STUDENT HANDBOOK AND CODE OF CONDUCT
One of our goals at Ridgecrest Elementary is to ensure that each
child has a safe, positive, and caring learning environment. To help promote this environment, our school rules are:
BE RESPECTFUL BE RESPONSIBLE BE SAFE
The following adhere to Canyons School District policies and apply to all students.
- Arrive to school on time. Students should be ready to enter the building by 8:40 a.m.
- Enter and exit from grade level doors. Walk quietly and orderly through the building. No running in the halls.
- Work quietly and complete all work on time.
- Demonstrate respect, responsibility and safety at all times.
Assemblies and activities shall be considered special student privileges where participation is contingent upon appropriate behavior. Students who disturb, disrupt, or show disrespect shall lose the privilege of attending and may be subjected to disciplinary action.
- Show respect to the performers by watching and listening during the program and remaining quietly seated.
- Show appreciation for the performer by applauding (whistling and booing or yelling are not appropriate behaviors for an assembly).
- Enter and exit the assembly quickly and quietly.
The explanations, clarifications and discussions that take place in the classroom are invaluable components of the school learning experience. A natural consequence of absence from the classroom is reduced academic performance. Utah’s Compulsory Education Law states that all school age children must be in attendance at school unless there is a valid and legitimate excuse. Please call the school in the morning if your child will not be in attendance that day. Students who miss five or more days of school will be sent a letter regarding the absences. Children must arrive at school on time. Checking students out of school and visiting them during the school day should be limited to exceptional situations.
Students may ride bicycles and scooters to school; however, students and parents must assume any risk if they are brought to school. The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen items. A bicycle rack is located on the east side of the school. Students should lock their bicycles and scooters on this rack. The bicycle or scooter owner must provide a lock. Students must walk their bikes and scooters once they enter the campus. Students should wear protective helmets. Students who do not follow these rules may have their bicycle or scooter taken away and may lose the privilege of bringing them to school. If this happens, a parent will need to retrieve the item from the school. Skateboards, rollerblades, heelies and grinding are not allowed at school.
- Everyone is expected to treat others as they want to be treated, using kind words and good manners.
- Students are to use their grade level doors when entering or leaving school.
- Students may not leave the campus during school hours without permission.
- Gum, laser pointers, trading cards and toys that distract students are not allowed.
- Follow the directions of the supervisors at all times.
- Talk in a soft voice (no yelling or loud talking).
- Clean up after yourself.
- Food, milk cartons or other drinks may not be taken out of the cafeteria.
Possession of a cell phone is a privilege that may be forfeited by any student that uses the phone inappropriately. The District will not be responsible for preventing theft, loss of or damage to cell phones brought to school. Cell phones may not be used during classroom time, instructional activities or field trips. Phones must remain off during these times and stored in a backpack.
Checking Students In and Out of School
To ensure the safety of our students, no child will be allowed to leave the campus once school has started without a parent or a designee of the parent. We must have written permission to release your child to anyone other than his or her legal guardian. Please limit checking your child out of school during the school day to emergency situations. Please check your child out of school through the main office. Parents may not go directly to a classroom to check out a child, or to talk with them. We will not send your child out of the building if you are not in the building to meet him or her. Parents must show ID to check a student out. Students may only be checked out by an adult that is listed on Skyward or the emergency contact list.
Students shall conduct themselves in a manner that contributes to a productive learning atmosphere for themselves and their classmates. Students are expected to be attentive, cooperative, and industrious while in the classroom. Students who habitually disrupt or destroy the learning atmosphere shall be disciplined. The classroom teacher will determine specific classroom rules. The school rules are respect, responsibility and safety.
- Items that disrupt the educational mission will not be allowed. All personal items including clothing shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignias, which are crude, vulgar, profane, violent, or sexually suggestive.
- Items which bear advertising, promotions and likeness of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs are contrary to the educational mission and will not be allowed,
- All students shall maintain their hair in a clean, well-groomed manner. Any hairstyle that draws undue attention or disrupts the learning environment will not be allowed.
- All students shall wear clean clothing. Any clothing, jewelry, or accessories that draw undue attention, disrupt the learning environment, or pose a health or safety risk will not be allowed.
- Students shall not wear clothes that are mutilated, cut off, or immodest, e.g., short shorts, mini skirts, bare midriffs, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, tank shirts, or similar clothing. Clothing shall cover the midriff, underwear, backs and cleavage at all times. Skirts, dresses and shorts must be at least mid-thigh length or longer when seated.
- Military clothing or insignias which are part of the official uniform of the U.S. Armed Forces are not to be worn except where authorized by law. (Wearing of the military uniform is regulated by provisions of Title 10, USC 771-772, and Army Regulation 670-1 29-4).
- Hats of any kind are not allowed within the building except as part of an approved activity, or for religious or medical purposes.
- School officials may require students to wear certain types of clothing for health of safety reasons in connection with certain specialized activities.
- Gang related clothing, colors and paraphernalia shall not be allowed in schools or activities. School officials shall determine what constitutes “gang” clothing, colors, and paraphernalia after consulting law enforcement agencies as needed.
- Shoes shall be worn at all times to ensure personal safety and hygiene.
