Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Round Valley Middle School
Student Handbook
Policies and Procedures 16-17 version

Grades 6-8

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Bell Schedule Discipline Dress Code Food Services
Promotion Requirements Registration Requirements Staff Directory Student Handbook


Nothing listed herein should be interpreted to imply that these policies will take the place of School Board Policy.

General Information

Student Code of Conduct


Student Rights

Questions Often Asked about school procedure


Vision Statement

At Round Valley Middle School
we make Children our top Priority
while providing a cheerful atmosphere.

We present meaningful and challenging
experiences. Our goal is to make
every child a success. 

We at Round Valley Middle School
believe: every student can learn
and achieve;
Students learn best in
an atmosphere of trust and caring;
Every child must feel Successful daily.
Children must be praised for quality things they do;
Children can be taught to take responsibility for the choices they make.



Round Valley Middle School is committed to a school environment which provides a quality education for all students. To do this, we will teach the basic academic disciplines while nurturing the development of a sound value structure and a positive self concept. As part of a healthy adjunct of this foundation, we the faculty and staff, believe the school program shall:


  1. Provide interesting classes, while maintaining high scholastic standards.
  2. Help students develop their physical, emotional, mental, social, moral and creative potential.
  3. Provide appropriate resources for students with special needs.
  4. Provide reinforcement for positive actions which will lead to high self-esteem.
  5. Supervise and enforce a reasonable system of discipline, while providing a school atmosphere which is both  friendly and academically directed.
  6. Develop an awareness of the environment and the need for conserving our natural resources.
  7. Provide the students with recreational and social activities which develop a sense of belonging, a belief in the dignity of the individual, and the ability to work and play together in a socially acceptable manner.
  8. Recognize the unique problems associated with the middle school student and provide assistance to aid in dealing with these problems.
  9. Provide a smooth curriculum transition for all students from the intermediate school, to the middle school, and on to the high school.
  10. Encourage a high degree of co-operation and team work between faculty and staff.
  11. Encourage all students to strive for the best possible education, by maintaining high standards of excellence both in and out of the classroom.
  12. Work together, include the home, and the community to provide for the total education of the students, remembering that learning is a shared experience among the students, school personnel, family members and the community.



The Round Valley Middle School mission is to provide an environment that provokes the natural curiosity of children to discover, create, learn and progress to their maximum potential. This will be achieved through the cooperative effort of the administration, parents, school board, staff, and student body. We will strive to instill in students a dedication to excellence and an ability to look to the future and envision their role in it. AD




  1. No student enrolling in school will be admitted into school on the same day of enrollment. A representative of R.V.M.S. will call the sending school to determine the academic status of the student.
  2. Students under suspension or expulsion from another district will not be admitted to RVSD. A student who is not in compliance with a condition of disciplinary action imposed by any other school or with a condition imposed by the juvenile court shall not be admitted. Acceptance for enrollment may be revoked upon finding the existence of any of these conditions. ARS 15-841 (c)
  3. The person enrolling a student must complete the following before the student will be admitted.
    1. Student enrollment form completed in full by the parent or guardian.
    2. Primary / home language survey completed by the parent.
    3. School immunization record completed by the parent.
  4. A conference with the parent, student, counselor, teacher and if necessary, administration, must be held to determine student grade placement. JECD, JEC, JEC(2), ARS 15 - 841
  5. The person enrolling a student (except homeless students as defined in A.R.S. 15-824) in the District for the first time will be asked to produce one of the following proofs:
  6. A certified copy of the child's birth certificate.
  7. Other reliable proof of the student's identity and age, including the student's baptismal certificate, an application for a Social Security number, or original school registration records, and an affidavit explaining the inability to provide a copy of the birth certificate.
  8. A letter from the authorized representative of an agency having custody of the student (pursuant to statute) certifying that the student has been placed in the custody of the agency as prescribed by law.

The parent, guardian, or surrogate will be given thirty days to provide documentation requested as listed above.  If documentation is not provided, a letter will be sent to notify the parent, guardian, or surrogate that unless the documentation is  provided within ten days, the local law enforcement agency will be notified.

Nothing contained in this policy shall authorize the District to disclose to any person a student's educational record without prior parental consent unless the District makes a determination that disclosure of such records is necessary to protect the health and safety of the student.

