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Attendance and Discipline


  Students are to attend school regularly and punctually. Excessive excused and unexcused absences and tardies will be reported to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).


Excused Absences

Notwithstanding Section 48200, a pupil shall be excused from school when the absence is:

1.  Due to his or her illness.

2.  Due to quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer.

3.  For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric, or chiropractic services rendered.

4.  For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family, so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside of California.

5.  For the purpose of jury duty in the manner provided for by law.

6.  Due to the illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial parent.

7.  For justifiable personal reasons, including, but not limited to, an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats, attendance at an employment conference, or attendance at an educational conference on the legislative or judicial process offered by a nonprofit  organization when the  pupil’s absence is requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative pursuant to uniform standards established by the governing board.

8. For the purpose of serving as a member of a precinct board for an election pursuant to Section 12302 of the Elections Code.

A pupil absent from school under this section shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion within a reasonable period of time, shall be given full credit, therefore. The teacher of the class from which a pupil is absent shall determine which tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence.

For purposes of this section, attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed four hours per semester.

Absences pursuant to this section are deemed to be absences in computing average daily attendance and shall not generate state apportionment payments.

“Immediate family,” as used in this section, has the same meaning as that set forth in Section 45194, except that references therein to “employee” shall be deemed to be references to “pupil.” (Education Code 48205)


Physical Education Excuses

Physical education is required by state law of all students. If a student is unable to participate in the program for more than three days, a written statement from a physician is required.


Temporary Disability

A pupil with a temporary disability which makes attendance in the regular day classes or alternative education program in which is enrolled impossible or inadvisable shall receive individual instruction provided by the district in which the pupil is deemed to reside.

Home teachers are provided to any youngster who is unable to attend school for medical reasons if such an absence is for more than two weeks. A doctor’s certification of the expected length of absence must accompany the request. Contact the school office for more information. (Education Code 48206.3)


Temporarily Hospitalized Students

Students who are temporarily hospitalized within the attendance boundaries of the Upland Unified School District meet the residency requirements of the Upland Unified School District and are eligible for enrollment. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian of the student to notify the school district of the student’s presence within the district. (Education Code 48206.3, 48207, 48208)


Attendance Options for Upland Residents

The Upland Unified School District intradistrict transfer policy reflects the effort to have families in the Upland community attend their school of choice. Annually, during January and February, the district conducts an open enrollment period where the parents may apply for their school of choice for the following school year. Open enrollment applications are granted on a space-available basis and priority is given to siblings and children of district employees. Where the number of applicants exceeds the space available students are placed on a prioritized waiting list for their school of choice. Parents or guardians must fill out an Intradistrict Transfer Form to request a transfer to another school within the Upland Unified School District. Forms are available from your school of residence or the Child Welfare and Attendance office at 390 N. Euclid Avenue, Upland.


Attendance Options Outside the District

Community members who desire to send their children to a school outside the district may request an interdistrict transfer. Interdistrict Transfer Forms are available at the district office at 390 N. Euclid. If an interdistrict transfer request is denied, the parent may appeal the decision by writing a letter to the Director of Child Welfare and Attendance. If it is not resolved at that level, it may be appealed to the Board of Education and further, to the San Bernardino County Board of Education.


Involuntary Transfer

A student may be involuntarily transferred for adjustment purposes to an alternative program or alternative school if the student has committed an act listed in Education Code 48900/48915. Involuntary transfers require parent notification. Parents may appeal the involuntary transfer to the Director of Child Welfare and Attendance.


Student Records

In the course of your son’s/daughter’s education, the school district keeps records as deemed necessary to provide programs to meet his/her needs and interests. Parents have the right to inspect and review these records and to question the accuracy and substantiation of any and all such records, files, and data. Procedures are available for parents to request the removal of certain types of information. The principal of the school where your son/daughter is currently attending is responsible for student records. All records will be made available for your review at a mutually convenient time during the regular school day if you so request. (Education Code

49069). When a student transfers to another school district or to a private school, a copy of the student’s Mandatory Permanent Record will be transferred upon request from the other district or private school. Written consent of the parents for transfer of records will not be necessary and records will be forwarded without unnecessary delay. (Education Code 49068) The district provides directory information to newspapers, some vendors and armed services recruiters.

If the parents choose not to have the district release directory information for their student(s) they must notify the school in writing.


CSIS (California School Information Services)

The Upland Unified School District participates in the California School Information Services (CSIS) program. CSIS is an electronic statewide school information system which is used to facilitate the exchange and reporting of student information by local educational agencies to the California Department of Education. It also provides student identifiers to all of California’s approximate six million students.


