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1 THE GROVE SCHOOL STUDENT AND FAMILY HANDBOOK 2020-2021

2020-2021

200 Nevada Street

Redlands, CA 92373

(909) 798-7831

www.thegroveschool.org

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(909) 798-7831


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Table of Contents

Purpose of Handbook ................................................................................................................................... 5

About The Grove School ............................................................................................................................... 6

Mission ...................................................................................................................................................... 6

Values ........................................................................................................................................................ 6

Vision ......................................................................................................................................................... 6

Montessori Philosophy ............................................................................................................................. 7

Creating Inclusive Community .................................................................................................................. 8

Anti-Discrimination Statement ................................................................................................................. 8

Governance ................................................................................................................................................... 8

The Grove School Board of Directors ........................................................................................................ 9

Communication ............................................................................................................................................. 9

Communication with the Community ....................................................................................................... 9

Communication about Student Progress .................................................................................................. 9

General Information ..................................................................................................................................... 9

Before and After School Rules .................................................................................................................. 9

Cars and Parking ....................................................................................................................................... 9

Closed Campus (Off Campus Lunch) ....................................................................................................... 10

Emergency Procedures ........................................................................................................................... 10

Enrollment Policy .................................................................................................................................... 11

Continued Enrollment ......................................................................................................................... 11

Lost and Found ........................................................................................................................................ 11

Privacy Rights .......................................................................................................................................... 11

Selling Items or Services at School .......................................................................................................... 12

Signs and Bulletin Boards ........................................................................................................................ 12

Student Personal Property ...................................................................................................................... 12

Transportation ........................................................................................................................................ 12

Use of the Building .................................................................................................................................. 12

Visitors .................................................................................................................................................... 12

Attendance Policies ..................................................................................................................................... 13

Academic Integrity .................................................................................................................................. 14

Academic Probation ................................................................................................................................ 14

Curriculum and Instruction ..................................................................................................................... 14

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Extra-Curricular Activities ....................................................................................................................... 14

Eligibility .............................................................................................................................................. 14

Conduct at Extra-Curricular Activities ................................................................................................. 15

Attendance for School Activities ......................................................................................................... 15

Transportation .................................................................................................................................... 15

Fines for Academic Materials .................................................................................................................. 15

Foreign Language Graduation Requirement ........................................................................................... 15

Grading Scale .......................................................................................................................................... 16

Graduation Requirements ...................................................................................................................... 17

Respect for Learning Environment ......................................................................................................... 19

Student Study Team Program (SST) ........................................................................................................ 19

Trimester Reports ................................................................................................................................... 19

Withdrawal ............................................................................................................................................. 19

Health and Nutrition ................................................................................................................................... 20

Alcoholic Beverages, Drugs and Tobacco ............................................................................................... 20

Immunizations ........................................................................................................................................ 20

Lunch ....................................................................................................................................................... 20

Medication .............................................................................................................................................. 20

Serving Students with Disabilities ............................................................................................................... 21

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act ..................................................................................................... 21

Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) ...................................................... 21

Technology Policies ..................................................................................................................................... 21

Personal Electronic Device Policy ........................................................................................................... 21

Student Code of Conduct ............................................................................................................................ 23

Conflict Resolution .................................................................................................................................. 24

Discipline Policy....................................................................................................................................... 24

Consequences of Student Behavior Violations ................................................................................... 25

Discrimination ......................................................................................................................................... 27

Dress Code .............................................................................................................................................. 27

Harassment/Bullying ............................................................................................................................... 28

Policy for Bullying Prevention ............................................................................................................. 28

In-House Suspension ............................................................................................................................... 30

Respect for Property ............................................................................................................................... 30

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Search and Seizure .................................................................................................................................. 30

Sexual Harassment .................................................................................................................................. 30

Suspension and Expulsion Policy ............................................................................................................ 31

Weapons ................................................................................................................................................. 31

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Purpose of Handbook

The purpose of the school handbook is to provide the students, families, board and faculty of The Grove

School with information about the philosophy, protocol, and procedures by which the school will

operate. Changes to the handbook will be communicated through the Weekly Announcements. A full

collection of The Grove School policies can be found under the Policy section of The Grove School

website.

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About The Grove School

Mission

The Grove School is a public Montessori community that guides adolescents in their work of selfconstruction,

as they become engaged and respectful world citizens.

Values

• Creation of curious, observant, flexible, confident, courageous and independent citizens

• Contributions to community through internships

• Community Partnerships

• Adults modeling responsible, optimistic adulthood where everyone pursues work with passion

• Efforts to make the world a better place than when we entered it

• Prepared environments that allow students to learn and appreciate stewardship of the natural

world

• A community that respects all members as agents for change and promoters of peace

• Post-secondary education

Vision

The Grove School relies on the framework for adolescent education defined by Maria Montessori. At the

core of her vision is the expectation that students will “pass from one stage of independence to a higher

[one], by means of their own activity, through their own effort or will.” The Grove School’s unique, rich,

safe, challenging, relevant and comprehensive program is valued as a vital part of Redlands heritage and

legacy. All members of our community model respect and clear communication in order to foster

collaboration and cooperation.

Grove’s student-centered model allows students to practice the principle of freedom with responsibility.

Montessori’s vision of Erdkinder underlies our program, providing a prepared farm environment for

students to engage in purposeful and meaningful work that helps lead them towards independence

through real-life challenges. This work has to engage the hands, they need to be active, moving, be

physically involved. At the same time, they need to be engaging their intellect in the same task, to plan

what their activity is, to analyze the best way to carry it out, to test it, use trial and error to work

towards mastery. At the high school level, students in Grove classrooms will work with skilled and

dedicated teachers who use project-based instruction, frequent group work, and real-life application of

concepts to prepare students for the challenges of university education. Grove teaching is based on

intrinsic motivation; providing a rigorous curriculum with high expectations for individual achievement.

A Grove student will be the architect of their own future; learning from peers and teachers how to live

an authentic life beyond perceived boundaries.

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Montessori Philosophy

The Grove School provides a unique learning environment consistent with Dr. Maria Montessori’s vision

for secondary age students. Students will be encouraged to reach their full potentials as self-directed

individuals within the framework of a Montessori educational system. Drawing on Montessori theory

and practice, the secondary program will provide the students with two crucial components: an

environment that fosters self-responsibility through an individualized curriculum; and core course work

that ensures each student’s ability to master individual and state competency goals. The Montessoritrained

students of the School will be trained to initiate, plan and complete projects using critical

thinking skills and obtained knowledge, and be able to reflect on and evaluate the outcomes of these

projects. These skills will enable them to become lifelong learners and community leaders.

Outcomes and Expectation for a Grove Graduate

In preparation for adult life, Grove students will pursue activities that enhance their capabilities through

work that is done in the classroom, on the land, and in the students community, with experts and

specialists. This work can be understood through the student’s psychic development, community

involvement, creative expression, physical expression, and conscious actions to prepare for life after

Grove.