Adopted: January 5, 1995

LEGAL REF.: A.R.S.15-828




Parents and other visitors are welcome to visit district schools. All visitors must first report to the principals office to register and receive a visitor's pass. Visits to individual classrooms during instructional time shall be permitted only with the administrators approval. Such visits must not interfere with the delivery of instruction or disrupt the normal school environment. KK



"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, academic gifts or skill. It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past ... we cannot change the fact that people will act a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you ... we are in charge of our attitudes." Charles Swindoll




Each student is expected to respect the rights and privileges of other students, teachers, and district staff. Student responsibilities for achieving a positive learning environment at school or school-sponsored activities will include:

  1. Attending all classes, daily and on time.
  2. Being prepared for each class with appropriate materials and assignments.
  3. Being properly attired in accordance with the dress code.
  4. Exhibiting an attitude of respect toward others.
  5. Conducting oneself in a responsible manner.
  6. Refraining from violation of the code of student conduct. JF, JF(R), JFC(1), ARS 15-841

By being a responsible student your good attendance, behavior, and academic work shall be rewarded.



A parent has the responsibility to:

  1. Make every effort to provide for the physical needs of the student.
  2. Teach the child to pay attention and obey the rules.
  3. Make sure the child attends school regularly, and promptly report and explain absences and tardies to the school.
  4. Encourage and lead the child to develop proper study habits at home.
  5. Participate in parent-teacher conferences to discuss the child's progress.
  6. Keep informed of school policies and academic requirements of school programs.
  7. Make sure the student is appropriately dressed at school and school related activities in compliance with the school dress code.
  8. Discuss report cards and school assignments with the student.
  9. Bring to the attention of school authorities any learning problem or condition that may relate to the student's education.
  10. Maintain up-to-date home, work, and emergency telephone numbers and other applicable information at the school.
  11. Make sure the student attends school tutorials when required or as the need arises.
  12. Submit a signed statement that he/she understands and consents to the student responsibilities outlined in this plan.
  13. Cooperate with school administrators and teachers.
  14. Keeping informed through a team effort, school, student, and parent communication with teachers on a regular basis to keep informed of student efforts and behavior that will be beneficial to the student.

Note: If you have a concern about your child, do not wait to be contacted by the school. You are invited and encouraged to visit your child's classes. Please stay apprised of your child's progress. Communication with the school is a vital component of your child's success. IKAD



The district has jurisdiction over it's students during the regular school day and while going to and from school, and on district transportation. The district's jurisdiction includes any activity during the school day on school grounds, attendance at any school related activity, regardless of time or location, and any related misconduct, regardless of time or location. JFC (1)



Lockers remain under the jurisdiction of the school, notwithstanding the fact they are assigned to individual students. The school reserves the right to inspect all lockers. Students have full responsibility for the security of lockers and will make certain they are locked and that the combination is not given to others. Locks lost by the student must be replaced with a school lock and purchased by the student. Inspection of lockers may be conducted at any time for any reason. The inspection may or may not be conducted without the student being present. Students are assigned lockers by the principal or his designee, when they enroll in school. Each student is expected to keep his assigned locker in a neat and presentable order, and use only the locker assigned. Students are not allowed to share lockers. JFG



No officer or employee of the district, when acting or purporting to act in an official capacity, shall refuse to permit any student to participate in any school program because of the student's race, religion, color, sex, or national origin. The district shall comply with federal law concerning education of the handicapped in the areas of educational setting, evaluation, and placement, and procedural safeguards. AC, JB



IEP and MET meetings are the responsibility of the School Administrator and appropriate Special Education personnel. Scheduling must first be coordinated with the principal. Each handicapped student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) shall address the student's specialized needs. Discipline will follow applicable IDEA procedures. AC, JB, IGBA,JGD/JGE/JFA



All students are entitled to enjoy the basic rights of citizenship recognized and protected by law for persons of their age and maturity. Students shall exercise their rights responsibly in compliance with the rules established for the orderly conduct of the district's educational mission. Students who violate the rights of others or who violate district or school rules will be subject to disciplinary procedure. JF, JF(R)



A public school student has an absolute right to individually, voluntarily, and silently pray or meditate in school in a manner that does not disrupt the instructional or other activities of the school. A person may not require, encourage, or coerce a student to engage in or refrain from such prayer or meditation during any school activity. A moment of silence shall be required at the beginning of first hour class each day. IND



Compulsory Attendance Law. Students may not miss more than ten days of school per semester. Classes missed due to school approved activities are excluded. Administrators are authorized to excuse additional absences for extended illness, injury or extenuating circumstances upon satisfactory verification. Truancy, defined as confirmed unexcused absences from any class, or other activity scheduled as part of the regular school day will result in disciplinary action and probable loss of credit. Due process, as prescribed by policy, is available to all students. JEA, ARS 15-803



  1. Parents, please call the office (333-6700 before 9:00 a.m. on the day a student is absent. When the student returns they will be required to give to the attendance clerk, a written note from parent or guardian giving name, date, days of absence and reason for absence. Students who are unable to obtain a parent excuse will be counted unexcused until such excuse is given to the office. The student must get an admit slip from the office before going to class. Students must submit your admit slip to all their teachers.
  2. Make immediate plans to do all make-up work. Your grades will reflect your attendance if you do not make-up missed assignments.
  3. We strongly urge that all students having doctor, dental, or legal appointments during school time, secure a written excuse from the doctor or legal personnel you have visited. JEA

