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Student Handbook

San Gabriel Unified School District

Jefferson Middle School

Student Handbook

2018 – 201 9












Home of the Bulldogs



1372 E. Las Tunas Drive

San Gabriel, CA  91776


School Office: (626) 287-5260

Attendance Hotline:  (626) 285-1680

Fax: (626) 285-5387



Matthew Arnold


Assistant Principals

Darci Coppollo

Stephen Feng



The website is updated weekly!






Nondiscrimination Statement


The San Gabriel Unified School District is committed to providing a safe school environment where all individuals in education are afforded equal access and opportunities. The District’s academic and other educational support programs, services and activities shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any individual based on the person’s actual race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Specifically, state law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in enrollment, counseling, and the availability of physical education, athletic activities, and sports. Transgender students shall be permitted to participate in gender-segregated school programs and activities (e.g., athletic teams, sports competitions, and field trips) and to use facilities consistent with their gender identity. The District assures that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation in District programs. Complaints of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying are investigated through the Uniform Complaint Process. Such complaints must be filed no later than six months after knowledge of the alleged discrimination was first obtained. For a complaint form or additional information, contact the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at (626) 451-5400. The address is: 408 Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel, CA, 91776.


Table of Contents



Academics                                                      4


Attendance                                                    5         

Campus Guidelines                                       6


Counseling and Guidance                            7


Discipline                                                       8







Jefferson Middle School

Mission Statement:


Jefferson Middle School will provide a balanced program that addresses the learning styles and social development needs of adolescents. Students will be encouraged to become independent and self-directed learners, whose academic success is second to none.



Commitment to Excellence

Engage! Enrich! Empower!




A C K N O W L E D G E M E N T   of JMS Student Handbook


The signature page included in registration packet acknowledges that parent(s) and student have reviewed the contents of the JMS Student Handbook.  Parents and students are aware that students will be held accountable for all the information, rules, and regulations contained herein.





Dress Code                                               9   


Physical Education                                 10


School Information                                 11


Suspensions/Expulsions                          12














Jefferson Middle School


Established:  1994

Enrollment:   1,200

Grades:          6-8

Colors:           Navy and White

Mascot:          Bulldog


Alma Mater:

In the valley of San Gabriel,

Sparkling like a jewel,

Proudly stands our Alma Mater,

Jefferson Middle School

Forward ever be our progress,

Loyal and true are we,

Let us lift our hearts with joy,

To sing our love for thee.








Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is defined as students doing their own work; assignments, projects, experiments, book reports, research papers, etc. must be completed by the students.


While students are strongly encouraged to seek assistance from parents, private tutors, teachers, friends, and other outside resources, students must turn in work as their own.


Students may be considered to be cheating if involved in any of the following:

  • Roving eyes in a test situation
  • Using “cheat” sheets or “crib” notes
  • Open books during test
  • Talking during a test
  • Plagiarism (copying other work and using it as your own)
  • Internet downloads of materials and turned in as your own
  • Text messaging answers to others
  • Any other observed cheating


Consequences for cheating can include grade of F on work involved, parent contact, lowering of citizenship grade, discipline referral to Assistant Principal’s office, restriction from co-curricular activities, and/or suspension.


Dates - Report Card Mailed Home

1st quarter – October 21st

2nd quarter – January 11th

3rd quarter – March 24th

4th quarter – June 8th







Each department determines their grading percents, which is indicated on each teacher’s class letter. Please refer to the letters you receive at the beginning of the school year.




Grade Point Average

All teachers will begin the year by sending a summary of the grading practice for each class.  Quarter grades are issued at the end of each ten week grading period. Progress reports are sent home in the mail at the mid-point of each quarter. 

            A = 4 points               D =1 points  

            B = 3 points               F = 0 points

            C = 2 points

Students will receive a letter grade for academic achievement and citizenship. Parents can sign up to have access to grades via web-based grade book, Aeries Parent Portal Access.


