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					                                 Gertz-Ressler
                                  High School
               PARENT-STUDENT
                 HANDBOOK
                  2010-2011
         2023 South Union Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90007
phone: (213) 745-8141  fax: (213) 745-8142  www.gertzresslerhigh.org


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                                        ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

                    With gratitude to the following members of
           The Gertz-Ressler family for your help creating this handbook

                                      JAMES WALLER, PRINCIPAL
                                  MERRI GARCIA, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
                                JUAN PINEDA, DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION
                                  MARLENE LUCERO, OFFICE MANAGER
                                 BERNADETTE AGUAYO, PARENT LIAISON




                                              MOTTO

                                 “Every student has the ability.
                            Together, we give them the opportunity.”




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Table of Contents

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL .............................................................................................................. 1
GERTZ-RESSLER HIGH SCHOOL PERSONNEL ....................................................................... 2
   FACULTY ROSTER (AS OF 8/7/10) ..................................................................................................................2
IMPORTANT DATE FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS ................................................................... 3
   FALL SEMESTER 2010 ...............................................................................................................................3
   SPRING SEMESTER 2011 .........................................................................................................................4
BELL SCHEDULES ................................................................................................................................. 5
ALLIANCE INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................................... 6
   MISSION/ VISION..............................................................................................................................................6
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS .............................................................................................................. 7
   ADVISORY ........................................................................................................................................................8
   ACADEMIC GRADES ........................................................................................................................................8
   Life Skills Grade ............................................................................................................................................9
   PROGRESS REPORTS .....................................................................................................................................9
   INCOMPLETE GRADES .....................................................................................................................................9
   TRANSFER GRADES ........................................................................................................................................9
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM ................................................................................................................. 10
   MANDATORY TUTORING REQUIREMENTS ................................................................................................... 10
SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM ............................................................................................................. 10
   ATTENDANCE ................................................................................................................................................ 10
   PUNCTUALITY ............................................................................................................................................... 11
GERTZ-RESSLER HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL PROGRAMS ................................................... 11
KEEPING TRACK OF MY CHILD’S PROGRESS .................................................................................... 12
   POWERSCHOOL ........................................................................................................................................... 12
SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY RESULTS AND DATA ................................................................................ 12
   SCHOOL TESTING AND API DATA ............................................................................................................... 12
   SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT CARD (SARC) .................................................................................. 12
SCHOOL- HOME COMMUNICATION ..................................................................................................... 12
   TEACHERS CONTACTING PARENTS BY PHONE .......................................................................................... 12
   TELEPARENTTM EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM ..................................................................................................... 12
   PHONE TREES .............................................................................................................................................. 12
   SCHOOL CORRESPONDENCE ....................................................................................................................... 13
HOME- SCHOOL COMMUNICATION ..................................................................................................... 13
   CHANGE OF CONTACT INFORMATION ......................................................................................................... 13


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   PARENTS CONTACTING TEACHERS ............................................................................................................ 13
   MESSAGES AND DELIVERIES TO STUDENTS ................................................................................................ 13
   VISITORS ....................................................................................................................................................... 13
GERTZ-RESSLER’S UNIFORM POLICY (2010-2011) ......................................................................... 13
BACKPACKS......................................................................................................................................... 15
ATTENDANCE POLICY ......................................................................................................................... 15
   PARENT NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT ABSENCE........................................................................................... 15
   EXCUSED ABSENCES.................................................................................................................................... 16
   SCHOOL-RELATED ABSENCES ..................................................................................................................... 16
   UNEXCUSED ABSENCES ............................................................................................................................... 16
   LONG-TERM ABSENCES................................................................................................................................ 16
   MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENTS .............................................................................................................................. 16
   TARDINESS POLICY ...................................................................................................................................... 17
   Tolerate No Tardies (TNT) Policy ............................................................................................................ 17
MEALS ................................................................................................................................................. 18
HEALTH SERVICES .............................................................................................................................. 18
   NON-PRESCRIPTION DRUG POLICY............................................................................................................. 18
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISION .......................................................................................................... 18
SCHOOL SAFETY AND EMERGENCY DRILLS ....................................................................................... 19
SAFE SCHOOL PLAN ........................................................................................................................... 19
   FIRE DRILLS .................................................................................................................................................. 20
   DISASTER DRILLS (I.E. EARTHQUAKE) ........................................................................................................ 20
   BOMB THREATS ............................................................................................................................................ 21
   EVACUATION PLAN ....................................................................................................................................... 21
DRIVING AND PARKING ....................................................................................................................... 21
   STUDENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP AREAS ................................................................................................ 22
TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ............................................................................................................ 22
PERSONAL PROPERTY ........................................................................................................................ 22
   CELL PHONE USE POLICY ........................................................................................................................... 22
   SKATEBOARDS AND BICYCLES .................................................................................................................... 23
   LOST AND FOUND ......................................................................................................................................... 23
TECHNOLOGY AND INTERNET USAGE ................................................................................................. 23
   ACCEPTABLE USES OF THE COMPUTER OR THE INTERNET ...................................................................... 23
   UNACCEPTABLE USES OF THE COMPUTER OR THE INTERNET .................................................................. 24
   INTERNET SAFETY ........................................................................................................................................ 24
   PRIVACY POLICY .......................................................................................................................................... 25
   PENALTIES FOR IMPROPER USE of ALLIANCE ACCOUNT........................................................................... 25


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   DISCLAIMER .................................................................................................................................................. 25
TEXTBOOKS ......................................................................................................................................... 26
   TEXTBOOKS FINE CHART............................................................................................................................. 26
SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ............................................................................................................................ 26
   FIELD TRIPS .................................................................................................................................................. 26
   STUDENT BODY GOVERNMENT ................................................................................................................... 27
   DANCES AND SCHOOL-SPONSORED EVENTS ............................................................................................. 27
GERTZ-RESSLER ATHLETIC POLICY................................................................................................... 27
   SPORTS TEAMS ............................................................................................................................................ 27
   GPA ELIGIBILITY .......................................................................................................................................... 27
   ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY IN GAMES – FRIDAY GRADE CHECKS....................................................................... 27
   STUDENT ATHLETES WHO ARE INELIGIBLE BECAUSE OF ONE OR MORE FAILS ......................................... 28
   STUDENT ATHLETES WHO ARE TARDY ON GAME DAY ................................................................................ 28
   STUDENT ATHLETES SENT TO THE OFFICE ON GAME DAY.......................................................................... 28
   CLUBS ........................................................................................................................................................... 28
DISCIPLINE POLICY ............................................................................................................................. 28
   CODE OF CONDUCT ..................................................................................................................................... 28
GERTZ-RESSLER ACADEMIC INTEGRITY ............................................................................................ 29
   SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION ..................................................................................................................... 30
   REASONS FOR SUSPENSION ........................................................................................................................ 30
   REASONS FOR EXPULSION .......................................................................................................................... 31
   PROCESS FOR SUSPENSION AND/OR EXPULSION ...................................................................................... 31
   APPEAL OF SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION ................................................................................................... 32
   REHABILITATION PLAN ................................................................................................................................. 32
   READMISSION PLAN ..................................................................................................................................... 33
COUNSELING ....................................................................................................................................... 33
DATA COLLECTION AND REPORTING – SPECIAL EDUCATION ............................................................ 33
SCHOOL OF CHOICE PROVISION ........................................................................................................ 33
PARENT ENGAGEMENT ....................................................................................................................... 34
   PARENT/STUDENT/STAFF SCHOOL COMPACT ........................................................................................... 34
   PARENTS AS PARTNERS (PARENT ENGAGEMENT POLICY) ....................................................................... 34
   VOLUNTEER HOUR REQUIREMENT ............................................................................................................. 34
   SCHOOL SUPPORT ....................................................................................................................................... 35
   ACADEMIC SUPPORT.................................................................................................................................... 35
   RECOGNITION ............................................................................................................................................... 35
   BEING A VOLUNTEER ................................................................................................................................... 35


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   A VOLUNTEER MUST: ................................................................................................................................... 36
   SOME GENERAL GUIDE LINES FOR VOLUNTEERS ..................................................................................... 36
   TIPS TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED........................................................................................................ 36
   LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS ............................................................................................. 37
   EDUCATIONAL W ORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS................................................................................................ 37
   PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES ............................................................................................................. 37
   PARENT RIGHTS ........................................................................................................................................... 37
ATTACHMENT A ............................................................................................................................. 39
   LUNCH APPLICATION SAMPLE ............................................................................................................ 39
ATTACHMENT B ............................................................................................................................. 40
   COMPACT FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS AND STAFF ...................................................................... 40
ATTACHMENT C ............................................................................................................................. 41
   PARENT/GUARDIAN ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT ................................................... 41
ATTACHMENT D ............................................................................................................................. 42
   GERTZ-RESSLER MAP-FIRST FLOOR ................................................................................................ 42
ATTACHMENT E ............................................................................................................................. 43
   GERTZ-RESSLER MAP-SECOND FLOOR .......................................................................................... 43




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LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL



August 7, 2010


Dear Gertz Family,

Welcome to the 2010-2011 school year!

                            Gertz-Ressler High School is a small learning community
                            committed to making every student we serve “college-ready”.
                            We believe that we can achieve great success through the joint
                            efforts of the school community, the home community and the
                            student’s own initiative. To make this goal a reality we depend
                            on parents and guardians to be active in promoting a college-
                            going culture at home.

                            Knowing what we expect from you as parents/guardians and
                            from your child, and in exchange what you can expect from us
                            as a school, is one way that to deepen our connection the
                            Alliance core value of Parents as Partners. This Parent-Student
Handbook was written with that value in mind. We are committed to keeping you as
parents/guardians and students as up-to-date as possible in regards to our rules and
policies so that nothing that we do at Gertz-Ressler comes as a surprise to you.

I urge you to sit down with your child and read this document together so that you are all
aware of what the expectations, rules and policies of our school are. The administration
will be using this handbook as a guideline for dealing with any infractions of school policies.
Please feel free to contact me with any question you may have regarding any of our
policies.

Thank you for your cooperation. I am looking forward to a rewarding year working with you
and your child.

James Waller
Principal




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                                   GERTZ-RESSLER HIGH SCHOOL PERSONNEL
                                                         ADMINISTRATION
    Name                             Title                        Phone              e-mail Address
    Mr. James Waller, III            Principal                    (310) 896-7126     jwaller@laalliance.org
    Mr. Merri Garcia                 Assistant Principal          (310) 462-8838     merrigarcia@laalliance.org
                                     Director of                  (310) 901-4722
    Mr. Juan Pineda                  Instruction                                     jpineda@laalliance.org
                                                    SUPPORT PERSONNEL
     Ms.   Maria Romero              College Counselor            (310) 901-5776     mromero@laalliance.org
     Ms.   Marlene Lucero            Office Manager               (310) 901-4732     mlucero@laalliance.org
     Ms.   Dashawna Howard           Office Clerk                                    dhoward@laalliance.org
     Ms.   Morena Mauricio           Office Clerk                                    mmauricio@laalliance.org
     Ms.   Lucila Barron             Office Clerk                                    lbarron@laalliance.org
     Ms.   Bernadette Aguayo         Parent Liaison                                  baguayo@laalliance.org
     Ms.   Lex Chmiel                After-School All Stars       (213) 305-9507     lex@la-allstars.org

                                              FACULTY ROSTER (AS OF 8/7/10)
Teacher                    Team    Department        Advisory       Room       Conference   e-mail Address
Amado, Latiffe             10      Science           10             113        2            lamado@laalliance.org
Bediako, Esinam            9       English           9              213        1            ebediako@laalliance.org
Castro, Marcela            11      Spanish           11             203        4            mcastro@laalliance.org
Chen, Qi                   12      Science           12             211        2            qchen@laalliance.org
Ghandi, Michelle           9       English           9              119        3            mghandi@laalliance.org
Goldbaum, Elana            10      Social Studies    Stdn. Gov,     201        6            egoldbaum@laalliance.org
Gonzalez, Josie            12      Spanish           12             202        4            jogonzalez@laalliance.org
                                                                    Resource
Gray, Lavinna              9, 10, 11, 12                                                    lgray@laalliance.org
                                                                    Office
Greene, Crystal            9       Elective          9              207        6            cpittman@laalliance.org
Hofmann, Stephanie         12      Social Studies    11             117        6            shofmann@laalliance.org
Livingston, Aaron          Math    Math              9              208        5            alivingston@laalliance.org
Lu, Steve                  Math    Math              12             124        5            slu@laalliance.org
Maldonado, Virginia        10      Spanish           10             206        4            vmaldonado@laalliance.org
Molla, Asharg              10      Elective          10             116        1            amolla@laalliance.org
Moore, Teressa             11      English           12             114        3            tmoore@laalliance.org
Navarro, Arturo            9       Spanish           9              204        4            anavarro@laalliance.org
Ng, Mary Ann               9       Science           9              113        2            mng@laalliance.org
Ortiz, Jason               10      English           10             118        3            jortiz@laalliance.org
Parthepan, Kumar           11      History           11             210        6            kparthepan@laalliance.org
Sawada, Christina          Math    Math              11             209        5            csawada@laalliance.org
Smith, Tarik               12      English           12             115        3            tsmith@laalliance.org
Wible, Reiko               Math    Math              11             205        5            rwible@laalliance.org
Wong, Peter                11      Science           11             ROVE       2            pwong@laalliance.org
Wood, Josh                 9       PE                9              Gym        1            jwood@laalliance.org