A Grove graduate actively participates in their psychic (academic) development.

• As a scholar, a Grove graduate is able to connect knowledge in the areas of social studies,

mathematics, science, languages and the arts.

• A Grove graduate constructs knowledge through inquiry-based, cross-curricular activities and

assignments.

• As members of not only a local community, but a global society, a Grove graduate is

knowledgeable in at least one language other than English.

A Grove graduate is an active community member.

• As a community member, a Grove graduate connects a combination of academic pursuits with

meaningful experiences in the school, local and global communities, and understands that this

pursuit is necessary to provide the greatest benefit to society and themselves.

• A Grove graduate understands that in order to be an active community member, they need to

actively pursue opportunities to work with experts and specialists.

• A Grove graduate knows that participating in community service is necessary in order to have a

well-functioning community.

A Grove graduate expresses ideas creatively.

• A Grove graduate understands that creative expression is an important part of the human

experience.

• A Grove graduate actively cultivates an appreciation for, and skill sets in, different forms of

artistic and creative self-expression.

A Grove graduate is involved in physical expression.

• A Grove graduate understands the importance of physical activity and healthy living.

• A Grove graduate actively pursues a healthy and active lifestyle.

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A Grove graduate is prepared for life as an adult.

• A Grove graduate demonstrates what it means to have economic and social independence.

• A Grove graduate is prepared for life after high school beyond academic requirements.

• A Grove graduate has set goals and designed a plan to achieve them.

• A Grove graduate is skilled at creating and being peace.

The Grove School seeks to assist all of its students in becoming well educated according to these criteria

by providing developmentally appropriate activities and challenges for each student to experience and

master. In accordance with Montessori theory, we will endeavor to provide learning environments

where students may freely choose to engage in activities appropriate to their intrinsic motivation to

learn. These experiences will encourage and promote the gaining of skills and competencies, confidence

and knowledge, that will enable students to master the outcomes listed above.

Linkages between Montessori pedagogy and Common Core may be found on our website here.

Creating Inclusive Community

As a Montessori school, The Grove School has a responsibility to create a more peaceful and

compassionate world by learning about others, human history and ourselves. We build and sustain

compassion through an openness to hearing and learning about the lives of others and, through those

stories, discovering how to be inclusive and respectful of all people.

Anti-Discrimination Statement

Respect for difference and promotion of diversity are part of The Grove School’s original charter and

Montessori theory. In addition, state and federal law prohibits discrimination. The Grove School

complies with and supports all state and federal nondiscrimination rules and regulations and does not

permit discrimination against students, staff or faculty on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender,

disability, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, social and /or economic background.

Statements that demean ethnic, religious, gender or racial groups or that tend to provoke a physical

response (including gang symbols or insults to a person’s family) will result in disciplinary action. Failure

to promote a positive atmosphere of tolerance and nondiscrimination will be seen as a threat to the

personal safety of others and will be subject to the same disciplinary action as for assault or fighting.

Governance

The Grove School operates as a nonprofit California Public Benefit Corporation pursuant to applicable

California law. The Grove School will operate autonomously from the District, with the exception of the

supervisory oversight as required by statute and other contracted services as negotiated between the

District and the Charter School. Pursuant to California Education Code Section 47604(c), the District shall

not be liable for the debts and obligations of the Charter School, operated as a California non-profit

benefit corporation, or for claims arising from the performance of acts, errors, or omissions by The

Grove School as long as the District has complied with all oversight responsibilities required by law.

The current renewal charter term is from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024.

Evidence of Meeting Charter Renewal Standards Pursuant to Education Code Section 47607(b) and the

California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 11966.4(b)(1)

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The Grove School Board of Directors

The Grove School is governed by a corporate Board of Directors (“Board” or “Board of Directors”)

according to its adopted corporate bylaws, which shall align with the terms of this charter. All Board

meetings shall be conducted according to the terms and procedures of the Ralph M. Brown Act

(Government Code Section 54950 et seq.), including posting of all Board of Directors’ meeting agendas

on The Grove School’s website pursuant to Government Code Section 54954.2(a).

Communication

Communication with the Community

The Grove School communicates with parents and students through emails (including “The Weekly”); inoffice;

the online “Raven Report” (each trimester); mailings and the “REMIND” phone app to receive

text message alerts (directions in “The Weekly”).

Communication about Student Progress

The Grove School uses “Aeries” parent portal for parents/guardians to monitor their students’ progress

at any time. Approximately each month, Grove will send an email to notify student and

parents/guardians of the student’s academic progress. Grove will mail home official report cards at the

end of each trimester. Teachers and mentors will also communicate with parents via email or phone

when needed. Lists of all staff email address are available on our website.

General Information

Before and After School Rules

The school campus opens for students at 7:00 a.m. at the high school and 7:30 am at the Farm Campus.

Students can arrive and sit outside in the lunch area until the morning meeting at 8:00 a.m. Students

should not be on the Farm Campus before 7:30 for their own safety, as there is no supervision. Middle

School students who are dropped off at the high school campus before 7:30 a.m. can walk over to the

Farm Campus at 7:30 a.m.

Students are released at 3:00 p.m. (12:30 p.m. on minimum days). Students should not be on campus

after 3:15 p.m. unless attending a program supervised by a teacher (tutoring, theater practice, etc.).

After School Study Hall starts at 3:15 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Students will sign in for Study Hall

when they arrive and sign out when they leave. Parents must pick up their son or daughter by 4:30 p.m.

Cars and Parking

All students planning to drive private vehicles to school must park on the street on Nevada Street or in

the Heritage parking lot on Orange St. Students may not park in the parking lot on Nevada Street unless

they are given permission in writing by the school administration. Students may not return to their

vehicles without permission and supervision by a staff or faculty member.

Parent parking at the High School is in the parking lot at 200 Nevada St. or along the street.

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Parent parking at the Middle School is available in front of the barn (Iowa St.) or in the Heritage parking

lot (Orange St.). For Drop off/Pick up please use Heritage parking lot or the “U” drive way off Iowa St.

Please pull all the way around by the barn.

Closed Campus

The Grove School is a closed campus; students are not permitted to leave the school grounds during

regular school hours.

Leaving School Grounds

Students may only leave the campus during normal school hours when a parent, guardian or person

listed on the emergency contact sheet signs out the student. Students with a written note and a phone

call from the parent or guardian may sign themselves out in the front office. This sign-out/in procedure

ensures the safety of the on-campus students and provides a record for disaster management in case of

an emergency.

If a parent chooses to allow their student who is 18 years old to sign themselves out and/or sign their

own permission slips, the parent/guardian must complete a form, available in the High School office, to

authorize the student as signer. The completed form will be verified by phone and kept on file.