School Discipline

Every teacher in the district shall hold their pupils to a strict accounting for their conduct on the way to and from school and while at school. Students are required to conform to school regulations, obey all directions, be diligent in studies and respectful to teachers and others in authority. (Education Code 44807).


Student Discipline

Rules of the district pertaining to student discipline follow in this Student/Parent Handbook and in documents provided by each school. Pupils are required to obey all directions, be diligent in study and respectful to teachers and others in authority, and refrain from the use of profane and vulgar language. (Education Code 35291)



At the time of the suspension, a reasonable effort shall be made by the principal/designee to contact the student’s parent or guardian in person or by telephone. Within one school day of the beginning of a suspension, a notice shall be mailed to the parent or guardian. (SB 813 Section 48911 (d)). The parent or guardian shall be requested to attend a conference prior to the student returning to school. (SB 813, Ch. 498)


Corporal Punishment

The Upland Unified School District does not use corporal punishment. (Education

Code 49001)


Uniform Disciplinary Procedures

Students who violate district rules are subject to the disciplinary actions listed on the following chart. Schools also have the right to make additional school rules.

School administrators will determine the appropriate action after considering the severity of the infraction, other factors such as age, health, and maturation of the student and all alternative measures designed to bring about proper conduct.

Students whose behavior is insubordinate or incorrigible will be referred to appropriate action to the school administrator. If no improvement is noted or if a sanction more severe than a five-day suspension is considered appropriate, the principal may recommend expulsion or an involuntary transfer.


Range of Disciplinary Actions

(Schools May Have Additional Rules)

A pupil may be suspended or expelled for acts which are enumerated in this section and related to school activity or attendance that occur at any time, including but not limited to, any of the following:

•    While on school grounds.

•    While going to or coming from school.

•     During the lunch period, whether on or off the campus.

•     During, or while going to or coming from, a school-sponsored activity. (Education Code 48900)

Grounds for Discipline Minimum Action Maximum Action
Tardiness: Truancy Conference/Meeting

SARB/Alternative Placement

Defiance of Authority to School Personnel

Conference/Meeting Suspension/Expulsion
Disorderly conduct, profanity, obscene behavior, vulgar language Conference/Meeting Suspension/Expulsion
Dress code Conference/Meeting Suspension
Harassment, threats, bullying intimidation to pupils or school personnel including through electronic means Conference/Suspension Expulsion
Forgery Conference/Detention Suspension
Smoking, tobacco possession Suspension Alternative Placement
Damage to school or private property Suspension Expulsion
Fighting Conference/Suspension Alternative Placement
Physical assault/willful use of force or violence Conference/Suspension Expulsion
Selling/delivering material represented to be a controlled substance Suspension Alternative Placement, Expulsion
Possessing a material represented to be a controlled substance Suspension Alternative Placement
Threatening to cause injury Suspension Alternative Placement, Expulsion
Possession of drug  paraphernalia Suspension/Alternative Placement Expulsion

Stealing or attempting  to steal school or private property (including electronic files and databases)

Conference/Suspension Expulsion
Receiving stolen property Suspension Expulsion
Possession of an imitation firearm Suspension/Alternative Placement Expulsion
Threatening a witness Suspension/Alternative Placement Expulsion
Aiding or abetting the infliction of physical injury Suspension Expulsion
Hate violence Suspension/Alternative Placement Expulsion
Hazing Suspension/Alternative Placement Expulsion
Sexual Harassment Suspension/Alternative Placement Expulsion
Making  a terrorist threat Suspension/Alternative Placement Expulsion
Causing serious physical injury Suspension/Alternative Placement Expulsion
Possessing a knife or dangerous object Suspension/Alternative Placement/Expulsion Expulsion
Possessing or under the influence of drugs or alcohol Suspension/Alternative Placement/Expulsion Expulsion
Robbery, extortion Suspension/Alternative Placement Expulsion
Assault/battery upon  a school employee Alternative Placement/Expulsion Expulsion
Possessing, selling or furnishing a firearm Expulsion Expulsion
Brandishing  a knife Expulsion Expulsion
Selling a controlled substance Expulsion Expulsion
Sexual assault or battery Expulsion Expulsion
Possessing an explosive Expulsion Expulsion

Damage to Property

“The parent or guardian having custody or control of any minor whose willful misconduct results in injury or death to any student or person employed by or performing volunteer services for, a school district, or who willfully cuts, defaces or otherwise injures in any way any property, real or personal, belonging to a school district, shall be liable for all such damages so caused by the minor.” (Education Code 48909)


Prohibited Items

Animals, other than those brought specifically for class purposes, are prohibited on school grounds. Children must have their teacher’s permission BEFORE bringing animals to school. Any animal must be properly housed and transported to school by parents. Animals are not permitted on school buses. Any animal on school grounds during class sessions is subject to impoundment by the Upland Animal Shelter. Bicycles, skates, skateboards, or any motorized vehicle are not to be used on the school grounds. Dangerous or hazardous items, such as firecrackers, caps, knives or other similar objects, are not allowed on school grounds. Students are not allowed to bring items for sale to other students on campus.


