Attendance & Policies

Attendance Policy

Attendance can be called 24 hours each day at (408) 366-7604 or parents can speak to the attendance technician directly by visiting the attendance desk in the main office between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm during school days.

  1. Students’ all day and partial absences must be cleared within two (2) days (48 hours); otherwise they will be considered unexcused absences. This includes weekends & holidays
  2. If your student needs to leave campus for any reason, a parent or guardian must call the attendance desk at least 30 minutes before the student’s departure. The student and parent must pick-up an off campus pass from the attendance desk before departure, otherwise it will be considered an unexcused absences. If the student feels ill, please have the student notify the teacher so the student can be sent to the main office. To minimize disruptions in the classroom, students will not be called out of class but sent a notice that may take up to 15 minutes.
  3. After three (3) consecutive school days of Illness, the student must provide a doctor’s note upon their return to school. A teacher may request a doctor’s note for illness at any time.
  4. If your student has any type of medical appointment during school hours, the student must bring a doctor’s visit notification form when returning to school. If they are not returning to school the same day, they must bring the notice in the next day.
  5. If your student is arriving late to school for any reason, the parent or guardian must call the attendance office before the student’s arrival. The student must pick-up an “admit to class” pass from the attendance desk before entering class, otherwise it will be considered an unexcused absence. For medical reasons refer to points #3 & #4.
  6. Students are considered tardy when they arrive after the second bell rings (or when it is scheduled to ring) and within the first 15 minutes of class the students are considered tardy. After the 30 minutes it is considered as an truant tardy. Parents may not excuse a tardy.
  7. No written notes or emails are accepted for clearing an absence.
  8. The student is responsible to pick up items left for them by their parents at the attendance desk. To minimize disruptions in the classroom, reminder notices will not be sent to the classroom. Classes will not be interrupted for delivery of personal belongings and educational materials.

Academic Honesty Policy

DISTRICT PHILOSOPHY: “PURSUING EXCELLENCE WITH INTEGRITY”

The Fremont Union High School District is committed to advancing the pursuit of intellectual excellence and to maintaining the highest standards and expectations for academic integrity among all students. We believe in establishing a school climate that promotes ethical and responsible student conduct. In conjunction with that belief, we support the development of a school culture that furthers our academic mission and recognizes the hard work of students and faculty alike. We are convinced that neither pressure for grades, inadequate time for studying or completing an assignment, nor unrealistic parental expectations justify students acting dishonestly. As a professional learning community, we affirm that “learning for learning’s sake” is intrinsically valued, and we will not tolerate any infractions that create or result in an unfair academic advantage for one student, or a disadvantage for another. In short, any form or act of academic dishonesty will undermine our standards of excellence and violate the trust that bonds all members of the school community.

DEFINITION OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Academic dishonesty is using a person’s work, concepts, designs, data, ideas, research, or documentation, without giving proper credit to the source. It goes beyond plagiarism to also include lying, cheating, using or providing unauthorized materials in preparation for an exam/test/quiz, or using or providing unauthorized materials during an exam/test/quiz, and other acts, such as the theft or falsification of records and files.

FORMS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY (EXAMPLES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING):

Academic dishonesty is an act in which a student:

Examples include but are not limited to:

1. Commits plagiarism

Copying any work assigned to be done independently. (It is the responsibility of teachers to clarify expectations about homework and projects with their classes, preferably in writing on their course syllabi.)

Copying or closely paraphrasing sentences, phrases, or passages from an un-cited source while writing a paper or doing research

Using the views, opinions, or insights of others without proper acknowledgement

2. Submits falsified or invented work/information instead of actually doing the work, research, or task themselves

Changing or creating data in a lab experiment

Writing up a fake interview

Lying about attendance or ability to complete assignments and/or assessments

Lying about other people being responsible for low grades or missing scores/assignments

Claiming credit for work in a group project when work was done by others

Attempting to misrepresent the authorship of student work, i.e., having someone else write a paper

3. Uses unauthorized tools or materials in any academic work

Accessing and/or using copyrighted test bank questions or any materials designed for instructors’ use only

Looking at someone else’s work product, during an exam, test, or quiz

Collaborating on an exam, test, quiz or assignment with any other person without prior approval from the teacher

Using any kind of “cheat notes” during an exam, test, or quiz

Using an electronic device (calculator, cell phone, camera, laptop/tablet, or other gadgets) to give or receive or copy information before, during, or after an exam, test, or quiz

Having unauthorized access to or using stolen exams, tests, or quizzes

Providing or selling exam, test, or quiz information to other students

Using an on-line translator for more than words or phrases

4. Misuses or falsifies academic documents

Altering a transcript or report card

Signing another person’s name to an attendance roster or grade check

Forging a hallway pass

5. Purposefully damages or hinders the work of others

Hiding books or reference materials needed to complete an assignment

Tampering with lab experiment, art project, or electronic files of another student.

Fabricating or altering laboratory data

6. Assists other students in any of these acts

Knowingly allowing someone else to look at one’s work product during an exam, test, or quiz

Letting others copy one’s work. (It is the responsibility of teachers to clarify expectations about homework and projects with their classes, preferably in writing on their course syllabi.)

 

TEACHER’S PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT

A teacher’s professional judgment guides the implementation of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy. The teacher is responsible for setting the academic expectations, explaining the consequences of the Policy, evaluating any evidence of student misconduct in light of the Policy, and determining whether the Policy has been violated. Students are to conduct themselves in a sensible manner and not give the teacher cause to consider their actions a violation of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy.

CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATIONS

The District considers violations of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy to be serious offenses and has therefore instituted the following consequences. The consequences apply on a school-wide and district-wide basis, i.e., a violation in one class follows a student to a different class within the school, and a violation at one school follows a student to a different school within the District. Additionally, violations of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy are cumulative for all the years a student is enrolled in the Fremont Union High School District.

First Offense

  • The student will have a reduction in grade/credit (up to, and including, an “F” grade/“0” credit) on the assignment, exam, test, or quiz based upon the teacher’s grading system.
  • The student’s semester grade may, at the teacher’s discretion, be lowered by one full letter grade.
  • The teacher will confer with the student and contact the parent/guardian by phone or e-mail to review the academic dishonesty incident within two school days of becoming aware of the incident.
  • The teacher will submit a written referral, with appropriate documentation, to an administrator who will meet with the student and the counselor, and document the incident/follow-up action in the student information system, Infinite Campus.
  • Disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to, a warning and a signed student/parental statement that acknowledges the violation/penalty, and indicates an understanding of further consequences for any subsequent offenses. Additionally, a student will be suspended from school, even on a first offense, in accordance with Education Code Section 48900, if a violation has occurred in the following areas:
    • Alteration or falsification, or attempted alteration/falsification, of records (e.g., transcripts)
    • Theft, or attempted theft, of records or testing materials (exams/tests/quizzes)
  • The student may be barred from participation or having a leadership role in a club, scholarship group, student government, athletic team, or other extracurricular activity for a period of one year from date of the violation.

Second Offense

Consequences listed in the First Offense and ONE OR MORE of the following:

  • A conference will be held with an administrator, parent/guardian, teacher, counselor, and student, and the incident/follow-up action will be documented in Infinite Campus.
  • The student will be given an “F” for the six week grading period in which the incident occurred.
  • The student will be dropped from the class with a grade of “F.”
  • The student will be suspended from school.

Third/Continuing Offenses

Consequences listed in the First Offense and ONE OR MORE of the following:

  • A conference will be held with an administrator, parent/guardian, teacher, counselor, and student, and the incident/follow-up action will be documented in Infinite Campus.
  • The student will be dropped from the class with a grade of “F.”
  • The student will be suspended from school.
  • The student may be referred to the District’s Placement Advisory Committee for transfer to another school.

APPEALS PROCESS

Students wishing to contest decisions resulting from the administration of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy may submit their appeals in writing to the principal.

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR ACADEMIC HONESTY

Administrators, teachers, parents and students must understand, accept, and share responsibilities if this policy is to be effective.

Student Responsibilities

The student will:

  • Set aside sufficient time to study
  • Participate actively in class and attend regularly
  • Protect work—do not lend or borrow work
  • Observe test time limits
  • Not look at another’s test or allow his or her test to be seen
  • Not talk during a test or about the test until all classes have had a chance to take it
  • Not represent as his or her own the work of a parent, brother, sister, or anyone else
  • Not change a test item in any way when the test is returned for review
  • Not allow one member of a team to do the whole task
  • Learn how to attribute work properly by citation, footnote, and bibliography
  • Not enter teacher offices and other restricted areas without permission and/or being accompanied by a staff person

Parent Responsibilities

The parent will:

  • Communicate to the student values of moral and ethical behavior
  • Refrain from placing undue pressure for high grades at any cost
  • Be aware of a student’s need for a quiet time and a place to study
  • Support the student’s efforts, but not edit, type, or in any other way do the work
  • Encourage wise use of time

Teacher Responsibilities

The teacher will:

  • Review at the beginning of the school year the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy along with his/her course descriptions/syllabi/green sheets that spell out clearly the consequences for academic dishonesty in his/her classes; review the various examples and forms of academic dishonesty that should be avoided
  • Be specific as to whether work is to be cooperative or individual, i.e., clarify the definition and expectation of “group work”
  • Keep completed assignments and tests secure
  • Inform students if unannounced tests will be used in the course
  • Ensure that grades in mark documents and the grade book are private and safe; not allow teaching assistants (TA’s) to make or maintain grade entries

Administrator Responsibilities

The administrator will:

  • Provide copies of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy to all teachers for distribution to students
  • Place the signed FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy Parent/Student Agreement Statement in cumulative folders
  • Support teachers in administering discipline and upholding the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy
  • Record incident/follow-up action in Infinite Campus; inform teachers about outcome of the referral
  • Review on a case-by-case basis the need to reference infractions on Secondary School Reports
  • Facilitate conferences and counsel students in every case of academic dishonesty
  • Communicate with teachers about students who have prior violations
  • Collaborate with teachers in maintaining a secure digital and physical environment
  • Review and resolve appeals

Annual Notifications

Locker Policy

Lockers are assigned to students during the first weeks of school. It is the student’s responsibility to provide a lock and to maintain a clean locker area. Monta Vista is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Since the lockers are located outside of secured areas, items left overnight and on weekends may be subject to theft or vandalism. Lockers may be subject to search by school personnel. Students who do not follow the process of applying for a locker will lose their locker privileges; locks will be cut and contents removed from lockers that are not officially assigned.

Please fill out the chalk school locker form and your locker will be assigned to you. If you have any questions please see Mrs. Mandac in the ASB office.

FUHSD Complaint Process