaints informally and as close to the source of the concern as possible.
- Talk to the person involved.
- Talk with the immediate supervisor if resolution is not reached.
- Talk to the appropriate director or assistant superintendent if resolution is not reached at the school or work site.
- Talk with the superintendent.
LeyVa Middle School makes every effort to ensure gender equity. All facilities, classes, awards, and extracurricular activities are made available and are open to all LeyVa students. Our physical education program is co-educational. Students are encouraged to join clubs, and to participate in school wide activities without regard to gender.
The expectation at LeyVa is academic honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty (a.k.a. cheating) includes but is not limited to copying someone else’s work, or supplying one’s work to another for the same purpose. Additionally, plagiarism or using unauthorized materials is not allowed.
Students involved is school sports must maintain a 2.0 grade point average with NO F’s and have a signed permission slip indicating appropriate insurance coverage. If, by the official grade check date, a student does not meet the criteria, he/she is ineligible to continue that sport for the entire duration of the season. This is strictly enforced.
August - Cross Country (co-ed)
October - Wrestling (co-ed) and Basketball (girls)
December - Basketball (boys)
February - Soccer and Volleyball (boys and girls)
April - Track and Field (co-ed)
*Sports offered are contingent on funding.