 ABSENCES: A total of absences exceeding 90% attendance rate during a semester is the limit of absences prior to changing the student status in class to loss of credit. Parents will be notified by letter or telephone and an administrative / parent / student conference will be held following the 6th absence. Should a tenth (10th) absence occur, a conference will be held with the student where reasons for absence will be reviewed. Parents will be contacted and one of the following actions be taken:

  1. The student's status in the class will be changed to no credit.
  2. Serious illness or unusual circumstances will be considered by the administration and additional absences may be excused upon appropriate doctor verification. Excused absences are absences from school that have been authorized by a parent or guardian and school authorities. If you are not in attendance in class without a reasonable excuse, it will be considered a truancy , (ditch) and will be dealt with by contacting the School Truant Officer. JE, JEDA



On occasion students may be tardy. If you are tardy to any class, the teacher of that class will make note of it and the tardy policy will be followed. If you are tardy to school you must report to the office for a tardy slip. Please be on time to class. JE


The Arizona State Law states that it is unlawful for any child between the ages of six and sixteen years of age to fail to attend school during the hours school is in session, unless there is a valid excuse. The child will be considered truant when there is not a good reason for not attending school. If a parent fails to ensure that the child attends school, the law states that they are guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor. When the parent does not provide a valid excuse for the child's absence the school attendance officer may cite the student, parent or custodian directly into court for violating the State Truancy Law. ARS 15-802(E)



Leaving school during the day is discouraged. If the student can handle the task before or after school hours, permission to leave will not be granted. Students will not leave to go home to get forgotten items, but may call someone to bring them to school. Students will not go home to change for pep rallies, field trips, choir, band, etc.. Students must learn to plan ahead and work around their other responsibilities.



  1. Students should report all school injuries to the nurse or administration office.
  2. Students should report any abnormal condition of skin (rash, sore eyes, sore on face or body, ringworm of the body or scalp and itching of the scalp or body) or contagious disease affecting other members of the family. Students who have been home with a contagious disease should report to the nurse's office before returning to class.
  3. In case of an emergency or upon becoming ill, students should report to the nurses office.



The school nurse is frequently asked to administer medication to school children. Under certain circumstances (when necessary during school hours) the nurse may cooperate according to the following requirements:

  1. Medication must be prescribed by a physician.
  2. A written order from the physician stating the name of the medication, dosage and time to be administered.
  3. Written permission is given to the nurse from the parent.
  4. Medication must come to the nurse in the prescription container. A physician's order may be acquired at the time medication is prescribed, avoiding unnecessary inconvenience for you and the school. For the protection of the students, no medicine (including non prescription drugs) should be brought to school.

ARS 15-344



If you are to ill to stay in school, see the nurse (with a pass from your teacher). If the nurse decides that you should go home, she will make arrangements to get you home. You may not leave school during the day unless you have a note from the nurse or the office/Administrator. If you leave without this note, it will be considered a ditch, and a truant officer will be notified. If a nurse is not available immediately, your parent/guardian will be called to assist you.


If a student becomes ill during the school day, he/she

must obtain a slip or hall pass from the classroom teacher to go to the Health Center and receive nurse's absence permit before leaving campus. Any student needing to leave campus for illness must check out through the nurse. Leaving campus without checking out through the nurse is considered a truancy.



Textbooks are the property of the school district.

Students are responsible for their textbooks. If a textbook is lost, the student will be charged the replacement cost of the book. All returned textbooks will be assessed for damage. A student turning in a textbook with torn pages, covers, or graffiti, may be required to pay full replacement cost for the book. Students who fail to return textbooks and materials to the school will be charged the full purchase price to replace lost or missing books and materials. Grades and report cards/diplomas will be held until all materials are returned or payment is received. Students are encouraged to pay fines prior to enrolling in RV schools the following school year.



It is the conviction of the staff of the Round Valley Middle School that meaningful homework is an important part of the educational process. The purpose of homework is to:

  1. Reinforce and supplement classroom learning
  2. Teach responsibility in the learning process
  3. Teach students to use resource material
  4. Provide for parental involvement
  5. Aid in reaching class goals and objectives
  6. Develop independent study skills.

Homework will be assigned by teachers as necessary. Students will usually have the opportunity to begin their homework in class. This will allow the teacher to provide guided practice and answer student questions. Parents are invited to call the school to have their questions answered concerning homework.