Off Campus Lunch

If food or drinks are to be brought to the student during the school hours, the parents must check in any

items with the front office. Students are not permitted to go to the parking lot to pick up lunches or

items from cars.

Emergency Procedures

The Grove School has put in place procedures to ensure the safety of all students in an emergency.

Grove trains teachers annually on how to respond in the event of an emergency, and hold fire and

lockdown drills throughout the school year. Grove developed a set of emergency procedures to ensure

the maximum efficiency and safety for evacuating the building during fire drills or other emergencies.

Instructions are posted in each classroom for fire and earthquake emergencies and lockdown

procedures. The specific procedures for different types of emergencies are in the Protocols for

Emergency Situations section of the Staff Handbook.

General Emergency Procedures for the School, Students and Parents/Guardians

In the case of an emergency, The Grove School will first ensure the safety of students and faculty, then

will communicate with families.

The school will:

• follow its emergency procedures to keep students, faculty and staff safe

• inform the parents and guardians about the emergency as soon as possible through email, text,

website, and Facebook (parents/guardians can set-up a “Jupiter” account for emergency texting)

• inform parents through email, text, website, and Facebook when it is safe for students to be

released, and how and where students will be released from campus

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Students will:

• listen to and follow directions given by the faculty (this is not the time for discussion/debate)

• follow the directions given by faculty in regards to use of cellphones, sometime students will

need to turn off phones immediately

Parents and guardians will:

• NOT call the school, to help faculty and staff focus on keeping students safe and allowing phone

lines to be open, so the school can communicate with law enforcement and emergency

responders

• check email, Grove website, text, and Grove Facebook page for updates

• be patient and calm so your son and/or daughter can be safe

• NOT text or call their son or daughter, so that students can listen and follow directions to keep

them safe

• stay away from campus until the school communicates to you that the campus is safe for you to

pick up your student

• only be able to pick up their son or daughter when the school has determined the campus is

safe, has given the all clear and sent out the communication as to how students will be released

Enrollment / Withdrawal Policy

Initial enrollment at The Grove School is by lottery. Students, who leave school temporarily for a foreign

exchange program, may re-enter the following year into The Grove School without entering the regular

lottery procedures. If a student de-enrolls and wants to re-enroll, then they must follow the schools’

regular lottery procedures. Parents/guardians who wish to withdrawal their student from The Grove

School must contact the office administration staff and all books, school property and any unpaid fees or

fines paid before the withdrawal is complete. When it is necessary to withdrawal from a class for

disciplinary or other reasons, credit will be lost in that class and a grade of incomplete (I) may be

recorded.

Continued Enrollment

Students at The Grove School will be automatically re-enrolled for the following year unless the parents

or guardians inform the school in writing that the student will be de-enrolling for the following year.

Lost and Found

Each campus has an area for items left at school (Valuable items may be held in the office). Items left

over holiday breaks or after the school year ends, may be donated to Goodwill.

Privacy Rights

Student records are open for review and inspection by parents or students with parental permission.

Information regarding drug or alcohol abuse must be released with the student’s consent except as

limited by state law.

Student record information will not be released to most persons or agencies without the written

consent of the parent(s) or guardian(s). However, The Grove School will forward a student’s educational

records on request to the school in which the student intends to enroll with parent or guardian

notification. Parent(s) or guardian(s) may request a copy of the records. (Multiple copies may be

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requested at their own expense). Similarly, transcripts or other information requested by the students

will be forwarded to colleges and educational institutions to which students are applying, providing

there are no unpaid fees or fines. Information relating to the student’s school records will be given to

prospective employers upon the student’s request.

The exception to disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational

interests. A school official is a person employed by the school district as an administrator, supervisor,

instructor or support staff member including health or medical staff and law enforcement personnel, or

a person serving the school board who has been contracted to perform a special task (such as an

attorney, auditor, therapist or medical consultant).

Selling Items or Services at School

The conducting of private businesses or the selling of unauthorized items or services is prohibited at The

Grove School.

Signs and Bulletin Boards

Material placed on the bulletin boards or signs posted in Grove facilities must be approved by an

administrator, or teacher and the office staff before posting.

Student Personal Property

The Grove School assumes no responsibility for the loss of a student’s personal property. Electronic and

other distracting items are discouraged at school. A student’s use of such items at school may be

prohibited on an individual basis if such articles pose a threat to any student’s progress. Large sums of

money and valuables should be left at home. Articles of value for class display should be checked in at

the Main Office.

Transportation

No bus service is provided by The Grove School for students at this time. Students may be transported

by parents, staff, faculty or rented vehicle (bus, car, or van) when necessary for curricular or

extracurricular learning or school related functions.

Use of the Building

Students are allowed to use school facilities if they are under the direction and supervision of The Grove

School staff.

Visitors

All authorization for visits to The Grove School must be scheduled and approved by the school office

administration only. All potential visitors must contact the school office no less than one week in

advance to request and schedule a date.

Permission to visit is never granted to students who should be in attendance at their home school or to

students who have been dismissed from our school or another school for academic or disciplinary cause.

A student visitor, if permitted, must arrive at the school office the morning of the scheduled visit

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accompanied by their parent/guardian. A Student Visitation Agreement must be completed and signed

by the parent/guardian the morning of the visit before the student will be allowed to attend classes. A

student visitor may not, under any circumstances, enter the school property for visitation without being

accompanied by their parent/guardian. Minors need to have a signed parental permission and school

approval, 24 hours prior to the visit. Adult visitors meeting with students must have approval by the

school and notification by the students’ parent, 24 hours prior to the visit. 24 hour notice is not

required for alumni who have graduated from Grove.

Attendance Policies

Parents must clear all absences by a phone call (909-798-7831), email (attendance@thegroveschool.org)

or written note to the office staff. Whenever possible, this contact should occur on the day of the

absence or the day immediately following the absence.

Chronic absences (excused or unexcused) may affect a student’s ability to participate in after school and

extracurricular activities.

Absences from school in the state of California are not excused for any reasons, unless the

parent/guardian has prearranged a “RISE” packet (for absences of 5 or more days) through the school

office. With the completion of all “RISE” work, students will not be counted as absent for those days.

Please notify the High school office 2 weeks in advance if possible of a planned absence for “RISE”.

It is a student’s responsibility to arrange with their teachers for make-up work following any type of

absence. Students will have the amount of days absent plus 1, to complete all work for full credit.

Teachers require at least 24 hours to prepare make-up work following a request by the student or

parent before a planned absence.

Students (grades 9-12) MAY not receive credit for any class they have more than five absences in during

a single trimester. This lack of credit will mean students will need to make up the credits during summer

school or the following year. Students who communicate with the school in advance and are

participating in the RISE program will not have those days count towards the five days of absences.

Definition of Tardy: A student is tardy if not completely inside the lunch area when announcements

start at 8 am. Tardys are not excused for any reason.