Exclusion from Activities

Students earning less than a passing grade in any of their classes will be excluded from co-curricular school activities including field trips, assemblies and dances during the next reporting quarter. Board Policy 5127



Homework Policy

Homework assignments are approximately 2 hours, per day, on any given night. Questions regarding your student’s homework should be directed to your student’s teacher(s) and/or counselor.


When a student is absent, he/she is allowed to make up missed assignments or tests according to the teacher’s class guidelines. Students are responsible for arranging all make-up work with their teachers.


Parents may contact the Main Office before 9:00a.m. to request make-up work for students who have been absent for three or more consecutive days or who will be absent for an extended period of time.







Honor Roll

To recognize outstanding academic achievement, Jefferson Middle School has established a program that provides recognition for all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who have earned academic honors in all scheduled subjects. Events to recognize the Honor Students are held throughout the year.






Please call by 9:00a.m. when

your child is out for any reason.


Attendance Hotline:  626-285-1680



Absence Reporting Procedure

When a student is absent, a call by the parent to the Attendance Hotline should be made by 9:00a.m. (Office opens at 7:45a.m.). Upon return, the student is required to bring a note or absence verification slip for ALL absences to obtain a readmit slip each time he/she misses all or part of a day. The note must contain the following:

  • Date note is written
  • Student’s full name and grade level
  • Date(s) of student’s absence
  • Reason for absence
  • Signature of parent/guardian


An automated phone call will go out nightly, when a student misses one or more periods, to alert parents of attendance. Ed Code 48200




Leaving Campus

As it is very important for all students to be in classes regularly, we encourage students and parents to make personal appointments outside the school day. Understandably, this cannot always be accomplished. If a student needs to leave campus for a medical or dental appointment, parents should send a written note with the student. The note should be delivered to the Main Office the morning of the appointment. Parent/guardians need to come into the Main Office to sign their student out of school for that appointment.


Students are NOT to leave the school grounds after they have arrived at school for any reason. Students may not go to the ARCO Station after being dropped off by parents.




Tardy Policy

It is the responsibility of all students to be on time to school and to all of their classes. Students are tardy if they are not in their classroom ready to begin work when the bell rings.


Continued problems could result in student discipline, referral to the School Attendance Review Team (SART) and School Attendance Review Board (SARB).


Classroom teachers will handle students who are tardy to classes during the day. Students who have excessive tardiness in any of their classes will be referred to their counselor and/or to administration. At this point, interventions and/or discipline will be administered.





Truancy Policy

Students who are absent from school for more than thirty minutes of any school day without their parent/guardian’s knowledge and without a valid excuse are truant. Students who are truant more than three days will be reported to school authorities as habitually truant. If the truancy continues, the student may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) and other juvenile authorities. Disciplinary action will be taken.  Ed Code 48260












Withdrawal from School

Any student who is moving out of the San Gabriel Unified School District should report the change of address to the Student Support Center.  All textbooks and library books must be returned to the Media Center. Upon clearance from the Media Center, the student will receive an Official Transcript for the new school.



Bicycles, Scooter & Skateboards

Students who ride bicycles, scooters and skateboards to school must do so safely and observe all traffic rules related to them. The law requires all students who ride bicycles to wear a helmet.


Bike and skateboard racks are located on campus. All bikes, scooters and skateboards must be placed in the designated area. School rules are to be followed at all times.


These include:

  • Walking bikes, scooters and skateboards while on campus
  • Bikes must be parked and locked individually to the rack during school hours
  • Scooters and Skateboards must be placed and locked in the designated locked area prior to the 8:10am bell. (Check with Campus Security or School Administrators)


Violations of these rules will result in confiscation of the scooter, skateboard, and/or bicycle and will only be released to parents.



Cell Phones

Cell Phones shall be permitted on campus or school sponsored events with the following guidelines and restrictions.


Cell phones:

·      May be used before school (8:10a.m.) or after school (2:45p.m.)