Extra study opportunities: Teachers are available to help with your assignments before and after school. When you need help, talk to them and arrange for a specific time so that both of you can be prepared. A few minutes of extra instruction saves hours of confused study. IKB

Completion of Assignment Policy: If a student is absent due to illness, a death in the family, or a medical or legal appointment, he/she may have two (2) days for every day absent (up to 10 days) to make up work missed. If a student is absent for other reasons, he/she may have one day (1) for each day absent up to five (5) days to make up the work and receive full credit. Student work is due at the time of the class. If a student misses a class due to participation in an extra-curricular or co-curricular activity, the work is due at the next scheduled class meeting. ARS 15-843(C)



The following grading system will be used:

A 90 - 100 % Superior
B 80 - 89 % Above Average
C 70 - 79 % Average
D 60 - 69 % Below Average
F 0 - 59 % Failing
I Incomplete



Participation in extracurricular, co-curricular, and club activities is a privilege extended to all students, grades K-12 who are willing to take the responsibility to meet the minimum eligibility requirements set by the Board of Education.

A. Definition of Extracurricular Activities are:

  1. All interscholastic activities which are of a competitive nature, and involve more than one school where a championship, winner, or rating is determined, and / or;
  2. Those endeavors of a continuous and ongoing nature for which no credit is earned in meeting graduation or promotional requirements, and are organized, planned, or sponsored by the district consistent with district policy.

B. Definition of Co-Curricular Activities are: Activities which are in conjunction with a students classroom requirements.


Eligibility policy to participate in Extracurricular, Co-Curricular and Club activities:

  1. Students must be academically eligible to participate in extra & co-curricular activities.
  2. Teachers will submit grades to the office on a weekly basis each Thursday.
  3. Grades will be posted by student identification number on Friday and these grades will reflect if the student is eligible to participate for the following Monday - Saturday.
  4. Students are ineligible to participate the following week of activities if:
    1. The student has any F's.
  5. Students involved in extra & co-curricular activities are responsible for checking the ineligible list and notifying their parent/guardian if they are ineligible for participation.
  6. Eligibility for Special Education students will be determined on a case - by - case basis, based upon individual needs as documented in the Individual Education Plan of the student.

¥ It is the sole responsibility of the coach, director, or sponsor to see that only eligible students participate.

¥ Teachers will be available each day after school to assist students who wish to work on improving their grades.

¥ Teachers must notify the student when they have been put on the ineligible list. Generally this is done by posting student grades. The coach, director, or sponsor will attempt to notify the parent when a student is ineligible.



Honor Society: The Round Valley Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society is open to the students of Round Valley Middle School. New members will be inducted into the organization during the school year. Membership is based on scholarship, citizenship, leadership, service and character. Students are required to have a 3.5 or better semester grade point average on a 4.0 scale. ( A = 4.0 B = 3.0 C = 2.0 D = 1.0 ) The following academic subjects will be included to determine grade point average:

Science - Health  Mathematics English - Spelling
History (6th,7th) Constitution (8th) Reading

Students will be inducted at the beginning of the second semester based on the previous semester grades. Students will be dismissed from the organization if the next semester grade point average falls below 3.5. Honor Society activities may include: Regular meetings, scholastic field trip, induction luncheon, other activities. During eighth grade promotion exercises, members will be recognized with a sash to be worn during the promotion ceremony.



We want RVMS to be the best place to go to school in the entire state. We want everyone, students and teachers alike, to have Pride in Round Valley Middle School. To help promote a feeling of pride and self-worth and to help establish a very positive place for students to learn, we encourage students and staff to be aware of the good things that others do. To help foster this attitude and environment the following recognition will be used:

Elk Bugle Citation

All school employees will have access to 'Elk Bugle Citations' which can be distributed to students whenever students demonstrate positive behavior. These citations can be used as incentives in the classroom. The school employee will sign it and give it to the student. The student will place his / her name on the citation and deposit it in a box in the office. Weekly drawings will be held with the following prizes available: 1st prize - Hamburger, French Fries and Milkshake at Dairy Creme; 2nd prize - Large sundae at Dairy Queen.


RVMS Gold Pride Award

The RVMS Gold Pride Award will be presented at the end of each grading period. The student who has perfect attendance for the entire grading period will earn an entry for the drawing. The student who earns a place on the Principal's Honor Roll ( 3.5 to 4.0 G.P.A.) will receive two entries. Perfect attendance for the entire school year earns a bonus entry for the final Grand Prize Drawing, and a Perfect Attendance certificate. Quarterly drawings of Gold Pride Awards will be held. The following are types of prizes awarded:

1st prize - Dinner for the student and parents at a local restaurant

2nd prize - School T-shirt or sweatshirt

3rd prize - Free pass to the swimming pool

4th prize - A pick from the surprise box

All Gold Pride Award entries will be kept and placed in a container for the Grand Prize drawing to be held at the end of the school year. (The 4th quarter Gold Pride Awards will be figured through the grades and attendance through the 4th quarter Progress Reports.)