Full Day Truancy: For each full day truancy episode (4 or more unexcused periods per day), the head of

school may assign Campus Service. A student may be issued a citation by the Redlands Police

Department if found loitering off campus during school hours (not on a school sponsored activity).

Repeat Violations will result in one or more additional consequences which may include:

• Additional Campus Service, additional citation, or On Campus Suspension (OCS)

• Loss of privilege to attend and/or participate in school activities, including athletics and dances.

• At Home Suspension

• Referral to School Attendance Review Team (SART); Referral to School Attendance Review Board

(SARB).

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Academic Integrity

Because The Grove School program is based on the premise that all students involved are striving to be

self-motivated learners, students are expected to maintain personal academic integrity at all times. Any

student who uses plagiarized papers or projects or cheats on assessment tests will be subject to

immediate loss of credit for the class and academic probation. After the first warning during the

student’s enrollment at Grove, any and all subsequent work that is plagiarized will result in no credit for

that work without the opportunity to redo the assignment.

Academic Probation

Students who are failing a core class with less than a passing grade (C- or better)* are considered at risk

of failure and will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation are restricted

from participation in many extracurricular activities. If a student consistently is not passing classes, then

a teacher or administrator will call for a Student Study Team meeting (see Student Study Team meeting

for process). Administration, parents, and student’s mentor will monitor the student’s progress and

hold follow up meetings as needed to support the student in completing work to pass classes.

*may be adjusted due to special programs

Curriculum and Instruction

The Grove School’s curriculum is based on the State Standards of California and the Montessori Syllabus

for Adolescents and is taught through a Montessori model adapted to the developmental needs of 7-

12th graders. The course offerings and graduation requirements reflect the entrance requirements for

the University of California.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities are an extension of the regular school curriculum. They take place outside of

classroom time and often involve performances before an audience or spectators. Extra-curricular

activities may include, but are not limited to, athletic teams, FFA, student government, drama, clubs,

dances and other activities where participation is not required for a grade.

Eligibility

In order to participate in extra-curricular activities, all students must demonstrate satisfactory

educational progress during the previous grading period including but not limited to:

• Students must be enrolled in and pass at least five classes per trimester or the equivalent of

twenty (20) hours with a 2.0 average* on a 4-point scale and have no D or F grades* on the most

recent trimester report card.

• Students are responsible for informing the coach or teacher if they will be absent for practices,

games or activities.

• Students who have unpaid fines or who have not turned in their uniforms or equipment from

the previous season of sport or activity will be ineligible to participate until any issues have been

resolved.

• To participate in a sport, the student must have a completed sport packet and physical form

turned into the Athletic Director or the front office before they can participate in any practices

or games.

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* may be adjusted due to special designations for students by school administration

Conduct at Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities are extensions of the school day. Students shall comply with The Grove

policies the entire time while participating in or attending extra-curricular activities. Student violating

school rules or who are removed from school functions shall be subject to further disciplinary action.

Students may not leave an activity and return without special permission from the faculty chaperon at

the gate/door.

Attendance for School Activities

In order to participate in an activity, a student must have attended a minimum of 60% of instructional

minutes (3 ½ hours on regular day or 2 ½ hours on early release) on the day of the activity, or the school

day prior to an activity if scheduled on a non-school day. If a student has a medical appointment on the

day of an event, a note of verification must be presented to the coach/instructor. A student serving an

official suspension from school on a given day is ineligible to participate in any extra-curricular activity

on that day, which includes practices and/or games. It is the policy of The Grove School that suspended

students may not participate in, nor be in attendance at, any school related activity during the time of

the suspension. If student will be missing class time to travel or participate in an activity, it is the

responsibility of the student to make up all missed work.

Transportation

Students travelling to events on school sponsored transportation are expected to return home on such

transportation. Students may ride to an event or home with a parent /guardian. Students may travel

with an authorized agent of the parent / guardian only when a written and signed note has been

provided to the coach/principal by the student’s parents. Only in extreme circumstances and with a

signed note from the parents /guardian of the driver and the passenger may students transport other

students to the event or back to school. When students are at events away from school campus, the

Grove supervisor will have the final decision on the transportation of any student in their care.

Fines for Academic Materials

Students are responsible and maybe assessed fines for abuse of books and other school equipment and

materials which they use and/or are issued. Students will pay for lost or damaged books and materials.

All fines must be paid before final withdrawal from school is completed. Students with outstanding fines

will not be allowed to register for classes until they fulfill their financial obligations, and/or they will not

receive their graduation diploma.

Foreign Language Graduation Requirement

Students have to complete the two year foreign language requirement at Grove through taking Spanish I,

II, and/or III. Students interested in learning another language than Spanish can do so but they cannot

be excused from taking Spanish at Grove. Please contact the counselor for information about concurrent

enrollment at Crafton and/or online providers.

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Grading Scale

The Grove School has always used narrative evaluations for student work for 7 th and 8 th grade. The

purpose behind narrative evaluations is to help students and parents focus on a student’s growth,

improvement and learning of material instead of just focusing on a letter grade. Grove works on a

“growth mindset.” This means we focus on how a student is growing and developing over time, and

take time to review individual work, not just focusing on summarizing months or an entire year of work

with a simple letter grade.

Exceptional (EP) = work that is truly uncommon and an exception to the norm, when a student goes far

above the standard level of work (for themselves and their grade level). We hope students will strive to

find a one or two topics and work each trimester in each class that interest them enough to put the

uncommon effort and attention into the work.

Proficient (PR) = work that demonstrates the standard level of skill or knowledge for themselves and

their grade. This will be the most commonly used mark and will act as simple check for some of the

work by students.

Below Proficient (BP) = work that demonstrates a student is below the standard level for themselves

and/or their grade level.

Not Completed (NC) = when the teacher has no record of the student’s work.

The following scale will be used when determining grades for 9 th through 12 th grade students:

Mark % GPA* Mark % GPA*

A+ 98-100 4.0 C+ 77-79 2.3

A 93-97 4.0 C 73-77 2.0

*Add one point for Honors

and Advanced Placement

Classes

A- 90-92 3.6 C- 70-72 1.6

B+ 87-89 3.3 D+** 67-69 1.3

B 83-86 3.0 D** 63-66 1.0

**Credit only for students

with individualized education

or 504 plans.

B- 80-82 2.6 D-** 60-62 0.6

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Graduation Requirements

Grades 9 through 12

A total of 225 credits are required to graduate from Grove.

A passing average score of 70% or above earns 3.33 credits per trimester.

English

4 years college prep

Mathematics

3 years college prep

40 credits English 9, English 9 H, English

10, English 10 H, American

Rhetoric, EAP (English 12)

30 credits Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra

II, Pre-Calculus, Statistics

AP English Literature

AP English Language

Lab Science

3 years college prep

30 credits Biology, Biology H, Environ.

