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School Expectations

PRIDE Matrix


PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. It is not a program or a curriculum, but a framework which helps to establish both school-wide and individual behavioral strategies. The goal of PBIS is to develop a positive school-wide culture and to achieve successful behavioral and academic outcomes for all students. It is a process that puts in place systems of acknowledging expected behavior while also providing consistent consequences for problem behavior.
RLPA utilizes the PBIS framework to support students in choosing successful behavior. Squires are expected to show their P.R.I.D.E. when they are on campus or representing RLPA at events and activities. The expectations can be found in the RLPA Student Handbook as well as on posters around the school. 
School Expectations

School Expectations

P.R.I.D.E. Behavior Expectations

Be on time to class 
Quickly sit in your assigned seat  
Have all class materials ready 
Complete all assignments
Greet your teacher as you enter the classroom 
Use appropriate language  
Use appropriate voice level 
Return materials 
Put all electronics away 
Keep desks and working spaces clean
Speak up for yourself and others 
Own your work 
Take responsibility and accept the consequences for your actions 
Follow instructions 
Use classroom materials appropriately
Walk as you enter the classroom 
Stay focused  
Stay in your assigned seat unless given permission 
Follow directions given by your teacher
Listen and look at the speaker 
Participate in classroom discussions 
Turn in your assignments 
Be involved in classroom activities 
Ask for help when needed
Have a pass from your teacher 
Explain to a staff member why you are in the office
Greet staff members 
Use appropriate voice level  
Communicate respectfully in all circumstances 
Wait patiently  
Sit where a staff member asks you
Keep your hands to yourself 
Respect confidentiality
Always walk 
Remain in designated areas
Complete your task and head back to class in a timely manner
Be on time to class 
Use respectful language  
Use appropriate voice level and be mindful of classes in session. 
Respond to others when greeted
Report bullying 
Report vandalism Take care of campus environment
Keep hands, feet, and belongings to self 
Respect boundaries of others 
In the bathroom, take care of necessities, wash your hands, and exit promptly (no lingering) 
Follow staff directions 
Stay within school boundaries
Use the main hallway or back hallway to transition to and from class 
Report any injuries, concerns or unidentified visitors to staff
Have your ID card or your ID number ready 
Wait in line patiently and appropriately 
Be polite 
Listen to and follow directions from the adults 
Use appropriate voice level and language
Use good table manners 
When finished, throw away trash in appropriate containers 
Be responsible for your space  
Be inclusive 
Take only what you will eat 
Eat only the food on your plate
Always walk 
Sit appropriately on the benches 
Go to blacktop or other designated area for the remainder of the lunch period
Be aware of environment  
Use time for its purpose
Have something quiet to work on 
Line up quietly while waiting to enter 
Speak quietly 
Greet the librarian 
Wait patiently in lines 
Put books back where they belong
Return your materials on time 
Follow library rules 
Follow directions from adults 
Take care of books and equipment 
Walk in the library 
Wait for permission before leaving 
Enter and exit in a quiet and orderly manner 
Push in chairs before you leave 
All electronics put away
Remain in your seat unless asked  by the teacher
Stay on the blacktop or designated area 
Participate in activities safely 
Use kind language 
Follow directions from adults 
Leave the blacktop when staff blows the whistle 
Return equipment
Report bullying 
Report vandalism 
Stay in designated area 
Report problems to an adult 
Use equipment appropriately
Keep hands, feet, and belongings to self 
Report any injuries, concerns or unidentified visitors to staff
Finish food in the cafeteria 
Clean up any trash 
Keep the campus free of graffiti
Walk in straight and orderly lines 
Remove hat and/or hoodie
Keep your voice at a respectful level 
Interact with the event with appropriate actions
Follow directions from adults 
Stay in designated area
Walk directly to the activity or event  location 
Keep hands, feet, and belongings to self
Sit facing the main activity 
Put all electronics away
Stay in designated areas 
Line up quickly 
Be prepared for adult direction 
Bring necessary medical supplies if appropriate
Follow the expected procedures for a given signal 
Face the correct direction and remain calm and  quiet until provided further directions 
Remain in line until you return to class
Treat all drills like real life events 
Report any injuries, concerns or unidentified visitors to staff
Follow adult directions for attendance 
Keep hands, feet, and belongings to yourself
Help others when appropriate 
Always follow the procedures as practiced for the emergency  
Be alert and ready to help if needed
Be prepared and on time when the bell rings 
Use restrooms, drink water, and wash your hands before check-in 
Put all electronics away 
Have Chromebook and power cord
Greet your after-school instructor 
Use appropriate voice level and language for the place you are in 
Be respectful to your peers, self, and teachers 
Acknowledge the speakers
Walk as you enter classroom and stay in assigned seat unless given permission 
Keep backpacks out of the walkways 
Follow teacher’s directions 
Pick up trash when you leave 
Keep the desk free of graffiti, gum, and trash 
Be mindful of personal space
Sit in your assigned seats 
Raise your hand if you need assistance or have a question
Have your backpack, writing utensils, class materials and homework 
Be attentive to activities and teachers’ direction 
Contribute to discussion when able