Citizenship Award

The citizenship award will be given to two 8th grade students (one boy and one girl), one 7th grade and one 6th grade student. The characteristics looked for in students are: leadership ability, responsibility, dependability, courtesy, thoughtfulness, kindness, a helpful attitude, is studious, and demonstrates excellence in student life throughout the school year. The 8th grade students receiving this award will receive a certificate, a plaque and a check for $50.00. The 6th and 7th grade students receiving this award will receive a certificate, a plaque and a check for $25.00. Students will be selected by teachers at the appropriate level two (2) weeks prior to the last day of school. This award will be given during the promotion exercises for 8th grade and during class meetings on the last day of school for 6th and 7th grade students.


Academic Award

The academic award is given to the 8th grade student with the highest grade point average in the five basic subjects: Mathematics, English, Reading, Science and Social Studies. A plaque, certificate and a check for $50.00 will be given to the receiving student. Other 8th grade students (two or three), the 7th grade student with the highest G.P.A. in the five basic subject areas will receive a plaque, certificate and a check for $25.00. In each 6th grade the student with the highest G.P.A. in the five basic subjects (as previously noted) will receive the Academic Award Certificate and a check for $15.00. This award will be given during the promotion exercises for 8th grade. For 6th and 7th grade, during class meetings on the last day of school.


Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony

The site for the promotion ceremony will be the Round Valley Middle School Gym. It is requested that parents be aware of the following dress guidelines for students participating in the promotion ceremony. Appropriate for the occasion for boys: dress shoes, dress shirt, tie and slacks; for girls a nice informal dress (something she would wear to church). No tennis shoes please. We discourage the purchase/rental of expensive clothing for this occasion.


Honor Roll:

The Principals Honor Roll requires students to have a 3.5 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale. The following academic subjects will be included :

Science - Health Mathematics English - Spelling
Social Studies Reading Electives




Personal vehicles are not covered by district liability insurance. Students who drive or ride a motorcycle, or bicycle to school do so at their own risk. The advice of school officials is to walk to school or use the public transportation provided by the school. Misuse of personal vehicles on school property may result in the student not being allowed to bring a personal vehicle to school.

JF, JF(R), JFC(1)



The campuses of the Round Valley Middle School, Round Valley Intermediate School and Round Valley Primary School will operate as closed campus schools. No student is authorized to leave the campus or be in the parking area at any time unless he/she has permission from the administration. Failure to comply with this rule shall result in immediate and serious disciplinary action by school officials which may include suspension. Students who walk home for lunch must have a written note from the parent and prior approval from the administration. Approval will be given only for the student to walk to his/her home, not to any other establishment, ie. convenience store, restaurant, etc.. Students going to the doctor or dentist shall, at the time of returning, present a doctor's note certifying the student's visit to the doctor or dentist. After securing permission, a student must sign out and sign back in (in the office) if he/she leaves the school grounds during school hours. Disciplinary action will be administered to the student who violates this rule.



The District's dress code is established to maintain a safe, orderly environment for students and staff. The dress code is intended to assist with the prevention of disruption, safety hazards, and to teach personal hygiene. The dress code for Round Valley Schools is as follows:

  1. The Administration reserves the right to consider a student's attire inappropriate or distracting. Students who violate the dress code will be asked to change their clothes or will be sent home and will be charged with an unexcused absence. Persistent dress code violations will result in suspension from school.
  2. Clothing or jewelry which refers to or displays writing or pictures that communicate pornographic ideas, gang affiliation, obscene gestures or language, or the advertisement of drugs, tobacco or alcoholic beverage, are prohibited.
  3. No chains (such as wallet chains), are allowed.
  4. Hats/caps are not to be worn in the buildings.
  5. Bandanas are prohibited.
  6. "Sagging " pants are prohibited. The waist line of the pant is to be worn on the persons waist, not below. The crotch must fit properly. The pant must fit without a belt. If a belt is worn it is to be secured in the pant belt loops.
  7. Long shirts worn to cover "sagging", will be required to be tucked in.
  8. Shorts or skirts must reach at least mid-thigh in length. Cutoffs, spandex, and other tight fitting articles of clothing are prohibited as outside garments. Holes or slits in clothing is prohibited.
  9. Clothing that displays or suggests gang involvement or activity is prohibited. This sends a challenging message of intimidation, threat, and fear, and is a disruption and interference in the education of students.
  10. Clothing, such as tank tops, sheer blouses, mesh shirts, tube tops, halter tops, bare midriffs, crop tops, and sleeveless loop garments are prohibited. Normal movement of the body should not reveal breasts, abdomen, buttocks or the groin area.
  11. Sunglasses are not to be worn in the building.
  12. Shoes must be worn at all times. House shoes or thongs are not allowed. JFCA



The objective of the district is to provide students with a quality educational program which encourages the acquisition, exchange, and application of ideas. This objective may be achieved only in an environment which promotes cooperation and is free from disruptions which interfere with the educational process. The district is committed to the rights of students recognized and protected under state and federal law, but it also expects students to behave in an appropriate manner and to contribute in a positive way to the school community. A proper balance between rights and responsibilities is essential if the district is to provide an educational system which allows students to develop to their fullest potential.