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                              IMPORTANT DATE FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS

                            FALL SEMESTER 2010 (August 30, 2010 - January 28, 2011)
 DATE                          EVENT
 July 6 - August 6             Summer Programs
 August 7                      School Orientation - 10th, 11th and 12th Grades
 August 28                     Welcome Back to School BBQ sponsored by All-Stars Parent Academy #1
 August 30                     Instruction Begins
 September 6                   Labor Day (Holiday-no school)
 September 7                   Parent Advisory Council Meeting (5 PM - 6 PM)
 September 15                  Back-to-School Night
 September 18                  School Beautification - Advisory Group 1
 September 24                  Bring Lunch to Your Kid Day
 October 2                     School Beautification - Advisory Group 2
 October 5                     * Advisor Grading Conferences 5-Week Progress Report (4 PM - 6 PM)
 October 5-6                   California High School Exit Exam (CaHSEE) for Seniors
 October 12                    Parent Advisory Council Meeting (5 PM - 6 PM)
 October 13                    College Preparation Testing (ACT Plan, ACT Explore, PSAT/NMSQT)
 October 16                    Saturday Parent Academy #2
 October 21                    Coffee with the Principal
 November 1-5                  Benchmark Testing for Quarter 1
 November 2                    Parent Advisory Council Meeting
 November 8                    Pupil-free Day (Teacher Professional Development)
 November 9                    * Fall Midterm Grade Conferences (4 PM - 6 PM)
 November 12                   Veterans' Day (Alliance observed holiday- no school)
 November 19                   Bring Lunch to Your Kid Day
 November 20                   School Beautification - Advisory Group 3
 November 25 & 26              Thanksgiving Holidays (no school)
 December 4                    California High School Exit Exam (CaHSEE) for English/Language Arts
 December 7                    Parent Advisory Council Meeting
 December 11                   Saturday Parent Academy #3
 December 11                   California High School Exit Exam (CaHSEE) for Mathematics
 December 14                   * 15-Week Grade Conferences (4 PM - 6 PM)
 December 16                   Coffee with the Principal
 Dec. 20 – Jan. 2              Winter Break (no school)
 January 4                     Parent Advisory Council Meeting (5 PM - 6 PM)
 Week of January 11th          Fall Semester "Sure Fail" Notification
 January 17                    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Holiday-no school)
 January 18 - 21               Fall Semester Final Exam Review
 January 21                    Bring Lunch to Your Kid Day
 January 22                    End of the Semester Celebration - Art Auction (Parent Academy #4)
 January 24 - 28               Fall Semester Final Exams/ Q2 Benchmark Exams
 January 28                    End of Fall Semester/Final Fall Grades due



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DATE                 EVENT
January 31           Pupil-free Day (Teacher Professional Development)
February 1           Parent Advisory Council Meeting (5 PM - 6 PM)
February 12          Saturday Parent Academy #5
February 21          Presidents' Day (Holiday-no school)
February 26          School Beautification - Advisory Group 4
March 1              Parent Advisory Council Meeting (5 PM - 6 PM)
March 8              * Advisor Grading Conferences 5-Week Progress Report (4 PM - 6 PM)
March 8 & 9          California High School Exit Exam (CaHSEE for ALL 10th graders)
March 17             Coffee with the Principal
March 19             School Beautification - Advisory Group 5
March 25             Bring Lunch to Your Kid Day
April 6              Parent Advisory Council Meeting (5 PM - 6 PM)
April 4 - 8          Q3 Benchmark Exams
April 11             Pupil-free Day (Teacher Professional Development)
April 12             * Spring Midterm Grade Conferences (4 PM - 6 PM)
April 14             Coffee with the Principal
April 18-22          Spring Break (no school)
April 30             Saturday Parent Academy #6
May 3                Parent Advisory Council Meeting (5 PM - 6 PM)
May 2-13             Advanced Placement Exams
May 14               School Beautification - Advisory Group 6
May 16 - 27          California Standards Testing (Grades 9-11)
May 20               Bring Lunch to Your Kid Day
May 24               * 15-Week Grade Conferences (4 PM - 6 PM)
May 30               Memorial Day (Holiday-no school)
June 7               Parent Advisory Council Meeting (5 PM - 6 PM)
June 11              Spring Semester "Sure Fail" Notification
June 18              Saturday Parent Academy #7/ End of the Year Celebration
June 13 - 16         Final Examination Review (Grades 9-11)
June 17, 20 &
21                   Final Exams (Grades 9-11)
June 22              Senior Graduation Participation Cut-off
June 24              Last Day of Instruction / Spring Final Grades Due
June 24              Graduation for Class of 2011 (3 PM)


                            IMPORTANT DATE FOR PARENTS & STUDENTS

                                     SPRING SEMESTER 2011

Dates and times are subject to change. Parents will be notified of changes in the calendar through flyers,
letters, and phone messages.




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                                                                          2010-2011
                                 BeLL SCHeDULeS
                                                                      WeDNeSDAY
                                                                          ALL PeRIODS
BELL SCHEDULES                                                             1:30 DISMISSAL

                       ReGULAR WeeK                                   7:45 - 8:33           Period 1
                                                                      8:38 - 9:26           Period 2
                                                                      9:31 – 10:19          Period 3
     7:45 - 8:25            Adv        Adv        Adv        Adv      10:19 – 10:51         Brunch
                                                                      10:56 - 11:44         Period 4
     8:30 - 10:30            5          6          1          2
                                                                      11:49 – 12:37         Period 5
     10:30 - 10:50                                                    12:42 - 1:30          Period 6

     10:55 – 12:55           3          4          3          4

     12:55 - 1:25

     1:30 - 3:30             1          2          5          6
                                                                      WeDNeSDAY
                   Week of A                                            WeeK OF A
                                                                   HOLIDAY ON MONDAY
              HOLIDAY ON MONDAY                                      1:30 DISMISSAL


                                                                   7:45 - 9:25      Period 6

          7:45 - 8:25            Adv        Adv        Adv         9:30 - 11:10     Period 4

                                             1                     11:10 - 11:45 Lunch
          8:30 - 10:30            5                     2
                                                                   11:50 - 1:30     Period 2
          10:30 - 10:50

          10:55 – 12:55           3          3          4                         approved: 8/07/09
                                                                                   effective: 8/31/09

          12:55 - 1:25

          1:30 - 3:30             1          5          6                                 j2p.08/09




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ALLIANCE INTRODUCTION

Welcome to Gertz-Ressler High School! You are part of an innovative and challenging charter school
designed to provide students in some of the most underserved communities in Los Angeles a choice
for a better education and future.

Gertz-Ressler High School is an independent start-up charter school researched and developed by
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, a nonprofit charter management organization dedicated to
opening and operating a network of excellent small high-performing 9-12 and 6-8 public schools in
historically underachieving, low income, overcrowded communities in Los Angeles that will
significantly outperform other public schools in preparing students for college admission and success.

Each year Gertz-Ressler High School is committed to publishing a new Alliance Parent Student
Handbook to keep families informed regarding how the school operates and expectations for the new
school year. Please read the handbook with your child, sign the receipt of notification and
return it to the school.


MISSION/ VISION

The mission of Gertz-Ressler High School is to operate a small high performance school to prepare
each student to enter and succeed in college. The primary strength of Gertz-Ressler High School is
the highly accountable educational model guided by our five Alliance core values which include:

    1.   High expectations for all students
    2.   Small personalized schools and classrooms
    3.   Increased instructional time
    4.   Highly qualified principals and teachers and
    5.   Parents as partners

The Alliance educational model is based on what research has shown to be best educational
practices and will serve as a research and development model for other public schools.

To achieve this mission, parents must remain actively involved in their child’s education and work
partnership with the school. At Gertz-Ressler High School, “every student has the ability, and
together, we give them the opportunity.”




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   GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

   To successfully graduate from an Alliance College-Ready Public School high campus, each student
   must:

            Earn a total of 250 units/credits.
            Take the A-G College Preparatory Coursework and pass all A-G courses with a grade of C or
             higher. Of the 250 credits required to graduate, 150 are required A-G credits.
                 o Core Courses offered may be Standard Core, Honors or Advanced Placement.
                 o Advanced Placement Courses and Exams may be on site or online through University
                    of California College Prep (UCCP).
                 o All courses are transferable to other schools or universities to meet graduation
                    requirements.
            Obtain a passing score on California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).
                          ALLIANCE A - G COLLEGE PREP COURSEWORK AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
      Subject Area                  Grade 9              Grade 10             Grade 11                        Grade 12
                                  [65 credits]          [65 credits]         [65 credits]                    [65 credits]
 A-G UC/CSU                      Advisory [5]           Advisory [5]        Advisory [5]                    *Advisory [5]
Requirements
 (a) History / Social                                (a) World History,    (a) U.S. History [10]       (g)American
Science                                             Cultures, and                                     Government (sem.) [5]
 - 2 yrs required:                                  Historical Geography                              & Economics (sem.)
 - 20 credits                                       [10]                                              [5]
 (b) English/Language           (b) English 9        (b) English 10 [10]   (b) English 11 [10]         (b) English12 [10]
Arts                           [10]                                        American Lit /              Adv Comp/Lit
 - 4 yrs required:              ESL 3/4                                    Contemporary Comp.
 - 40 credits
 (c) Math                      (c) Algebra 1 [10]   (c) Geometry [10]       (c) Algebra 2 [10]         (g)Pre-Calculus [10]
 - 3 yrs required                      OR                    OR                       OR                        OR
 - 30 credits                  (c) Geometry         (c) Algebra 2           (c) Pre-Calculus or        Linear Algebra
                                                                           Linear Algebra              Or Other Elective
 (d) Laboratory Science        (d) Biology [10]     (d) Biology [10]        (d) Chemistry [10]’        (g)Physics [10]
 - 2 yrs required (3           Or
recommended)                   (d) Earth Science    Or Marine Biology      (g) Honors Biology           OR elective
 - 20 credits                                       Or (d) Chemistry
 (e) Language other            (e) Spanish 1 [10]   (e) Spanish 2 [10]     (g) Spanish 3 [10]          (g)Spanish 4 [10]
than English                   Or Certification
 - 2 yrs required              Or Other language    Or Certification       OR Elective                 OR Elective
 - 20 credits                                       Or Other language
 (f) Visual / Performing                                                    (f) Music, Dance,
Arts                                                                       Drama, or Art [10]          (g) Elective
 - 1 yr required
 - 10 credits
 (g) College Prep
Elective
 - 1 yr (2 semesters)
 - 10 credits (g) courses
 Physical Education            PE/*Health [10]      PE/*Life Skills [10]
 - offered/not required        Or Elective          Or Elective
grades 9,10
 Other Electives               Academic Support                                                        Community Service
                               Elective: [10]                                                         Project [*Via Advisory]
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ADVISORY

Providing a personalized learning environment in our schools through Student Advisory is a core
value in the Alliance educational model.

Students learn best in small learning communities where their education is personalized, where they
know their teachers, where their teachers and all adults in the school know them, where advisory
structures connect each student with a personal learning team, and where there is student voice in all
aspects of the school that directly affect them.

Student voice is essential in all aspects of the school that directly affect student learning, interests and
needs through structures such as advisory groups that connect each student with a personal learning
team. In the advisory period no student is allowed to “fall through the cracks” of anonymity.

The advisory focuses on four primary areas: 1) Personal Development, 2) Social Responsibility, 3)
College and Career, 4) Community Building. The advisory teacher serves as the students’ counselor
for four years so that students are connected to a consistent adult for guidance with studies, student
relationships, and planning for college. All students will be well known and supported through small
advisory groups of students. A credentialed teacher will serve as advisor and will work with the same
students for two consecutive years. The advisory structure will provide a small focused support group
to motivate and support each individual student’s progress.

