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Attendance and Policies

Attendance Policy

Expectations

Students are expected to:

  • Attend school daily
  • Make up assignments missed within a reasonable period of time
  • Attend all classes regularly and punctually
  • Follow established attendance procedures

Parents/guardians are expected to:

  • Send the student to school daily
  • Provide adequate supervision of the minor student so as to ensure regular attendance
  • Report all absences of which the parent/guardian is aware to the school within 48 hours
  • Cooperate with the school in motivating regular student attendance by:
    • Reinforcing the positive value of regular, punctual school attendance with the student
    • Following established school attendance procedures

Education Code

Every student must be in school unless it is necessary for him/her to be absent due to:

  1. illness (see FUHSD Illness Guidelines)
  2. quarantine under the direction of a county or city health officer
  3. medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic services
  4. attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family (so long as the absence is not more than one day if the service is conducted in California and not more than three days if the service is conducted outside California)
  5. jury duty
  6. illness or medical appointment during school hours of a child of whom the pupil is the custodial parent
  7. justifiable personal reasons (such as court appearance, religious holiday or ceremony) -- these must be requested in advance by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative

A student with an excused absence from school shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during the absence that can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion, shall be given full credit. The teacher of any class from which a pupil is absent shall determine what assignments the pupil shall make up and in what period of time the pupil shall complete those assignments. The tests and assignments shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the tests and assignments that the pupil missed during the absence.

Absences due to illness/medical

Absences due to illness, including doctor's appointments during the school day, may be considered verified in the following ways:

  1. Communication from the parent/guardian
    • Call the attendance office (full day or partial day line) on or one (1) day before the absence.
    • All absences must be verified by the parent/guardian within 5 school days, or the absence will be permanently designated as “unexcused”.  Once the 5 days have passed, an unexcused absence cannot be changed regardless of any documentation that you provide.
    • Student may not call themselves in for their absence
    • 18 year-old students may clear their own absences ONLY if they have an “Adult Status” letter on file in the Attendance Office. 
    • If the absence has not been cleared on the day of the absence before 3:00 PM, the attendance automatic calling system will contact your home as a reminder of the absence and the need to clear it. Please be sure the phone number listed as the “household” number on the emergency form filled out at the beginning of the year has a voice messaging system. To make changed to your emergency contacts please login to Infinite Campus or stop by the Main Office.
  2. A physician's verification
    • Students should always bring a physician's note if an appointment interferes with any part of a school day. 
    • physicians note should include the date and time of visit
    • When excusing students for confidential medical services or verifying such appointments, staff shall not ask the purpose of such appointments. Staff may contact a doctor or medical office only to verify the time of the appointment
    • 3 consecutive schools days of illness require a doctor’s note
  3. School Health Clerk
    • Students who become ill during the school day must check out with the Health Clerk (located in School Climate) and the parent/guardian will be contacted. If we cannot reach the parent/guardian or someone on the student emergency information, your student will have to wait in the office until contact can be made.  

Absences for Religious Exercises or Holiday

Student absence for religious instruction or participation in religious exercises may be considered excused. In order to receive an excused absence for participation in a religious exercise or holiday, advance written request by the parent/guardian must be submitted to the school site. Failure to provide the advance written request will result in your child receiving an unexcused absence. 

 

Attendance at religious retreats shall not exceed four (4) hours per semester.

Absences due to family travel/vacation

Extended absences for family trips are strongly discouraged. Absence due to family trips are unexcused unless the absences has been pre-arranged in advance and has been approved by the principal or a designated representative.

Students are responsible for contacting each teacher to request make-up work. The most efficient way to get missed work is to e-mail teachers directly via School Loop.

Missed work as a result of unexcused absences may result in no credit.

Unexcused absences

Students with one or more unexcused absences cannot participate in extra-curricular activities (Athletics, band, instrumental and vocal music performances, drama productions, speech contests, all honorary and elected offices (e.g. Homecoming King/Queen/court, class officer, student government officer or representative), FBLA, DECA, robotics, state contests and performances for cheerleading and drill team, mock trial, or any other activity where the student represents the Fremont Union High School District in a defined competition/contest) on the day of the absence.