·      Must be turned off during instructional time (8:10a.m. – 2:45p.m.)

·      That are visible or that ring during the school day will be confiscated and returned to the student or student’s parent/guardian

·      Are prohibited to use during passing periods, lunch and in the locker rooms

·      Are prohibited to use to call home/parent, during school hours. If a student needs to reach home for any reason, they must do so by using the phone in the main office


Repeated incidents of cell phone misuse will be treated as school disruption and defiance. Disciplinary action will be taken.


Parents/guardians who wish to contact their student(s) may do so through the Main Office.




























Hallway Behavior

Students are only allowed out of class with a pass for emergency reasons, a call slip from one of the offices, or a referral slip. When a pass is issued, students are to use it for its intended purpose, reporting directly to the specified destination. Students found out of class without a pass or in not in the designated area, will be considered truant from class and will be given a disciplinary consequence.


Excessive noise in the halls and classes is prohibited. Students are expected to behave in an orderly manner to and from classes.




Lunch Period

Lunches may be eaten only in the cafeteria, at the lunch tables, or in the Quad area. In consideration of others, sitting or standing on tables is prohibited. Any drinks brought to school need to be in a plastic, box, or aluminum container. Glass containers are not allowed for safety reasons and will be taken from students if brought on campus. No soda or energy drinks, please!



















Prohibited Items

 A student should bring to school only those materials needed for learning. Valuables are not to be brought to school. The following items are prohibited at school:

  • Electronic devices, including but not limited to: CD players, CDs, MP3, iPods, players, walkmans, radios, stereos, tape recorders, headsets, cameras, electronic games, etc.
  • Items, including but not limited to:  gum, trading cards, Rollerblades, toys and similar non-school related items are not allowed at school.


Violations will result in confiscation of the item, disciplinary action as needed, and items will only be released to parents/guardians.





Responsibility of

Personal Items

Students are responsible for all personal items in their possession. Never leave backpacks, books, or personal property unattended. Jefferson Middle School and San Gabriel Unified School District cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to personal property. Large sums of money and items of real or sentimental value should not be brought to school. When items of value must be brought to school, take them to the Assistant Principal’s office for safekeeping until they are needed.


























Use of Office Telephone

The Main Office telephones are to be used by students in emergency situations only, not for personal calls. Forgotten homework, books, P.E. clothes, lunch or lunch money does not constitute an emergency.
















Jefferson counselors engage all students in a system of support programs, services, activities, and opportunities to ensure their learning and academic success. Counselors do not discipline students. We are here to support you and your child by discussing any concerns that you might have to ensure academic achievement and good citizenship on and off campus. The JMS counseling’s philosophy is anchored to team approach. We encourage students and parents to meet with their respective counselor to develop a six year academic plan. At JMS, students are assigned to a counselor by their last name during their tenure at the middle school. Below is a


breakdown of the counselor’s responsibility and our email.


Mrs. Navarro       A – Hsu

[email protected]


Mr. Phuong         Hu – O

[email protected]


Mrs. Flowers        P – Z

[email protected]


The following are some of the services we provide to our students and families:


  • Advocate and support student achievement by promoting student motivation, positive interaction, and educational choice
  • Facilitating the transition between each grade level and educational placements
  • Identify problems that impede learning by linking students to intervention programs
  • Counsel students on career , high school planning, and post educational choices
  • Facilitate student/parent/teacher conferences as needed
  • Helping students to develop good study habits and organization skills
  • Developmental changes during adolescent years
  • Referral to outside agencies for family and student support





ALL COUNSELORS ARE BOUND BY THE CODE OF CONFIDENTIALTIY. This means that when a student shares information with their counselor, counselors do not discuss the conversation with anyone else unless it falls under the following limitations such as:


  • Child abuse such as (psychical, sexual, mental/emotional, or neglect)
  • If student is planning to do harm to themselves or others (students, teachers, or school community)
  • If student is planning to or have committed a crime involving personal injury or property loss
  • If student allows a counselor to share information with others


















Jefferson Middle School has expectations of behavior that will provide for an orderly school atmosphere. Our goal is to develop students that are self-disciplined and able to make good judgments about acceptable behavior. No student should be allowed to disrupt the learning of other students. JMS utilizes a progressive discipline policy and has implemented a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program known as the Bulldog A’s Code of Conduct. The Bulldog A’s are used by the JMS staff to create a positive, cohesive, school behavior expectation. 