ACADEMIC GRADES

Alliance high school graduation requirements and grading policies are in alignment with University of
California (UC) and California State University (CSU), undergraduate admissions requirements. Like
the UC, CSU and other accredited colleges and universities throughout the United States, Alliance
students may earn passing grades of “A”, “B”, and “C.” The Alliance does not issue the letter grade of
“D,” since colleges & universities do not accept “Ds” for college admission. Students who do not
demonstrate proficiency in a course earning a grade of Not Proficient, “NP” (not proficient enough to
pass) are required to retake the course to earn credit. Students who have “D” grades on transcripts
prior to this policy receive unit credit but not A-G course completion.

COURSE CREDIT FROM INSTITUTIONS OUTSIDE AN ALLIANCE SCHOOL

    Students who transfer into an Alliance school with a grade(s) of “D” must retake the course to
    meet the Alliance’s “A-G” high school graduation, and college/university undergraduate admission
    requirements. Students will receive unit credit on their transcript but the credit will not count
    towards A-G course completion.

        All high schools in Alliance College-Ready Public School system accept high school credit
         from public and private high schools:
               Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
               The course(s) are approved by the University of California Office of the President
                  (UCOP)
        Alliance Principals may require a student to take and pass the Alliance high school’s final
         exam or end of course test (to prove proficiency for course(s) taken outside of an Alliance
         school within the current school year) to receive credit and a transcript grade for the course.
         Students not passing the final or end of course test will receive unit credit but will not count
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Life Skills Grade
Life skill grades are based on four primary areas: Participation in class, Behavior, Working in groups,
and Class work/Homework completion. Students will be graded on a 5-1 scale.

         5 - Advanced
         4 - Proficient
         3 - Basic
         2 - Below Basic
         1 - Far Below Basic


PROGRESS REPORTS
Official progress reports are distributed at parent conferences according to the following schedule:
     5-Week Fall Progress Report (October)
     10-Week Fall Progress Report (November)
     15-Week Fall Progress Report (December)
     Report Card- Final Fall Semester (February)
     5-Week Spring Progress Report (March)
     10-Week Spring Progress Report (April)
     15-Week Spring Progress Report (May)
     Report Card- Final Spring Semester (June)

INCOMPLETE GRADES
A teacher may determine that a student shall have more time to complete required coursework due to
an extended illness, death or illness in the family, or other reason deemed to be of an extenuating
nature. The teacher may assign the student an Incomplete (“I”), with a deadline to make up the
assigned work. Upon completion of the assigned work or by the deadline, the teacher will submit a
grade change form to officially change the “I” to a letter grade. If a student does not complete the work
by the deadline, they risk failing the class.

TRANSFER GRADES
Completed coursework from other schools will be accepted for credit at our school if the following
criteria are met:
      The course meets equivalent standards of the ACRPS course. (UC approved courses can only
         be made up with equivalent UC approved courses.)
      The student must provide the Alliance campus with an official transcript before credit will be
         awarded.
      If the student intends to take required classes at a community college, the course must be
         approved by the school administrator prior to enrollment to ensure the equivalency of the
         college class.
      If a student transfers from another school mid-semester, his or her transfer grades for courses
         currently in progress will be factored in to the equivalent ACRPS courses, as the ACRPS
         instructor deems appropriate.
      The school may assign partial credit for courses in progress at the previous school that are not
         offered at the Alliance campus.

Similarly, the school may award partial credit for courses that a student enrolls in mid-semester in
which the student was not previously enrolled at the previous school. Transfer grades will be added to
the student’s transcript, but will not replace the grades previously earned.




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AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
Gertz-Ressler’s after school program is run by the After-School All-Stars M, T, Th, Fri from 3:30-
6:30pm with occasional tutoring Saturdays from 9:00am-12:00pm. Every student in the school is
required to have an Application on File.

The program is separated into two components which run directly following the core school day. The
program begins when school lets out with a 15min. sign-in and snack time where they receive a free
snack from 3:30-3:45pm. From 3:45-4:55 is the Academic Tutoring portion. This is composed of
teacher-run Mandatory Tutoring, No Zero (students with incomplete homework), Math-aletes, Senior
Tutoring and Puma Lounge (an open study lounge for students with no mandatory tutoring).

MANDATORY TUTORING REQUIREMENTS
      Students who have two or more fails on their Grade Report, they must attend tutoring at least three
       times per week. They must attend tutoring with each teacher whose class you are failing.
      Students must attend tutoring until the next Grade Report. If they pass all of your classes, they will
       no longer be required to attend tutoring, unless a teacher, parent or administrator tells them that
       they must continue in tutoring.
      Students are responsible for tracking their tutoring time.

From 5:00-6:00pm are Clubs ranging from Music, Dance, Photography, Fitness, etc. The All-Stars
also have several field-trips throughout the year. Students staying after school are not allowed to
leave campus until they sign out for the day. All Students must be picked up or depart campus no
later than 6:30pm.

SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Summer School Program at Gertz-Ressler targets two needs of our students: To familiarize our new
incoming ninth graders with our environment and our academic expectations and to provide
remediation to recover credits for our students in 10th grade and above. The opportunity to attend
Summer School at Gertz is a privilege that students get in exchange of their commitment to
completing all academic work assigned, to maintain satisfactory attendance and punctuality.
     Summer Bridge consists of 12 days of one hour classes of English and Math for our new
       incoming ninth graders
     Credit Recovery Session is based on students’ needs for credits toward high school
       graduation. Not all classes are offered every summer. Classes may vary in duration and
       number of instructional days.

ATTENDANCE
Gertz-Ressler’s Summer School program meets only the minimum requirement for attendance in
order for students to receive credit for their classes. Consequently, attendance and punctuality are
critical for successful completion of any course taken in Summer School. When a student is absent or
tardy, he or she MUST bring official documentation (doctor, dentist, etc.) concerning the absence or
tardiness. Students are expected to be in attendance every day during summer school. Due to
extenuating circumstances, a student may miss:
      2.5 hours for the 5 hour/day class (1/2 day) or
      2.5 hours for the 2.5 hour/day class (1 day)
If a student exceeds the number of absences or minutes, he or she will be dropped out of the Summer
Program and will not receive credits.




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PUNCTUALITY
Since tardiness is disruptive as well as disrespectful of the teacher and other students, it will not be
tolerated in Summer School classes. Students cannot be more than 2 times tardy and the amount of
missed class time should not add up to 2.5 hours (150 minutes). If a student exceeds the number of
tardies or minutes, he or she will be dropped out of the Summer Program and will not receive credits.


GERTZ-RESSLER HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL PROGRAMS


PEPPERDINE RIORDAN PROGRAM
A mentoring program provided by graduate students from Pepperdine University. Mentors meet
periodically with High School Seniors to provide academic support and to encourage students to build
their leadership and communication skills. (12th grade)

COLLEGE MATCH
A program that assists a selected group of highly qualified low income students gain admission to
competitive colleges. They provide students with a trip to prestigious east schools, and they work with
them closely to strengthen their college application.
(11th -12th grade)

UCLA SATURDAY BUSINESS ACADEMY
A program that aims at turning students into competitive college applicants through mentorship,
college preparation workshops, and the completion of activities that expose participants to the realm
of business and finance. (11th – 12th grade)

STEP UP WOMEN’S NETWORK
An organization dedicated to strengthening community resources for women and girls by providing
individual mentorship, field trips to colleges, cultural activities and opportunities for self-expression
and empowerment for females starting in the 9th grade thru 12th grade.

ACT PREP
A program that prepares students to excel in the ACT, which is one of the standardized test that
students have to take in order to compete for admission to college. Students will take lessons, as well
as several practice test sessions prior to taking the real test. (11th grade)

FULFILLMENT FUND
An organization that assists in preparing students to graduate high school and gain admission to
college, mostly through individual mentorship and in-class presentations on a variety of topics,
ranging from study-skills to writing of resumes and personal statements. They also provide field trips
to different colleges and other cultural activities. (10th -12th)

POSSE
The Posse Foundation aims at increasing diversity in competitive universities. Each year they recruit a
culturally diverse team of seniors with high potential and a serious commitment to participate. After a
series of interviews, a selected few will become Posse Scholars that will receive a four-year, full-
tuition, merit scholarship to one of the nation’s top colleges. (12th grade)




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KEEPING TRACK OF MY CHILD’S PROGRESS

POWERSCHOOL
Parents can follow student academic progress through the Internet 24-hours a day. Parents have
access to PowerSchool and Excelsior parent portals that allow them to check their student’s
homework, grades, and test scores. If you have internet access at home or at work, you can view
your student’s attendance, grades, assignments, progress towards graduation and behavior in all of
his/her classes at any time.

To access your student's information on the internet, you will need the following information:
1. The website location:
       PowerSchool:         https://ps.laalliance.org/public/
2. Your Username
3. Your Password

This information is distributed to parents by Friday of the first week of school. It is also available in
person by contacting the Office Manager.

SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY RESULTS AND DATA

SCHOOL TESTING AND API DATA
Information regarding STAR Testing, California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), and Academic
Performance Index (API) Score can be found at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/

SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT CARD (SARC)
It is the policy of every Alliance school to annually issue a School Accountability Report Card. A copy
of the 2008-2009 report is available at the school site and also on the internet at:
http://www.gertzresslerhigh.org/pdf/SARCe_en_19-64733-0106864h_Gertz.pdf

SCHOOL- HOME COMMUNICATION

TEACHERS CONTACTING PARENTS BY PHONE
Expect regular phone calls from teachers regarding your child’s progress. If you do not hear from one
of your child’s teachers, do not assume your child is doing satisfactory work. The only way to assure
your child is on track is to communicate with your child’s teachers by phone, email or by setting up an
appointment.

TELEPARENTTM EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM
TeleParent™ is a web-based system that allows our school administrators and teachers to quickly
and easily communicate to our entire population within minutes in the event of an emergency, as well
as send attendance calls and general information to parents in their home language.


PHONE TREES
Staff members and/or parent volunteers call home occasionally to inform parents of school events and
to discuss specific issues regarding individual students. The school may also use a “phone tree”
system to remind parents of schedule changes, holidays, or other important announcements. Please
make sure that you provide the office with the phone number that is best for receiving such calls.
Should you wish to change this contact number during the school year, please provide the office with
the change in writing.




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SCHOOL CORRESPONDENCE
School bulletins, monthly calendars, flyers and letters from the Principal are sent home with students
on a regular basis. Please ask your child or check your child’s backpack for school correspondence
in order to keep abreast of what is happening at school.

HOME- SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

CHANGE OF CONTACT INFORMATION
Parents will be asked at the beginning of each school year to provide the school with current contact
and emergency information. If your contact information changes during the school year (including all
telephone numbers), it is the responsibility of each parent/guardian to provide the Main Office with this
new information in writing. The school cannot assume responsibility for missed communications in
the event that the contact information is misreported or not updated by the parent or guardian.

PARENTS CONTACTING TEACHERS
All teachers and staff members have email accounts where they can be easily contacted. From
PowerSchool, you may click on the teacher’s name on your student’s web page to send an email. You
may also contact teachers by leaving a message with the main office.

MESSAGES AND DELIVERIES TO STUDENTS
Students may not use the office telephones except for school business or emergencies approved by
the administration. In an effort to limit classroom disturbances, staff will only deliver urgent messages
to students during the instructional periods.

VISITORS
Parents/guardians of current students are welcome to visit the school. All visitors must enter and sign-
in at the Main Office. Students may not have friends, siblings, or other relatives visit them at
school at any time.

Prospective students, who would like visit the school, can do so if accompanied by a parent or
guardian on a scheduled tour accompanied by a school administrator.


GERTZ-RESSLER’S UNIFORM POLICY (2010-2011)

We believe that student attire affects the learning environment of the school campus. All students are
expected to arrive to school ready to learn, wearing a clean, ironed, neat, in good repair and
appropriate for their placement uniform. It is expected that a high level of personal hygiene will be
maintained at all times. Gertz-Ressler relies upon the good judgment and taste of both students and
families with respect to grooming and appearance. The following uniform requirements apply to all
students of Gertz-Ressler High School.

  •    Uniform items, including pants, must be no smaller/larger than one size of the students’ regular
       clothing size.
  •    Head/hair accessories such as hats, bandanas, and beanies are not to be worn. Gertz-Ressler
       beanies may be worn outside the school buildings.
  •    No attire may be worn that may be a distraction. Distracting attire includes but is not limited to:
       accessories such as extra clothing pieces, and excessive and/or large pieces of jewelry, body
       piercing except for earrings (no mouth, tongue, lip, eyebrow, neck, wrist, cheek or nose piercing
       allowed.
  •    No visible tattoos are allowed. Clothing must cover tattoos at all times, even during free dress
       days.
  •    Shirts must be tucked in at all times.

