Student Parent Handbook
After - School Activities (LACER)
Our FREE after-school program, LACER, is open Monday through Friday.
- 3:15 – 6 PM (M, W, Th, & F)
- 1:45 - 6 PM (Tues)
- 12:52 – 6 PM on minimum days
Students are invited to join Art, Homework Club, Basketball, Flag Football, Dance, Rock Band, and Soccer.
Students should report directly to LACER the end of the school day. Afternoon snack is provided at the beginning of the program. Students will need to be signed-out during pick–up by a parent/guardian from the program. The gate on La Mirada will remain open until 6:00 PM daily.
In addition, some teachers offer after school tutoring, please check with your student’s individual teachers.
Students are expected to attend school every day, unless there is a valid justification for the absence [Ed Code 48200]. It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to provide documentation within ten (10) days after the student returns to school in order to prevent absences from being converted to truancies. Documentation should be brought to the Main Office when the student arrives at school on the day of his/her return. Documentation must have a date, name, grade, reason for absence, parent signature and contact phone number. Student attendance is kept in MiSIS and remain part of a student’s permanent record. Permission to leave campus at any time is authorized only through the Main Office. Students can only be released to adults listed in MiSIS or on the Emergency Form.
A student’s attendance is crucial for their academic success. Students who are absent, or late will miss valuable instructional time and can fall behind in school. Le Conte attendance policy serves to work with parents to ensure that students maintain positive attendance habits.
The Blackboard Connect service allows our school to send personalized voice messages to your family’s home, work or cell phones, and also contact you through email, text messaging and social networks. Parents and guardians are responsible for the cost of text messages if selected as a means of communication. Keeping parents more informed and involved leads to higher student achievement and student safety. Please help us by ensuring we have your current contact information.
Bullying and Hazing
The school takes a strong position against bullying, hazing or any behavior that infringes on the safety and well-being of students and employees. The District prohibits retaliatory behavior against anyone who files a complaint or who participates in the complaint investigation process. Parents and students are encouraged to put their concerns in writing and work with an administration/designee who will investigate the allegation and work with the parties involved to reach resolution.
- Cyberbullying is an act of bullying conducted via electronic communication technology (e.g., texts, e-mails, blogs, postings) and meets the impact of bullying. Cyberbullying that occurs off-campus but substantially disrupts the instructional environment of the school may fall under District jurisdiction.
- Hazing is any humiliating or potentially harmful initiation, pre-initiation, or rite of passage associated with membership in a student organization whether or not it is officially recognized by the school.
- Sexting is electronic communications of an inappropriate sexual nature. Once posted, a student has no control over the use of their image. The posting and sharing of sexual images of minors could be considered child pornography or child abuse. Participants could be subject to disciplinary or criminal action.
Check the school website for the calendar of events and other school information.
Students are permitted on campus starting at 8:00 AM. The front gate of the school will close at 4:00 PM daily. Students should not be on campus after 4:00 PM except for pre-approved activities or programs. Parents of students enrolled in LACER will need to enter through La Mirada gate to pick-up their child.
Cell Phones / Electronic Devices
The use of cellular phones or any electronic mobile device by students is prohibited on campus during normal school hours. Students are permitted to use cellular phones or other electronic mobile devices on campus after school or during school activities that occur outside of school hours. For District, state and national assessments, students are prohibited access to any unauthorized electronic devices at any time during the entire testing session. Students must comply anytime a request is made by school personnel to cease the use of a cellular telephone other electronic mobile device even before or after school.
Change of Address
It is the responsibility of parents, guardians or adult foster care caregiver to inform the school of any change of address, telephone number or emergency information. Provided that the school meets its responsibility regarding requirements of notification of residence information, a family‘s failure to report a change of address within 30 calendar days shall be cause for forfeiture of the right to any type of permit. Parents must provide a manner to receive both written (U.S. Mail) and oral communication (telephone, cell) regarding their child(ren).