All students will be provided with a copy of the Student Code of Conduct. It will be the student's responsibility to share these regulations with their parents. Additional copies can be obtained upon request at the school office. A statement signed by the parent / guardian and the student, that they understand and consent to the responsibilities and other provisions of the Code of Conduct will be kept on file at each campus to document acknowledgment. It will be the sole responsibility of the student to have both their signature and their parent/guardian signature and the form must be submitted to the homework teacher. Failure to comply with these requirements will not relieve students and parents of adherence to the code of conduct. ARS 15 - 843 (M), (N)



Violations of the following offenses are considered serious. When necessary the appropriate law enforcement agencies will be notified for possible criminal prosecution.


Any act that injures, degrades, or disgraces - or tends to injure, degrade, or disgrace any student.


Conduct and/or behavior which is disruptive to the orderly educational procedure and process of the school.


Refusal to comply with reasonable requests of school personnel.

Arizona law makes it illegal to insult, abuse or assault a teacher or other school employee(s) while they are engaged in the execution of official duties. ARS 15-507

JEDA, JFC (1)- R(1)

Failure to attend or arriving late to a scheduled class or appointment.


Two or more parties choosing to engage in a physical confrontation.


A person commits assault by: Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing any physical injury to another person; or intentionally placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury; or knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke such person. ARS 13-1203, 13-1204

FORGERY JFC (1), JFC (1) R(1)

Writing and using the signature or initials of another person without that person's permission.


Giving false information or information calculated to mislead.


Failure to comply with the dress code adopted by the district.


Not complying with published bus rules.


Any over - familiar display of affection.


Cheating, forgery, plagiarism etc.


Skateboards are not allowed on district property.

LOITERING ARS 13-2905(5)

A person who is present in or about a school building or grounds after a reasonable request to leave. Does not have any reason or relationship of custody or responsibility for a pupil or student or other legitimate reason to be there.


Taking or concealing property that belongs to others.


The solicitation of money, or something of value, from another person, in return for protection, or in connection with a threat to inflict harm. #


Sexual harassment is defined by the Educational Code as "unwelcome sexual advance, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the work or educational setting."


The use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic substances. This includes off-campus consumption and then being on district property.

JFCI, JHC, JHCD, JFC (1) - R (1), ARS 13-3451

The use (including inhalation), possession, or distributive transaction of non-prescribed drugs, prescribed drugs, narcotics or other noxious substances. This includes off-campus use and then being on district property. The use, possession or distribution of anything representing non-prescribed drugs. Imitation means a drug, or substance which does or does not contain a controlled substance, but by appearance, would lead a reasonable person to believe that it is a controlled substance or drug.

JFC (1), JFC (1) R(1)

The malicious or fraudulent burning of property


The use of any electronic device for illegal means is considered a serious offense. Student's use of an electronic device for illegal, improper use of, or if its use causes distractions in any way to the educational environment of the school, it is prohibited. All electronic devices seized will be returned only to the parent upon the parent request. Also included in this policy are other electronic devices, such as but not limited to: games, videos, walkmans, cameras, cellular phones, radios, cassette or C.D. players, paging devices (beepers).



Any use of school district electronic equipment that is not part of a curriculum assignment is strictly prohibited and will be considered a zero tolerance status. Consequences may include loss of credit and/or loss of privileges, suspension or expulsion. IIBGA, IIBGA-R, IIBGA-E


The following items are prohibited on campus: skateboards, water guns, toys, bandanas, sunglasses, any gang related items, or any item that disrupts learning. Parents may claim items from the Assistant Principal one time, and then they will be held until the end of the school year if taken. Please leave your toys at home.


Conduct by students either in or out of class which for any reason, whether because of time, place, or behavior, disrupts the educational environment of others is prohibited. Students at Round Valley Schools have a right to learn. Class disruption will not be tolerated and students who persistently disrupt class will face serious disciplinary consequences which may include suspension or expulsion.



Students shall not vandalize or otherwise damage or deface any property, including furniture and other equipment, belonging to or used by the district or district schools. Parents or guardians of students guilty of damaging school property shall be liable for damages in accordance with law. Students shall be responsible for the care and return of state - owned textbooks and may be charged for replacement costs of damaged property. ECAB, JFCB, JFC(1), JFC(1)R(1), ECAB, ARS 15-842

JFCG, JFCI, JHC, JHCD, JFC (1) - R (1)

The use, distribution or possession of tobacco of any kind.