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UNIFORM DESCRIPTION
Shirts: Collared Gertz-Ressler Logo Shirts ONLY.
 • Colors:
           o White (9th & 10th grades), Dark Gray (11th grade), Black (12th grade)
 • Shirts must fit appropriately - neither too tight nor too loose.
 • T-Shirts/undershirts must be plain white under a white shirt, plain white or dark gray under a dark
     gray shirt and plain white or black under a black shirt.
 • A long-sleeved undershirt/t-shirt of the same color as the uniform shirt may be worn beneath the
     uniform shirt.

Pants, Shorts or Skirts: Only uniform pants such as “Dickies” or “Dockers” are allowed. Pants
must fit appropriately, neither too tight nor too loose. Skirt or shorts must be of appropriate length (no
more than 3 inches above the knee).
 • Colors:
            o Khaki (9th grade), Black (10th & 11th grades), Khaki or Grey (12th grade)

Shoes: must be closed-toed . Crocs and other similar shoes are not allowed.
 • Colors:
         o Solid color black, brown or white shoes only – no other colors will be accepted.

Jackets: Only College-Ready or Gertz-Ressler logoed zippered or button-down jackets are
allowed.
 • Exception: Zippered or buttoned college logo jackets (i.e. UCLA, USC) will be allowed on Fridays
     only

PHYSICAL EDUCATION UNIFORM
All students enrolled in physical education must have a tan colored GRHS T-shirt to wear for class.
Shorts or sweatpants must be black and of appropriate length (no more than 3 inches above the
knee) with no logos, letters and/or designs on them. A supervised facility for changing with separate
areas for boys and girls will be available. The physical education uniform is only to be worn for P.E.
Students will be required to change back into the school uniform when the class ends each day.

PROHIBITED CLOTHING
The following clothing items are expressly prohibited:

        Sweatpants
        Pullover hoodies
        Jeans (in place of the uniform pants)
        Tight jeans or skinny jeans
        Low rise and/or hip-hugger pants
        Short shorts, skirts or any clothing that does not properly cover the body
        Low cut or see-through blouses, bare midriffs, tube, halter tops, or spaghetti straps
        Tank tops, net tops, mesh jerseys and muscle shirts
        Bicycle shorts or boxer shorts worn alone
        Lewd or profane clothing or clothing that exhibits prejudice or makes fun of racial, ethnic,
         gender, cultural, sexual orientation or religious groups
        Clothing that advertises illegal or controlled substances, alcohol, tobacco, or marijuana
        Any clothing that may be construed as having gang-affiliation, including but not limited to plain
         white t-shirts, colored shoelaces, initialed belt buckles, “sagging”/oversized clothing, or belts.
        Metal accessories, including, but not limited to, utility chains and studded collars, that may
         cause harm to others

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        Sports jerseys or other clothing with sports logos
        Hats, and beanies

OUT OF UNIFORM CONSEQUENCES
Parents will be contacted immediately if the student is not adhering to the uniform policy. Students will
be issued a temporary uniform shirt. Parents are responsible for covering the cost of any new shirt
provided to a student without uniform. Students observed wearing prohibited clothing to school will be
required to turn it in to school personnel. Items will be returned to the owner’s parent or guardian. If
items not claimed within a month, they will be donated to a nonprofit organization. The staff of Gertz-
Ressler High School will conduct daily uniform checks. Please contact our school, in case you have
questions regarding the uniform.
FRIDAYS
Students of all grade-levels may wear Gertz-Ressler Club and/or class t-shirts instead of their
designated uniform shirt on Fridays only. All students must follow all other uniform policies on
Fridays. The shirt is the only exception.

BACKPACKS
All Gertz-Ressler students are expected to bring all school materials and textbooks for their daily
classes in a school backpack. Backpacks should be in good condition and without any graffiti or
“graffiti like” writing, tagging, nicknames, gang related symbols, or obscenities on it. Students who
choose to write on their backpacks will be asked to erase it or to get a new backpack.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Student success has a direct correlation with consistent and punctual attendance in class and school
related events. Students with good attendance records achieve higher grades, enjoy school more, are
more successful in their pursuit of higher education, and are more employable after leaving school.

California law states that every student shall attend school punctually and regularly and conform to
the regulations of the school. It is ACRPS policy that students attend class regularly; that work missed
because of school related activities or illness must be promptly made-up; that truancy is
unacceptable; and that other absences approved by the parent be minimized or avoided whenever
possible. Alliance schools strive to achieve at least a 95% attendance rate each month and for the
year.


PARENT NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT ABSENCE
A phone call with a pre-recorded message will be made to the parents of absent students during the
instructional day. Sometimes a Main Office staff member will call home within the first forty-five
minutes of the start of the instructional day if a student is not present. Parents should call the school
to explain the reason for the student absence, if possible, before 7:45 a.m.

PROCEDURE FOR CLEARING ABSENCES
When a student returns to school after being absent, he/she must provide the Main Office with a
dated note from a parent/guardian explaining the reason for the absence and the duration. After
office staff has verified the letter, the student will receive a “PRC” Permit to Return to Class.

The student must keep the PRC in a safe place and present it to each teacher at the beginning of
each period until ALL periods have “cleared” the absence(s).

Students will not be admitted to class without a PRC.



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Absences longer than 3 days due to illness require a doctor’s note to excuse the absence. A student
may not participate in any after-school extracurricular activity if he/she is absent from school on the
day of the activity.

EXCUSED ABSENCES
Absences are those that are recognized by the state as legal excused absences:
    If a student is personally ill, and his/her attendance in school would endanger his/her health or
      the health of others;
    Serious illness or death in the student's immediate family necessitates absence;
    Special/recognized religious holiday observed by student's faith;
    A required appearance in a court of law.

SCHOOL-RELATED ABSENCES
    Field Trips
    Academic Events
    School Office Appointments
    Suspension

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
Absences not defined above as “excused” are unexcused absences, also included are:
    Unverified absence
    Truancy
    A Tardy of fifteen minutes or more
    Absence due to taking an early vacation or extending a vacation.

LONG-TERM ABSENCES
Learning works best when each student attends every day. Although occasional absences are
unavoidable, long-term absences pose a special challenge to learning. Class participation and group
projects are vital components of the educational program, and a student’s long-term absence will
seriously impact his/her mastery of important course concepts and skills. Parents/guardians of a
student who is absent for an extended period due to illness, injury, or family emergency should
contact the Main Office with an estimate of how long the student will be absent. Periodic updates are
appreciated.

Faculty and staff will work on a case-by-case basis with parents/guardians to help keep an extended-
absent student from falling behind. A student must obtain a long-term absence study contract from
their teachers if leaving the school for an extended period. A student returning from an extended
absence may require supplemental tutoring and/or remediation beyond the school to attain
proficiency.

MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENTS
Students must make up all assignments, tests, and quizzes upon returning to school. Students should
always try to get his/her assignment(s) from their classmates while they are absent to prevent them
from falling behind. Upon the first day of his/her return to school, it is the student’s responsibility to
check in with the teacher about missed work and due dates. Teachers will set their own class policies
for returning work when absent. Please note that teachers may have a no late work policy.
Additionally, missing due dates will result in zeros.

A student who will be absent for three consecutive school days may get his/her assignments by
contacting the Office or emailing the office manager. When requesting assignments, please keep the
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    1. Upon a request for missed work, teachers will submit the assignment to the main office.
    2. Please do not request assignments for students who have been or will be absent fewer than
       three consecutive school days.

TARDINESS POLICY

The instructional day begins at 7:40 a.m. with the ringing of the warning bell. Students are expected to
be in seats ready to engage in the instructional program by 7:45 a.m. A student who does not meet
this expectation is considered tardy and will be detained in the office until parent notification has been
made.

Tolerate No Tardies (TNT) Policy
To provide our students with the best possible education, each Alliance campus has adopted a
Tolerate No Tardies (TNT) Policy. In the Parent/Student/Staff School Compact which states
“students can and will achieve when there is a collaborative effort between staff, administrators,
parents and students…” students and parents are expected to plan their time effectively in order for
students to arrive to class on time at 7:45 a.m. It is our belief that each child should be entitled to
maximum instructional time each day, each period; therefore a tardy policy will be implemented
which supports and reinforces our school’s mission. Unexcused tardies to school are cumulative for
the duration of one semester with the following consequences in place for tardiness:

    1.   First time a warning.
    2.   Second time a detention.
    3.   Third time a parent conference and detention
    4.   Fourth time enrollment our new "Wake Up" exercise program for 1 week, and the same
         consequence applies for every tardy after for the rest of the semester.

Under the Tolerate No Tardies Policy a student who arrives at school after the 7:45 a.m. bell is
considered tardy. All tardy students should report to the office for a TNT slip. A tardy may be excused
ONE TIME ONLY with written verification from a parent/guardian upon THE STUDENT'S ARRIVAL
AT SCHOOL or if a parent accompanies his/her child into the school building to sign him/her in with a
valid excuse. A student with an UNEXCUSED tardy will be detained for 15 minutes before they are
allowed to go to class.




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MEALS

All students are provided with both nutrition and lunch during the school day. Nutrition will be served
four days a week and is 20 minutes long. Lunch is served everyday and is 30 minutes long. Students
in the lunch line are identified using a finger scanner which identifies, but does not store, the student’s
fingerprint or use the barcode on the student’s school ID card.

Each student is asked to submit an eligibility form, available in the main office, to determine eligibility
for free or reduced-price lunch (see a sample on p. 31, attachment A). Students who qualify for free
lunch receive one nutrition and one lunch meal each day free of charge. Students qualifying for
reduced-price lunch will be charged $0.30 for nutrition and $0.40 for lunch. Students who do not
qualify for free or reduced-price lunch will be charged the full price of $2.00 for nutrition and $3.00 for
lunch. Students may prepay by submitting deposits to the school’s office manager in the main office
(no payments are accepted in the lunch line). Students with outstanding balances will receive a billing
statement from the school each month. Please pay the indicated amount promptly.

HEALTH SERVICES

Basic health services are offered in the Main Office. Although the school does not have a health
specialist on staff, a school staff member is available to provide assistance during school hours.

Procedures: Students in need of health services during class time must obtain a Health Referral from
their teacher. A student must then report directly to the Office where a staff member will determine the
student’s needs and take appropriate action.


NON-PRESCRIPTION DRUG POLICY
School employees may NOT distribute any non-prescription medication. Students may NOT carry,
consume, or distribute any non-prescription medication for pain relief (or for any other reason)
to anyone.


ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISION

Supervision is provided for all school sponsored programs, activities, and meals during the
instructional day. Unless otherwise noted for a specific school sponsored program or activity, hours of
supervision at school begins 30 minutes before and after school ends.

On a regular-schedule day, supervision will begin at 7:15 a.m. and conclude at 4:00 p.m. On
Wednesdays supervision will be from 7:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

To insure the safety of our students, it is important that students do not arrive before their appropriate
start time and that he or she leaves promptly at the conclusion of his/her school day. Students who
linger on or near campus will be sent home. Should any student create a disturbance by lingering
before or after school, disciplinary action may be taken.

School administration, staff, and parent volunteers are available to help insure our campus remains
safe and students are following traffic laws when crossing the street. Students are to obey all
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SCHOOL SAFETY AND EMERGENCY DRILLS

Emergency drills such as earthquake and fire drills, are conducted during the school year. Drills are
serious practice so that everyone will be prepared should an emergency occur. Procedures are
reviewed with staff members who in turn teach them to students.

If an emergency occurs during regular school hours, students are to report to their regularly scheduled
class. If the emergency occurs during break, lunch-time, or at the end of the day, students are to
report to their Advisor in their Advisory classroom.

If an emergency occurs off campus during a school activity, students are to report to their supervising
teacher. Supervising personnel will call the school to report any problem.

If the emergency extends beyond the end of the school day, students will not be released until it has
been determined that it is safe to do so. Before students are released, parents must sign them out in
the Main Office.

SAFE SCHOOL PLAN
Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our area while school is in session, we want
you to be aware that the school has made preparations to respond effectively to such situations.

Should we have a major disaster during school hours, your student(s) will be cared for at the school.
Our school has a detailed emergency plan which has been formulated to respond to a major
catastrophe.

Your cooperation is necessary in any emergency.

              1. Do not telephone the school.         Telephone lines may be needed for emergency
                 communication.

              2. In the event of a serious emergency, students will be kept at school until they are
                 picked up by an identified, responsible adult who has been identified as such on the
                 school emergency card which is required to be filled out by parents at the beginning of
                 every school year. Please be sure to consider the following criteria when you authorize
                 another person to pick up your child are school:
                     a. He/she is 18 years of age or older.
                     b. He/she is usually home during the day.
                     c. He/She could walk to school if necessary.
                     d. He/she is known to your child.
                     e. He/she is both aware and able to assume this responsibility.