College visits, Senior ditch/cut day, family trips, DMV or any appointment that is not for medical purposes are considered unexcused.

All absences must be verified by the parent/guardian within 5 school days, or the absence will be permanently designated as “unexcused”.  Once the 5 days have passed, an unexcused absence cannot be changed regardless of any documentation that you provide. 

Cutting classes will result in parent/guardian contact, a conference with the Dean and detention.

The potential effects of unexcused absence are:

  1. Student report cards may be noted incomplete
  2. Student grades may be affected
  3. Students will not be allowed to make up missed assignments
  4. Forfeit of extra-curricular activities (sports, drama, music programs, clubs, dances/prom)
  5. Suspension
  6. Referral to the Truancy Abatement Program and/or removal from the class

Student Check-Out/Closed Campus

Students must remain on campus during brunch and tutorial. Students are permitted to leave campus for lunch or, in the case of a hole in a student’s schedule, a student can leave campus if a signed waiver is on file with the school. Waivers are available in the Guidance Office.

Students who must miss classes for medical, court or other appointments must check out through the attendance office. Students who become ill during the school day must check out with the Health Clerk (located in School Climate). Students checking out of school early will be given an "Off Campus Pass" and released only to a parent, guardian or an emergency contact listed on the Emergency Screen.  

In order to minimize disruptions to instructional time we discourage calling students out of class. Parents should call in advance, the day before or the morning of, to the partial day attendance line. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up an “Off Campus” pass before class or during brunch or lunch. Parents may come to the attendance office to check their student out of school but please keep in mind that calling the student out of class and releasing them takes approximately 20 minutes.

Students leaving campus without a pass will be breaking closed campus rules and may receive an unexcused absence for classes missed.

Tardies

Student punctuality is vital to avoid classroom disruptions and to promote a solid learning environment. Students are considered tardy when they arrive to class after the second bell (tardy bell). After 30 minutes it is considered a truant tardy. 

  1. Excused tardiness is defined as tardiness over which the student cannot reasonably be expected to have control.
  2. Unexcused tardiness is defined as tardiness which could reasonably have been avoided by the student (woke up late, missed the bus, schedule confusion, etc.)

Incidents of tardiness will be handled on a class-by-class basis. The first three tardies will be dealt with by the teacher. After the 4th tardy, the student will be referred to the Dean who will assign one hour of detention. Students with excessive tardies (10+ tardies in a month) will be assigned an intervention. Intervention may include: student conference, develop of an attendance plan, detention, parent conference and placed on the “cannot attend” list. 

  • Students arriving late within the first 30 min should go directly to class.
  • Students arriving 30 min after the tardy bell must check in with the Attendance Office to obtain an “admit to class” pass before heading to their classroom. 
  • Students who are coming late with an excused reason (medical appointment or Illness) report immediately to the office to submit documentation regardless of the time they check in

Attendance Correction

If a student was marked absent by mistake, it is the student’s responsibility to talk with the teacher that marked him/her absent. Best way to clear up the mistake is email via School Loop the teacher who marked the student absent and cc Candi Marugg in the Attendance Office. Once the teacher can confirm the Attendance Office can reverse the absence. The teacher is the only staff member that can verify the student’s presence.

10% policy

When a student has accrued absence due to illness/medical, equal to or surpassing ten percent (10%) of the school days, from the date of enrollment to the current day, subsequent absences may be verified by a physician, school nurse or other school personnel for each additional absence. Absences must be cleared daily, unless other arrangements are made with the school principal or designee. Failure to provide verification from the physician or school health services support specialist will result in those additional absences being recorded as unexcused. 

Placing a student under the requirement of the ten percent (10%) policy or removing a student from said requirements prior to the end of the current academic year, will be left to the discretion of the school site principal or principal designee. 

Truancy

Any pupil (student) subject to compulsory full-time education who is absent from school without valid excuse three (3) full school days in one year or tardy or absent for more than a 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three (3) occasions in one school year or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor. 

