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Info for Parents

At AUL, we strive to provide a holistic approach to education in which you and your student are challenged with a rigorous and relevant academic program, while experiencing a positive school community. By providing wraparound services, we address barriers to learning and increase academic development. Each student is expected to work to their full potential as a member of the AUL community.

Community Behavior Expectations

AUL is committed to maintaining high standards and holding students accountable while providing them with the highest level of support and care. Each student is expected to meet those standards. Violations of the core values are treated as opportunities for the individual and the community to repair and improve behavior and relationships. AUL employs a combination of techniques to ensure that all members of the community are living the core values every day.

Student Accountability Rubric

Student Accountability Rubric (SAR) is a tool used to track student accountability. Each accountability rubric is created to provide the necessary support a student needs in a specific area of struggle, such as attendance, behavior, or academics.

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice or RJ is an alternative option to traditional discipline for students if a core value is broken. If an infraction occurs, each community member has the option of participating in restorative justice and/or discipline.  The guiding principle behind restorative justice is that any triggering incident affects more than one or two individuals. This process provides all participants affected by the incident to consider what happened, process the triggers, and repair the harm that was caused. Outlined below are the steps in the restorative justice process:

  • Involved participants must complete a reflection of the incident in order to describe the conflict that occurred from all parties view point.  The purpose of the reflection is to process the incident before the involved participants meet.
  • Involved participants participate in a dialogue and decision-making process concerning the triggering incident with an uninvolved third party.
  • Involved participants try to resolve the incident to their mutual satisfaction.
  • If the incident is resolved, then no other disciplinary action is taken; if the incident is not resolved, then involved participants either schedule an additional RJ process to continue the dialogue or traditional disciplinary consequences are imposed.

Traditional Discipline

If an infraction of a core value occurs, the involved participant has the option of tradition discipline.  The involved participant receives a consequence as a result of the break in the core value. Consequences in the disciplinary track are progressive: one (1) day suspension for first offense, two (2) day suspension for the second offense, and three (3) day suspension for the third offense. After the third suspension offense, the student is placed on a Behavior Student Accountability Rubric.

Non-Negotiable

At AUL, there are specific behaviors that are non-negotiable and that result in immediate expulsion. The non-negotiable behaviors include possessing any weapon, selling drugs on or around school grounds, and assaulting or bullying any AUL staff members and/or students.

Harassment

The Academy of Urban Learning has a no tolerance policy regarding harassment of any kind of any employee or student.

Verbal harassment includes but is not limited to inappropriate and offensive language such as curse words, racist language, sexist language, gang language, and language that may be used to hurt someone else or put them down.

The policy on sexual harassment prohibits not only unlawful sexual related harassment, but also other unprofessional and discourteous actions. Accordingly, derogatory sexual, sexual orientation, or other inappropriate remarks, slurs, or jokes is not tolerated.  Sexual harassment includes any unwanted sexual behavior that is offensive, embarrassing, intimidating, and/or humiliating to one or more persons.

Any student in violation of any type of harassment is immediately directed to the Principal to begin the disciplinary process of RJ or traditional discipline.  Depending on the severity of the infraction, consequences are as serious as expulsion.

Smoking

AUL is a smoke and tobacco free school.  Students are not allowed to smoke in front of the school, in the parking lot, or on school property.

Dress Code

AUL does not required students to wear uniforms. However, there are specific expectations with regards to student dress. All students are expected to dress appropriately for the school environment. The following dress is not permitted:

  • No sagging pants or shorts.
  • No hats, beanies, visors, do-rags, bandanas, or scarves.  Scarves can be worn for religious purposes only.
  • Only Baseball caps and beanies are allowed on Thursdays for school spirit day.
  • Skirts must reach at least the top of the knee, regardless if leggings are worn.
  • Shorts must reach at least mid-thigh.
  • No spaghetti strap tops, men tank undershirts, see-through clothing, exposed midriffs or exposed undergarments.
  • No clothing depicting drugs or drug paraphernalia, gang graffiti or colors, or words or pictures that represent violence that offends or oppresses another group of people.