Bulldog A’s

Code of Conduct


I will be…


“A” responsible person

Be prepared and complete all tasks.

“A” respectful person

Respect other’s feelings, materials, opinions and space.

“A” problem solver

Attempt to solve problems on my own first.

“A” good decision maker

Think and make smart choices.

































Bullying and Cyber Bullying

Bullying, including cyber bullying, is intentional harmful behavior initiated by one or more students and directed toward another student.  Bullying exists when a student with more social and/or physical power deliberately dominates and harasses another who has less power.  Bullying is unjustified and typically is repeated.



In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include, but not limited to:


  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.


Acts of bullying and/or cyber bullying against any person for any reason will not be tolerated and disciplinary action will be taken.


Ethnic and Racial Slurs

Students should treat all persons equally and respectfully. Use of slurs against any person for any reason will not be tolerated and disciplinary action will be taken.



Incident Reporting

Any student who has an incident at school needs to report the incident as soon as possible to a school staff member.











Progressive Discipline

The Jefferson staff utilizes progressive discipline to correct inappropriate behavior. Discipline will be assigned depending on its severity. The following is an example, but not limited to, of progressive discipline:


        -  Warning/reminder of expected behavior

         -  Teacher administered type of PBIS and/or                  Other Mean of Correction (OMC)

        -  Teacher administered classroom discipline

        -  Teacher contacts parent

        -  Office referral - teacher refers student to

           Counselor and/or Assistant Principal

        -  Office lunch detention

        -  After school detention

        -  Teacher, student and parent conference

         -  Teacher, counselor, Assistant Principal,

             student and parent conference

         -   Alternative to Suspension – PBIS and/or



Suspension, Expulsion, and referral to Jefferson’s School Resource Offices (SG Police) will be determined according to SGUSD Board Policy and Educational Code. Additional information can be found on page 11-12. (See last page for additional information)


Sexual Harassment

Students who engage in sexual harassment of other students will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension and/or expulsion from school.



Student Expectation

Goal: To create a safe positive learning environment for all students.

CCR Title 5 302


Student Dress Code

Jefferson Middle School has an established dress policy that sets standards conducive to a positive learning environment and well-disciplined campus.  While on campus or at any school sponsored event, students and guests shall present themselves in a manner which reflects good taste and decency and which does not distract from the educational environment, general morale, or image of the school.  Parents have the responsibility to see that students are properly attired. The goal of this Dress Code is to promote SAFETY, NEATNESS, CLEANLINESS, GOOD JUDGEMENT, and RESPECT.  


Jefferson desires to keep the school and students free from threats from harmful influences of any group, which advocate substance abuse, violence or disruptive behavior.  In recognition of this, the district has adopted the following regulations relative to the dress and appearance of students:


  • No shirts or other apparel which depicts or makes reference to drugs, alcohol, sex, gangs, violence, tagging, etc., in word or picture, may be worn.
  • No clothing which is likely to provoke others to acts of violence or which is likely to cause others to be intimidated by fear of violence, may be worn.
  • No cut-offs clothing may be worn. Shorts, skirts, or dresses that are inappropriately short (they must cover from the top of the hips to the fingertips, when arms, hands, and fingers are fully extended.)
  • Leggings must be worn with a clothes item that covers the student’s backside
  • Clothing deemed to be distractive will not be allowed. Shoulders, midriff, toes, back, and undergarments must be covered at all times
  • Closed-toed shoes must be worn at all times
  • All pants are to be worn at hip level or above and may not expose any underwear or shorts above the top of the pant
  • Pants may be no more than two sizes larger than waist size, and must be less than six inches in width from the knee while being worn. Pants must be able to be kept up without a belt.
  • Students who wear shorts cannot have their socks meet or exceed the cuff of such shorts. They must have a two inch gap from bottom of short to top of sock.
  • No clothing or accessories that so incite students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts or of the disruption of instruction shall be worn on campus or at any school activity.
  • Please remember that all clothing items must be worn as intended.

