The school has established a comprehensive policy to help guide student conduct. In addition, teachers are expected to publish and inform students of classroom rules and consequences for violations. Students have the responsibility to become informed and abide by the established rules. Students are also to comply with all legal requirements and policies.
Students are expected to respect the authority of all adult staff members, address them with respect and respond to and comply with their direction. Any student who uses language or takes action directed at a staff member that is threatening, sexually harassing, or insulting to their ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or other protected characteristic will result in disciplinary consequences up to and including suspension and/or expulsion. Any student whose action interferes with a staff member or officer in the conduct of their duty that may endanger the safety of students or staff will face expulsion.
Consequences for Misconduct
The school uses a progressive discipline model for minor offenses, but expulsion can occur for the first serious or dangerous offense. Consequences increase in severity with repeated misconduct or in accordance with the seriousness of the violation. Disciplinary actions and consequences may include but are not limited to the following: a verbal/written warning, parent contact, counseling, behavior plans, sitting in the Student Service Center, doing campus clean-up projects, suspension, after school detention, removal from a class with an “F,” transfer to an alternative education program, the confiscation of student property that violates school rules, expulsion, and/or other action considered reasonable and appropriate by the Assistant Principal . Parents may appeal suspensions to the Principal.
Respect for Teachers and Staff and Others
Students are expected to follow all teachers’ directions and observe all classroom rules. Students must comply with school regulations. Willful defiance of the valid authority of supervisors, teachers or administrators will not be tolerated. Consequences may include but are not limited to: detention, possible suspension, and possible recommendation for expulsion. Fighting is unacceptable for all individuals involved. Verbal, physical or sexual harassment, bullying, intimidation and threats are prohibited at all times. Profane and vulgar language is not allowed on campus. Police may also be notified of the misconduct. For some violations, police notification is required.
The Assistant Principal, other school administrators, and school staff have the right to question students during the school day or while the student is on campus, even if not during the school day. School staff does not have to contact the parent for permission before questioning a student. If a student is determined to have engaged in a suspendible offense, school staff will make a reasonable effort to contact the parent in person or by phone. When a student is suspended, the parent will be notified in writing of the suspension.
School Resource Officer (SRO) Questioning
The school administrators may involve a school resource officer (SRO) in questioning a student suspected of misconduct. The school resource officers may act as an agent of the school while on campus.
Outside Law Enforcement (non-SRO) Questioning
Should law enforcement officials find it necessary to question students during the school day or during periods of extracurricular activities, the principal or designee will be present when possible. An effort will be made to notify the parent.
Lockers belong to the school district. Students are permitted to use them as a convenience. The lockers remain under control of the school administration and may be searched whenever reasonable suspicion exists.
School officials may search a student and their personal property (including cars, purses and backpacks) when there is reasonable suspicion to believe a student is concealing evidence of a behavior code violation. Illegal items (weapons, alcohol, unlawful drugs, etc.) or other possessions determined to be a threat to the safety or security of the student or others will be confiscated and turned over to the police. Items which may be used to disrupt or interfere with the educational process may be temporarily removed from a student’s possession or forfeited in accordance with law. A general search of district facilities and properties, including but not limited to lockers or desks, may occur at any time. Items belonging to the district or items which are unlawful or are in violation of district
policy may be seized. Students will be notified that searches of district property have occurred and will be notified of any items seized as appropriate.
A “referral” is a communication from the classroom teacher to the Assistant Principal describing a student’s misconduct that has violated classroom or school rules. The referral represents a request by the teacher for disciplinary action. When the student is directed to leave the class by the teacher, the student will:
Note: Students are usually not seen immediately after being sent to the office in order to allow the Assistant Principal to conduct an appropriate investigation. After discussing the situation with the teacher, the Assistant Principal will meet with the student to hear his/her side of the story and will take the necessary action. Parents will be informed of the student’s behavior and the disciplinary consequences.
Loud and/or destructive displays for birthday celebrations cause disruption to the regular school activity. Therefore, “birthday bashing” (i.e. spraying with whipped cream, shaving cream, throwing water balloons, or physical punishment) is not allowed and carries strict consequences. Also, the posting of birthday displays (i.e. handbills, posters, etc.) is not permitted. Cards are acceptable as long as they do not create a classroom distraction.
Loss of Senior Privileges.
Seniors Privileges are defined as school related events that are specifically for or comprised mostly of the senior class. These include, but are not limited to, Prom and walking in the graduation ceremony. Suspendible offenses can cause the loss of such activities. These offenses include but are not limited to the following: Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or at a school event, involved in a fight or being involved in a destructive senior prank. These infractions face the likelihood of losing all or some of their Senior privileges.