If the dress code is violated, the student must make appropriate adjustments in their dress immediately. The student can either wear alternative clothing provided by AUL or have appropriate clothing brought to school.  If neither of these options is possible, the student is asked to go home and change, with the understanding that the classes missed are marked as unexcused absences. The Principal reserves final judgment on any and all dress code concerns.

Lockers

Each AUL student is assigned a private locker and lock for their daily use. Only the locks provided are allowed.  Upon assignment, both the locker number and combination are recorded. If there is any report or suspicion that a student has drugs, alcohol, stolen items, pornography, gang-related materials, weapons, or any other such items in violation of AUL’s core values, the locker is searched to retrieve the inappropriate or dangerous item(s) and subject to disciplinary procedures.

Visitors

AUL puts the safety and learning of its students at the forefront. AUL encourages parents and guardians to visit the school campus at any time. Students are not allowed to bring their children/infants, friends, or visitors with them to school. All visitors must check in at the front desk. After speaking with the Office Manager, each visitor must sign in and obtain a visitor’s badge.  Please make sure the visitor’s badge is easily visible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is an essential part of student success during the four-day school week. Student absences must be communicated to the Office Manager.

Excused Absences

Absences are excused once verified and documented by the Office Manager. All student absences must be communicated within 48 hours of the absence to be marked as excused. Parents, guardians, case managers, or probation officers have the authority to excuse a student absence by either by calling or sending a signed note with a contact number and the reason for absence. Oftentimes, specific paperwork is provided at appointments, such as medical, court, therapy appointments. This documentation is accepted as verification for excused absences. Students, who are 18 years or older and live on their own, may excuse their own absences. This is allowed as long as the practice is not abused.  Such students cannot excuse more than five (5) period absences every trimester. Students 18 years old or older and live with a parent or guardian may not excuse their own absences.

Excused absences include but are not limited to the follow situations:

  • Personal or Family Illness
  • Medical appointments
  • Appointments with probation, therapist, case worker or case manager
  • Personal reasons that are reasonable and justifiable

Make-up work for class work missed with an excused absence is allotted two (2) days for every day absent.  Classes missed because of the restorative justice or discipline processes are considered excused and make-up work is provided.

If a student leaves school for the day, they are expected to sign out with the Office Manager. Failure to sign out results in an automatic unexcused absence regardless if the absence is excused.

Students are expected to come to school every day.  However, if a student accumulates twelve (12) period absences within three weeks or each benchmark, the student is placed on a Student Accountability Rubric for attendance.  Also, a mandatory meeting occurs with the student and advisor to discuss how AUL can support the student’s re-engagement in the community.

Unexcused Absences

Absences not covered in the above category are considered unexcused. Students are encouraged to complete the missed work in order to not fall behind in the class.  However, full credit is not earned with unexcused absences.

Notifications of unexcused absences occur daily by the automated voice dialer. Parents and guardians are called by an advisor or counselor when the student misses more than one full day of school unexcused.

A student that is unexcused from school without any communication for fifteen (15) consecutive days is automatically withdrawn from AUL. The advisor and counselor inform the parent or guardian of the student’s withdrawal and a letter is sent to the address on record.  Withdrawn students are encouraged to reapply to AUL the next trimester.

Lunch and Open Campus Privileges

AUL is an open campus school and students have the privilege of leaving campus during the lunch period only.  All students are expected back inside the building ready for class after lunch. If this becomes a community problem, then AUL reserves the right to revoke open campus privileges.

AUL offers breakfast and lunch every day for all students by Revolution Foods. Revolution Foods provides healthy, hot and well-portioned food options. Breakfast is provided at no cost for all students.