Smoking by students in the RVSD will not be permitted on campus at any time during school hours or at school - sponsored activities during the day or night (this includes parking lots, cars). Violation of the tobacco policy may result in suspension or expulsion. Possession or use of tobacco in any form (cigarettes, cigars, snuff, chewing tobacco, etc.) is prohibited to students at all times on any and all campuses, including parking lots, school buses, etc. Possession is the mere handling of tobacco regardless of length of time in that student's possession. A student on any campus when observed with tobacco of any form on his person or in his locker shall give it to the teacher or principal when asked. Refusal to do so shall result in disciplinary measures. If there is reason or cause to suspect a student is in possession of or is using tobacco in any form, he will be required to surrender it to school officials. The purpose of "no smoking" and "non-possession of any form of tobacco" policy on school campuses is for the benefit of all students who can be influenced to begin a hazardous habit that can affect their health for the rest of their lives.



RVSD believes that student use of alcohol and illicit drugs is both illegal and harmful. Consequently, the district has established a code of student conduct that prohibits the use, sale possession, and distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs (including abusable glue or aerosol paint or their inhalants) by students on school premises or as part of any school activity, regardless of its location. This prohibition extends to the student being under the influence / or in possession of any of these substances. The student need not be legally intoxicated. Compliance with this code of conduct is mandatory, and students will be disciplined if they are found to have violated this code of conduct. The district's policies provide strict disciplinary sanctions for alcohol and drug related offenses. Students may be short term suspended and referred to the school board for further disciplinary action including expulsion if deemed necessary. In addition, students will be referred to appropriate law enforcement officials for criminal prosecution. All necessary means will be used in combating drug use on school property which may include the use of drug dogs within the schools. JFCI-R



A student shall not go onto the school premises with a firearm (rifle, gun, pistol) explosive weapon, or knife unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of the district. The student shall not interfere with normal activities, occupancy, or use of any building or portion of the campus by exhibiting, using, or threatening to exhibit or use the firearm, explosive weapon or knife. Students are also prohibited from bringing to school or school-related activities, any objects that could be considered weapons or used as a weapon.

Weapons include, but are not limited to:

  1. Fireworks of any kind
  2. Any form of rifles, gun, pistol, toy guns etc.
  3. Razors, knives (blade length greater than 2 1/2")
  4. Clubs, bats, night sticks, oriental wooden or metal devices, etc.
  5. Metallic knuckles
  6. Chains
  7. Any other object used in a way that threatens to inflict bodily injury on another person
  8. Any chemical dispensing device such as, but not limited to, mace, pepper spray, etc.. The possession or use of articles not generally considered weapons is prohibited, including but not limited to, pellet guns and BB guns, when, in the principal's or his designee's judgment, a reasonable premonition of danger exists to the student in possession, other students, staff, or school property by virtue of possession or use. School district personnel will use metal detectors when appropriate as determined by District policy. Violation of the weapons policy may result in suspension or expulsion. JFCJ



A gang is defined as follows:

For the purpose of this policy a gang is a group of three or more people who:

  1. Interact together to the exclusion of others
  2. Claim a territory or area
  3. Have a name
  4. Have rivals / enemies
  5. Exhibit antisocial behavior-often associated with crime or a threat to the community.

Arizona Law defines "Gang Member" as follows: An individual who meets two (2) of the following seven (7) criteria: (ARS 13-105)

  1. Self Proclamation
  2. Witness of testimony or official statement
  3. Correspondence: Written or Electronic
  4. Paraphernalia or photographs
  5. Tattoos
  6. Clothing or colors
  7. Any other indicia of street gang membership


The administration and the site council have determined that the presence of gangs and/or gang activities causes a substantial disruption of, or material interference with, school and school activities. Any student who displays by apparel or behavior any gang involvement or suggestion of gang involvement, constitutes a disruption of, and interference with, the educational process. For this reason, Round Valley School Board has an absolute zero tolerance for any gang activity in the RVSD. Any student who displays by apparel or behavior any gang involvement or suggestion of gang involvement.

Prohibited gang activity or gang involvement is described as:

  1. Wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying, or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblems, badges, symbols, signs, graffiti, or other things that are evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang.
  2. Committing any act or omission, or using any speech, either verbal or nonverbal gestures, handshakes, hand signs, etc.) showing membership or affiliation in a gang.
  3. Using any speech or committing an act or omission of an act to promote the interest of any gang or gang activity, including but not limited to:
    1. Soliciting others for membership in any gang
    2. Requesting any person to pay for protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person
    3. Committing any other illegal act or other violation of school district policies.
    4. Inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other person.
    5. Engaging in concert with others in intimidating, fighting, assaulting, or threatening to assault others.
    6. Intimidation or jump in activities. Any student suspected of any gang activity, may be subject to questioning from the State Gang Task Force, or other law enforcement agencies.