Consequences for violation of this dress code may include, but not limited to:


·         Warning and change of clothing

·         Detention and change of clothing

·         Parent notification and change of clothing

·         Parent Conference with Assistant Principal















Hat Policy

Hats are allowed at Jefferson School under the following conditions:

  • Only Jefferson, Gabrielino and/or University/College sponsored hats are allowed.
  • Jefferson hats may be purchased through the Jefferson Assistant Principal’s office.
  • Hats and hoods are to be worn outdoors only. Any hat worn in the classroom will be taken and returned at the end of the day.
  • Hats must be worn facing forward at all times. Hats may not face backwards or sideways. The brim of the hat may not be folded up.
  • No stitching, writing, pins, logos, names or sayings may be added to hats.
  • No made up/created Jefferson and/or Gabrielino hats.
  • No other types of hats will be allowed on campus. This includes, but not limited to bandanas, hairnets, skullcaps, or sweatbands, straw hats, visors, etc...  The school reserves the right to further clarify this policy if necessary.
  • Any student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary actions.
  • Students who are required to wear hats for religious or medical reasons may wear hat/head covering when needed, but must follow the remainder of the hat policy guidelines.



                    PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Lockers and Locks

Each student will be provided a P.E. locker and a lock for the entire school year. Students are expected to respect and maintain cleanliness and condition of their lockers and locks and will be responsible for repair and/or replacement of any damaged or defaced property. For safety reasons, NO locks purchased outside of Jefferson Middle School will be allowed. PERSONAL LOCK COMBINATIONS ARE NOT TO BE REVEALED TO ANYONE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  This will greatly reduce theft and/or misplaced items in the students’ lockers.


PE Dress Code Recommendations

It is very important to the success of the Jefferson Middle School Physical Education program that all students dress in appropriate clothing for daily physical activity. It is also important to the students because it promotes safety, positive daily routine habits, and class/student unity. Even those students who are unable to participate in class activities due to injury or sickness are required to dress for class unless physically unable to do so.


  1. Acceptable clothing for P.E. includes JMS-issued blue shorts and a blue shirt. These are available through the PTA and at Jeff’s Sporting Goods. Otherwise, physical wear with school colors (Navy blue and Grey), is acceptable. Students who have already purchased the clothes in previous years may wear them. Students are encouraged to bring sweat pants and/or a sweatshirt that they can keep in their locker in case of cold weather. Students will not be allowed to wear street clothes under their P.E. clothes.


JMS issued P.E. clothes are available through the Jefferson PTA or at

Jeff’s Sporting Goods

865 E. Las Tunas Dr.

San Gabriel

(626) 288-6141

  1. Students are also encouraged to bring an extra pair of tennis shoes that they can keep in their locker in case they forget to wear proper P.E. shoes (i.e. high heels or dress shoes) to school. Slip-on sandals or other street shoes are dangerous when worn in P.E. and will not be allowed. If a student does not wear proper shoes for participation in P.E. (tennis shoes), they will lose points in their P.E. class.