              3. Turn your radio for emergency announcements. If students are to be kept at school,
                 radio stations will be notified.

              4. Impress upon your children the need for them to follow the directions of any school
                 personnel in times of an emergency.

During an extreme emergency, students will be released at designated reunion gates/entrances
located on school campuses. Parents should become familiar with the School Emergency Response
Plan and be patient and understanding with the student release process. Please instruct your student
to remain at school until you or a designee arrives. Because local telephone service may be
disrupted, also including an out-of-state contact on the emergency card, as calls may still be made out
of the area while incoming calls are affected.


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The decision to keep students at school will be based upon whether or not streets in the area are
open. If this occurs, radio stations will be notified. In the event that a natural disaster or crises at
school, takes place during the time that students are being transported, students will be kept on the
bus and the driver will ask for assistance through radio contact with the school.

Please discuss these matters with your immediate family. Planning ahead will help alleviate concern
during emergencies.

FIRE DRILLS
Fire drills will be held at least twice a semester. Office personnel will maintain a record of fire drills
held and total required time for complete evacuation. When the fire drill signal sounds, teachers will
lead the students in their room along the route indicated on the evacuation map posted for that
purpose. Before leaving the room, teachers will see that all windows and doors are closed and that
they have their class attendance roster with them. Students who are not in a classroom at the time
the fire drill signal is given will attach themselves to the nearest teacher exiting the building for
purposes of getting to the designated evacuation site.

Once at the designated evacuation site, teachers and other staff will ensure that all students find their
respective teachers. Teachers will then take roll to ensure that all students are accounted for. The
names of any missing students will be given to the office personnel and the administrative staff will
attempt to locate missing students. Students will remain with their teachers at the designated
evacuation site until the administrative staff gives the “all clear” signal.

DISASTER DRILLS (I.E. EARTHQUAKE)
Disaster drills will be conducted at least once every two months. Students will be made familiar with
the “duck, cover, and hold” routine. A disaster drill commencing with the “duck and cover” routine, will
be initiated by an announcement over the intercom. Staff and students will hear a verbal command
from an administrator. During the “duck and cover” routine in the classroom, teachers will turn off the
lights and have students get under a desk or table or against the wall away from the windows.
Students must remain quiet and orderly so they will be able to hear additional instructions when given.
All drills will be concluded with an “all clear” announcement on the intercom, or a visible signal from
the administrative staff.

In the event of a real earthquake, everyone must engage in the “duck, cover and hold” routine
immediately and remain in position until the teacher determines that it is safe to leave the building. If
remaining in the room becomes dangerous, or when the shaking stops, teachers will proceed with
their students to the evacuation site or another safety zone. If students are on the playground or other
outdoor area when a disaster drill is called or during an actual earthquake, students are to drop
immediately to the ground, away from trees and power lines, and cover their heads with their hands.
They are to remain in that position until given additional instructions.

In the event of disasters other than earthquakes, the administrative staff will contact each room,
advice staff of potential dangers, and give further directions or orders. Teachers and students will
remain in their classrooms until instructions are received for an all clear or an evacuation. For safety
purposes, no one is to leave the rooms. If there has been a chemical spill, the teacher must make
sure that all doors, windows, and vents remain closed. All unassigned staff will report to the office for
assignments such as searching offices, bathrooms, and all other common areas, including outdoor
facilities.

Teachers will stay with their classes for the duration of the emergency. In the event of an earthquake
or other national disaster, all school employees are immediately designated “Civil Defense Workers”
and are not allowed to leave school until they are given official clearance to do so by the
administrative staff.

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BOMB THREATS
The person receiving the call or letter will note the time of day, wording of the message, background
noises, and quality of the voice to try to determine if it is a young child or an adult. This person will
delay the caller as long as possible, while they alert another adult to the crisis. That adult will
immediately notify the telephone company to trace the call and immediately thereafter, notify the
police using 911.

Based on the information at hand, the administrative staff will make a decision whether an immediate
evacuation is warranted. If so, the evacuation code word “safe school drill” will be given over the
intercom and evacuation procedures will be followed. The office personnel will coordinate information
requests to and/or from law enforcement, the Telephone Company, and parents.

If an immediate evacuation is not warranted, the administrative staff will notify teachers to inspect their
room for any suspicious materials or unknown packages, without alarming students. All unassigned
staff will report to the office for assignments such as searching offices, bathrooms, and all other
common areas, including outdoor facilities.

EVACUATION PLAN
A disaster of a significant nature may require the evacuation of the school. Immediately upon
notification by outside authorities that the school must be evacuated, the administrative staff will verify
the name and position of the person placing the alert. Once the source is confirmed, the
administrative staff will give the evacuation code word “safe school drill” over the intercom.
Teachers will proceed with their students to the nearest school exit indicated on the evacuation map
posted for this purpose. Before leaving the room, teachers will make sure they have their class
attendance roster with them. Students who are not in a classroom at the time the intercom signal is
given will attach themselves to the nearest teacher exiting the building for purposes of getting to the
designated evacuation site.

Prior to evacuation, offices, bathrooms, and all other common areas, (including outdoor facilities) will
be searched by unassigned staff members designated by the principal.
 Once at the designated evacuation site, teachers and other staff will ensure that all students find their
respective teachers. Teachers will then take roll to ensure that all students are accounted for. The
names of any missing students will be given to the office personnel and an individual will be assigned
the task of finding any missing students. Teachers will work together to take care of students with
injuries, respiratory problems, or other medical conditions.

Teachers will stay with their classes for the duration of the emergency. In the event of an evacuation,
all school employees are immediately designated “Civil Defense Workers” and are not allowed to
leave school until they are given official clearance to do so by the administrative staff.

Students will remain with their teachers at the designated evacuation site until the administrative staff
gives the “all clear” signal. In the event students cannot return to the school site, the administrative
staff will notify parents and/or the media as to where students can be picked up. The office personnel
will sign out students as they are being picked up by a parent or other adult listed on the emergency
information card. Parents will be asked to remain in a designated area, and students will be escorted
to the designated area for release.



DRIVING AND PARKING
Gertz-Ressler is located in the densely populated area of Pico-Union where the limited street parking
is mostly used by our neighbors. In serving this community, we acknowledge a commitment to
maintain a good relationship with our neighbors and honor their need for parking space where they


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reside. Students are not allowed to drive to school. There is no student parking on campus nor is the
neighborhood available for student parking. While Gertz-Ressler has parking lot, this is shared with
Richard Merkin Middle School and it is mostly reserved for our faculty and staff. Visitors have a
limited space at the entrance of our parking area. Keep in mind that cars that park in not
unauthorized areas, such as in front of the gate or trash bins or that purposely block other parked
cars, may be towed at the owner’s expense.

STUDENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP AREAS
Parents’ cooperation to adhere to our proper Drop-off and Pick-up procedures is essential to maintain
a safe and efficient system. A drop-off and pick-up lane area on Union Avenue (under the freeways) is
dedicated to the loading and unloading of students by private motor vehicles. Parent supervision is
offered before and after school for our students to arrive safely to our school.




TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE
Parents are invited to participate in our Traffic Safety Committee to help us supervise our students
before and after school hours. This committee also helps promote safety among our parents and
students to make better choices when dropping off or picking up students (e.g. crossing the street in
the designated area, parking next to side walk to drop off a student).

PERSONAL PROPERTY

Students will be solely responsible for bringing items to school and must watch their belongings
carefully. The school is not responsible for any loss or damage to personal items. It is best for items
that are not related to the instructional program (i.e. iPods, PSPs, Nintendo, etc.) to be kept at home.


CELL PHONE USE POLICY
Recently there has been an increased used of cell phone on campus. Phones/devices are being
used to text test information and in the restrooms to call home, to call friends, and to make threats.
Besides our concern for student safety, the reputation of academic excellence and integrity that we
are building here at Gertz-Ressler is being placed in jeopardy as well. We need to ensure that the
assessments we give matter and that our students are showing true mastery of the materials they are
learning.

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As a response to this issue, we have implemented a new cell phone/electronics policy here at Gertz-
Ressler. We know that for many parents a cell phone is a way to be in contact with your child. We
have acknowledged that before and that fact has not changed. What has changed is the fact that if
we see your child’s cell phone or other electronic device on campus, we will confiscate it. If your child
needs to use the phone they are welcome to come to the office during nutrition or lunch and use the
phone in the main office. The rule is as follows:

        Cell phones/devices are to be stored in the student’s backpack, purse or any other book bag in
         the “off” position at all times while on campus (Monday through Saturday, including after
         school tutoring).

        Students are to be responsible for their own possessions. The school takes no responsibility
         for electronic devices brought to campus.

        Students have the option of leaving their cell phones in the office at the beginning of the day
         and retrieving it at the end of the day.

        If a cell phone/device is seen it will be confiscated. This includes seeing the shape of the
         phone/device in a pocket. The phone/device should not be seen at all, for any reason on
         campus unless an adult is asking for it.

        All confiscated phones will be returned according to the following:
              o First time confiscation: the phone will be returned after 4 weeks
              o Second time confiscation: it will be returned at the end of the school year.

        There will be no exceptions to this rule.

Parents who need to contact their child during the day must call the main office.


SKATEBOARDS AND BICYCLES
Students may ride a skateboard or bicycle to school. Upon arriving to campus, students must store
their skateboard or bicycle in a designated storage area. Students may not ride their skateboard or
bike during the school day or on school grounds. Students who do not adhere to these conditions will
have their skateboard/bicycle confiscated. Only the parent/guardian may retrieve the confiscated item.
The school is not responsible for any loss or damage to equipment.

LOST AND FOUND
The lost-and-found will be in the Main Office. Students who have lost clothing, keys, etc. should check
in the office to see it the items have been turned in. At the end of each month, unclaimed clothing
items will be donated to a non-profit organization.

TECHNOLOGY AND INTERNET USAGE

ACCEPTABLE USES OF THE COMPUTER OR THE INTERNET
The account provided by the Alliance should be used only for educational or professional purposes.
Staff may use the Internet for personal use only if such use is incidental and occurs during their duty-
free time.

If a user is uncertain about whether a particular use of the computer network or the Internet is
appropriate, he or she should consult a teacher or supervisor.


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UNACCEPTABLE USES OF THE COMPUTER OR THE INTERNET
The following uses of the account provided by the Alliance are unacceptable:
    Uses that violate any state or federal law or municipal ordinance are unacceptable.
     Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to the following:
           1. Selling or purchasing any illegal substance;
           2. Accessing, transmitting, or downloading child pornography, obscene depictions,
                harmful materials, or materials that encourage others to violate the law; or
            3. Transmitting or downloading confidential information or copyrighted materials.
    Uses that involve the accessing, transmitting or downloading of inappropriate matters on the
     Internet, as determined by the school board, local educational agency or other related authority
    Uses that involve obtaining and or using anonymous email sites.
    Uses that cause harm to others or damage to their property are unacceptable. Unacceptable
     uses include, but are not limited to the following:
           1. Deleting, copying, modifying, or forging other users' e-mails, files, or data;
           2. Accessing another User’s email without their permission, and as a result of that
                access, reading or forwarding the other User's e-mails or files without that User's
                permission;
           3. Damaging computer equipment, files, data or the network;
           4. Using profane, abusive, or impolite language;
           5. Disguising one's identity, impersonating other users, or sending anonymous e-mail
                messages;
           6. Threatening, harassing, or making defamatory or false statements about others;
           7. Accessing, transmitting, or downloading offensive, harassing, or disparaging materials;
           8. Accessing, transmitting or downloading computer viruses or other harmful files or
                programs, or in any way degrading or disrupting any computer system performance; or
           9. Accessing, transmitting or downloading large files, including "chain letters" or any type
                of "pyramid schemes."
           10. Using any district computer to pursue “hacking,” internal or external to the district, or
                attempting to access information that is protected by privacy laws.
    Uses that jeopardize access or lead to unauthorized access into Accounts or other computer
     networks are unacceptable. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to the following:
           1. Using other users' account passwords or identifiers;
           2. Disclosing one's account password to other users or allowing other users to use one's
                accounts;
           3. Getting unauthorized access into other users' accounts or other computer networks; or
           4. Interfering with other users' ability to access their accounts.
    Commercial uses are unacceptable. Unacceptable uses include, but are not limited to the
     following:
           1. Selling or buying anything over the Internet for personal financial gain; or
           2. Using the Internet for advertising, promotion, or financial gain; or
           3. Conducting for-profit business activities and engaging in non-government related
                fundraising or public relations activities such as solicitation for religious purposes,
                lobbying for political purposes, or soliciting votes.