All school employees who have a reasonable suspicion that child abuse has occurred or is occurring is required by law to file a suspected child abuse report with an appropriate child protective services agency (CPA): either the local police or Sheriff‘s Department, or the Department of Children and Family Services within 36 hours.
Academic counselors ensure that students are enrolled in the appropriate classes, monitor student progress, and provide intervention services. If you have questions about class progress, the counselor is the first person you should contact.
Culmination / 8th Grade Activities
The certificate of completion and participation in the culmination ceremony will be determined by the grades earned in core subjects of English/ELD, math, science and social studies. Grades earned in PE will also be part of the criteria. Eligible students will earn a district approved Certificate of Completion. Students must earn 70 out of the possible 80 credits and NO Fails in the spring semester to be eligible for a Certificate of Completion.
In addition, to the Culmination Ceremony, the school has events planned for eligible eight graders. Eligibility includes grades, having a satisfactory discipline record, acceptable attendance and be cleared of textbook/library financial obligations.
Our goal is to develop students who are self-disciplined and able to make good judgments about acceptable behavior. Our philosophy is that no student should be allowed to disrupt the learning of another student. The school discipline plan is designed to guide behavior in the school setting with the intent to build relationships with students and ultimately addressing misbehavior in a fair and consistent manner.
Wear the Le Conte uniform policy, plus students should be properly groomed and appropriately dressed for school activities. Clothing and/or accessories should not distract from the learning process or cause a safety concern. Clothing must cover undergarments and midriff. Clothing or accessories with designs that depict alcohol, drugs, nudity, and profanity or gang affiliation are not allowed. No baseball caps, hats, beanies and bandanas allowed. No sandals, slippers or open toe shoes allowed. Sunglasses may only be worn for medical reasons.
- White or gray polo shirt (undershirt must also be white or gray)
- NAVY blue uniform pants, shorts or skirt (NO denim or leggings). Shorts must be at least fingertip length
- Solid (NO Logos) navy blue sweatshirt or jacket
- Closed toe, flat or low heel shoes (tennis shoes)
Consequences for students out of uniform:
- Call home to have parent/guardian bring appropriate uniform
- If available, wear ‘loaner’ uniform
- Nutrition and/or lunch detention
Inappropriate items of clothing/accessories may be taken by school personnel to be returned to a parent/guardian.
In general, schools will respond to emergencies by moving students to the safest possible location. During fires or earthquakes, students will be moved out of the classrooms to a safe assembly area away from buildings; usually the school field or play yard. During a lockdown or shelter in place, students will be moved indoors, to use the buildings as protection. During a threat of violence, students will be sheltered in a locked classroom away from anything that can hurt them. During an emergency when the campus must be protected, parents will not be able to pick up their children until the school campus is declared to be safe by law enforcement. Parents need to understand that the students are being sheltered in a secure classroom for their safety and will be released only when it is safe. Parents must report to the Request Gate located on the school‘s perimeter and show identification. This is a specific location that schools will use to release students. Please remember that students will only be released to a person whose name is listed on the student’s Emergency Information Form. Parents must make sure that the student’s Emergency Information Form is current and correct. Please notify your child’s school any time the emergency contact information changes.
For students to participate in activities on and off campus (sports, competitions, performances, mentorships, etc.) they must be eligible. Students must have:
- 2.0 or higher GPA
- No more than 3 U’s on your latest report card of which no more than 2 can be in cooperation
- Satisfactory discipline record
There are a few clubs who meet during or after school. If you are interested in joining or starting a club, ask a teacher to be a sponsor.
Other activities include certificates, pins, field trips, award assemblies, Honor Roll, Student of the Month, etc. In addition, celebrations will acknowledge academic excellence, outstanding attendance and citizenship.
Students will not be denied participation in educational trips because of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, or disability. Each student’s parent/guardian must provide written permission for a field trip, authorization for medical care, and a personal health history for those students with health issues/medical conditions. Parents are responsible to provide all necessary medications, supplies, and equipment needed (for the field trip) at least 5 school days prior to departure. In order to administer medication (prescription and over-the-counter) on the field trip, parents/guardians must have completed the Request for Medication to be Taken during School Hours, which includes a parent/guardian signature and the written California licensed health care provider’s order.
