The Code of Conduct is designed to group and define the main objectives of the rules at Palms and the method for achieving those objectives.
- Disciplinary Action
- Ethical Behavior and Respect for Persons or Property
- Health and Safety
- Student Dress Code
- Hat Policy
- Halloween Costumes
The following rules are to allow all students the opportunity to grow academically without disruption.
- Arrive to school on time everyday.
- Arrive to each and every class on time.
- Students are not permitted to leave class except for medical emergencies, office summonses, or behavioral referrals. Passing periods, nutrition, and lunch are to be used to take care of personal needs.
- Every effort should be made to be in school for a full day every day. Students must bring a note to the Student Services Offices including the student's name, dates and reasons of absence, and parent signature when returning from an absence. Students are to report to the Student Services Center upon arrival at school so that they will arrive in class by 8:00 a.m.
The following are some of the consequences for failing to live up to the Code of Conduct.
- Lunch time detention may be assigned by school deans or school administrative staff.
After school detention may be assigned for one hour on Wednesdays. Students and parents will be notified in advance of the date, time, and place of detention. Late buses will be available to students who ordinarily ride them.
- School clean-up, after school on selected Thursdays and lunch and/or nutrition/break clean-up on any day.
- A "U" in work habits for 3 tardies to any class in any grading period.
- Class suspension.
- Extended school detention may be assigned for up to three hours on Saturday.
- "In-house" suspension from all classes.
- School suspension.
Other facts about how Palms handles discipline:
- LAUSD schools, including Palms, establish and follow discipline plans.
- Palms issues Caught Doing Something Good tickets. Students who receive them can earn prizes.
- In the Palms SUCCESS! program, students are mentored to stay on the right track. Students work with mentors (teachers and administrators) to discuss their needs and other issues at hand. There may be a summit of graduates and parents to celebrate their success.
- Bullying and other problems must be reported to the deans. If they don't know about a problem, they can't do anything about it. Students should not keep it to themselves.
- Detention classes are given on Mondays and Wednesdays for some discipline situations. Most situations are handled during the regular school day. In general, the administrators look to alternatives to suspension and opportunity transfers (OT) out of Palms. The goal is to keep kids in school.
- Since January 1, 2009 schools have had the authority to suspend students who participate in cyber-bullying (using social networking websites, email, instant messaging, or other technologies for deliberate, repeated, and hostile acts toward others). Contact the counselors if you know of any cyber-bullying.
The following rules are designed to enhance learning and leisure by creating a clean and beautiful environment.
- Put trash in appropriate containers.
- Place recyclable items in appropriate containers.
- Do not deface or damage school property.
- Food and drink may be consumed only in the cafeteria, lunch area, or quad.
- Do not throw food or other objects.
- Gum chewing is not permitted.
- Glass containers are not permitted.
- The following items are forbidden at school: Skateboards, roller skates or rollerblades, tennis shoes with wheels, MP3 players, iPods, music players including those with earphones (unless for approved purposes), electronic games, toys or collectibles, pagers, cameras, phones, or electronic signaling devices.
Students are to turn off all cellular phones and store them in a backpack, purse, pocket, or other place where they are not visible during normal school hours or school activities. Students must comply anytime a request is made by school personnel to cease the use of a cellular phone, or electronic signaling device on campus before and after school. If such a device is observed by staff during school hours or activities, it shall be confiscated until redeemed by a parent or guardian after school hours from 3:15pm to 4:00pm. Students are not to have camera phones.
Students must observe the Cell Phones and Electronic Devices policy.
Personal items of value should not be brought to school since loss, theft, or damage is possible. Also such items can be distracting to the educational process and may be confiscated by school personnel. The District and Palms Middle School are not responsible for lost or stolen items (including those in lockers).
Ethical Behavior/Respect for Persons or Property
The following rules are designed to create an atmosphere of mutual friendliness, trust and respect among students and all staff at Palms.
- Be attentive and follow the directions of all staff at Palms.
- Show respect towards substitute teachers.
- Maintain a friendly attitude towards fellow students/staff.
- Show respect at school assemblies with applause only.
- Do not use profanities, slurs or epithets.
- Do not represent as your own work that which is not your own, including but not limited to copying from any source. Copying the work of others is also unacceptable.
- Do not forge notes or signatures.
- Keep textbooks covered at all times.
- No plagiarism from any source.