INTERNET SAFETY
    In compliance with the Children's Internet Protection Act ("CIPA"), the Alliance will implement
     filtering and/or blocking software to restrict access to Internet sites containing child pornography,
     obscene depictions, or other materials harmful to minors under 18 years of age. The software
     will work by scanning for objectionable words or concepts, as determined by the School District.
     [Note: CIPA does not enumerate any actual words or concepts that should be filtered or blocked.
     Thus, CIPA necessarily requires that the Alliance determine which words or concepts are
     objectionable.] However, no software is foolproof, and there is still a risk an Internet user may
     be exposed to a site containing such materials. An account user who incidentally connects to

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       such a site must immediately disconnect from the site and notify a teacher or supervisor. If an
       Account user sees another user is accessing inappropriate sites, he or she should notify a
       teacher or supervisor immediately.

     In compliance with CIPA, the Alliance and its representatives will implement a mechanism to
      monitor all minors' on-line activities, including website browsing, email use, chat room
      participation and other forms of electronic communications. Such a mechanism may lead to
      discovery a user has violated or may be violating this Policy, the appropriate disciplinary code or
      the law. Monitoring is aimed to protect minors from accessing inappropriate matter, as well as
      help enforce this policy, on the Internet, as determined by the school board, local educational
      agency or other related authority. The Alliance reserves the right to monitor other users' (e.g.,
      employees, students 17 years or older) online activities, and to access review, copy, store or
      delete any electronic communications or files and disclose them to others as it deems
      necessary.

     If a student under the age of eighteen accesses his/her Alliance account or the Internet outside
      of school, a parent or legal guardian must supervise the student's use of the Account or Internet
      at all times and is completely responsible for monitoring the use. Filtering and/or blocking
      software may or may not be employed to screen home access to the Internet. Parents and legal
      guardians should inquire at the school or district if they desire more detailed information about
      the software.

     Student information shall not be posted unless it is necessary to receive information for
      instructional purposes, and only if the student's teacher and parent or guardian has granted

     Account users shall not reveal on the Internet personal information about themselves or about
      other persons. For example, Account users should not reveal their full names, home addresses,
      telephone numbers, school addresses, or parents' names on the Internet.

     Account users shall not meet in person anyone they have met on the Internet in a secluded
      place or a private setting. Account users who are under the age of 18 shall not meet in person
      anyone they have met on the Internet without their parent's permission.

     Account users will abide by all Alliance security policies.

PRIVACY POLICY
The System Administrator has the authority to monitor all Accounts, including e-mail and other
materials transmitted or received via the Accounts. All such materials are the property of the Alliance.
Account users do not have any right to or expectation of privacy regarding such materials.

PENALTIES FOR IMPROPER USE of ALLIANCE ACCOUNT
The use of the Account is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in the restriction or
cancellation of the Account. Inappropriate use may lead to any disciplinary and/or legal action,
including but not limited to suspension or expulsion or dismissal from employment from the Alliance,
or criminal prosecution by government authorities. The Alliance will attempt to tailor any disciplinary
action to meet the specific concerns related to each violation.

DISCLAIMER
    The Alliance makes no guarantees about the quality of the services provided and is not
     responsible for any claims, losses, damages, costs, or other obligations arising from the
     unauthorized use of the Accounts. The Alliance also denies any responsibility for the accuracy
     or quality of the information obtained through the Account.
    Any statement, accessible on the computer network or the Internet, is understood to be the

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      author's individual point of view and not that of the Alliance, its affiliates, or employees.
     Account users are responsible for any losses sustained by the Alliance or its affiliates, resulting
      from the Account users' intentional misuse of the Accounts.


TEXTBOOKS

Textbooks will be issued for all courses. They will be checked out by each subject area teacher
directly to the student. Students are responsible for the textbooks which are issued to them. In
addition to the textbook, your child may be assigned additional books, such as dictionaries, novels,
and periodicals in his/her classrooms which are also of his/her responsibility.

Charges will be applied for books that are lost or damaged. The school is not responsible for stolen,
lost, or damaged books. Report lost books immediately. A replacement fee will be charged and must
be paid by the end of the semester.

If the textbook shows any damage when returned, the student will have to pay a fine according to the
list of damages and fines established on the chart below. All textbooks not returned by the last
day of the academic year will be considered lost and the student’s parent will be required to
pay the replacement cost of the textbook. All lost books will be charged at the replacement fee for
the book(s). All payment must be made in cash in the main office. Students failing to compensate the
school for lost, destroyed or damaged textbooks shall receive a “Stop Clearance” and will not be able
to process any administrative request and will not be issued another textbook until compensation has
been made. Withdrawing or transferring students must have returned all school materials, books, and
equipment before any transfer records will be released.

Please use the following chart to assess damages to a textbook:

                                          TEXTBOOKS FINE CHART
                       BAR CODE: if bar codes are damaged or altered      Full price
                       Gang writing/vulgarity/profanity                   Full Price
                       Torn pages (each page)                             $ 5.00
                       Missing pages                                      Full Price
                       Ink which cannot be erased (each page)             $ 5.00
                       Book excessively soiled                            Full Price
                       Loose binding                                      $ 5.00
                       Book beyond repair                                 Full Price
                       Cover entirely off                                 Full Price
                       Covers taped to book (damages)                     $ 3.00
                       Missing fly leaf                                   $ 3.00
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SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Please note that students may be prevented from participating in school activities if there is an
existing school debt.

FIELD TRIPS
Throughout the school year, the students may take field trips. These trips are a part of the
interdisciplinary curriculum and may include walking trips, or chartered bus transportation.
Participation is required as these are important learning experiences. Only excused absences are
permitted. Field Trip Forms will be sent home at least one week prior to the planned trip.

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STUDENT BODY GOVERNMENT
Student council is an important key to what happens at each Alliance campus. Students, with the help
of faculty, plan and carry out the many activities and events which make the school great. There are
many opportunities for students to become involved. The purpose of Student Council is to promote
positive student morale and to plan, fund and sponsor events throughout the year. Students can
participate in a variety of roles on Student Council from Executive and Class Officers.


DANCES AND SCHOOL-SPONSORED EVENTS
Dress for most school-sponsored social events outside of the regular instructional day must adhere to
the “free-dress policy.” Students who are not dressed appropriately will not be allowed to participate in
the activity.

Students will be asked to present their ID card to enter school-sponsored events. Students must
remain inside or within specified areas once they have arrived. Once a student leaves the event, the
student cannot return. Parents are expected to pick up their student immediately following the end of
the event. Parents are also invited to help chaperone school events such as dances and parties.
Students are expected to follow school rules at all school-sponsored events.

GERTZ-RESSLER ATHLETIC POLICY

SPORTS TEAMS
Each Alliance high school campus will be a member of the CIF and compete officially against other
schools in athletics. The sports in which the school will field a team will depend on student and staff
interest. All students who participate on a team must meet CIF’s rules for academic eligibility, which
requires a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Additionally, students must meet behavioral
requirements and must be present at school on game days in order to compete.

Being that we are a small academic-based school with limited resources, having the size and quality
of sport program that we do is a privilege. In order to be the beneficiaries of these privileges, it is the
believe of the Gertz-Ressler administration and our couching community that our student athletes
need to be held to a slightly higher standard than their peers in areas of GPA eligibility requirements,
mandatory tutoring, tardies, attendances, and conduct on and off campus.

Student athletes are ambassadors of our school, role models to other students and allowed certain
freedoms (like getting out of class earlier for games or missing class entirely) that other students are
not.

The list of the following rules was developed in conjunction with the Administration and all of the
coaches that we have coaching sports here.

GPA ELIGIBILITY
Gertz-Ressler’s GPA eligibility is: 2.5 and above – Checked at the 10-week progress report.

All students interested in playing on a team sport or already are a member of a team sport will have
their grades checked for eligibility every ten weeks. Students must have a 2.5 GPA or above to be
eligible to play. If students are not eligible at the 10-week progress report they will be removed from
the team they are playing on. Students will have an opportunity to rejoin the team at the next 10-week
progress report if they have met the 2.5 GPA requirement.

ELIGIBILITY TO PLAY IN GAMES – FRIDAY GRADE CHECKS
All students who are members of a team that is in season will have their grades checked weekly
(Friday after school ends) to determine whether or not the student is eligible to represent the school in

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the following week’s games. If a student has one or more “F”s in any of his/her classes, they will lose
eligibility from that Saturday until the Sunday of the following week (10 days total). If such as student
becomes eligible on the next Friday’s grade check, he/she will be able to resume play the Monday
following the last grade check.

STUDENT ATHLETES WHO ARE INELIGIBLE BECAUSE OF ONE OR MORE FAILS
Students who are ineligible to play because of one or more failing grades are still considered to be a
part of the team that they are on. They are still accountable for showing up to practice where they will
be on the sidelines studying while their teammates are practicing. If practice falls on a day that a
teacher holds office hours for the class that they are failing, the student will report to his/her respective
coach and inform them that they will be attending office hours. The student athlete will be responsible
for getting a special form signed by the teacher holding office hours and presenting the signed form to
the coach.

STUDENT ATHLETES WHO ARE TARDY ON GAME DAY
    If a student athlete has more than seven (7) tardies and is tardy on a game day, he/she will be
      ineligible for the day.
    If a student athlete reaches fifteen tardies (15), they will be removed from the team.

        Students with more than 8 tardies will start the second semester with eight (8) tardies on
         record.
        Students with 8 tardies will start the second semester with three (3) tardies.

STUDENT ATHLETES SENT TO THE OFFICE ON GAME DAY
Any student athlete sent to the office for any disciplinary reason on a game day will be ineligible for
the game on that day.

CLUBS
The school will have a variety of clubs and will consider adding new ones each year in response to
students’ interests and faculty sponsorship.

DISCIPLINE POLICY

Each Alliance campus will develop, maintain, and implement a comprehensive student discipline
policy. The discipline policy will not be discriminatory, arbitrary, or capricious, and will follow the
general principles of due process. The policy will be adapted as needed in regard to the discipline of
a student with special needs as determined by the provisions of the IDEA. The school will follow
Alliance policy and the law regarding the discipline of special education students and will notify the
appropriate Alliance office responsible for student discipline proceedings if it expels any student
whose home school is a Alliance school.

The discipline policy will be reviewed with students and parents upon admission to the school and
signing of the parent/student/staff compact. By signing the Parent/Student/Staff School Compact,
students and parents acknowledge their understanding of and their responsibility to the standards set
forth in the discipline policy. The discipline policy will define student responsibilities, unacceptable
behavior, and the consequences for noncompliance.


CODE OF CONDUCT
Student responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:
    Following all rules of behavior and conduct
    Respecting fellow students and school personnel


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       Attending classes regularly and on time
       Completing all assigned work (to the best of the student’s ability)
       Being prepared for class (bring materials e.g. books, homework)
       Participating in all assessment measures (e.g. tests)
       Respecting the property of the school and others
       Keeping the campus clean
       Wearing school uniform

Unacceptable student behavior will include, but not be limited to:
    Excessive talking unrelated to instruction
    Classroom disturbance
    Eating in class
    Horseplay/pushing/throwing/running/yelling
    Bringing walkmans, radio beepers, video games, etc.
    Cheating
    Inappropriate use of technology and telecommunications
    Use, possession or sale of alcohol, tobacco or a controlled substance.
    Fighting
    Possession of a knife, gun, explosive or other dangerous objects.
    Destruction of school property
    Theft
    Failure to follow school determined of lawful directions of staff members.

Students who violate the school rules are subject, but not limited to:
    Verbal warning
    Loss of privileges (e.g., detention)
    A notice to parents
    Conference with student/parent

Any student who engages in repeated violations of behavior will be required to attend a meeting with
the school’s staff and the student’s parent. The school will prepare a specific, written remediation
agreement outlining future student conduct expectations, timelines, and consequences for failure to
meet the expectations.


GERTZ-RESSLER ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Academic Integrity is an essential value upon which our school is built. Students are expected to
strive to preserve this value even when his or her actions and decisions may be unpopular with his or
her classmates. Cheating and other forms academic dishonesty, such as misrepresentation and
plagiarism, will not be tolerated at Gertz-Ressler. Student directly or indirectly involved (such as, but
not limited to, knowing this is happening and keeping quite) in any act of academic dishonesty may
subject to the following consequence:
      First time:
            o Student will receive an failing grade on the assignment without the opportunity to make
                 it up
            o Student will be suspended from all classes for one instructional day
            o Student will have a parent conference with an administrator before being able to come
                 back to class.
      Second time:
            o Student will be suspended from all classes for one instructional day
            o Student will have a parent conference with an administrator before being able to come

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                 back to class.
             o Student will receive a Failing grade on the following grade report. If the following grade
                 report is the last report of the semester, the student will fail the class and will have to
                 take the class again to earn the credits.
             o Student will be an active member of our Ethics Committed
        Third time:
             o Possible inter-Alliance School transfer or expulsion from Gertz-Ressler High School


SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION

Students who present an immediate threat to the health and safety of others may be suspended or
expelled. A written remediation plan will be prepared that clearly describes progressive discipline
measures, grounds for suspension and expulsion, minimum/maximum number of consecutive days of
suspension, notification process to parents of suspension, reasons for suspension, appeal process,
length of suspension, and provision for student’s education while suspended.