RLPA Student Handbook

Here are a few of our policies to be aware of:
A positive climate for learning is created when our students maintain high standards of behavior and work toward being productive citizens. Students should understand campus rules and accept responsibility for their actions if rules are violated. Rules and regulations establish a safe and comfortable atmosphere for students to achieve academic and personal success. 
At a minimum, students should:
  • Follow rules and laws
  • Avoid situations or activities that have the potential to cause verbal or physical conflict
  • Respect authority, property, yourself, and the rights of others
  • Demonstrate social awareness that is characterized by respectful interaction with staff and students regardless of race, gender, disability, physical characteristics, ethnic group, language, sexual identity, age, national origin, or religion
  • Maintain standards of integrity and responsibility characterized by being a positive influence in your school community
  • Report to school personnel any information they see or hear about, including vandalism, bullying, fights, weapons, drugs and/or any illegal activity on campus or at school-sponsored activities
The most important factor for student academic success is their attendance in the classroom. Students must be in school every day, on time and ready to learn. 
The state of California has established that it is a parent’s legal responsibility to ensure that their child(ren) attend school. Students will be classified as truant if absent from school without a valid excuse three full days in one school year, or tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year. If a student is absent from school without a valid excuse for 10 percent or more of the school days within one school year, the student is classified as a chronic truant. A School Attendance Review Team (SART) meeting will be scheduled at the school to discuss interventions to correct the attendance concerns.
Families are allowed 5 school days to clear absences. The following methods may be used to verify student absences:
  • Written note from parent/guardian, parent representative
  • Conversation between a verifying school employee and the student’s parent/guardian
  • Visit to the student’s home by a verifying school/district employee or any other reasonable method which establishes the fact that the student was absent for the reason stated
  • Medical verification for appointments and absences due to illness
Upon accumulating 10 absences in a school year due to illness, health appointments or quarantine, any further absences will require verification by a medical practitioner. 
When a student needs to leave campus during the school day, he/she must be checked out through the main office by a guardian or someone listed on their emergency contact list. The person requesting the early dismissal must present a valid photo identification.  
Students who will be out of town for a minimum of 5 school days should request a Short Term Independent Study contract through the counseling office. Arrangements must be made no fewer than 3 days in advance of the extended absence, and students must return the completed work on the day they are scheduled to return to school. 
A student will be marked tardy anytime they do not make it to class by the starting bell. Tardies are considered missed instructional time and can hinder a student’s ability to succeed. Tardies can result in the consequences listed in the handbook. Students can make up tardies by attending lunch detention and/or Saturday School (WIN). 
RLPA has high expectations for our student athletes. Joining a team is a commitment that you are making to your coaches, teammates and yourself.  Any violation of school rules may result in temporary suspension from games and practice until the expectation is met or in dismissal from the team. Students are required to make up any work they may miss due to games. 

Co-curricular activities enrich the educational and social development and experiences of students. The Twin Rivers Unified School District shall encourage and support student participation in co-curricular activities without compromising the integrity and purpose of the educational program. To encourage and support academic excellence, TRUSD requires students in grades 7 through 12 to earn a minimum 2.0 or "C" grade point average on a 4.0 scale in order to participate in co-curricular activities. The GPA is based on the quarter grade.  

All athletes must have a sports physical in order to participate in tryouts, practice, and games.