Bikes, scooters and skateboards are not to be used on campus. Bikes should be walked on campus and locked in the bike cage during school. Scooters and skateboards are to be carried on campus and placed in a locker or special long board locker during
Cell Phones/Electronic Devices
Students are not to use cell phones or electronic devices for calls, texts, photos, or other purposes except during lunch and breaks unless a teacher has given permission to the student to use the phone for academic purposes. Students are not to receive or initiate calls to anyone, including parents, except during the designated time and except for a 911 call in a situation requiring a police response. In an emergency, parents are to contact the office and students will call home from the office. Otherwise, please leave a message on voice mail or text your student, understanding that they are not allowed to check for a text or message until a break. Students caught using their cell phones during class without permission for academic reasons will have their phones confiscated under the following offense criteria:
Refusal to provide cell phone or item to any adult school employee
If a teacher or other adult school staff member requests that a student hand over a cell phone or any other item that has been requested, the resulting disciplinary action will include additional consequences for willful defiance which may include suspension.
Responsibility for Cell Phones
Students are not to receive or initiate calls to anyone, including parents, except during the designated time and except for a 911 call in a situation requiring a police response. In an emergency, parents are to contact the office and students will call home from the office. Otherwise, please leave a message on voice mail or text your student, understanding that they are not allowed to check for a text or message until a break.
The school is a CLOSED CAMPUS. Students are not allowed to leave campus for lunch. The athletic fields, football bowl, tennis courts, adult education areas, and all parking lots are off limits during the school day. Students from other schools, alumni, or older individuals are not allowed to visit the campus of Del Mar
Lunch and Food Deliveries
Del Mar High School provides lunch services on regular school days. Students are not allowed to order food, such as pizza, and get it delivered to any part of the campus, including the main office, student service center, a classroom, or the front of the school. School administrators will refuse any food ordered by students for delivery at their own expense. Parents are allowed to bring students a lunch, which must be dropped off in the main office. It is then the student’s responsibility to pick up the food after the bell has rang for the start of lunch. Parents, family members, or friends may not drop off beverages, such as Starbucks or Jamba Juice during other parts of the day.
Loitering in the neighboring community or business areas is prohibited before, during and after the regular school day. Students coming to school are expected to come directly on to campus for class or an activity. Parents of a student who is in violation of this policy will be contacted for an initial offense and given a detention. Additional offenses will result in a suspension and can lead to expulsion if the violations continue. Please note: Students of Del Mar or students from other schools can be cited for trespassing by the police if they are loitering in the parking lots or across the street from the school, and the student will be given a detention to be served.
Student Dress Code
Students are expected to dress appropriately for school. Wearing clothing that is considered revealing, displays symbols or suggests, displays, or promotes drugs/alcohol, sexually explicit, discriminatory, violent, or is considered a disruption by the administration, staff, or other students in any way is strictly forbidden. Any clothing which may be reasonably interpreted as symbolic of gang association is prohibited. Specific examples of PROHIBITED CLOTHING include, but are not limited to:
Behaviors and Use of Symbols
The display or use of any symbol, word(s) or “tag” which may reasonably be interpreted as symbolic of gang association is prohibited. Specific examples include BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
Students who are identified by the school as “at risk of gang involvement” will be placed on a far more restrictive dress code and behavior contract, and they will be referred to an on-campus gang intervention program.
Sexual harassment is defined as making unsolicited and unwelcome written, verbal, physical and/or visual contact with sexual overtones, or continuing to express sexual interest after being informed that the interest is unwelcome if a student is comfortable stating this. If a student believes that he or she is being sexually harassed by another student, the first step is to tell the offending person that their actions are unwelcome if a student is comfortable stating this. If the action persists or if the student is not comfortable telling the harasser to stop, the student should make a formal complaint to his or her counselor or Assistant Principal. If a student believes he or she is being sexually harassed by a staff member, the student should report the incident to the principal or the AP.
Harassment based on other protected characteristics (including race, sexual orientation, national origin, religion or disability) is also prohibited and unlawful.
PDA – Public Display of Affection
Public displays of affection between any two students are not allowed. Holding hands is considered the limit on campus or at any school event on or off campus. Making out, laying/sitting on top of your partner, or any other act considered intimate behavior is not allowed. Students caught engaging in this behavior will result in a referral to the Assistant Principal’s office followed by detention to suspension.
Sexual battery includes touching an intimate body part (female's breast or anyone's anus, groin, sexual organ, or buttocks) against that person's will (without consent) for a sexual purpose, even if the touching is through clothing. This behavior will result in an automatic suspension followed by a recommendation for expulsion.
Athletic Events Rules & Conduct
School Dances Rules & Conduct
Dances are a major activity in the social life of the school and should be a safe and fun experience for all who attend. All dances, with the exception of the Junior/Senior Prom, begin at 7:00 p.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. To maintain the fun and safety of the school’s dances, students are required to observe the following rules:
A detention is a period of time served for minor infractions. A normal detention period is for 30 minutes but it can be assigned longer if the Assistant Principal determines the infraction warrants more time. Detention is held after school on designated days and locations. Students may be assigned detention in the morning.
Suspensions and Expulsions
Student misconduct may be serious enough to warrant a suspension and/or expulsion. The Education Code of the State of California dictates which behaviors can or must result in a suspension and/or expulsion.