Science, Chemistry, Chemistry

H, Physics, Physics H, Biology:

Ag Based, Ag Env. Sc., Ag

Chemistry

AP Biology

AP Environmental Science

Social Studies

3 years college prep

Foreign Language

2 years college prep

Visual and Performing Arts

1 year college prep

30 credits Human Geography, Hum Geo

H, World History, World Hist.

H, United States History,

American Government

20 credits Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish

III

10 credits Drama, Art CP, Studio Art,

Ceramics, Music: Choir

AP US History

AP Am. Gov. & Politics

AP Studio Art: 2-D Design

AP Studio Art: Drawing

Health

5 credits

1 semester

PE

20 credits PE class or off campus PE

2 years

Mini-Courses 24 credits Two mini-courses per

trimester are required.

Electives

Culinary Arts, Veterinary

Science, Economics

Senior Project

Completion is required for

graduation.

Students need counselor approval if they want to take core classes counting towards graduation

outside of Grove.

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The Grove School - A – G Course List

You can view this list online through https://hs-articulation.ucop.edu/agcourselist/institution/1803

Courses to meet requirements for California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC)

admission:

A – History

Human Geography and Honors Hum Geo

World History and Honors World Hist.*

US History

American Government

AP US History*

AP US Government*

C – Mathematics

Algebra I

Plane Geometry

Algebra II

Pre-Calculus

Statistics

E – Foreign Language

Spanish I

Spanish II

Spanish III

G – Elective

Economics

Culinary Arts

Veterinary Science

B – English

English 9 & English 9 Honors

English 10 and Honors Engl. 10*

American Rhetoric

CSU Expository Reading & Writing

AP English Literature*

AP English Language*

D – Laboratory Science

Biology and Honors Biology

Chemistry and Honors Chemistry*

Physics and Honors Physics*

Ag Based Biology

Ag Env. Science

Agricultural Chemistry

Environmental Science

AP Environmental Science*

AP Biology*

F – Visual & Performing Arts

Art CP

Studio Art

Drama

Ceramics

Choir

AP Studio Art: Drawing and 2-D Design*

* denotes courses that have been approved for extra honors credit

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Respect for Learning Environment

Students and staff will respect their environment by composting, recycling, and throwing trash away.

Personal responsibility and in the exercises of practical life are considered essential parts of the

Montessori curriculum that build individual responsibility and character and prepare young adults for a

healthy lifestyle. All students will be expected to participate in activities which include cleaning, caring

for plants or animals, setting up for lunch or special events, tidying up shared spaces, and performing

occasional routine chores and classroom maintenance.

Student Study Team Program (SST)

When a student consistently and continually experiences academic, emotional, or behavioral difficulties

at school, then a parent, teacher or administrator may call a Student Study Team (SST) meeting. The

school will follow its SST protocols and use the SST form for the meeting. When creating an SST meeting

the following people / positions should be invited: parent, student, teacher, mentor, and administrator.

For the first SST meeting, no administrator needs to be present. Some common challenges that can be

addressed with an SST meeting include: attendance, truancy, poor classroom performance, low

motivation, substance abuse, family problems, and mental health.

Resource providers gather written information, interview students, parents/guardians, coaches,

evaluate and assess problems, provide diagnostic services and suggest alternatives for improvement to

the student and parents. Students may also seek help through a teacher, counselor, administrator, or

mentor/tutor.

Trimester Reports

At the end of each trimester, report cards will be mailed to the parent/guardian. For grades 9 th through

12 th , the final trimester grade is uploaded to their transcript.

Withdrawal

Parent/guardians who wish to withdraw their student from The Grove School must first contact the

school office to schedule a meeting with the Head of School. If it is decided that the student will no

longer attend the Grove School, the office administration staff will assist the family through the

withdrawal process. All books and school property must be returned, and any unpaid fees or fines paid,

before the withdrawal is complete. When it is necessary to withdraw from a class for disciplinary or

other reasons, credit will be lost in that class and a grade of incomplete (I) may be recorded.

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Health and Nutrition

Alcoholic Beverages, Drugs and Tobacco

The Grove School supports abstinence by all students so that they can reach their full physical,

intellectual, emotional and social potentials. Any use of alcohol, mind-altering drugs, tobacco or

vaporizers will be seen as evidence that students no longer wish to be involved in The Grove School

program and will render students eligible for expulsion. The use and/or possession of alcoholic

beverages, dangerous drugs or tobacco by Grove School students are prohibited by the California Minor

in Possession Law. In addition to expulsion from the program, The Grove School will comply with the

law by notifying law enforcement authorities if such use or possession occurs.

Immunizations

In order to protect students against a number of diseases, California law requires that all students

admitted to public and nonpublic schools be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio,

measles, mumps, rubella and Hepatitis B as appropriate. Students may be excluded if they do not meet

the requirements of the law.

Lunch

Lunch is served Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays on the HS campus. It is not served on

Wednesdays, fieldtrips or minimum days. Students need to sign up the week prior in order to guarantee

lunch. Each Wednesday, students will receive and email from the chef with the following weeks menu

and sign-ups. (Vegetarian options are available) After your student signs up they will receive a

confirmation email. Cost of lunch is $4.00 / day*. Lunch cards can be purchased in the High School

office. (1-day, 5-day, or monthly cards available).

*Free/Reduced lunch available with qualifying application.

Medication

All medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) will be kept in the school office in a secured cabinet.

All medication to be given to the student must have a completed “Authorization for Administration of

Medication” form signed by a medical provider. All Medication must be in the original labeled container

as dispensed or in the manufacturer’s labeled container. Annual renewal of authorization is required.

For students that need to carry an inhaler or epi pen with them, the office needs to have a completed

“Authorization to Self-Administer Medication at School” form signed by both medical provider and

parents. Annual renewal of authorization is required.

These forms are available on the website or in the office.

A copy of this regulation shall be available to the parent(s) who requests administration of medication in

the school. The parent(s) shall agree in writing as part of the request form that because of the schedule

and other responsibilities, it is permissible for a dosage or dosages to be delayed or missed. If the

parent(s) refuses to accept that condition, The Grove School shall reject the request.

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Serving Students with Disabilities

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

Section 504 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Section

504 ensures that the child with a disability has equal access to an education. The child may receive

accommodations and modifications.

Individuals with Disabilities in Education Improvement Act (IDEIA)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires schools to serve

the educational needs of eligible students with disabilities.

Technology Policies

As you well know, technology continually progresses and its use requires constant education and

evaluation. At the Grove School, we have come together to address issues and clarify policies dealing

with technology and our responsibility to aid our students in navigating it safely. In an effort to meet the

goals of preparing our students to be technologically able adults, as well as protect the Grove School

from litigation that can result from improper use of technology while those students are under our

supervision, it has become necessary to create explicit guidelines for technology use at our school. We

wish everyone in our community to understand the rules we have set forth, as well as understand our

reasoning for it.

