LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
To: All Faculty and Staff Date: General
Cleveland High School
From: Deans’ Office
Carlos Valdovinos, Assistant Principal
Re: (1) Deans’ Referrals, Counselor’s Referrals, and Helpful Hints
(2) Deans’ office at a statistical glance
Attached is a guide to help you determine what behavior problems warrant support from the deans’ or
the counselors’ office. Please refer students to the appropriate office. We appreciate all of your efforts
in taking the time to be our first line of intervention when a student behaves inappropriately. However,
we would like to bring attention to the increase of the daily average from September to October of over
ten students per day—it is almost a 50% jump. (Please see attachment).
As such, we ask you to please attempt to resolve minor behavioral issues with students with teacher-
driven intervention. Students respond well when they realize that the teacher and parents have a frequent
and open line of communication. The following is a list of recommendations before the student is
referred to either office:
* Warn the student * Private counseling of student
* Telephone parents * Parent conference
* Change student’s seat * Assign Detention
This will help ensure that the deans’ office does not become “bogged” down with behavioral issues that
can easily be resolved by the teacher. In turn, this will allow us to more effectively and efficiently
process suspensions, opportunity transfers, parent conferences, student conferences, mediations, truant
students brought by LAPD, conduct tardy sweeps, or any other unpredictable activity of the day.
We are here to fully support the faculty; we only ask that you take an active role in helping the student
modify their behavior by taking immediate and appropriate actions.
As always, thank you for your continued support and cooperation, if you have any questions or concerns
please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Orellana, Mr. Valdovinos or Mr. Young.
Dean Referrals Counselor Referrals
Fighting/Violence (“Bullying”) Lack of materials (i.e. no
textbook, no notebook, or no
Dress Code violation with no immediate
pencil does not warrant a
resolution (i.e. turn shirt “inside-out”, wear a
deans’ office visit)
sweater, confiscate headwear, etc.)
Refusal to surrender electronic device
Consistent failure to complete
Verbal threats to students or staff, inciting
homework or class work
fights, or any other extreme verbal disruption.
Consistent low grades on tests
Any behavior that promotes gang activity (i.e.
verbal, hand gestures, or marking on notebook, Consistent Disruptions or
with teachers or peers.
Extortion, Stealing or Gambling
Defiance of class rules
Possession of any dangerous object (i.e. drugs,
guns, knife, fireworks, alcohol, air fresheners, Excessive absences or tardies
spray paint, or any other foreign object to a (i.e. do not keep a student out
school environment. of class for arriving late.)
Forgery, cheating, grade change. Student requesting to speak
Defacing or vandalizing school property.
Harassment of any kind (i.e. sexual, physical,
verbal, Hate crime, etc.)
Failure to serve detention assigned by teacher
Post and communicate your classroom rules and behavioral
Consequences should be progressive and appropriate.
Be consistent in the implementation of your classroom rules.
Be FIRM, FAIR, and FRIENDLY; do not escalate or provoke.
Model the behavior that you require of your students.
Communicate with the student’s parents/guardians at the first sign
of defiance or disruption.
Condemn the behavior; do not condemn the individual.
Students respond well when they realize that the teacher and
parents have a frequent and open line of communication.