Aragon Student Behavior
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
This Student Code of Conduct has been prepared, following the California Education Code, to help students and parents understand the guidelines for maintaining a safe and orderly campus that is conducive to learning. Students must realize that their own attitudes and actions directly affect their school experience and that of their peers. With the assistance of the administration, teachers, support personnel, and parents/guardians, all students have the capacity to demonstrate actions that contribute to a positive educational environment.
Each student is expected to obey school rules while on campus, while being transported to and from school, and during school-sponsored activities such as field trips and athletic events. We expect that students will also take great pride in Aragon High School and that their behavior will reflect that pride. This includes coming to class prepared with basic materials, demonstrating respect for faculty, staff and peers, using class time as learning time, and following the individual rules set by each teacher.
The following is a list of prohibited behaviors that will not be tolerated and can result in disciplinary action, suspension, or expulsion (not all-inclusive):
- Harassment or bullying of any kind, such as sexual, ethnic, gender, religious, etc.
- Hate violence such as invading the rights of any pupil or group by creating an intimidating or hostile environment.
- Academic dishonesty such as cheating or plagiarism.
- Forgery, falsifying, or altering school correspondence (including passes or admits).
- Horseplay, wrestling, profanity, gambling, large displays of affection, childish behavior.
- Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause physical injury to another person. Fighting of any kind is strictly prohibited on the Aragon campus.
- Hazing, conspire to haze, or committing any act that injures, degrades or disgraces any other student.
- Disruptive behaviors such as throwing objects or running in corridors.
- Weapons and dangerous objects are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, guns, replicas of guns, pellet guns, knives of any kind, and explosives of any kind. Other objects, not allowed on campus, include, but are not limited to, bats (other than for sports), water guns, long chains, large marking pens, and similar items.
- Possession, being under the influence, sale of, or use of drugs, drug/smoking paraphernalia, alcohol, and or smoking/chewing tobacco. The school’s board policy prohibits the use of tobacco products and tobacco-like electronic products (including vapes, etc.) by anyone, anywhere on school property, to and from school, and at any off-campus school-sponsored event.
- Theft and possession of stolen property are violations of law.
- Vandalism of any kind (defacing, damaging or destroying someone else’s property or school property).
Students found in violation of these rules may receive a range of consequences from detention, suspension, expulsion, and/or transfer from Aragon. Police involvement may also accompany these consequences and result in legal action. California Education Code 48000 outlines the grounds for suspension or expulsion.
BEHAVIORS FOR LEARNING
Aragon High School, committed to providing a quality education that recognizes the importance of both standards-based academics and personal development, fervently supports individual student achievement and strives to create a community where all students, teachers, administrators, and parents are accountable for demonstrating a commitment to learning.
To make a positive contribution in our 21st century democratic multicultural society, students must make a consistent effort to master and demonstrate appropriate behaviors for learning, which will in turn enable them to make the most out of their experience at Aragon.
The Behaviors for Learning Target:
- Being Present
- Respectful Language
- Academic Integrity
- Mutual Respect (see below)
- Appropriate Electronic Device Usage
MUTUAL RESPECT AND TOLERANCE
Aragon High School and the San Mateo Union High School District are deeply committed to the premise that, on high school campuses, full participation in the educational process must be in an environment that is free from harassment.
Aragon and the District are deeply committed to protecting freedom of speech to guarantee the free exchange of ideas in an appropriate manner and context. This protection is of great importance on District campuses where the free exchange of ideas fosters knowledge, individual growth, and tolerance for new and different perspectives. However, speech or expression used as a weapon to harass specific victims is not to be tolerated.
Mutual Respect means:
Respect Differences – No name-calling, put downs, insults, or slurs. This includes language, behavior, or gestures that are obscene, offensive, or abusive.
Respect Personal Space – Touching that is not welcomed is inappropriate.
Respect Property – Ask before using someone’s things. Do not write-on or destroy an individual’s property or school property.
Detention & Saturday School
Detention and Saturday School are assigned to engage students in reflection about their conduct and how their actions affect the learning environment for themselves and others at school.
Detention takes place every Wednesday before school starts in at 8:00am. Saturday School takes place from 9am – 12:30pm once/twice a month in the Library; see schedule via Google Student Activities Calendar. Saturday School also offers study time with tutors and teachers after reflective work has been completed. Each hour of Saturday School clears one detention.