Students may use the wireless network provided by the Grove School. No student, under any

circumstances, is to use any network or internet connection that is not provided by the Grove School,

either at the Farm or the High School campuses. Students are not to use any networks provided

wirelessly on any device, including cell phones and iPods, nor are they to use available networks outside

of the Grove School. Networks that are not included in the Grove School account include at least those

at MIR or nearby homes. Those are not to be used by Grove students. This is necessary as networks not

provided by the school do not have the blocks or safeties that the school has set in place. Without those,

students may download materials or place things on the internet that are not appropriate or may place

themselves or others in harm’s way.

Students must adhere to the safeguards and limits provided by The Grove School wireless network.

Students may not perform any action that will disable or avoid the safeguards put on the Grove

internet access. Staff, faculty, and outside volunteers have gone to pains to find resources that are

available that meet our safety guidelines. If students are having problems using available websites, they

should consult their teacher for help and solutions. Safeguards are flexible and can be adapted to fit

student and faculty needs with advanced notice and valid cause.

Personal Electronic Device Policy

Montessori philosophy supports the appropriate use of technology as a tool for improving life, but

warns of the advances in technology without the balance of the development of the human being.

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“A characteristic feature of our time is the gap between the high level reached by our

outward civilization, which has been rapidly evolving in recent years, and the low level

of human development, which has been raised very little since the earliest days of

mankind.”

(M. Montessori. Education and Peace, p. 134)

The Grove School strives to create learning environments that support deep and meaningful learning

through concentrated academic, social, and physical work designed to meet the developmental needs of

adolescents. For deep and meaningful learning to happen, students and staff need to be fully present at

school and not be distracted or disrupted in their work. The school will also work to prepare students

for college through meaningful and purposeful digital/electronic technology use and building up of

digital/electronic technology skills while attending Grove.

The Grove School’s goal is to have a campus where students are focused and present on the happenings

at school that relate to their academic, social, and physical development. The school will also be a place

where students learn and practice responsibility, respect and courtesy in all situations.

Faculty and staff will model polite and respectful behavior with personal technology devices by using

them only when necessary for work related tasks when in class or other times when working with

students. Faculty will be careful in determining when technology supports learning and when it distracts

from or deters learning.

Guidelines for use of personal digital or electronic devices (cell phones, music devices, watches, glasses,

etc.):

• In Class:

o All handheld digital/electronic devices should be put away before entering classes.

o Students must have explicit permission from the teacher before using any

digital/electronic devices in class.

o Students will use the school’s or their personal computers for academic purposes only,

instead of using their cell phones.

• Outside of Class:

o In order for safety and for courtesy, neither students nor staff should be using their

digital/electronic devices while walking through or around campus. If there is

something that is so important that it cannot wait until lunch, then stop moving and

complete the communication before continuing to move.

o For the sake of courtesy and safety, headphones or earbuds should not be worn while

walking on campus before or after school and between classes.

• Lunch (12:15 PM)

o Students may use only use personal digital/electronic devices in the designated area

(middle school = patio area, high school = benches outside front office) during lunch

time to check their messages or communicate about logistics for the day with their

parent or guardian. All other use of personal electronic devices is prohibited.

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• Students may NOT take video, audio recordings or pictures of students or teachers in any class

or activity without the teacher’s or participant’s permission. Any video and pictures taken

should be for an academic purpose.

• Any time a student is using a personal electronic device without permission or not for an

academic purpose related to school, the teacher will ask the student to put the device in an

envelope or paper bag and will collect it. At the end of class the teacher will bring the device to

the High School or Farm Campus Office where it will be safely stored. The student may pick up

their phone at the end of the day.

• If a student has his/her phone confiscated repeatedly, then the student, parents, and mentor

will meet with the Head of School to discuss the issue and create a plan for the student.

One of the main goals of Montessori education is for young people to gain greater levels of

independence throughout their development. For this reason, as well as those stated above, the school

and students also ask parents to respect the learning environment at school and limit the digital

communication with their son/daughter during the school day.

Guidelines for Parents to communicate with their son/daughter during the school day:

• Use the Main Office and Farm Campus Office when possible for communicating

• Use your son/daughter’s personal device for communication only when necessary

• Limit the communication to once or twice, again only when necessary, instead of multiple

communications. If a longer conversation is necessary then, please ask them to call you during

lunch time from a school phone or in the designated area.

• The designated time for students to communicate with parents and guardians is at lunch time,

so please don’t expect them to communicate back to you before then.

Student Code of Conduct

The Grove School mission is to support adolescents and their parents as the adolescents work through

the developmental process of becoming an adult in society. The school provides a developmentally

responsive prepared environment for young adults to learn and grow through experiences, practice, and

challenges. The school expects students to engage in conduct that promotes this supportive learning

environment. The topics discussed within the school handbook will inform and enlighten students and

parents about expectations for academics, conduct, behavior and safety. This document outlines those

expectations and acts as a contractual agreement between parents, students and the school. The Grove

School behavior and discipline policies apply to all students who are attending Grove in any capacity

including, but not limited to:

• While on school property

• While going to and from school

• During lunch

• During school activities

• During trips, field trips, internship, and service

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Conflict Resolution

The Grove School believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. Part

of a healthy environment is the freedom to openly disagree. With this freedom comes the responsibility

to discuss and resolve disagreements with respect for the rights and opinions of others.

To prevent conflict, the Grove School will incorporate conflict resolution education and problem solving

techniques into the curriculum and campus programs. This is an important step in promoting respect

and acceptance, developing new ways of communicating, understanding, and accepting differing values

and cultures within the school community and helps ensure a safe and healthy learning environment

The Grove School will provide training to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills students need to

choose alternatives to self-destructive, violent behavior and dissolve interpersonal and intergroup

conflict.

Student Conflict Resolution includes, but is not limited to, the following:

• Students are to resolve their disputes without resorting to violence.

• Students, especially those trained in conflict resolution and peer mediation, are encouraged to

help fellow students resolve problems peaceably.

• Students can rely on staff trained in conflict resolution and peer mediation strategies to

intervene in any dispute likely to result in violence.

• Students needing help in resolving a disagreement, or students observing conflict may contact

the principal or school counselor.

• Students involved in a dispute will be referred to a conflict resolution session with the school

counselor. Staff and mediators will keep the discussions confidential.

• Conflict resolution procedures shall not supplant the authority of staff to act to prevent

violence, ensure campus safety, maintain order, and discipline students.

Discipline Policy

Students who engage in activities that are disrespectful to themselves, others or the school norms or

property will be subject to disciplinary action. This policy applies to all school buildings, school grounds

and parking lots, school property; and all adjacent property, school vehicles, school contracted vehicles

and any other vehicles approved for school purposes, the area of entrance or departure from school

premises or events and the vicinity of the school property. It also applies to any school sponsored

activity, all school sponsored trips including all overnight trips, school related functions as well as

activities that start or end at The Grove School whether sanctioned or not sanctioned by the school. This

policy also applies to any student whose conduct at any time or in any place interferes with or obstructs

the mission or operations of the school, adjoining businesses, residence areas, neighbors and

community or the safety/welfare of the student, other students, faculty, visitors or community

members.