A student who is a habitually truant, irregular in school attendance, or habitually insubordinate or disorderly during attendance at school may be referred to, and required to attend a school attendance review board (SARB) program, a truancy mediation program established by the district attorney or the probation officer, or a comparable program deemed acceptable by the district's attendance supervisor.

Truancy notification letters are sent to families as unexcused absences are accumulated

  • A truancy letter will be sent when your child accrues three (3) days (or 15 periods) of unexcused absences of 30-minutes or more in a school year
  • A habitual truancy letter will be sent when your child accrues five (5) days (or 25 periods) of unexcused absences of 30-minutes or more in a school year
  • Required attendance at either a District’s Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) meeting or a mediation meeting with the Santa Clara County District Attorney and District staff once your child accrues ten (10) days or 35 periods of unexcused absences of 30 minutes or more in a school year.
  • Failure to comply with the law and education codes may result in an infraction or misdemeanor.

Academic Honesty Policy

DISTRICT PHILOSOPHY: “PURSUING EXCELLENCE WITH INTEGRITY”

The Fremont Union High School District is committed to advancing the pursuit of intellectual excellence and to maintaining the highest standards and expectations for academic integrity among all students. We believe in establishing a school climate that promotes ethical and responsible student conduct. In conjunction with that belief, we support the development of a school culture that furthers our academic mission and recognizes the hard work of students and faculty alike. We are convinced that neither pressure for grades, inadequate time for studying or completing an assignment, nor unrealistic parental expectations justify students acting dishonestly. As a professional learning community, we affirm that “learning for learning’s sake” is intrinsically valued, and we will not tolerate any infractions that create or result in an unfair academic advantage for one student, or a disadvantage for another. In short, any form or act of academic dishonesty will undermine our standards of excellence and violate the trust that bonds all members of the school community.

DEFINITION OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Academic dishonesty is using a person’s work, concepts, designs, data, ideas, research, or documentation, without giving proper credit to the source. It goes beyond plagiarism to also include lying, cheating, using or providing unauthorized materials in preparation for an exam/test/quiz, or using or providing unauthorized materials during an exam/test/quiz, and other acts, such as the theft or falsification of records and files.

FORMS OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY (EXAMPLES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, THE FOLLOWING):

Academic dishonesty is an act in which a student:

Examples include but are not limited to:

1. Commits plagiarism

Copying any work assigned to be done independently. (It is the responsibility of teachers to clarify expectations about homework and projects with their classes, preferably in writing on their course syllabi.)

Copying or closely paraphrasing sentences, phrases, or passages from an un-cited source while writing a paper or doing research

Using the views, opinions, or insights of others without proper acknowledgement

2. Submits falsified or invented work/information instead of actually doing the work, research, or task themselves

Changing or creating data in a lab experiment

Writing up a fake interview

Lying about attendance or ability to complete assignments and/or assessments

Lying about other people being responsible for low grades or missing scores/assignments

Claiming credit for work in a group project when work was done by others

Attempting to misrepresent the authorship of student work, i.e., having someone else write a paper

3. Uses unauthorized tools or materials in any academic work

Accessing and/or using copyrighted test bank questions or any materials designed for instructors’ use only

Looking at someone else’s work product, during an exam, test, or quiz

Collaborating on an exam, test, quiz or assignment with any other person without prior approval from the teacher

Using any kind of “cheat notes” during an exam, test, or quiz

Using an electronic device (calculator, cell phone, camera, laptop/tablet, or other gadgets) to give or receive or copy information before, during, or after an exam, test, or quiz

Having unauthorized access to or using stolen exams, tests, or quizzes

Providing or selling exam, test, or quiz information to other students

Using an on-line translator for more than words or phrases

4. Misuses or falsifies academic documents

Altering a transcript or report card

Signing another person’s name to an attendance roster or grade check

Forging a hallway pass

5. Purposefully damages or hinders the work of others

Hiding books or reference materials needed to complete an assignment

Tampering with lab experiment, art project, or electronic files of another student.

Fabricating or altering laboratory data

6. Assists other students in any of these acts

Knowingly allowing someone else to look at one’s work product during an exam, test, or quiz

Letting others copy one’s work. (It is the responsibility of teachers to clarify expectations about homework and projects with their classes, preferably in writing on their course syllabi.)