Students may assemble on campus during non-instructional time to discuss their views and opinions and may participate in peaceful demonstrations on campus during non-instructional periods. Students may exercise these rights as long as their speech, expression, or conduct is not obscene, lewd, libelous, slanderous, does not incite students to destroy property or inflict injury upon any person, or cause a substantial disruption to school. School site administrators may impose restrictions on the times, place, and manner of those speeches or activities in order to maintain a safe and peaceful campus for all students and District employees. Students who fail to follow the directive of school site administrators or District policy concerning demonstrations, assemblies, sit-ins, etc., may be disciplined. Students who voluntarily leave the school campus or the classroom during a demonstration will be directed to return to the campus or classroom. A student’s refusal to adhere to this directive will result in the recording of an unexcused absence and may result in disciplinary action against that student. Once students are off campus, school site administrators do not have a legal obligation to protect the safety and welfare of the students. If the student demonstration or walk-out causes a disruption to the general public, local law enforcement may respond to the situation.
Grade Point Average (GPA)
To calculate your GPA, add your grade points together and divide by the number of classes. A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, Fail =0
Gun Free Safe Zone
The Federal Gun Free Safe Schools Act and California law prohibit the possession of firearms on school campuses. Pursuant to these laws, any student found in possession of a firearm will be subject to arrest and will be recommended for expulsion immediately. Upon a finding that the student was in possession of a firearm, the governing board shall expel the student. The term of expulsion shall be one year. Possession includes, but is not limited to, storage in lockers, purses, backpacks, or automobiles.
Students must carry a teacher issued hall pass if they are out of class during instructional time. Students should use restrooms or drink water before school, after-school, and during nutrition and lunch – not during class time.
A student returning to school following a serious or prolonged illness, injury, surgery, or other hospitalization (including psychiatric and drug or alcohol inpatient treatment), must have written permission by the licensed California health care provider to attend school. A student returning to school with sutures (stitches, staples), ace bandage (elastic bandage, slings), casts, splints, crutches, cane, walker, knee walker/knee scooter, or a wheelchair must have a licensed California health care provider‘s written permission to attend school that includes any recommendations and/or restrictions related to physical activity, mobility and safety. All equipment must be supplied by the parent(s)/guardian(s). An excuse (less than 10 weeks) from a physical education class may be granted to a student who is unable to participate in regular or modified curriculum for a temporary period of time due to illness or injury. A parent's written request for an excuse will be accepted for up to five days; thereafter, a written request is needed from the student's health care provider.
Healthy Start Office
The Healthy Start Office (in Chandler Hall) is available from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday to assist students and families with various concerns. The staff member is able to make referrals to local community agencies that can assist families with services such as shelter, therapy, food, employment, and medical insurance.
Each student is issued a school ID card at no cost every year. Students are required to carry ID cards with them at all times while on campus. ID cards are required to check out books from the library and to participate in activities. Students are expected to replace lost or stolen ID cards. Replacement cards cost $5.
Students obtain e-mail accounts on LAUSDnet only through a teacher or administrative sponsor at the school at which they are enrolled. All student users, who access the Internet from any District facility or from a remote location connecting with any District facility, must have a STUDENT SIGNATURE AND PARENTAL RELEASE form on file at the school. Students should be protective of their password and should always keep this information confidential. Access to the Internet from LAUSDnet and the use of District network resources including District email accounts are privileges, not rights. Violation of LAUSD‘s RUP can lead to loss of Internet/email privileges, and further disciplinary/legal action may also be taken.
Leadership elective class is a vital part of the school. Our student leaders plan many exciting school wide activities and design the Yearbook.
A gym locker will be issued to each student by his/her PE teacher. Locks need to be purchased for the locker within the first week of school. Lockers and lock combinations are not to be shared. Lockers are not available for use outside of the PE period.
