The need to maintain
a safe campus and the need to create the best possible environment for
learning are the motivating factors behind student behavior and attendance
policies. Independence High School student behavior policies have outstanding
teacher, parent, and student support helping to make IHS a terrific educational
experience for all.
1. Every Day Counts
Schools in California are funded on a system of ADA (Average Daily Attendance).
Simply speaking, the East Side Union High School District receives approximately
$40.00 per day for each day your student is in attendance. When your student
is absent all day for any reason, our school district cannot receive funding
for your child.
Becasue school attendance is mandatory, mutiple cases of unexcused absences
are reported to the School Attendance Review Board and ultimately to the
Santa Clara County District Attorney. Students who use school time to
take family vacations not only take funds away from our school, but can
also be cited for truancy.
2. Tardy and ID Badge Sweeps
Our last rally in the gym was an ID Badge required event. ID Badges were
checked before students entered the gym. The good news is that nearly
the entire student body was able to display ID Badges. However, 60+ students
with no ID Badges were held in detention in the Small Gyml and were unable
to participate in the rally. To make our point regarding ID Badges and
tardy concerns, we are continuing our unannounced sweeps periodically
during the week. Additionally, students will need to display ID Badges
when accessing student services such as purchasing lunch, using the library
or scheduling classes for summer school and next school year.
3. Closed Campus Policy
All high schools within the East Side Union High School District enforce
a closed campus policy. Students are not permitted to leave campus or
occupy “out of bounds areas” without authorization. Out of
bounds areas during break and lunch include those areas on the exterior
of all entrance gates. Parking lots, athletic facilities, and the maintenance
yard are out of bounds areas.
4. Cell Phone
Cell phones can be distracting devices in an educational environment.
At IHS, student use of cell phones is not permitted on campus during school
hours (7:00 – 4:00 PM). The last class of the day for a student
is not the end of the end of our school day. School hours continue beyond
the last class of the day to include Homework Center sessions, tutoring,
detention and Adult Education sessions.
Students wishing to use cell phones (make calls, receive calls, check
voice mail) may do so in the student parking and bus loading zone areas
but only before and after school. During school hours, cell phones must
be turned off and stored out of sight (backpack, purse, pocket, etc).
At the discretion of IHS staff, cell phones (as well as other electronic
devices and clothing in violation of dress code) are subject to confiscation.
Parents may retrieve confiscated items from the Attendance Office.
5. After School
Athletic Facility Use
To provide for a safe environment for our athletic programs, locker rooms
and athletic facilities will need to be restricted to athletes only. However,
athletes are not permitted in the locker room, gym or pool areas unless
supervised by a member of the team’s coaching staff. Coaches will
need to unlock and lock locker room facilities for their teams. Unauthorized
persons in the locker rooms will be subject to disciplinary measures.
6. PE Lockers
Earlier this year, we received several complaints of missing items from
PE lockers. Securing the locker rooms has been a top priority. In our
last sweep of the locker rooms during one PE class, we found 10 backpacks
on the ground (not placed in the locker) and we found 18 PE locker owners
who left their padlock hanging on the locker unlocked.
Restriction from student activities for a time may have a greater effect
on creating positive student behavior than any other disciplinary measure.
Continued violations of student behavior policies could result in restrictions
from attending a dance (Prom or Ball), participating in a talent show,
or even taking part in a graduation ceremony.
For safety considerations, all non-IHS students are restricted from entering
campus during school hours. All visitors are required to report to the
reception area of the main office before attending to any school business
regarding their child (teacher conference, picking up a student or taking
care of an attendance issue).
Unfortunately, we do not have the staff to handle the receiving and delivery
of items to students during school hours. Please help us support this
policy by doing a morning a “double-check” with your student
for homework, books, lunch money and athletic clothes before arriving