A student may be suspended or expelled for any of the acts enumerated in this section and related to
school activity or school attendance that occur at any time, including, but not limited to, any if 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.


REASONS FOR SUSPENSION
The school may suspend a student for any of the following reasons as specified in the California
Education Code section 48900:
   1. Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person or
       willfully used force or violence upon the person of another.
   2. Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous
       object.
   3. Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of, any
       controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an
       alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.
   4. Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, alcoholic
       beverage, or intoxicant or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or
       material represented as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.
   5. Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
   6. Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
   7. Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property.
   8. Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products in any
       form.
   9. Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
   10. Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug
       paraphernalia.
   11. Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of school personnel
       engaged in the performance of their duties.
   12. Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
   13. Possessed an imitation firearm.
   14. Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or sexual battery.
   15. Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a

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        school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a
        witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both.
    16. Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma.
    17. Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing as defined in Section 32050.
    18. Aided or abetted the infliction or attempted infliction or physical injury to another person
        (suspension only).

          Grades 4-12
          48900.2 – Committed sexual harassment
          48900.3 – Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate
                   violence
          48900.4 – Engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation directed against school personnel
                   or pupils
          48900.7 – Made terroristic threats against school officials, school property or both.


REASONS FOR EXPULSION
Students may be expelled from school for any of the following reasons as specified in the California
Education Code section 48915:
    Causing serious physical injury to another person.
    Possession, selling or furnishing of any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.
    Brandishing a knife at another person
    Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault or committing a sexual battery.
    Unlawful possession or selling of any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 of Division 10 of
       the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.
    Robbery or extortion.
    Assault or battery upon any school employee.


PROCESS FOR SUSPENSION AND/OR EXPULSION

INFORMAL CONFERENCE
Suspension will be preceded by an informal conference conducted by the administrative staff, with the
student and the student’s parent. The conference may be omitted if the administrative staff
determines that an emergency situation exists. An “emergency situation” involves a clear and present
danger to the lives, safety or health of students or school personnel. If the student is suspended
without a conference, the parent will be notified of the suspension, a request for a conference will be
made and conducted as soon as possible.

NOTICE TO PARENTS
At the time of suspension, a school employee will make a reasonable effort to contact the parent by
telephone or in person to be followed up with a written notification. This notice will state the specific
offense committed by the student. In addition, the notice may also state the date and time the student
may return to school. If the school officials wish to ask the parent to confer regarding matters pertinent
to the suspension, the notice may note that the parents are required to respond to this request without
delay and that student violations of school rules can result in student expulsion from the school.

LENGTH OF SUSPENSION
The length of suspension for students may not exceed a period of 10 continuous days unless an
administrative recommendation has been made and agreed to by the student’s parent. If a student is
recommended for a period of suspension exceeding 10 continuous days, a second conference will be
scheduled with the parent to discuss the progress of the suspension upon the completion of the 10th
day of suspension. All reasonable arrangements will be made to provide the student with classroom

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material and current assignments to be completed at home during the length of the suspension.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EXPULSION
Students will be recommended for expulsion if the administrative staff finds that at least one of the
following findings may be substantiated:
     a. Other means of correction are not feasible or have repeatedly failed to bring about proper
        conduct.
     b. Due to the nature of the violation, the presence of the student causes a continuing danger to
        the physical safety of the student or others.
     c. Possessing, selling or furnishing a firearm.

EXPULSION HEARING
Students recommended for expulsion are entitled to a hearing to determine whether the student
should be expelled. The hearing will be held within 30 days after the administrative staff determines
that the student committee an act subject to expulsion. The hearing may be presided over by the
School Board of Directors or an administrative hearing panel appointed by the Board.
Written notice of the hearing will be forwarded to the student and the student’s parent at least 10
calendar days before the date of the hearing. This notice will include:
    a. The date and place of the hearing.
    b. A statement of the specific facts, charges, and offenses upon which the proposed expulsion is
        based.
    c. A copy of the school’s disciplinary rules that relate to the alleged violation.
    d. The opportunity for the student or the student’s parent to appear in person at the hearing.
    e. Parent has a right to be represented by an attorney.
    f. Parent has a right to bring witness, written statements, written documents

Written notice to expel a student will be sent by the administrative staff to the parent of any student
who is expelled. This notice will include the following:
   a. The specific offense committed by the student for any of the acts listed above in “Reasons for
       Suspension and/or Expulsion.”
   b. Notice of the student’s or parent’s obligation to inform any new district in which the student
       seeks to enroll of the student’s status with the school

APPEAL OF SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION
The suspension or expulsion of a student will be at the discretion of the school administrative staff (or
the administrative staff designee). Parents will be notified in advance to enactment of the suspension
or expulsion and can appeal a student’s suspension or expulsion. A suspension appeal will be heard
by the administrative staff, and upon consideration, the administrative staff’s decision is final. An
expulsion may be appealed within five working days. The student will be considered suspended until a
meeting is convened to hear the appeal (within ten working days) at which time the student’s parent
must attend to present their appeal. The appeal will be heard by a fair and impartial panel of
representatives, assigned by the School Board of Directors. The decision of the panel of
representatives of School Board of Directors will be final.

In the event of a decision to expel a student, the school will work cooperatively with the district of
residence, county, and/or private schools to assist with the appropriate educational placement of the
student who has been expelled. Any incident of violent and/or serious student behavior will be
communicated to the district/school to which the student matriculates.

REHABILITATION PLAN
Pupils who are expelled from the school shall be given a rehabilitation plan upon expulsion as
developed by the school governance council at the time of the expulsion order, which may include,
but is not limited to, periodic review as well as assessment at the time of review for readmission. The
rehabilitation plan will include a date not later than one year from the date of expulsion when the pupil

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may reapply to the charter school for readmission.

READMISSION PLAN
The decision to readmit a pupil or to admit a previously expelled pupil from another Alliance or charter
school shall be at the sole discretion of the school’s governance and the pupil, parent or guardian, or
representative, to determine whether the pupil poses a threat to others or will be disruptive to the
school environment. The pupil’s admission or readmission is also contingent upon the capacity of the
school at the time the pupil seeks admission or readmission.

COUNSELING

As a part of our efforts to provide our students with foundational and, sustainable educational
knowledge and skills, we have made an optional program available to our students and their families.
The program will provide free counseling support groups to the students, individual counseling for
students and their family, as well as family counseling.

This is a pilot program, made possible through collaboration with Gertz-Ressler High School and the
South Central Training Consortium (SCTC). The counseling sessions will be provided, free of charge,
by SCTC graduate level psychology interns, who are students in accredited graduate programs,
supervised be licensed mental health professionals. Gertz-Ressler will provide access to this
program; provide space, coordination and administration as a link between Gertz-Ressler students
and families, and the SCTC intern counselors. However, SCTC is responsible for the content of the
counseling sessions, and maintains the confidentiality between students/families and counselors. No
content of counseling sessions is shared with Gertz-Ressler staff or teachers without consent from
students and/or parents.

This program is designed as a support program for the families and students of Gertz-Ressler, a safe
place to talk about life issues and struggles, and to share ideas and strengths. This is especially a
support for those students whose life issues might be interfering with academic accomplishments.
This program is not a substitute for any necessary professional medical or psychological treatment,
pastoral counseling, or parental advice. Appropriate referrals will be made as needed. Parents are
also welcome for free individual and family counseling.

DATA COLLECTION AND REPORTING – SPECIAL EDUCATION

The school will collect and produce data regarding the suspension and expulsion of special education
students as required by the Special Education Modified Consent Decree.
Discipline procedures for students with special needs will include positive behavioral interventions.

SCHOOL OF CHOICE PROVISION

Each Alliance campus is a school of choice. No student is required to attend, and no employee is
required to work at the charter school.

Alliance students living within the attendance area of Alliance who do not desire to attend the charter
school may attend another school in Alliance. Alternatives to the school for these students living
within the Alliance attendance area who opt not to attend the charter school will be the same as those
offered to all other students currently residing in the district. These students may attend other district
schools or pursue an inter-district transfer in accordance with existing enrollment and transfer policies
of the district or county of residence.




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PARENT ENGAGEMENT

Meaningful parent involvement is a critical dimension of Alliance school effective schooling and
improves student achievement. Research has shown that active and consistent parent involvement
leads to student success.


PARENT/STUDENT/STAFF SCHOOL COMPACT
The school firmly believes that all students can and will achieve at high levels when administrators,
teachers, staff and parents work in collaboration with each other. As stated in the
Parent/Student/Staff School Compact, each partner accepts responsibility for the successful
education and college preparation of each student. This document is part of each student’s
enrollment packet and is explained to all new families during orientation. Continuing parents and
students are asked to sign the compact at the beginning of each school year (see attachment A, page
40 of this handbook).


PARENTS AS PARTNERS (PARENT ENGAGEMENT POLICY)

At Gertz-Ressler High School, parents are partners and are needed to take active and meaningful role
to insure the success of our school. Research shows that parent involvement in children's learning
positively impacts student achievement levels. We believe that your participation at Gertz-Ressler
High School will really make a difference and will positively impact your child’s academic progress.

The school believes:
    Parents are partners and are needed to take active and meaningful role to insure the success
      of the school.
    Parents must be meaningfully and actively engaged in their child’s education and responsible
      for supporting their child’s learning at home.
    Parents must also understand what it will take to prepare their child for college.
    Parents must support the goals of the school through their voice and through volunteering a
      minimum of 40 hours per year.
    Attend at least 4 Parent Education Academy Sessions each year
    Complete an annual parent satisfaction survey

We encourage all parents, legal guardians and adult family members to become actively involved at
Gertz-Ressler High School by serving as parent volunteers. Your time, talent and enthusiasm are an
integral part of the day-to-day functioning of the school and the overall academic development of your
child.

There are a number of ways you can volunteer and demonstrate your commitment at Gertz-Ressler
High School. Parent volunteer service hours can be earned by directly supporting the school and
by supporting your child academically. Volunteers will be placed in areas where we need most
assistance

VOLUNTEER HOUR REQUIREMENT
    1 Student= 40 Hours
    2 Students= 60 hours
    More than 2 Students= 60 Hours +10 additional hours per student

    1. Each family is expected to volunteer 40 hours per school year*. At least 20 hours must be
       applied to supporting your child academically. The remaining 20 hours must be applied to


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         supporting the school. Hours exceeded will be applied toward the following school year
         volunteer service commitment.

              a. All volunteer hours need to be fulfilled prior to the last day of school,
                 June 24, 2011.

    2. Parents are expected to attend at least 4 of the 8 educational workshops which will count
       towards the 40 hour service commitment.

    3. Attending parent/teacher conferences is mandatory and can be applied to your parent
       volunteer commitment of 40 hours.

SCHOOL SUPPORT
Possible volunteer activities to support the school include:
   Morning and Afterschool Traffic                               Report Card/Progress Report
      Crossing                                                     Distribution
   Campus Beautification**                                       File Student Notes**
   Garden/Plant Maintenance**                                    Uniform Closet Organization**
   After school Student Store Sales                              Mail-Outs**
   Nutrition and Lunch Service**                                 Translation for Parent Conferences
   Nutrition and Lunch Supervision**                             Potluck Celebrations
   Restroom Supervision**                                        Bring Lunch to Your Kid
   Ushers during Parent Conferences                              Breakfast with the Principal
   Field Trip Chaperone**                                        Building & Ground Maintenance
ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Possible volunteer activities to support your child academically include:
   Back to School Night                                   Scheduled Parent Conferences
   5 Week Progress Report                                 Pick up a Non-Scheduled Progress
   10 Week Progress Report                                    report
   15 Week Progress Report                                Classroom Observation**
   One-on-One Parent Teacher                              Checking Grades on-line using Parent
      Conference                                               Log-in
   Parent Advisory Council Meetings                       TeleParent Messages (current phone)
   Saturday Parent Academies                              University Visits (Office of Enrollment
   Planned Parenthood Classes                                 business card)
   Specialized Orientations                               Parent Satisfaction Survey
   “No-Fails” on Student’s Progress
      Report/Final Report Card


   RECOGNITION
   Each parent volunteer at the school will also be invited to an end-of-the-year parent volunteer
   “thank you” celebration. At this function, parents who have met or exceeded their parent volunteer
   commitment will receive a Certificate of Appreciation.