Lunch prices are as follows: Full-pay student lunch costs $1.00; Reduced-pay student lunch costs $0.40; and Free-pay student lunch costs $0.00. If a student does not to pick up their lunch two (2) times in a trimester, they forego their lunch ordering for the remainder of the trimester. For all unclaimed lunches, AUL is charged and must pay for the lunches at regular price.

Technology Expectations

Cell Phones

Students are allowed to possess a cell phone during the school day. However, cell phones are not to be visible during class time. If a teacher sees a cell phone out during class time or the phone rings during class, one verbal warning is given to put the phone away or to silence it respectively.  If this is not adhered to, then the student must turn in their phone to the Principal for the rest of the day. The expectation is that while students are in class, they are focused on learning.

Students can use their cell phones during passing periods, before or after school, and during lunch. Family members need to call the front desk and speak with the Office Manager in order to speak with the student during class time. Family members are requested to refrain from calling the student’s cell phone during class time. If there is an emergency, the student is pulled out of class to speak with the family member.

Music Players

Students can possess music players such as CD players, iPods, and mp3 players during school. Music players must be used with headphones and music is listened to at an appropriate volume.  Music is not allowed to be played on a cell phone, regardless if the student possesses headphones. During class, the teacher may grant permission to students allowing the option of listening to personal music while working.

Computers and Internet Usage

AUL has one computer lab and two mobile laptops carts. The computer lab is not open before school or during lunch.  Each laptop must be signed out by a staff member before use. Students are required to log-in using their student log-ins and passwords. Students have complete access to the school computers.  However, there are prohibitions on computer and internet usage. Students are not authorized to access social networking sites such as Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter. Additionally, students are not allowed to download music to any computer.  Absolutely no sexual, violent, offensive, or oppressive content is accessed on the school computers. Students using prohibitive websites or abusing the computers are subject to disciplinary procedures and can lose all computer privileges.

Transportation, School Cancellations and Early Releases

Transportation

All AUL students are provided with a monthly student RTD bus pass. On the last day of each calendar month, bus passes are handed out at the end of the school day. The replacement cost for a lost bus pass the first time is $30.00 and $39.50, which is full price, for any additional loss.

Each trimester, students are able to check out books. However, if the books are not returned at the end of trimester, the student does not receive a new bus pass until the books are returned or paid for their replacement.

School Cancellations

If there is a possibility of a delayed start or school cancellation due to weather, please call the school’s main number and press option 5 for updated information. Additionally, tune into channel 9 news after 6 am.

Early Releases

If school has an early release outside of the current school schedule, an automated voice dialer message is sent to each student’s contact numbers on record. Please note, during every re-teach day, students are released early once they are proficient and/or caught up in every class.

Progress Reports and Family Nights

Progress Reports

Progress reports serve as opportunities for mid-trimester check-ins to review each student’s progress in all classes. Progress reports are distributed to students during week six (6) of the trimester. Students are encouraged to share these reports with their parent and guardian. Additionally, the reports are compiled in a family night folder for review during designated family nights.

Family Nights

Family nights at AUL provide another opportunity for check-ins and to celebrate the student’s hard work and learning. During family night, parents and guardians have the opportunity to speak with each teacher regarding their students’ progress. Family nights for this year are noted on the master calendar on page 3 and 4.

Conferences

At the end of the First and Second Trimesters, individual conferences occur with the advisor, the student, and their parent or guardian. During the conference, the student shares their successes and challenges in each class.  The advisor provides an updated ILP to review the student’s progression towards graduation. These conferences are required for the student to return the next trimester. The conference schedule is found on the master calendar on pages 3 and 4.

Closing House

At the end of the school year, AUL hosts a Closing House barbecue. Closing House is a time in which students, parents and guardians, and staff celebrates all the accomplishments and successes of the school year.  Additionally, during closing house, yearbooks are distributed and a signing party occurs.  The next Closing House will be June 1, 2015.

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