Student Support Services
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- Alternative Placement
- Bullying Prevention and Intervention
- Home Hospital Instruction
- Parent/Guardian Support & Education
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|El Camino High at Ventura College
|Highly individualized instruction on the Ventura Community College campus
|Pacific Continuation High School (9-12)
|Student centered alternative high school
|Ventura Adult Continuing Education (VACE)
|High School Diploma, Technical High School Diploma and GED
|Middle School Opportunity (6-8)
|Alternative placement program for middle school students on the Pacific High School campus
|Homestead School (K-8)
An alternative to regular classroom instruction
How can a student get into an alternative program?
High school students are discussed and/or placed into alternative programs by the Alternative Placement Committee (APC) on a weekly basis. Referrals to the APC are made through the onsite school counselor, school administrator, or through Student Support Services. (The APC meets monthly to discuss and/or place middle school students.)
How can a student be enrolled in Homestead, Grs. K-8?
Students seeking entrance into Homestead School do not go through the APC. Contact the Homestead program, Tera Shrum at (805) 289-1893 ext.2916 for more information.
Good attendance is essential for school success. Parents can help by promoting punctuality and regular attendance. Medical appointments should be scheduled outside of school hours or on non-school days.
The parent must call the school as soon as possible, if a student is absent from school. If the school does not receive a call or note from the parent, the school will notify the parent that the student is not in school. High schools have an automated phone notification system.
EXCUSED absences include:
• Illness or quarantine
• Funeral attendance for an immediate family member (1 day if within California, up to 3 days for out of California)
• Court subpoena of the student
• Medical appointment of the student
• Religious holiday
• Illness of the child of a teen parent
During excused absences, students will be allowed to complete assignments and tests that can be sensibly provided and completed in a reasonable period of time with full credit.
UNEXCUSED absences include:
• Family vacation on days when school is in session
• Late more than 30 minutes. Three lates is considered truant.
• Personal reasons such as moving, car breakdown, family illness, etc. A principal may excuse an absence under some circumstances.
• Truancy - ditching or cutting class.
• Uncleared absence with no contact from the home
Family vacations need to be scheduled for non-school days. These absences are unexcused if they occur when school is in session.
After 10 days of consecutive uncleared absences, a student may be dropped from the school in which he/she is enrolled and could be at risk of losing his/her classroom assignment or place at the school.
"Each person between the ages of 6 and 18 years not exempted under the provisions of this chapter or Chapter 3 (commencing with section 48400) are subject to compulsory full-time education. Each person subject to compulsory full-time education and each person subject to compulsory education not exempted under the provisions of Chapter 3 (commencing with section 48400) shall attend the public full-time day school or continuation school or classes and for the full time as designated as the length of the school day by the governing board of the school district in which residency of either the parent or legal guardian is located and each parent, guardian, or other person having control or charge of the pupil shall send the pupil to the public full-time day school or continuation school or classes and for the full time designated as the length of the school day by the governing board of the school district in which the residence of either the parent or legal guardian is located."
California Education Code §48200
Parents can access their student's attendance daily on the internet using Parent Connect. Contact you child's school to sign up and get an access code.
Ventura Unified SD Board Policy §5131.2 (Bullying)
Bullying is defined as any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, as defined, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, hate violence, or harassment, threats, or intimidation - while on school grounds, at a school sponsored-activity, while traveling to and from school, on a school bus, during any activity related to school attendance - that typically has the effect or can reasonably be predicted to have the effect of placing a reasonable pupil, as defined, in fear or harm to that pupil's or those pupil's person or property, causing a reasonable pupil to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his or her physical or mental health causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance, or causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
The electronic act is defined as the transmission of a communication, including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound, or image, or a post on a social network Internet Web site, by means of an electronic device, including, but not necessarily limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager.
California Education Code §48900(r)
Engaged in an act of bullying. For purposes of this subdivision, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) "Bullying" means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, and including one or more acts committed by a pupil or group of pupils as defined in Section 48900.2, 48900.3, or 48900.4, directed toward one or more pupils that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
(A) Placing a reasonable pupil or pupils in fear of harm to that pupil's or those pupil's person or property.
(B) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his or her physical or mental health.
(C) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance.
(D) Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
(2) "Electronic act" means the transmission of a communication, including, but not limited to, message, text, sound, or image, or a post on a social network Internet Web site, by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager.
(3) "Reasonable pupil" means a pupil, including, but not limited to, an exceptional needs pupil, who exercises average care, skill, and judgment in conduct for a person of his or her age, or for a person of his or her age with his or her exceptional needs.
|Forms / Links
|Statement Incident Reporting Form
Statement Incident Reporting Form - Spanish
|For use by staff, students, and/or parents to report a bullying incident
|Bullying District Policy Bulletin
Bullying District Policy Bulletin - Spanish
|For use by schools to post in every classroom and office
Bullying Prevention/Intervention Resources
|An online hub and special needs community for parents and professionals to learn, connect, and live a more balanced life through all phases of a child's growth and development.
|Addresses Anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry.
|Council on American Islamic Relations
|Cyberbullying Research Center
|July 25, 2000, Dear Colleague Letter on Prohibited Disability Harassment from the US Dept. of Education's Office for Civil Rights and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.
|Facebook Safety: provides users with updates to help keep themselves and their families safe while using Facebook or surfing the internet.
|FOSI Works to make the online world safer for children and their families by identifying and promoting best practices, tools, and methods of online safety that also respect free express.
|Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network
|National School Climate
|NSCC's goal is to promote positive and sustained school climate: a safe, supportive environment that nurtures social and emotional, ethical, and academic skills.
|Net Smartz - Online training
|Net Smartz - Parents
|Presentation for parents
|Net Smartz - Teens
|Presentation for teens
|The Ophelia Project
|The Ophelia Project serves youth and adults who are affected by relational and other non-physical forms of aggression by providing them with a unique combination of tools, strategies and solutions.
|An organization whose mission is to expand opportunities and enhance he quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families.
|Bullying prevention website for elementary school students.
|Bullying prevention website for middle and high school students.
|Bullying prevention resources for communities, schools, and parents.
|US Dept. of Health & Human Services Bullying Prevention Website
|Provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.
|Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Website
|Youth Voice Project
|A large-scale research project that solicits students' perceptions about effective strategies to reduce peer mistreatment in schools.
The purpose of home and hospital instruction is to provide instruction to a student with a temporary disability in the student's home or in a hospital or other residential health facility, excluding state hospitals.
A temporary disability is defined as a physical, mental, or emotional disability incurred while a student is enrolled in regular day classes or an alternative education program, and after which the student can reasonably be expected to return to regular day classes or the alternative education program without special intervention.
A temporary disability does not include a disability for which a student is identified as an individual with exceptional needs pursuant to California Education Code (EC) Section 56026.
For more information, please contact your school's nurse/health technician or counselor.
Student Support Services works with parents to help students achieve success by meeting with students and parents on attendance and behavior issues. We coordinate the Parent Project, a parent education program that specifically targets the challenges of raising teens in today's world. We can provide referral information to parents for community agencies who can also help.
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