Lost & Found
It is helpful that all personal items such as clothing, books, sport equipment, etc. be clearly marked with a name. The school cannot be responsible for any lost items. Items turned in to the main office that are plainly marked will be returned to owner. Unmarked items will be placed in the Lost and Found (located in the intervention office). Please check with the main office if you lost something. Unclaimed items are donated to worthy charities.
Le Conte participates in the Federal Lunch Program and all students are able to eat breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack for free. The cafeteria is open daily for nutrition and for lunch. Students may bring their own food or buy snacks from the Student Store. All food should be eaten in the upper and/or lower lunch areas, and all trash should be thrown away in trash cans. No eating or drinking in the hallways or PE area.
California Education Code Section 49423 provides that any student who is required to take, during the regular school day, medication (prescribed or over-the-counter) may be assisted by the credentialed school nurse or other designated school personnel if the school annually receives: 1. A written statement from an authorized health care provider licensed by the State of California to prescribe medications detailing the name method, amount, and time schedules by which such medication is to be taken; and 2. A written statement from the parent or guardian of the student indicating the desire that the school district assist the student in the matters set forth in the health care provider‘s statement. Students may not carry or use medication on campus without written consent. However, students may carry and self-administer certain medication (e.g., inhaled asthma medication or auto-injectable epinephrine medication) if the school district receives the appropriate documentation.
Occasionally, news media may visit schools to write about, photograph or video activities such as sporting events, school assemblies, special programs or newsworthy events. Interviewing or taking a picture of a student requires consent from a parent or guardian. Schools usually send home in September a form granting that permission. In addition, that waiver covers publicizing good news that schools or the District may want to share on the LAUSD Daily, Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites. Parents and guardians who do not want their child to be interviewed, videotaped or photographed should not sign or return that form. However, even with a signed form, students can turn down a request to be interviewed or photographed by telling their teacher.
Students need a referral from a teacher to go to the nurse’s office. We are very fortunate to have a nurse available Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, to assist students with medical/safety issues. She can also provide information about vaccination requirements and health concerns. If a student must take medication during school hours, he/she must bring it to the nurse along with specific instructions signed by the prescribing physician.
Opportunity Transfer (OT) is a carefully planned school or District initiated transfer of a student within LAUSD schools for remedial and corrective reasons. It is issued as an alternative means of correction to address student misconduct after prior interventions have failed to bring about proper conduct or when the student’s continued enrollment at the current school presents a safety risk to others. The purpose of an OT is to minimize factors that interrupt the academic process, and thus to create a school climate that is safe and conducive to learning for all.
Parents are invited to visit our parent center in room 101 for information on trainings, workshops, meetings, the English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC), and the School Site Council (SSC). It is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.
The Parent Portal is a one-stop online system available 24/7 that securely connects you as parents/guardians to tools and data. Through Parent Portal, you can access information that will assist in guiding your children towards academic success. This includes attendance, grades and assignments, and standardized test scores as well as the ability to update emergency contact information for your children online.
Personal items of value (games, electronic devices, etc.) should not be brought to school since loss, theft, or damage is possible. Also such items can be distracting to the educational process and may be confiscated by school personnel. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items (including from lockers).
Physical Education (PE)
In accordance with state law and education code, regular physical education class is required every day. The PE uniform is navy mesh shorts or sweatpants with a solid gray t-shirt. Students are expected to dress every day. Students will change in the locker room and need to purchase a lock to store their belongings during PE class.
Physical Fitness Test (PFT)
The state designated PFT is the FITNESSGRAM®. The FITNESSGRAM® is a set of tests designed to evaluate health related fitness and to assist students in establishing lifetime habits of regular physical activity. The complete FITNESSGRAM test battery measures student performance in the following areas: 1. aerobic capacity 2. body composition 3. muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. Teachers are responsible for preparing students to do their best on the test by providing instruction and appropriate practice in the skills and abilities that are tested. It is recommended that schools should provide students appropriate practice as part of the regular physical education (P.E.) program throughout the year. Students are tested between February and May. Parents should see that their children participate in a regular program of physical activity and nutrition.
Progress report cards are offered three times each semester, and the final semester report card. All report cards are mailed home.