   BEING A VOLUNTEER
   A volunteer at Gertz-Ressler High School provides assistance to staff to support our mission, vision
   and goals. Volunteers will be placed in areas where we need most assistance. As a volunteer, your
   commitment and consistent participation are essential to the success and safety of your child, and
   rest of the students at Gertz-Ressler High School.



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A VOLUNTEER MUST:
    Be of 18 years of age
    Provide proof of Negative Tuberculosis (TB) skin test or
    Provide proof of Negative Tuberculosis X-Ray (if TB test is positive)
    Wear the volunteer vest- This ensures the safety of our faculty, staff and most importantly
      our students
    Wear the appropriate safety gear for the job being done
    Adhere to our dress code
    Be mindful that your assignment does not interfere with the students’ learning
    Respect classroom activities and the privacy of faculty and staff when volunteering.
    Volunteers must report any injuries that occur while volunteering to the main office

SOME GENERAL GUIDE LINES FOR VOLUNTEERS
   Always ask questions if you are uncertain
   Sign-in and Sign-out each time you volunteer
   Report any suspicious activity to an administrator, office personnel, or campus aide
   Be conscious of your language, courtesy, manners, and conduct with others
   Alcohol, Tobacco and illegal drugs are NOT allowed

We truly appreciate your participation as a parent volunteer and we will make every attempt to
match your interests and skills with projects or tasks that you are comfortable with.

Please call the school if you have any questions. I hope you find the parent volunteer guidelines
helpful as we work together as partners in your child’s education.

**All Volunteers must have a Negative Read Tuberculosis (TB) skin test or a Negative Read Chest
x-ray (if skin test is positive) in order to volunteer during regular school hours : Monday-Friday 7:45
am- 3:30 pm.


TIPS TO HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED
Research shows that effective and consistent parent participation leads to student success. Below
are some suggestions to help your child succeed academically.

 1.   Encourage your child to be an active and responsible learner who completes and turns in
      assignments and homework when they are due and seeks assistance when needed.
 2.   Ensure that your child arrives to school on time each day and supports school policies such
      as discipline, safety, proper school attire, text book care, etc.
 3.   Review your child’s agenda and encourage your child to use it on a regular basis to keep
      track of homework assignments, projects, exams and other important school events.
 4.   Monitor your child’s overall progress on a regular basis. Do not wait until progress reports
      and report cards are issued to find out how your child is doing in school.
 5.    If your child is struggling with their school work or needs help, speak with your child’s advisor
      and/or teachers and ensure that your child attends after school tutoring.
 6.   Help your child establish a regular time and place to study and to complete their homework
      and school projects. Make sure your child’s study area is well-lit and is stocked with
      necessary school supplies.
 7.   Talk to your child about what is happening at school and what they are learning.
 8.   Encourage your child to read for pleasure and limit TV, video game and Internet usage.
 9.   Attend all scheduled parent/teacher conferences, school activities and parent educational
      workshops.




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10.    Support your child’s school by volunteering a minimum of 40 hours each year. Contact the
       school for more information.

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS
Volunteers who serve as parent leaders on a school committee or special activity for the entire
school year or for the duration of a particular project will automatically earn 20 hours of service
credit.

Leadership opportunities for parents include participation in the following committees:
    Advisory Committee
    School Board of Directors
    Communications Committee/Parent Representative for your child’s advisory class Teacher
      Appreciation Committee.
    College Committee
    School Beautification Committee
    Recruitment Committee
    Traffic Safety Committee

EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS
Parents are expected to attend four educational workshops each year. This will count towards
the annual 40-hour volunteer service commitment. To participate in a workshop or special training
for parents, refer to the schedule of parent workshops for the year.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
Parent/teacher conferences are held every 10 weeks. At this time parents have the opportunity to
meet with some of their child’s teachers or the entire instructional team to discuss progress and
areas students need to strengthen. (For more information, refer to Parent/Teacher Conference
Tips.)

Teachers are available for parent conferences every day except Wednesdays. If you have
concerns regarding your child’s grades, please contact the school to schedule a conference during
the teacher’s conference period.

Attending parent/teacher conferences is mandatory and cannot be applied to your parent volunteer
commitment of 40 hours.

PARENT RIGHTS
Parents are guaranteed certain rights within each Alliance campus. Parents have the right to:
    Work in partnership with the school to help their child succeed
    Observe the classroom(s) in which their child is enrolled or will be enrolled.
    Meet with their child’s teacher(s) and the principal.
    Volunteer under the supervision of school employees
    Be notified if their child is absent from school without permission.
    Receive results of their child’s performance on standardized and statewide tests and
       information on the performance of the school.
    Have a school environment for their child that is safe and conducive of learning.
    Examine curriculum materials of the class(es) in which their child is enrolled.
    Be informed of their child’s progress in school and of the appropriate school personnel
       whom they should contact if problems arise.
    Have access to the school records of their child and question anything that they feel is
       inaccurate misleading or is in violation of the student’s privacy.



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        Receive information concerning the academic performance standards, proficiencies, or skills
         their child is expected to accomplish.
        Be informed in advance about school rules, attendance policies, dress codes, and
         procedures for visiting the school.
        Receive information about any psychological testing the school does involving their child
         and to deny permission to give the test.
        Participate as a member of the school advisory committee, school site council, or site-based
         management leadership group in accordance with any rules and regulations governing
         membership in these groups.




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                                                                                        ATTACHMENT A

                                        LUNCH APPLICATION SAMPLE




                                                                   SECTION A:
                                                                   List all the child(ren)’s
                                                                   name, school, and a
                                                                   Food Stamp of FANF
                                                                   case number (if any)
                                                                   that live in the
                                                                   household.




             SECTION B:                  SECTION B:
             List the first and last     Gross income
             names of each person        earned before
             living in your household    taxes and other
             (related or not). You       deductions. Next
             must include yourself       to this write how
             and all children living     often this was
             with you.                   received: monthly,
                                         weekly, twice a
                                         month, or every
                                         other week.




                                                                              SECTION C:
                                                                              An adult household
                                                                              member must sign the
                                                                              form and list his or her
                                                                              Social Security number
                                                                              or write “none”if he or
                                                                              she does not have one.




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                                                                                                       ATTACHMENT B

                                  COMPACT FOR PARENTS, STUDENTS AND STAFF
             RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR COMMITMENT TO COLLEGE READINESS

Student Name: ___________________________________________________ Grade: ________________

DOB: ________________________ Advisory Teacher: __________________________________________

All students have a right to and deserve a rigorous quality educational experience that enables them to meet graduation
requirements and be ready for successful college entrance. Gertz-Ressler High school community firmly believes that all
students can and will achieve when there is a collaborative effort between staff, administrators, parents and students
whereby each group clearly understands expectations and accepts responsibility for the successful education and college
preparation of each individual student.

Therefore, Gertz-Ressler High School community agrees to provide and maintain a learning environment in which:
Gertz Ressler Staff will:
       Understand and teach grade level/course curriculum based on the California State Standards and A – G
        college preparation courses.
       Assign relevant individual and team student projects and communicate with parents regarding student academic
        and social progress.
       Be in regular attendance and encourage students to achieve a 95% attendance rate.
       Communicate Gertz-Ressler policies to students and parents regarding discipline, homework, attendance, grade
        level/subject area expectations, A – G course and college entrance requirements.
       Work to meet the individual needs of students in ongoing advisory counseling, coursework and college entrance
        preparation, assist in development and semester review of each student’s Gertz-Ressler Learning Plan
       Maintain accurate records of student academic performance and behavior
       Provide a safe, clean, positive, and peaceful school environment that supports student learning and personalized
        teaching.
_______________________________________________                                   ________________________________
             Principal Signature                                                                Date

Gertz-Ressler Student(s) will:
       Arrive on time to class each day, in uniform, and prepared to learn.
       Be an active, cooperative learner and seek assistance from instructors when needed.
       Complete and submit all class assignments, projects, and homework in a timely manner and to the quality
        standards expected of a scholar.
       Follow the Discipline Plan for personal behavior and accept consequences for actions.
       Be respectful of self and all others in achieving the goals of graduation and college-entrance.
       Adhere to the Code of Ethics as outlined in the Gertz-Ressler Student Handbook

_______________________________________________                                   ________________________________
             Student Signature                                                                  Date

Gertz-Ressler Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will:
       Encourage students to be active and responsible learners who complete project assignments and homework,
        and seek assistance when needed.
       Work to ensure that students are in regular, punctual attendance each day.
       Support Gertz-Ressler policies regarding discipline, safety, proper school attire, project assignments and
        homework, attendance, textbook care, etc.
       Participate in advisory team support of their child, ongoing analysis of student work portfolio, and in the academic
        mentor volunteer program.
       Complete 40 hours of required parent volunteer service at Gertz-Ressler each year.
       Attend Parental Learning Support workshops

_______________________________________________                                   ________________________________
             Parent’s Signature                                                                 Date




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                                                                                        ATTACHMENT C



              PARENT/GUARDIAN ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND AGREEMENT
       REGARDING THE INFORMATION IN THE PARENT-STUDENTS MANUAL 2010-2011

This is to acknowledge that my student and I have received a copy of the Alliance College-Ready
Public Schools Student/Parent Handbook 2010-2011. We understand that it sets forth the terms
and conditions of student enrollment, as well as the duties, responsibilities, and obligations of
students. We understand and agree that it is our responsibility to read the Student/Parent
Handbook and to abide by the rules, policies, standards set forth within including the dress code
and the school-family compact signed during the initial orientation process. We further understand
that the student/parent handbook may be changed during the school year as necessary and that
when we are notified of any changes, it is our responsibility to follow the revised policies.

Date: _____________________________________                    School: Gertz-Ressler High School

Student Name: __________________________________________________________________

Student Signature: _______________________________________________Grade: ___________

DOB: _______________________ Advisory Teacher: ___________________________________

Parent/Legal Guardian Name: _______________________________________________________

Parent/Legal Guardian Signature: ____________________________________________________

                    Please return this form to the school where it will be kept on file.




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                                                                                                                                                    ATTACHMENT D

                                                          Emergency
              Gertz-Ressler High School                                                                                 Legend:
              2023 South Union Avenue                   Evacuation Map                                                       You are here
                                                                                                                             Primary Evacuation Route
              Los Angeles, CA 90007                       First Floor                                                        Secondary Evacuation Route
                                                                                                                             Fire Extinguisher
              (213) 745-8141                                                                                                 Phone
 N                                                                                                                        A Fire Alarm (pull station)
                                                                                                                          FB Fire Blanket
                                                                                                                             First Aid Kit


                        Evacuation to                                                                                Evacuation to
                        Hoover Street                                                                                Union Avenue




                                                                                          Parent
                                                                                          Center

                                                                                                   A
                                                                Boys’       Girls’
                                                              Bathroom    Bathroom



A                                                                                                                                                      Bathrooms


                                        A        Elevator
                                                                                                                                                                    Main
                                                                                                                                                                    Office
                                                                                                                                                                             A
                                                                                                                                                    Closet



                                                                 Men’s
                                                                                                                                            A                  Principal’s

                                                  A            Bathroom                                                                                          Office

                                                            Women’s                                                                                   Copy
                                                            Bathroom                                                                                  Room

                                                                                                                                                 DI’s
                                                                                                                                                Office
                                                                                                                                            AP’s
                                                                                                                                           Office



                                                                                                                                      FB

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                                                                                                                                                                             ATTACHMENT E

                                                                     Emergency
              Gertz-Ressler High School
              2023 South Union Avenue                              Evacuation Map
              Los Angeles, CA 90007                                 Second Floor
              (213) 745-8141
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                                                                      Primary Evacuation Route                                           Closet                      Bath-               Computer

                                                                                                                                     A
                                                                                                                                                  Special Special            Teacher’s
                                                                                                                                                    Ed.     Ed.     rooms                  Lab
                                                                                                                                                                              Lounge
                                                                                                                                                  Office Office
                                                                      Secondary Evacuation Route
                                                                                                                                                                                                    A
                                                                      Fire Extinguisher                                                   All
                                                                                                                                         Stars
                                                                                                                                               Counseling
                                                                                                                                                             College
                                                                                                                                                                             Library
                                                                                                                                                             Center
                                                                      Phone                                                              Office
                                                                                                                                                Counseling


                                                                      Fire Alarm (pull station)
                        Evacuation to                              A
                                                                   FB Fire Blanket                                              Evacuation to
                        Hoover Street                                 First Aid Kit                                             Union Avenue
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                                                                           Boys’       Girls’
                                                                         Bathroom    Bathroom

                                                                   A
      A                 A                               Elevator




                    A                          Closet                       Men’s
                                                                          Bathroom

                                                                       Women’s
                                                                       Bathroom




                                                                                                                                                  A




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