  1. Each article of clothing must have the student’s last name and first initial printed visibly, with permanent marker, in the box provided on the clothing. This will prevent theft and speedy recovery of clothing if lost. Clothing to keep warm (sweatshirts, sweatpants), is to be warn underE. uniforms so the students’ name is visible.  Students may not write over a friend or relative’s name or mark out their own or any other person’s name on any P.E. clothes. Nor will students be allowed to write or draw anything but their name on their P.E. clothes. Defaced or badly torn clothing will not be allowed and will be confiscated pending a parent meeting. Students may wear an older sibling’s PE clothes, but must see their P.E. instructor for approval.


  1. Students are not allowed to wear jewelry to P.E. class. All earrings, necklaces, bracelets and watches are to be removed and securely locked in lockers during P.E. class. If students have jewelry that is valuable they should leave that item at home (Medical I.D. bracelets or chains and sports watches are excluded from this rule). Also, no hats of any kind will be allowed in P.E classes. The JMS P.E. staff will not be responsible for lost or stolen items that have value of this nature.






Excuse from Physical Activity

If a student is to be excused from physical activity, a parent’s note is required. It will be honored for the one or two days requested.


This may be renewed for additional days; however, a current doctor’s note is needed after one week and will be honored as long as requested. P.E. excuses are issued before school in the Health Office.




Assemblies and Parties

We have educational, cultural and entertaining assembly programs that enrich our academic program.


Students may NOT bring balloons to campus, as they disrupt school activities.


Student parties/dances are held periodically after school during the school year, usually by grade level or by specific teacher.



Breakfast is served each morning in the cafeteria from 7:45 a.m. to 8:10 a.m.  Students should not arrive on campus before 7:45 a.m unless they are in a 0 period class. A “Grab ‘n Go” bag is also available during the morning break for students who did not get breakfast.


Hot lunches are provided at minimum cost in the cafeteria during lunch. Monthly menus are posted around the school. Information regarding free and reduced lunch prices will be provided at the beginning of the school year. If you have any questions regarding the Breakfast/Lunch Program, call Food Services at (626) 285-4610.


Lunch money must be brought from home and not borrowed at school. You may either pay for your lunch each day or pay in advance.


Students are required to enter their Student ID when receiving their breakfast and lunch regardless of their payment status (free, reduced, purchase).



Disaster Preparedness

Fire, earthquake, or lockdown drills are held as part of Jefferson’s Safety Emergency Management System (SEMS). In the event of a natural disaster or other emergency, students will be released to parents/guardians who show proper identification and are listed on the student’s Emergency Card. Parents/guardians will pick up their student at the Main Gate off Las Tunas.


End-of-Year Activities and

Promotion Ceremony

To be eligible to participate in End-of-Year      activities, including the Promotion Ceremony, students must meet the following standards:


  • Receive at minimum of a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • No more than 3 Suspensions
  • All debts cleared


All students not meeting the above eligibility criteria will have the opportunity to re-establish eligibility by fulfilling a set plan determined by each student’s needs. All plans need to be complete 3 weeks prior to the end-of-year. A deadline to satisfy these requirements for promotion will be announced.  Board Policy 5127








Health Services

Student health records are maintained at Jefferson. All eighth grade students receive hearing and vision tests. Parents should inform the health aide of any special health conditions that may require special attention. Students who must take prescribed medication during school MAY NOT KEEP it with them; all medicines must given to the health aide for storing and taking when prescribed. A special form must be completed and signed by the student’s doctor and parent before any medication (including Tylenol, aspirin, cough syrup, etc.) can be dispensed at school. Please request this form from the school Health Office before visiting the doctor.

San Gabriel Unified provides additional health services to students as available. The students may participate in the following:

  • Vision and Hearing  (8th graders)
  • Scoliosis Screening  (6th grade Girls, All 7th graders, and 8th grade boys)
  • Flu Mist (All students, when available)
  • Tdap (All incoming 7th grade students)




Lost and Found Valuables

The Lost and Found is kept in the Main Office. Students are responsible for loss or damage to any property belonging to them such as cell phones, clothing, equipment, books, or instruments. Personal property should be clearly marked with the student’s name. All articles that are found should be taken to the Main Office immediately after finding them. Unclaimed lost and found items will be donated to various charities, once a month.