In order to participate in school-day practice or game, the athlete must be in attendance for a minimum of four periods. Field trips, Alternative Learning Experiences, concurrent enrollment, medical/dental appointments (with a note from the medical/dental office), and family situations may be excused by an administrator.
Whether at home or away, the RLPA  student body is expected to behave in a way that brings pride to the community and the school they represent. Visitors are to be treated as guests. All school rules apply when Rio Linda Preparatory Academy students attend athletic contests either at home or away. Students are under the authority of school officials under all circumstances at athletic contests. The following spectator guidelines need to be observed at all times:
  • Practice good sportsmanship at all times.
  • Cheer for our team, not against the other team.
  • Never direct negative cheers or comments to an opposing player, coach, or an official.
  • Respect the right of all patrons to watch the game with an unobstructed view

All 8th grade students must comply with the district criteria set forth by TRUSD. In order to participate in the 8th grade promotion exercises, students must meet this criteria:
  • Have no violations of California Education code 48900 that result in a suspension during the 4th quarter grading period (including class suspensions).

Field trips may be offered throughout the year for specific classes or grade levels. Possible field trips include visits to colleges or local events. Students are expected to follow the same expectations as they do on campus. Misbehaviors during field trips will result in removal from future events and possibly other disciplinary actions. 

Students will need to meet the following criteria to attend grade level field trips:
  • Have a 2.0 GPA or higher for the quarter (1 F max)
  • Have had no suspensions for the quarter 
  • Have no more than 5 tardies for the quarter 
    • Tardies can be cleared by attending detention or Saturday School

School Dress Code

Students are expected to dress appropriately for a preK-12 educational environment. Clothing that significantly interferes with or disrupts the educational environment is unacceptable, unless protected under freedom of speech laws or board policy.

Clothing, jewelry, and personal items (gym bags, backpacks, fanny packs, water bottles, etc.) with language or images that are vulgar, sexually suggestive, discriminatory, obscene, libelous, or that promote illegal or violent content, such as the unlawful use of weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, drug paraphernalia, or that contains threats, is prohibited.

Clothing should fit, be neat and clean, and conform to standards of safety, good taste, and decency. Clothing that exposes cleavage, private parts, the midriff, undergarments, or that is otherwise sexually provocative, is prohibited.

Each school will allow students to wear sun protective clothing, including but not limited to hats, for outdoor use during the school day.

For safety purposes, students must wear close-toed shoes. Slides, flip flops, and open-toed sandals should not be worn to school.
Wearing or displaying of any items representing gangs or gang symbols is not accepted. No solid red or blue clothes, hats, shoes, accessories or backpacks. Only one item (including clothes, shoes, hats, backpacks and accessories) may have red or blue. 

Additional accessories and items deemed unnecessary for a student’s outfit, including but not limited to blankets, stuffed animals, toys, bandanas, and ski masks, are prohibited. 

Students who violate the dress code policy will be asked to change the offending clothing and it will be held in the office until the end of the day. Parents will be called to notify them of the violation and will be asked to bring an alternative item for students to wear if none are available at the school. 

Cell Phone Policy

Students may use cell phones, smart watches, pagers, or other mobile communication devices on campus during non-instructional time as long as the device is utilized in accordance with law and any rules that individual school sites may impose.

Mobile communication devices shall be turned off during instructional time. However, a student shall not be prohibited from possessing or using a mobile communication device under any of the following circumstances: (Education Code 48901.5, 48901.7)

  • In the case of an emergency, or in response to a perceived threat of danger.
  • When a teacher or administrator of the school district, county office of education, or charter school grants permission to a pupil to possess or use a smartphone, subject to any reasonable limitation imposed by that teacher or administrator. 
  • When a licensed physician and surgeon determines that the possession or use of a smartphone is necessary for the health or well-being of the pupil. 
  • When the possession or use of a smartphone is required in a pupil's individualized education program.

Smartphones and other mobile communication devices shall not be used in any manner which infringes on the privacy rights of any other person.

When a school official reasonably suspects that a search of a student's mobile communication device will turn up evidence of the student's violation of the law or school rules, such a search shall be conducted in accordance with BP/AR 5145.12 - Search and Seizure.

When a student uses a mobile communication device in an unauthorized manner, the student may be disciplined and a district employee may confiscate the device. The employee shall store the device securely until it is returned to the student or turned over to the principal or designee, as appropriate.
The district will not be responsible for a student's mobile communication device which is brought on campus or to a school activity and is lost, stolen, or damaged.

Students may possess or use on school campus personal electronic signaling devices including cellular phones, as well as other mobile devices including digital media players and cameras, provided that the devices are not used for illegal or unethical activities such as cheating on assignments or tests. Each teacher will communicate classroom policies regarding the use of mobile devices at the beginning of the school year. Law prohibits the use of any electronic listening or recording devices in any classroom without the prior consent of the teacher and the principal.