 

TEACHER’S PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT

A teacher’s professional judgment guides the implementation of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy. The teacher is responsible for setting the academic expectations, explaining the consequences of the Policy, evaluating any evidence of student misconduct in light of the Policy, and determining whether the Policy has been violated. Students are to conduct themselves in a sensible manner and not give the teacher cause to consider their actions a violation of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy.

CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATIONS

The District considers violations of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy to be serious offenses and has therefore instituted the following consequences. The consequences apply on a school-wide and district-wide basis, i.e., a violation in one class follows a student to a different class within the school, and a violation at one school follows a student to a different school within the District. Additionally, violations of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy are cumulative for all the years a student is enrolled in the Fremont Union High School District.

First Offense

  • The student will have a reduction in grade/credit (up to, and including, an “F” grade/“0” credit) on the assignment, exam, test, or quiz based upon the teacher’s grading system.
  • The student’s semester grade may, at the teacher’s discretion, be lowered by one full letter grade.
  • The teacher will confer with the student and contact the parent/guardian by phone or e-mail to review the academic dishonesty incident within two school days of becoming aware of the incident.
  • The teacher will submit a written referral, with appropriate documentation, to an administrator who will meet with the student and the counselor, and document the incident/follow-up action in the student information system, Infinite Campus.
  • Disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to, a warning and a signed student/parental statement that acknowledges the violation/penalty, and indicates an understanding of further consequences for any subsequent offenses. Additionally, a student will be suspended from school, even on a first offense, in accordance with Education Code Section 48900, if a violation has occurred in the following areas:
    • Alteration or falsification, or attempted alteration/falsification, of records (e.g., transcripts)
    • Theft, or attempted theft, of records or testing materials (exams/tests/quizzes)
  • The student may be barred from participation or having a leadership role in a club, scholarship group, student government, athletic team, or other extracurricular activity for a period of one year from date of the violation.

Second Offense

Consequences listed in the First Offense and ONE OR MORE of the following:

  • A conference will be held with an administrator, parent/guardian, teacher, counselor, and student, and the incident/follow-up action will be documented in Infinite Campus.
  • The student will be given an “F” for the six week grading period in which the incident occurred.
  • The student will be dropped from the class with a grade of “F.”
  • The student will be suspended from school.

Third/Continuing Offenses

Consequences listed in the First Offense and ONE OR MORE of the following:

  • A conference will be held with an administrator, parent/guardian, teacher, counselor, and student, and the incident/follow-up action will be documented in Infinite Campus.
  • The student will be dropped from the class with a grade of “F.”
  • The student will be suspended from school.
  • The student may be referred to the District’s Placement Advisory Committee for transfer to another school.

APPEALS PROCESS

Students wishing to contest decisions resulting from the administration of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy may submit their appeals in writing to the principal.

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR ACADEMIC HONESTY

Administrators, teachers, parents and students must understand, accept, and share responsibilities if this policy is to be effective.

Student Responsibilities

The student will:

  • Set aside sufficient time to study
  • Participate actively in class and attend regularly
  • Protect work—do not lend or borrow work
  • Observe test time limits
  • Not look at another’s test or allow his or her test to be seen
  • Not talk during a test or about the test until all classes have had a chance to take it
  • Not represent as his or her own the work of a parent, brother, sister, or anyone else
  • Not change a test item in any way when the test is returned for review
  • Not allow one member of a team to do the whole task
  • Learn how to attribute work properly by citation, footnote, and bibliography
  • Not enter teacher offices and other restricted areas without permission and/or being accompanied by a staff person

Parent Responsibilities

The parent will:

  • Communicate to the student values of moral and ethical behavior
  • Refrain from placing undue pressure for high grades at any cost
  • Be aware of a student’s need for a quiet time and a place to study
  • Support the student’s efforts, but not edit, type, or in any other way do the work
  • Encourage wise use of time

Teacher Responsibilities

The teacher will:

  • Review at the beginning of the school year the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy along with his/her course descriptions/syllabi/green sheets that spell out clearly the consequences for academic dishonesty in his/her classes; review the various examples and forms of academic dishonesty that should be avoided
  • Be specific as to whether work is to be cooperative or individual, i.e., clarify the definition and expectation of “group work”
  • Keep completed assignments and tests secure
  • Inform students if unannounced tests will be used in the course
  • Ensure that grades in mark documents and the grade book are private and safe; not allow teaching assistants (TA’s) to make or maintain grade entries

Administrator Responsibilities

The administrator will:

  • Provide copies of the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy to all teachers for distribution to students
  • Place the signed FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy Parent/Student Agreement Statement in cumulative folders
  • Support teachers in administering discipline and upholding the FUHSD Academic Honesty Policy
  • Record incident/follow-up action in Infinite Campus; inform teachers about outcome of the referral
  • Review on a case-by-case basis the need to reference infractions on Secondary School Reports
  • Facilitate conferences and counsel students in every case of academic dishonesty
  • Communicate with teachers about students who have prior violations
  • Collaborate with teachers in maintaining a secure digital and physical environment
  • Review and resolve appeals

 

Annual Notifications

Academic Tutorial Guidelines

Tutorial is considered academic time. The purpose of tutorial is to create an individualized learning environment for all students at Homestead. The following guidelines have been set for Academic Tutorial:

  • The campus is closed during tutorial.
  • Students must choose an authorized location (classrooms, the library, computer labs, the career center). Hallways, stairways and landings, the quad, parking lots and unsupervised athletic areas are off limits during tutorial period.
  • Students may not change areas/classrooms without a pass from the teacher.
  • All teachers will be in their classrooms. Students may see their teachers to be tutored, obtain make-up work or make-up tests and assignments.
  • Students in P.E. areas must be dressed in P.E. uniforms, must check in with their PE teacher, and must participate in the scheduled activity.
  • An academic atmosphere will be maintained. No food will be served. Students may not use electronic devices (iPods, cell phones, etc.) during the period.
  • A teacher may make tutorial attendance mandatory for any student.
  • Students with no first or second period class are not required to attend tutorial unless one of their teachers makes attendance mandatory. However, if students are on campus, they must attend tutorial.
  • Tutorial Presentations (college and career opportunities, study skills workshops, etc.) will be made available to students periodically throughout the year.

Please note: Violation of these guidelines may result in disciplinary action.

Parent/Student Handbook

All students are expected to read and abide by the Parent/Student handbook.

Student Behavior/Zero Tolerance Policy

Homestead High School wishes to create a campus climate focused on academic achievement and student integrity. To this end the following campus rules will be enforced:

CLOSED vs. OPENED CAMPUS

Students are not permitted to leave campus at any time during brunch or tutorial. Students are permitted to leave campus for lunch or, in the case of a hole in a student’s schedule, a student can leave campus with a waiver. You can obtain a waiver from the Guidance Office.

COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS

Please be respectful of Homestead’s neighbors and local businesses regarding trash, language, and behavior.

VISITORS

No one other than staff members and students attending Homestead High will be allowed on the campus during school hours. Visitors who need to be on campus for any reason must check-in at the front office.

TUTORIAL POLICY

Tutorial is academic time. You must be in your chosen tutorial classroom by 9:30. There is no movement between classes during tutorial unless you have a teacher issued pass. Classroom rules apply (i.e. no cell phones, i-pods, playing cards, etc.). The library is open during tutorial, but please be aware that a limited number of students are allowed in the library. If you are found outside of a classroom during tutorial, it will be handled the same way as a cut.

ABSENCE AND TARDY POLICY

Student punctuality and attendance is vital to avoid classroom disruption and to promote a solid learning environment. For these reasons, HHS has developed a policy for dealing with student tardiness and cuts.

Tardy Policy—Incidents of tardiness will be handled on a class-by-class basis. The first three tardies will be dealt with by the teacher. After the 4th tardy, the student will be referred to the Dean who will assign one hour of detention. Each tardy thereafter will result in an additional 30 minutes of detention. If a student does not report for detention, the assigned detention will double in length. With all referrals, the parent will be notified. Additional tardiness or failure to report for assigned detention may result in forfeit of extra-curricular activities, suspension, and/or removal from the class.