Parent Groups

Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)

All parents and teachers are cordially invited and encouraged to join the Jefferson Middle School PTA. Membership in the PTA is open all year. There is an organized drive at the beginning of the school year and all are urged to join. The PTA Board meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Jefferson Media Center. The Jefferson PTA spends a great deal of time fund-raising and determining how to allocate funds to best support Jefferson Middle School.


PTA President

Judy Correnti


Community Liaisons

Chinese:  Mandy Ng

                        [email protected]

Spanish:  Marisol Lopez

                        [email protected]






Student Drop-Off and Pick-up

Student drop-off and pick-up may cause traffic congestion. To ease these difficulties, please pull forward to the end of the drop-off area. The school entrance is a “One Way” thoroughfare. Parents must not drop their students off before the school driveway, at the Arco Gas Station, or in the red zones due to safety concerns. When dropping off students before and/or after school, parents must not leave their cars and/or double park.




All visitors must sign in the Main Office and obtain a badge before coming on campus. Parents who wish to visit a teacher may make an appointment to meet before or after school or during the teacher’s conference period. Parents are most welcome to visit our school, but are asked to contact the Main Office before all visitations. Jefferson students are not allowed to bring guests during the school day.






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Parents/guardians can assist our students greatly by consistently reinforcing with their children that obedience to rules and respect for authority are essential for responsible citizenship; accepting and respecting the right of schools to require acceptable standards of behavior; reviewing school rules and procedures; participating in conferences and otherwise cooperating with school officials as needed.


Various means are used by staff members in working with students to help correct inappropriate behavior. Among those used are counseling, parent contacts and conferences, schedule changes, detention,  parent attending school with a student, clean-up detention, referral to other agencies, suspension and expulsion. Progressive consequences are applied consistently and fairly.


A student may be suspended or expelled from school or school related activities which occur, but are not limited to: (1) while on school grounds; (2) while going to and from school; (3) during the lunch hour, or (4) during or going to and from school sponsored activities.


A student may be suspended or expelled from school as defined by the California Education Code (48900), if a student has:


  1. Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
  2. Possessed, sold, or furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.
  3. Unlawfully possessed, used, sold or furnished or been under the influence of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind.
  4. Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind, and then either sold, delivered, or furnished any liquid, substance or material as a controlled substance or alcoholic beverage.
  5. Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
  6. Caused or attempted to cause damage to school or private property.
  7. Stole or attempted to steal school or private property.
  8. Possessed or used tobacco.
  9. Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  10. Had unlawful possession of, or unlawfully offered, arranged or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia.
  11. Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
  12. Knowingly received stolen school or private property.
  13. Possessed an imitation firearm. (Replica)
  14. Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or battery.
  15. Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness in a school disciplinary proceeding.
  16. Committed sexual harassment.
  17. Committed assault or battery upon any school employee.
  18. Brandished a knife at another person.
  19. Committed terrorist threats.
  20. Intentionally engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation directed against school district personnel or pupils.
  21. Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence.
  22. Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel.


It is understood that administrative action will be taken for any action that is deemed unacceptable behavior not covered in the section above.


Based on the law, the San Gabriel Unified School District Board of Education shall expel students from the District for the following reasons:

  1. Possessing, selling or furnishing a firearm.
  2. Brandishing a knife.
  3. Unlawful selling of a controlled substance.
  4. Committing or attempting to cause sexual assault or sexual battery.


The Principal must recommend expulsion for the following:

  1. Causing serious physical injury.
  2. Possession of a knife, explosive or dangerous object.
  3. Unlawful possession of any controlled substance.
  4. Robbery or extortion.
  5. Acts of assault or battery upon a school employee

Note: When a student is expelled from the San Gabriel Unified School District, the expulsion is generally for the semester in which the incident occurred and for the following semester; however, the District has the responsibility to place the student in an alternative educational setting.