Code Of Conduct


The philosophy at Northview High School is that students must be safe, feel secure and feel generally happy about coming to school. It is with this belief that we feel students can be productive and successful members of society. We have studied the profiles of our most successful students over the years and have found that they have this in common:

1) Top students come to school every day and to each class on time.
2) Top students have good relationships with their parents as well as with the adults on campus.
3) Top students surround themselves with good peer influences that are goal-oriented and involved with school activities.
4) Top students seek assistance with their academic challenges as well as with other concerns.

Attendance
There is no greater criterion for measuring a student’s character or chances of academic success than that student’s commitment to come to school on time and attend every class every day. Perfect or near perfect attendance has been the single most commonality of our students who have received scholarships to universities, who have won academic and extra curricular awards and who are standout athletes. It is also a commonality for students who are rarely sent to the dean’s office for discipline issues. Most of the time when we encounter a student with poor attendance or numerous period truancies that student has routine behavior issues and often runs afoul of the law. In fact, law enforcement agencies state that a student is four to 11 times more likely to be involved in and associate with other students who are involved in criminal activity.

Tardies
Flagrant tardiness is the naughty little sister of truancy. First period tardies are a common problem for even the most responsible students due to distance traveled to school and unpredictable traffic issues. But, once a student is on campus being on time to each class ranks right along side of attendance in cultivating responsible young adults of good integrity and strong character. There are five minutes between each class period, called “passing period”, and the top students have demonstrated no problem making it to each class on time every day.

Dress Code
The purpose of the Northview High School dress code is three-fold: 1) to more easily identify the NHS student from potential trespassers who might try to walk onto our unfenced campus from the community, 2) to reduce the risk that a student might be profiled as a gang member or tagging crew member which can place that student in danger coming to school or walking home and 3) to promote high personal standards for a collegial or professional appearance.
Guidelines include:
  • Only Northview baseball caps can be worn or carried on campus until 4:30pm each school day.
  • No jerseys or any other sports apparel aside from that of the school itself may be worn.
  • When shorts are worn, socks must not reach any closer than six inches of the shorts.
  • Clothing must be worn in the manner in which it is intended. For example, shirts cannot be worn over the shoulder.
  • Oversized pants and shirts are also prohibited. And pants cannot be tucked through the laces in gang fashion and bandanas cannot be hanging out from pockets.
  • The “LA” emblem has been too heavily associated with gang related activity in our present social climate and is also against dress code.
  • Flashing the colors blue or red. An example of flashing is a big blue T-shirt worn with blue shoes and blue shoelaces.
  • Sagging (pants worn low) is not permitted.
  • Hoods must be down and gloves off once the outdoor temperature exceeds 65 degrees.
  • Large metal belt buckles are prohibited and may not be exposed and oversized belts must be tucked away and not left hanging loose.
  • No black or blue checkered shorts or Pendleton shirts can be worn due to their link to gang affiliation.
  • Girls must have at least a one-inch strap over the shoulder and cannot wear shirts that expose the midriff.
  • Shirts advocating tagging or graffiti are prohibited and tagging must not be written on backpacks, binders or any other apparel.
  • Attire must not appear to advocate guns, knives, violence or sexuality/pornography.
After the first warning, consequences and eventually suspension will occur if a student continues to diminish the culture of our campus by not complying with the imposed dress code standards.

Public Displays of Affection

It is considered inappropriate by our stakeholders (parents) to see students sitting on each other’s laps, between each other’s legs, hands where they don’t belong, or kissing passionately around campus. Holding hands or a kiss now and then is tolerable.

Off Campus

Lunch is the only time that students may leave campus and they must have a lunch pass. Students are the legal responsibility of NHS during school hours. Violating this policy will result in Saturday School upon the first offense.

Fighting/Intimidation

On campus conflicts need to be reported to the dean’s office for mediation. Fights, no matter who initiated, will result in a suspension of five days and a $400 fine. Students can also be suspended for posing threats or doing anything that might make another want to fight. Even loud verbal arguments can warrant suspension especially when profanity is used. This includes threats posted on the Internet also known as “cyberbullying.”

Tagging and Tagging Instruments

Students in possession of Sharpies or etching tools will be subject to suspension and law enforcement citation. It is a misdemeanor to possess such items. Possession of articles, including T-shirts and backpacks, that represent tagging is also against school rules.

Electronic Devices

Cell phones, MP3 players, and other electronic devices can be brought to school to be used at the teachers’ discretion. NHS is not responsible if these items are stolen so bring them at your own risk.

Defiance

Students must follow the directives of administration, teachers, campus security, student
resource officers, substitute teachers, or instructional aids.

Associative Gang Activity

The dean’s office and student resource officer will not allow students to
travel in packs or congregate in large groups in apparent uniforms indicative of gang activity.