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School Policies

The Student Discipline Plan and Dress Code can also be found in each student’s organizer. At the beginning of each school year, the administrators and counseling department coordinate grade level assemblies to discuss school wide expectations, the sexual harassment policy, and ways to prevent, stand up to, and respond to the various types of bullying. School wide norms and additional policies are explained throughout the school year on HPTV, Harvest Park’s Daily News Broadcast.

When students have been sent to the main office with a referral the Principal and/or Vice Principal speak with each student (or group of students) and try to resolve the issue as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Middle School is an age where students are growing, physically, socially, emotionally and behaviorally. It is one of our goals to help students become responsible, respectful and engaged world citizens, and as such, we expect our students to maintain a certain level of behavior while they are on campus and interacting with other students and staff.

Administrators follow the Harvest Park Discipline Plan.  This plan has remained the same since the 2009-2010 school year. The consequences are outlined in the attached plan, and also often include discipline points. Please see the student organizer if you are interested in “working off” a point from your record for the semester.

Each suspension = automatic 2 points
Some single referrals = 1 point

Two discipline points: Student loses next dance/school activity.
Four discipline points: Student loses next/another dance/school activity.
Six discipline points: Student loses next/another dance/school activity.
Eight discipline points: Student is excluded from all remaining school activities; including end of year activities (eighth grade trip, rotations, promotion dance, possible promotion ceremony itself)

Discipline

The Board of Trustees believes that one of the major functions of the public schools is the preparation of youth for responsible citizenship.  The district shall foster a learning environment that reinforces the concepts of self-discipline and the acceptance of personal responsibility.  In order to maintain an environment conducive to attaining the highest of quality of education in the district, their must exist certain disciplinary policies and regulations relating to pupil conduct which delineate acceptable behavior and provide the basis for sound disciplinary practices within each school in the district.  (Education Code 35291.5)  The schools shall not tolerate any comments or gestures that denigrate other on account of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disadvantage.  Pupils shall be subject to disciplinary procedures for bullying other pupils or for using insults, slurs, or fighting words which may disrupt school activities.  These policies and regulations will be enforced fairly and uniformly and consistently without regard to race, creed, color, sex, or physical or mental handicaps.

For more information about the Pleasanton Unified School District’s Discipline plan, Police Involvement on School Campuses, Code of Pupil Conduct, Sexual Harassment, Due Process, and the Expulsion Process please visit our District Website under PUSD Pupil Services: 

Clothing, grooming, accessories, and jewelry must be in good taste; otherwise, students will be asked to change their clothing if there is anything crude, vulgar, profane, obscene, libelous, slanderous or sexually suggestive. Clothing changes are completed in the main office. Students are provided a clean, Harvest Park replacement (typically a set of PE clothes) and their clothes are held until the end of the school day. When students return to the main office, they change back into their clothes and return our Harvest Park clothes.

Dress code violations are monitored by the main office and administration. Parents will be informed about their child’s dress code violations once they reach a total of three (3) infractions by a phone call home from an administrator. If a fourth Dress Code Violation occurs, the student is given an administrative referral and a detention. Additional infractions are outlined in our school discipline policy and include attendance at Saturday School sessions, suspensions and loss of school activities.

Please review the Pleasanton Unified’s Dress Code Policy with your child to assist us with enforcing the dress code. Your support is greatly appreciated! 

A basic outline of the Dress Code is listed below:

  1. Hat, caps or other head coverings shall not be worn in classrooms, except for valid religious or medical reasons authorized by the administration and verified in writing by a physician.
  2. Undergarments must be concealed at all times, including when students are standing, walking, sitting, and running.
  3. The length of shorts must be at least to the end of their knuckles when arms are relaxed.
  4. The length of dresses, skirts, and skorts, must be at finger tips length when arms are relaxed.
  5. Any holes in jeans may not show undergarments and also meet the length requirements as outlined above. Frayed and tattered edges on pants, shorts, and jeans are not allowed. Please note:  A “new” fashion includes “fake” holes with fabric underneath. If these holes are not below the appropriate knuckle or fingertip length, your child will be asked to change.
  6. The width of tank tops must be at least two (2) inches in width.  Students undergarments (straps) should not be showing.

If you have any questions, please contact the main office. Thank you!