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Consequences of Student Behavior Violations

Student discipline problems will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, consistent with the student’s

prior discipline record and the seriousness of the offense. Nothing in this policy shall be construed as

requiring The Grove School to begin by imposing a minimum consequence before progressing to more

serious forms of discipline. It is our best practice to employ consequences that are relevant,

restorative, and help students learn and improve their skills.

The Grove School Disciplinary Responses

Below is the school’s tiered approach to disciplinary situations. The outline below gives students

and parents a sense for how the school interprets the levels of infractions, who will respond to

the situation, the timeframe of responses, examples of consequences, when parents will be

informed, and how it will be documented.

The outline and examples below are NOT comprehensive or prescriptive, as a disruptive

behavior may occur that is not listed here.

LEVEL 1:

Minor infractions of expectations

Who Responds?

The supervising adult or adult who witnesses action/behavior

Timing of Response? Immediately or later the same day if discretion is needed

Some Examples:

Disruptions to class, not following instructions

Example of Consequences: Redirection, verbal reminders expectations, restitution work

Documentation:

Kept at the classroom level / in the classroom

Mentor Contacted: Yes, contacted within 24 hours of infraction.

Parent/Guardian Contacted: Not typically, but it is the teacher/supervising adults’ discretion

LEVEL 2:

Moderate infractions of expectations OR repeated and ongoing minor

infractions

Who Responds?

Timing of Response?

The supervising adult or adult who witnesses action/behavior AND the

student’s mentor.

Immediately and/or within a day after the event; timing of response

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may be delayed, within the school day, out of respect for student(s)

privacy.

Some Examples:

All minor infractions (Level 1) that are repeated or ongoing, dress code

violation, general vulgar/disrespectful language, unwanted non-sexual

physical contact (grabbing, pushing).

Examples of Consequences: Individual meeting with student outside of class, removal of student

from class, restitution work, meeting with mentor and/or parents.

Documentation:

Supervising adult or adult who witnesses the action/behavior will

document the infraction in Aeries under “Discipline”.

Mentor Contacted: Yes, contacted the same day as event by supervising adult.

Parent/Guardian Contacted: Yes, contacted the same day as event by supervising adult or mentor.

LEVEL 3:

Serious infractions of expectations that pose an immediate safety

concern and require immediate response from administration

Who Responds?

The supervising adult or adult who witnesses action/behavior responds

immediately. The mentor and the Head of School or designee are

informed and respond immediately.

Timing of Response? Immediate at the time of event with immediate follow up by Head of

School or designee.

Some Examples:

Accumulated Level 2 behaviors, aggressive physical interaction and/or

fighting, sexual harassment, destruction of property, discriminatory

language or actions, leaving school grounds without permission.

Examples of Consequences: Immediate removal from class or situation, meeting with mentor and

administrator, restitution work, suspension for part or full day (inschool

or out of school), to be determined by Head of School or

designated administrator.

Documentation:

The Head of School or designee will document the infraction in Aeries

under “Assertive Discipline”.

Mentor Contacted: Yes, contacted the same day as the event by administrator or designee.

Parent/Guardian Contacted: Yes, contacted the same day as the event by administrator or designee.

LEVEL 4:

Who Responds?

Major infractions that pose an immediate safety concern and require

immediate response from administration and often law

enforcement:

The Head of School or designee. The supervising adult or adult who

witnesses action/behavior responds immediately, if others’ safety is

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immediately at risk.

Timing of Response? Immediately.

Some Examples:

Major or repeated physical or sexual harassment, assault, weapons,

controlled substance use, possession, or dealing

Examples of Consequences: Suspension for multiple days, expulsion recommendation

Documentation:

The Head of School or designee will document the infraction in Aeries

under “Assertive Discipline”.

Mentor Contacted: Yes, contacted the same day as the event by administrator or designee.

Parent/Guardian Contacted: Yes, contacted the same day as the event by administrator or designee.

Discrimination

Respect for difference and promotion of diversity are part of The Grove School’s original charter and

Montessori theory. In addition, state and federal law prohibits discrimination. The Grove School

complies with and supports all state and federal nondiscrimination rules and regulations and does not

permit discrimination against students, staff or faculty on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender,

disability, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, social and /or economic background.

Statements that demean ethnic, religious, gender or racial groups or that tend to provoke a physical

response (including gang symbols or insults to a person’s family) will result in disciplinary action. Failure

to promote a positive atmosphere of tolerance and nondiscrimination will be seen as a threat to the

personal safety of others and will be subject to the same disciplinary action as for assault or fighting.

Dress Code

This dress code was written in 2014 by a committee of representatives from the middle and high school,

faculty, parents, and school board. It also was emailed out to all students, faculty and parents for

review through an online survey that was followed by meetings held for each stakeholder group

individually (students, faculty and parents). There were 155 total responses; 70 students, 71 parents,

and 14 faculty. Ninety percent of the respondents to the survey stated they were satisfied or very

satisfied with this dress code.

The Grove School has created a school-wide dress code for the purpose of maintaining safety,

individuality, trust, education, and equity on-campus and at school events.

EXPECTATIONS:

We expect students and faculty members to dress and groom themselves in a manner that shows

respect for oneself, for others, and for the process of learning. Standards for dress are based on the

need for comfort and self-expression balanced with functionality; and standards for the school

environment as determined by faculty with student input. Members of the Grove School community

dress in clean clothing free of excessive rips and tears. Clothing, including footwear, must be

appropriate for all school activities, and not interfere with a person’s ability to participate

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appropriately. Grooming (the application of make-up, etc.) takes place in the bathroom. Eyes and ears

are to remain visible (as in free of clothing) during class time.

RULES:

• Clothing should be such that it does not need consistent or excessive attention to keep it in

place.

• All articles of clothing must cover undergarments and provide appropriate coverage for all

school activities.

• When choosing clothes for school, the use of the stairs, the need to move around freely, and sit

and stand, inside or outside needs to be taken into consideration. All clothing must be opaque,

or have an undershirt worn underneath. All clothing must cover mid-section and back.

• Clothing and accessories must not have offensive images or messages, must not promote illegal

drugs, marijuana, alcohol, tobacco, weapons or violence.

• Clothing must not degrade any group or community, or present a hazard to self or others.

• Bare or stocking/sock feet are not permitted; closed-toed shoes must be worn on the Farm

campus.

• Faculty may ask students to remove hats or hoods, or modify hair that is perceived to be limiting

vision or eye contact.

• Excessive scents of any kind are discouraged in deference to those with sensitivities, as some

people have trouble breathing perfumed or scented air.