Willful Interference with School Activities

It is illegal to interfere with the “peaceful conduct of the activities of a school or disrupt the school or its pupils or school activities.” (Code 602.9)


Laser Pointers

Prohibits possession of a laser pointer by any student on any elementary or secondary school premise, unless possession is for valid instruction. Further prohibits directing the beam of a laser pointer into the eyes of another or into a moving vehicle or into the eyes of a guide dog. (Code 417.27)


Imitation Firearm

A BB device can be considered an imitation firearm. The Penal Code makes it a criminal offense to openly display or expose any imitation firearm in a public place, including a public school. (Code 12550, 12556)



Every person who loiters about any school or public place at or near which children attend or normally congregate is a vagrant and is punishable by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding six (6) months or both such fine and imprisonment. (Code 602.5)


Drugs and Weapons on Campus

In keeping with our safe schools policy, the district has instituted the use of trained canines to assist with locating drugs and weapons that may be on campus.


Student Dress and Appearance Regulations

Under the Constitution of the State of California, the students of the Upland Unified School District have the inalienable right to attend schools that are safe, secure and peaceful. The Upland Unified School District Board of Trustees subscribes to the philosophy that students should be provided with a quality education in a safe, secure and peaceful environment. The Board has determined and finds that the presence of any gang-related jewelry, insignia, colors, paraphernalia, apparel, clothing and attire on school campuses and at school activities results in substantial disruption of or material interference with institutional and other activities and so incites students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or the violation of lawful school regulations or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school. Specifically, the Board finds that it is necessary to establish dress and grooming regulations designed to regulate the wearing of or display of clothing, attire, jewelry, apparel, insignia, colors, paraphernalia or materials that evidence membership in or affiliation with any gang, which are obscene, sexually explicit or suggestive; which promote the use/abuse of drugs, tobacco and/or alcohol; which pose a threat to the physical well being and safety of students or are likely to cause others to be intimidated by fear of violence; or which so incite students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or at school activities, or the violation of law or lawful school regulations or the substantial disruption of or material interference with the orderly operation of the school or school-sponsored activities.

In recognition of the instructional responsibilities and goals of the Upland Unified School District, the district hereby adopts the following regulations relative to the dress and appearance of the students:

1.  No gang-related jewelry, insignia, colors, paraphernalia, materials, apparel, clothing or attire may be worn or carried on campus or at school activities. Also prohibited are notebooks, manner of grooming or gesture, which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, graffiti or any other attribute, denotes membership in such a group.

2.  Each school site shall allow for outdoor use during the school day, articles of sun-protective clothing, including, but not limited to, hats. Each school site may set a policy related to the type of sun-protective clothing, including, but not limited to, hats, that pupils will be allowed to use outdoors. Specific clothing and hats determined by the school district or school site to be gang-related or inappropriate apparel may be prohibited by the dress code policy. No gang-related hats or other gang-related head attire may be worn on campus or at school activities.

3.  Clothing, jewelry, paraphernalia or material, or manner of grooming, which is obscene, sexually explicit or which depicts or suggests sexually-related or obscene gestures, pictures or wording or which promotes violence, the use/ abuse of drugs, tobacco, or alcohol, may not be worn or carried on campus or at school activities.

4.  No student may wear articles of clothing, jewelry, paraphernalia or accessories which pose a threat to the physical and/or emotional well-being and safety of the student or others on campus or at school activities.

5.  Clothing or articles of clothing (including, but not limited to, gloves, bandanas, shoestrings, wristbands, jewelry) which are likely to provoke others to acts of violence or which are likely to cause others to be intimidated by the fear of violence may not be worn on campus or at any school activity.

 6.  The principal or principal’s designee shall enforce the Student Dress and Appearance Regulations.

7.  Gang-related clothing, apparel, attire including hats, jewelry, insignias, colors, paraphernalia, and materials are prohibited from being worn at school or at school activities.