Electronic devices are prohibited at school. Students and parents must assume the risk if a student brings an electronic device to school. The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen electronic device. Any use of an electronic device that exploits personal information, disrupts the educational process, invades personal privacy or compromises the integrity of educational programs is strictly prohibited. Students violating these guidelines will be disciplined.
Medication At School
Elementary students should not bring prescription or over-the-counter medication to school. If your child needs to receive medication during the school day, please bring the medication to the school with the Canyons School District Request For Giving Medication At School Form. You can obtain this form from the main office.
- All students will be allowed to participate in organized games.
- No chasing or playing tag.
- Students will treat supervising adults with respect and follow directions.
- Contact games that include tackling, shoving, or pushing are not allowed.
- All playground equipment should be used properly.
- Students may not leave the grounds to retrieve playground equipment.
- No sliding on ice, throwing snow, rocks, ice, etc.
- Fighting and snowballing are not allowed. Students who engage in either of these behaviors may face suspension and their parents will be contacted.
- Violations of these rules may result the loss of recess on the playground.
Each student is expected to demonstrate proper behavior when using the restroom. Cleanliness and good health habits are expected. The toilet should always be flushed. Students should wash their hands and leave the restroom clean. Paper towels should be disposed of in wastepaper baskets. Students who disregard the rules will be disciplined.
Visitors and Volunteers
Visitors and volunteers must sign in and get a badge at the main office before going to other parts of the school. No visitors may go directly to classrooms – no exceptions.
Canyons District students and employees are entitled to a learning/working environment that is free from unlawful and violent acts. Students whose actions pose a threat to the health and safety to students and staff members shall be suspended and/ excluded from school (Board Policy AS67).
Dangerous or Disruptive Conduct
The following conduct is defined as "dangerous or disruptive conduct" and is prohibited on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or while traveling in school-funded or school-dispatched vehicles.
- Possessing (regardless of intent), using, selling or attempting to possess, use or sell any firearm, weapon, knife, explosive device, noxious or flammable material, firework, chemical weapon, martial arts weapon or other instrument including those which eject a projectile or substance of any kind, or any replica or facsimile of any of the above, whether functional or nonfunctional, whether designed for use as a weapon or for some other use.
- Causing, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause damage to personal or real property, or causing or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause harm to a person through:
- Possession or distribution of drugs or alcoholic beverages. (See Policy AS90, Drugs and Alcohol and the Drug and Alcohol section below).
- Sexual harassment or fabrication of sexual harassment charges with malicious intent to defame character. (See Student Sexual Harassment section).
- Arson—the willful and malicious destruction of any part of a building or its contents or occupants by use of fire or explosive.
- Burglary—breaking, entering or remaining in a structure without authorization during the hours when the premises are closed to students.
- Theft/Larceny/Stealing—the intentional unlawful taking and/or carrying away of property belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.
- Criminal Mischief—willful or malicious injury or damage in excess of $300 to public property or to real or personal property belonging to another.
- Battery—the unlawful and intentional touching or striking of another person against his or her will.
- Assault—placing another person in fear or apprehension of a harmful or offensive touching, whether or not a touching is actually intended.
- Hazing—(See Policy AS95, Conduct Related To School Activities)
- Vandalism—willfully defacing, cutting, marring, injuring, damaging, or losing school or staff property. Official grade transcripts and diplomas may be withheld until the student or the student's parent(s)/guardian has paid for the damage or made appropriate restitution.
- Gang-related Activity—dangerous or disruptive activity, which may include but is not necessarily limited to the following:
- wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other things which evidence membership in a gang;
- using a name which is associated with or attributable to a gang; or
- designating turf or an area for gang activities, occupation, or ownership.
- Bullying—aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. A student is being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students.
- Physical bullying: hitting and/or punching
- Verbal bullying: teasing or name calling
- Non-verbal or emotional bullying: intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and relational aggression
- Cyber-bullying: sending insulting, threatening or harassing messages by phone or computer, or electronic messaging
- Involvement in any activity which violates federal, state or local law or regulation, disrupting normal school proceedings, or causing, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause other students to violate federal, state or local law or regulation or to disrupt school proceedings, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to do any of these. These activities include, but are not limited to: extortion, forgery, lewdness, and distributing obscene materials.
- Students with prior knowledge of dangerous or disruptive behavior have the duty to report such behavior to school administration. Students that fail to report such behavior are subject to appropriate disciplinary sanctions.
Drugs and Alcohol
The following substances are prohibited at school:
- Illegal drugs
- Alcoholic beverages
- Illegal psycho toxic chemicals (inhalants)
- Prescription medications in excess of an 8-hour dosage
- Over-the-counter medication in excess of an 8-hour dosage
- The possession, use, or distribution by students of any substance listed above is prohibited on school property, or at any other extracurricular, school sponsored activity that is held off school property.
- Violations will result in the strict application of Canyons District’s Drug and Alcohol Policy AS90. We can provide you with a complete copy of this policy.
Student Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and any other verbal, visual or physical conduct that adversely affects a person’s educational opportunities, relationships, and environment. Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to the following:
- Sex role stereotyping,
- Visual or verbal gender abuse, and
- Unwelcome sexual behavior
Students who engage in this behavior may be suspended from school.
Students who choose not to follow the rules may lose their recess and/or other privileges. Frequent or serious violations of the code will be investigated and, if necessary, a parent conference held. Violations may result in suspension from school.