PROCESS WITH VIOLATIONS:

Students can expect to be treated respectfully and addressed in a private conversation by their mentor

or another faculty member. Faculty members agree most of the dress code issues are not emergencies

and could wait until there is time and space for a private conversation. Students may be asked to change

or alter their clothing at the time or might be asked to not wear a certain piece of clothing again at

school (i.e. put this in the “can’t wear to school pile”). If there is a consistent and recurring problem, we

will handle it on a case by case basis. The faculty makes every effort to enforce this and other policies

fairly and consistently.

Harassment/Bullying

Policy for Bullying Prevention

The Grove School believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. The

district, schools, and community have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and

acceptance.

The Grove School will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of any student. A student shall

not intimidate, harass, or bully another student through words or actions. Such behavior includes:

• direct physical contact, such as hitting or shoving

• verbal assaults, including but not limited to teasing, name-calling, threatening, language that is

intimidating or that degrades people

• social isolation or manipulation

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The Grove School expects students and/or staff to immediately report incidents of bullying to the

principal or designee. Staff who witness such acts take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so.

Each complaint of bullying will be promptly investigated. This policy applies to students on school

grounds, while traveling to and from school or a school-sponsored activity, during the lunch period,

whether on or off campus, and during a school-sponsored activity.

To ensure bullying does not occur on school campuses, the Grove School provides staff development

training in bullying prevention and cultivate acceptance and understanding in all students and staff to

build each school's capacity to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.

Teachers discuss this policy with their students in age-appropriate ways and should assure them that

they need not endure any form of bullying. Students who bully are in violation of this policy and are

subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

Expectations Regarding Bullying:

• Any student who engages in bullying on school premises, or off campus in a manner that causes

or is likely to cause substantial disruption of a school activity or school attendance, shall be

subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

• Students are expected to immediately report incidents of bullying to the principal or designee.

• Students can rely on staff to promptly investigate each complaint of bullying in a thorough and

confidential manner.

• If the complainant student or the parent of the student feels that appropriate resolution of the

investigation or complaint has not been reached, the student or the parent of the student

should contact the principal. The school system prohibits retaliatory behavior against any

complainant or any participant in the complaint process.

The procedures for intervening in bullying behavior include, but are not limited, to the following:

• All staff, students and their parents will receive a summary of this policy prohibiting intimidation

and bullying: at the beginning of the school year, as part of the student handbook and/or

information packet, as part of new student orientation, and as part of the school system's

notification to parents.

• The school will make reasonable efforts to keep a report of bullying and the results of

investigation confidential.

• Staff who witness acts of bullying shall take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so.

People witnessing or experiencing bullying are strongly encouraged to report the incident; such

reporting will not reflect on the target or witnesses in any way.

• When a student is reported to be engaging in bullying off campus, administration shall

investigate and document the activity and shall identify specific facts or circumstances that

explain the impact or potential impact on school activity, school attendance, or the targeted

student’s educational performance.

• When the circumstances involve cyber bullying, individuals with information about the activity

are encouraged to save and print any electronic or digital messages sent to them that they feel

constitute cyber bullying and to notify a teacher, the principal, or other employee so that the

matter may be investigated.

Students can submit anonymous tips about bullying and harassment through the School Tipline via

QRP code on the flyers posted at both campuses at The Grove School.

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In-House Suspension

The Grove School assumes that students in attendance are young adults, capable of functioning in an

educational environment. When a student exhibits behavior that puts his or her ability to accept this

responsibility into question, or when a student disrupts the academic environment of others, parents

can be required to assist with supervision for one or more days. Behavior resulting in, In-House

Suspension includes, but is not limited to: behavior that disrupts other learners; behavior that requires

that the teacher’s attention is focused away from the curriculum to the detriment of other learners;

truancy or habitual tardiness; destruction of school property, etc. Because it is the faculty’s

responsibility to focus on teaching and learning, parents/guardians may be required to supervise their

child, if their child is exhibiting a disruptive behavior. Parents or guardians who are attending an In-

House Suspension must remain within visual range of their student for the duration of the suspension.

Students may be required to remain at home in Off Campus Suspension until their parents can

accompany them to school to fulfill the In-House Suspension. Parents may send a proxy guardian who is

a meaningfully interested adult, to monitor their student for part or all of the suspension with the prior

approval of school administration. In-House Suspension, unlike Off Campus Suspension or expulsion,

does not become a part of the student’s permanent record. This has proven to be a meaningful

consequence for all concerned and an effective tool for modifying student behavior.

Respect for Property

A positive learning environment is one in which personal and public property are respected. Grove

students will respect the property rights of others by requesting permission to use or handle others’

property and will be responsible about using and maintaining common property. Theft or vandalism will

not be tolerated and will be seen as a direct threat to the learning success of others. Any such behavior

may result in probation, suspension or expulsion.

Search and Seizure

School authorities may seize any contraband substance or object the possession of which is illegal or any

material or object that violates a school rule or poses a hazard to the safety or order of the school.

Students are not to bring these items to school or to any school-sponsored functions. Any student who

refuses to submit to a reasonable search by school authorities may be the subject of disciplinary action.

School authorities may detain the student pending notification and arrival of the student’s

parent/guardian and of law officials as appropriate.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment includes all unwanted, uninvited and non-reciprocal sexual attention as well and any

behavior that may lead to the creation of an intimidating, hostile or offensive school or work

environment. Sexually suggestive looks or gestures, sexual jokes, pictures or teasing, pressure for dates,

demeaning comments, deliberate touching, or attempts to kiss or fondle, threats, demands or

suggestions that favors may be granted in exchange for sex or tolerance of sexual advances must be

reported immediately and will be subject to immediate discipline and reported to civil authorities.

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Suspension and Expulsion Policy

The Grove School may suspend or de-enroll students who do not comply with the rules as outlined in

the student handbook or who fail to demonstrate the ability to work as independent, self-directed

learners. All students who are suspended or expelled from The Grove School will have the right to

appeal to the Discipline Committee of the Governing Board.

The Governing Board’s decisions regarding suspension and expulsion are final.

In the interest of creating and maintaining an environment where students are free to seek their full

potential, the possession of drugs, alcohol or weapons will not be tolerated at The Grove School and will

constitute grounds for immediate removal from school. Aggressive or violent behavior or any behavior

that distracts the student or other students from making academic progress will be reviewed on a caseby-case

basis by the acting administrator.

Weapons

It is a violation of California State law for any person to carry weapons onto school premises, schoolprovided

transportation or facilities:

This applies during the time that school has sole possession, control or use of a facility and extends to all

exclusive use, whether prolonged or specific. Violation of this policy and rule constitutes immediate

expulsion from The Grove School. The administrator or designee shall promptly notify law enforcement

and parent(s) or guardians if students are involved. If any student (or faculty/staff members) has

information of a gun or other weapon on school property it is their legal and moral responsibility to

inform a school official immediately.

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