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1stDayintheBayStudents will…
… treat all persons at RMS with respect.
…respect everyone’s privacy and property.
…attend class on time and prepared to work.
…remain on campus the entire school day.
…use appropriate language.
…keep hands, feet, and other objects to themselves.
…have good citizenship and conduct.
…keep backpacks in lockers (7th & 8th) 
…leave electronics (not needed for class) at home

Students will not…
…bully, fight or threaten others while at school.
…bully, fight or threaten others on the way to school.
…bully, fight or threaten others on the way home.
…buy, sell, or trade food, candy, cards, gum, etc.
…chew gum at school.
…take backpacks to class.
…play fight or play roughly.
…distract from the learning process of others.

Bullying Policy:  We have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for bullying of any kind (verbal, physical, electronic, exclusion, etc.) here at RMS. Any student who experiences or witnesses bullying should notify an adult immediately. Students who participate in bullying will be subject to serious consequences pursuant to TUSD Policy and Education Code. 

Cell Phone Policy: Cell Phones may only be used during school hours if under adult supervision.  

Appropriate Dress: In keeping with Board policy, students are expected to dress in a manner that is supportive of a positive learning environment, free of distractions and disruptions.  If it is determined that a student’s dress is inappropriate or distracts others from learning, that student will be required to change and a consequence will be received.

Ø  Flat, closed-toed, shoes must be worn at all times.

Ø  Clothing, jewelry and personal items (backpacks, gym bags, water bottles etc.) shall be free from writing, pictures or any other insignia which are vulgar, profane, inappropriate, or which advocate racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender or religious prejudice.

Ø  Clothes shall conceal undergarments at all times. See-through, halter tops, spaghetti strap, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops are not acceptable. Bare midriffs, sheer or fishnet fabrics are prohibited.  Skirts/shorts should be of an appropriate length, which does not reveal undergarments.

Ø  Swimwear, pajamas, nightgowns, and oversized clothing are not appropriate school wear.

The administration and staff may establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school activities. 

 

Traffic Safety:  Students must use the crosswalks to ensure safety when traveling to and from school.  Furthermore, students who bicycle, skateboard, or scooter to school are required to wear helmets in accordance with Torrance Police Department policy.  Students may not ride bicycles, skateboards, or scooters on campus at any time.  All cars dropping off or picking up students should follow the directions given by the security guard to guarantee the safety of RMS students.

Public Displays of Affection (PDA):  Public displays of affection (PDA) of any type are not allowed on school grounds before, during or after school.  This includes, but is not limited to, hugging, holding hands, and kissing.  Students engaged in PDA will be subject to disciplinary action.

Cheating:  RMS has a zero tolerance policy concerning cheating.  If students violate this policy, consequences may include loss of credit, a lower citizenship grade, detention, or suspension.

BEHAVIOR CONSEQUENCES

Students come to school to learn. Teachers come to school to teach. Anything that prevents this from happening is not appropriate. Infractions of school rules may result in the following consequences:

  • Warning
  • Detention – after school or at lunch
  • Campus service
  • In-school suspension/class suspension
  • Out-of-school suspension
  • Parent visitation to school to monitor student
  • Adjustment transfer to another school
  • Expulsion

Students may be suspended* or expelled** for any of the following (Ca. Ed. Code 48900):

  • Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause physical injury to another person.
  • Possessing, selling, or furnishing any firearm, knife, explosive, (included firecrackers & poppers), or other dangerous object.
  • Unlawfully possessing, using, selling, or otherwise furnishing, or being under the influence of any controlled substance, as defined in Section 11007 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.
  • Unlawfully offering, arranging, or negotiating to sell any controlled substance, as defined in Section 11007 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, any look alike controlled substance, or an intoxicant of any kind.
  • Committing robbery or extortion.
  • Causing or attempting to cause damage to school property or private property.
  • Stealing or attempting to steal school or private property.
  • Possessing or using tobacco or any products containing tobacco or nicotine.
  • Committing an obscene act or engaging in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  • Unlawfully offering, arranging, or negotiating to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11364 of the Health and Safety Code.
  • Disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
  • Knowingly receiving stolen school or private property.
  • Possessing an imitation firearm.
  • Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault; or committing a sexual battery as defined in the penal code.
  • Harassing, threatening, or intimidating a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding.
  • Committing sexual harassment.
  • Causing, attempting to cause, threatening to cause or participating in an act of hate violence.
  • Intentionally engaging in harassment, threats or intimidation against a pupil or groups of pupils.
  • Making terroristic threats against school officials or school property, or both.

Due process shall be afforded each student suspended or expelled.  All such action will be taken in strict conformity with the procedures and limitations set forth in the Education Code.

*Suspension: Removal of a student from school for a specified length of time.

**Expulsion: The dismissal of a student from all Torrance Unified School District schools by the Board of Education.

The following is a list of some offenses that are citable by the Torrance Police Department:

594PC

Vandalism

415.3PC

Offensive Words in Public

63.4.030TMC

Skateboarding on School Property

21212(a)VC

Riding a Bike without a Helmet

45.1.2TMC

Loitering (Truancy)

308(b)PC

Possession of Tobacco and Tobacco Paraphernalia

46/6/27TMC

Possession of Firecrackers

485PC

Keeping Lost Property

 

HONOR ROLL STANDARDS

A minimum 3.50 grade point average (GPA) is required is required for Honor Roll membership.  All grades must be A, B, or C.  All classes, including those taken at South High School, are used to determine eligibility. Also, all citizenship grades must be E or S.  Any student who earns a GPA of 3.5 or higher, but has a U or N on his/her report card is not eligible for the Honor Roll.

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Students are responsible for their own personal property. Students are discouraged from bringing valuables to school including large sums of money.  The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

TEXTBOOKS

Individual textbooks are issued to students.  It is their responsibility to cover them and treat them with care.  Book covers are available at the Student Store or can easily be made at home.  Students are responsible to pay for all textbooks that are damaged, lost, or stolen.  Student report card (and diploma, if in 8th grade) will be held until payment is made.

Student Accountability

Our goal is to provide an environment where students experience a school-wide commitment to high standards of academic excellence and personal behavior.  Recognition of superior performance is essential to student growth and development.  Equally important is a need for a program to hold students accountable for unsatisfactory performance that will help them gain self-direction and a sense of responsibility.

Unsatisfactory performance is defined as:

  • Less than a 2.0 grade point average for achievement grades on a 4.0 scale.
  • Two or more U’s in citizenship.

Consequences may include (but are not limited to):

  • Restriction of school activities (e.g., school dances, awards assemblies, class competitions)
  • Modified student schedule
  • Adjustment transfer to another school
  • Restriction of some or all 8th grade promotion activities (picnic, promotion ceremony, dance)