California Education Code section 48904(a)(1) states that a parent or guardian of a minor is liable to a school district for all property loaned to and failed to be returned, or willfully damaged by a minor. The liability shall not exceed $19,100, adjusted annually for inflation per EC Section 48904(a) (2). In addition, it authorizes school districts, after affording the student due process rights, to withhold the grades, diploma, and transcripts of a student until the student or parent/guardian pays for the lost or damaged school property (e.g., textbooks, library books, computers, devices, and sports equipment). It also provides for a program of voluntary work for the minor in lieu of payment of monetary damages. If the parent or guardian does not return the property or pay the outstanding debt, a small claims action will be filed by the Restitution Unit against the parent or guardian.
Safe School Zone
Le Conte is located in a Safe School Zone. During the school day, as well as 60 minutes before and after school activities, any area within 1,000 feet of the school, and 100 feet of a designated bus stop are part of the Safe School Zone (CA Penal Code 626).
Any person who commits a crime near the school or within the School Safe Zone (boundaries posted by signs) is subject to increased or enhanced penalties. Crimes include but are not limited to loitering (hanging on or around school without permission), trespassing, and drug or weapon possession/use. Once the person is prosecuted and convicted, they will be placed on probation and given the ‘enhanced penalty’ permitted under the law.
Any student who believes that she or he has been a victim of sexual harassment should bring the problem to the attention of an administrator or the school‘s Title IX/Bullying Complaint Manager so that appropriate action may be taken to resolve the problem. The District prohibits retaliatory behavior against anyone who files a sexual harassment complaint or any participant in the complaint investigation process. Complaints must be promptly investigated in a way that respects the privacy of the parties concerned. School personnel are to take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the conduct, eliminate a hostile environment, if one has been created, and prevent the conduct from occurring again.
Student Code of Conduct
In order to gain the greatest benefits from the educational program offered at Le Conte, each student should be guided by our student Code of Conduct: We are kind, safe, responsible and respectful.
- Showing empathy and compassion
- Appreciating our differences
- Serve as positive role models
- Treat others the way you want to be treated.
- Always walk (to the right) on campus: hallways, quad, lunch and common areas.
- Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
- Skateboard /scooter must be carried, may not be ridden or stood upon anywhere on campus.
- Bikes are to be walked on campus and stored in the bike cage.
- Be aware of your surroundings and how your actions may cause safety hazards, especially in high traffic areas (i.e. top of stairs, building entrances, exits, etc.)
- When playing in the PE area during nutrition and lunch, be aware of your surroundings. Students playing basketball on the courts, soccer on the grass field have priority.
- If your ball lands on a building roof, notify an adult who will help you retrieve it at a later time.
- Possession of weapons, alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substances on campus is illegal.
- Wear the Le Conte school uniform every day.
- Arrive to school before 8:10 AM and every class on time.
- Bring necessary supplies, PE uniform, and be prepared to learn.
- Carry school ID.
- Eat in designated areas. Throw your trash away…keep the school clean and free of litter.
- Leave toys, games, gum, radios, laser pens or other electronic devices that distract from learning at home.
- No items are to be bought or sold on campus without administration approval.
- Follow school rules. Follow District policies.
- Strive to do your best every day.
- Use appropriate language (calling other people names or cursing…is NOT appropriate). Be Nice.
- Give others the benefit of the doubt. Assume goodwill.
- Le Conte Eagles fly, not fight. Settle differences with some conflict resolution.
- Write on paper! NO TAGGING on books, desks, floors, walls, stairwells, or fences.
- Encourage others positively…in class, on stage, in assemblies.
- Treat the Earth and our campus as precious resources.
The Student Store is available to serve Le Conte students before and after school, and during nutrition and lunch. The Student Store sells PE clothes, combination locks, school polo shirts, spirit t-shirts and sweatshirts. It also sells snacks and sport drinks.
