AMS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Please read the AMS Handbook for a full list of our policies and procedures
Cell Phones, Electronics & Earbuds
Students may use the school phone to call parents in case of emergency. Personal cell phones are not to be used during school hours. Messages from parents/guardians will be delivered to students during school hours only in cases of emergencies.
Because cell phones are not necessary at school, school telephones are available for student use upon request. However, students may carry cell phones at their own risk. All cell phones must be turned off and put away (out of site) once a student enters the school boundaries and remain off at all times.
The Atascadero Unified School District feels strongly that students must be in class. The value of the daily class interaction between teachers and their students cannot be duplicated or substituted in any way. Each absence limits student potential to master the subject and be successful in the class. To increase total attendance and student success and to limit unexcused absences, truancy and tardies, this policy is in effect (BP 5114). When Do Absences Become a Problem? (Spanish)
A review of prohibited student conduct includes, but is not limited to: 1) Conduct that endangers students, staff, or others 2) Conduct that disrupts the orderly classroom or school environment 3) Harassment of students or staff, including bullying, intimidation, stalking, so-called “cyberbullying,” hazing or initiation activities, ridicule, extortion, or any other verbal or nonverbal, written, or physical conduct that causes or threatens to cause bodily harm or emotional suffering (B.P. 5131).
Students should immediately report and submit an Incident Report of conduct they consider to be bullying to a school counselor or site administrator.
AMS students are expected to follow school-wide expectations, AMS Five R’s, California Education Codes, AUSD and AMS policies. School rules reinforce these values. The resolution of academic and behavior problems is a joint effort between the students, parents/guardians, teachers, and school administrators. Subsequently, communication between students, parents/guardians, teachers, and school administrators shall be completed in a timely and respectful manner.
The goal of student discipline is to teach students to behave in ways that contribute to academic achievement, positive healthy relationships, school success, and to support a school environment where students and staff are responsible and respectful. Administration will follow district, school and Education Code guidelines. Staff shall enforce disciplinary rules fairly and equitably.
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8th Grade Promotion
Promotion Policy: 8th grade students must meet the Promotion Ceremony Criteria to be eligible to participate in the promotion ceremonies and promotion-related activities.
Promotion Ceremony Criteria: 8th Grade
Eighth-grade students can participate in the June Promotion Ceremony if they have:
No more than one core class “F” during the second semester to be determined by 5/27/22 (core classes include: Language Arts, History, Math, Science and Physical Education)
No more than than one unsatisfactory (U) citizenship grade in any class during the second semester to be determined by April 2022 progress report.
No “Improvement Contract” in progress.
No “Activity Suspension” in place.
Returned the 8th grade letter form signed by a parent/guardian and student
Failure to meet the above criteria shall result in the student being excluded from all promotion exercises, activities, and ceremonies.
In addition to the above, any eighth grade student using, selling, or possessing alcohol or illegal drugs during school or at any AUSD school sponsored activity will lose the privilege of participating in promotion activities and promotion ceremony. (AUSD Board Policy BP5127) An eighth-grade student who is ineligible for the promotion ceremony due to BP5127 may participate in an 8-week program and then appeal the decision.
Due to promotion ceremony criteria, eighth grade students with more than one “F” at the end of the first semester, or more than one unsatisfactory (U) citizenship grade in any course at the end of the first semester, will be placed on an Improvement Contract.