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					                          LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
                             INTER-OFFICE CORRESPONDENCE

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:
                                       Teacher-Driven Interventions

                      * 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.)
                                                      Consistent inattentiveness
 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
  etc.)                                                argumentative/confrontational
                                                       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
                                                       with counselor.
 Defacing or vandalizing school property.
 Harassment of any kind (i.e. sexual, physical,
  verbal, Hate crime, etc.)
 Failure to serve detention assigned by teacher


                                   Helpful Hints
            Post and communicate your classroom rules and behavioral
             expectations.
            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.

				
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