Unexcused Absence (Cut) Policy—Cuts will be handled by the Deans. Cutting a class will result in a conference with the Dean, parent/guardian contact, and detention. Continued truancy may result in forfeit of extra-curricular activities, suspension, referral to the Truancy Abatement Program and/or removal from the class. Involvement in Truancy Abatement Program results in a referral to the District Attorney’s Office which leads to fines of up to $400, required community service and forfeit of driver’s license.

DRESS EXPECTATIONS

Student dress should be appropriate for school and not distract from or disrupt the learning environment: no materials, writing, symbols, locations, or group "colors", no obscene or vulgar images, no references to drugs or alcohol, no spiked accessories, no exposed underwear, or too much skin or bare feet. Violation of these expectations may result in a Clothing Contract which will outline consequences should a student continue to violate dress expectations.

USE OF PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Use of electronic devices (i.e. i-pods, cell phones, MP3 players, gaming devices, etc.) in the classroom may result in confiscation of the item. Continued violation will result in parent conference with the Dean.

VEHICLES

Students who wish to drive vehicles to campus must park in the designated student parking lot only and must display an HHS parking pass. Failure to follow these rules may result in a parking ticket or loss of parking privileges.

OTHER MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION

Skateboards, roller blades, scooters, and bikes cannot be ridden on campus. Should you need to use these items as methods of transportation please do not use the items while on campus. Item will be confiscated if ridden on campus. The school and/or school district cannot be responsible for loss of unsecured property.

CONSEQUENCES WHEN CAMPUS RULES ARE VIOLATED

  1. Administrator/student and/or parent conference

  2. Detention/school service assignments

  3. Forfeit of extra curricular activities

  4. Administrative recommendation for transfer to another school or program in the district.

WHEN & WHERE CAMPUS RULES AND ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY APPLY

School rules apply during school hours and during school sponsored events both on and off campus (i.e. sporting events, dances, club activities, school sponsored trips, etc.).

  • School hours include travel time to and from school, sponsored events, as well as the lunch hour.

  • School officials can search with “reasonable suspicion” (law enforcement needs “probable cause”).

    ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

The Fremont Union High School District strictly enforces a "Zero Tolerance" policy. Discipline rules and regulations for the students of the Fremont Union High School District have been established to reflect the California State Education Code and the policies determined by the Board of Trustees. For most discipline cases, the school staff will intervene with actions such as detention, student/parent conference, and/or suspensions. However, the Education Code and District policies mandate a recommendation for expulsion from the district for certain, more sever behaviors. The principal of the school must recommend expulsion for the following behaviors, even if the student has no prior disciplinary history:

The following violations will result in suspension from Homestead High School and may result in recommendation for expulsion from the Fremont Union High School District:

  1. Possessing,selling,orotherwisefurnishingafirearm.

  2. Possession/brandishingofanyknife;possessionofanexplosive,orotherdangerousobjectofno

    reasonable use to the pupil.

  3. Unlawfulpossession,saleordistributionofanycontrolledsubstance.

  4. Causing serious physical injury to another person; robbery or extortion.

  5. Assaultorbatteryuponanyschoolemployee.

  • Damaging school or private property (including damage caused by “pranks”),

  • Possessing or using tobacco or tobacco products,

  • Committing an obscene act (in person, via e-mail or text messaging) or habitual profanity or vulgarity,

  • Possessing or selling drug paraphernalia,

  • Disrupting school activities or defying valid authority,

  • Receiving stolen property,

  • Harassing (including sexual harassment), threatening, or intimidating others (in person, via e-mail or text

    messaging),

  • Participating in hate crimes of any kind (in person, via e-mail or text messaging),

  • Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause physical injury to another person

  • Using, possessing, or being under the influence of a controlled substance, including an alcoholic beverage

    or any intoxicant,

  • Theft of, or attempt to steal, school or private property,

  • Possessing an imitation firearm.

    Violations in any of these areas may also result in the student being referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency.

FUHSD Complaint Process