School personnel, parents/guardians and students are instrumental in helping to save lives by identifying students at-risk and linking them to essential school and community mental health resources. If you believe that your child is thinking about suicide, approach the situation by asking. Asking is the first step in saving a life and can let them know that you are there for them and will listen. If you need IMMEDIATE assistance due to a life threatening situation, call 911. For a psychiatric emergency, contact the Department of Mental Health 24-hour ACCESS Center at (800) 854-7771.
Suspension and Expulsion
California Education Code Section 48925 (d) defines suspension as removal of a pupil from ongoing instruction for adjustment purposes. A student may be suspended for no more than five consecutive school days. California Education Code Section 48925 (b) defines expulsion as the removal of a pupil from (1) the immediate supervision and control, or (2) the general supervision, of school personnel. In LAUSD, the Student Discipline and Expulsion Support (SDES) Unit is charged with ensuring that students recommended for expulsion are afforded a fair and impartial hearing and all due process rights.
The first bell rings at 8:10 AM and students need to be in their seat before the second bell rings at 8:15 AM. The remaining bell schedule has four (5) minute passing periods between classes. Students are expected to be in their classrooms and seated when the tardy bell rings. Students in PE class are expected to be inside the locker room. Students who are late without a written excuse will be marked as an unexcused “Tardy” and excessive tardiness may result in various interventions.
Students may use the main office telephone in case of an emergency. They must have permission from office staff prior to using the telephone.
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP is the state academic testing program. CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress on an annual basis and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career. Following spring 2019 CAASPP testing, individual student score reports will be provided to parents. Student score reports will include an overall score and a description of the student’s achievement level for ELA and mathematics. Score reports for students in grades 5, 8, and 10 will include results of the Science test. As the parent or guardian, you have the option of excusing your child from any part of the CAASPP program. If you would like to excuse your child from the test, you must submit your request in writing to the school. Please let the school know as soon as possible so the school can make alternative arrangements for your child.
Students are issued textbooks for each class. They may also receive supplemental books or workbooks. Textbooks need to be returned in the same condition in which they were issued. Textbooks should be covered at all times. It is the student’s responsibility to return these books at the end of the school year or before transferring to another school. Students are responsible and must pay for damages or lost books.
Transportation is only provided to eligible students in authorized programs. The Official Notification of your Child‘s Transportation Schedule (mailer), sent out prior to the start of the school year, provides information on routing, bus rules, contacts, and other items. Students should be prepared to board the bus five minutes before their scheduled pickup time. To assure the safety of their children, parents or an authorized person should be at the bus stop each day when their child is picked up and dropped off. Parents and children should know their route number and school name, and call Bus Dispatch at (800) LA-BUSES if the bus is 15 minutes late. Pickup and drop-off times may change due to route adjustments, changes to school start/end times, and traffic or weather conditions. Parents must immediately inform the school of changes of address or telephone numbers, and provide the name(s) of authorized adult receivers. Any student who engages in misconduct, disrupts school bus travel, disrespects the school bus driver or jeopardizes the safety of school bus rides is subject to disciplinary action, including suspension or removal from bus transportation program. If you have questions or concerns regarding transportation, please call (800) 522-8737 or visit http://transportation.lausd.net.
All campus visitors must have identification and the consent/approval of the principal/designee. Permission to visit must be given at the time requested if at all possible or within a reasonable period of time following the request. Children who are not enrolled at the school are not to be on the campus unless prior approval of the principal has been obtained. Visitors may not interfere with, disrupt or cause substantial disorder in any classroom or school activity. District Policy states that smoking and the use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and peripherals, is prohibited on all school sites. Any individual who disrupts a school site or fails to follow school rules and/or procedures is subject to removal from the school site and may be further restricted from visiting the school.
School volunteers assist schools by providing support to teachers and other staff through a variety of activities. The office of Parent and Community Services facilitates the processing of school volunteers, maintains a database of school volunteers and offers training classes for volunteers. School volunteers must apply online and meet basic health and safety requirements to ensure the well-being of all students and staff. Parents interested in volunteering should access the online application via the PCS website. For additional information on the volunteer program contact your local school or visit the PCS website at www.achieve.lausd.net/families.