A student suspected of gang activity will be referred to the appropriate authorities, which may include the Arizona State Gang Task Force, and an investigation will be conducted. A student found guilty of a gang related offense will be short term suspended with a hearing set for possible further disciplinary action which may include long term suspension and/or expulsion.



Students are prohibited from assaulting anyone on school property or at any school - related event. An assault is defined as:

  1. Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person
  2. Intentionally, or knowingly threatening another with imminent bodily injury
  3. Intentionally, or knowingly causing physical contact with another when the student knows or should reasonably believe that the other will regard the contact as offensive or provocative Violation of the Assault policy may result in suspension or expulsion. JFC (1), ARS 13-1203


Statements or actions which intimidate or injure another person.


Students shall not fight, push, intimidate or otherwise abuse other students. For the purpose of reprimand, suspension and expulsion for fighting / mutual combat / intimidation shall include but not limited to the following types of conduct:

  1. Exhibiting behavior which intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes any physical injury to another person.
  2. Exhibiting behavior which intentionally places another person in reasonable apprehension of immediate physical injury.
  3. Intending to injure, insult, or provoke another person by knowingly touching him/her.
  4. Acting together (two or more) in a way that recklessly uses force or violence which disturbs the normal operation of the Round Valley Middle School, any school sponsored activity or threatens to create a disruption or injury to students, guests or employees of the Round Valley District Schools.
  5. Engaging in fighting, violent or seriously disruptive behavior.
  6. Use of abusive or offensive language or gestures in any manner likely to provoke physical retaliation.
  7. Refusing to obey a reasonable order of any employee of the Round Valley School District to disperse when issued to maintain public safety and to avoid injury or harm to persons or property.
  8. Threatening by word or conduct to cause physical injury to another person or serious damage to property.
  9. Threatening to use or using physical force against another in response to a verbal statement. JFC (1)





Chronic Offenses

The district defines chronic to be two or more violations of the discipline code in general or repeated occurrences of the same violation. Please understand that discipline consequences will be progressive in nature. Progressive means penalties will increase in severity as a student accumulates discipline violations. Note: Students/parents, some discipline violations will begin with more severe consequence. JFC(1), JFC(1)-R (1)

Discipline consequences

The range of penalties that may be imposed for violations of the student code of conduct rules include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Verbal or written warning
  • RTC (Responsibility Thinking Classroom)
  • Corporal punishment
  • Detention
  • In-School Suspension
  • Saturday School Detention
  • Emergency Removal
  • Short Term Suspension
  • Long Term Suspension
  • Expulsion
  • Alternative education setting, if available


If a student withdraws from school to avoid disciplinary action and then wishes to re - enroll at a later date, the disciplinary consequences must still be fulfilled upon admittance to school. Failure to comply will result in non admittance to school. ARS 15-843 (E)


Students may be removed from regular classes or district premises for nondisciplinary health, welfare, and safety reasons when the administration determines that an emergency exists. Reasons constituting an emergency include, but are not limited to:

  1. Being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
  2. Being highly agitated
  3. Suffering from any other condition that temporarily threatens the students welfare, or other individual's welfare. Any student removed from school for a reason shown above who is in a condition that threatens his own welfare or the welfare of others shall be released to the parent, the parent's representative, or other proper authority, including, but not limited to law enforcement officers and medical personnel.


School officials are not required to initiate or complete due process procedure prior to notifying police authorities. If police authorities are notified, parents or guardians may be contacted by telephone or certified letter. Any action taken by police authorities will be in addition to action taken by the school.


No student or group of students acting in concert may willfully engage in disruptive activity or disrupt a lawful assembly on the campus or property of any school in the district. Conduct by students, either in or out of class, that for any reason whether because of time, place, or manner or behavior materially disrupts class work or involves substantial disorder or invasion of the rights of other students or employees at school or school related activities is prohibited. Student demonstrations and similar activities shall be prohibited when there is evidence that may reasonably lead school authorities to predict substantial disruption of, or interference with, normal school operations or approved school activities.


If a student at school is subject to arrest or apprehension by a law enforcement officer, the principal, designee, or School District Peace Officer shall deliver the student into the officer's custody. The principal or School District Officer will make a reasonable attempt to notify the parents. JEDB



The RVSD promotes the "Safe School" concept. A School Resource Officer (SRO), and Juvenile Probation Officer (JPO), are members of the school staff and assist the school in the following:

  1. Helping to maintain a safe, orderly, effective school environment
  2. Teach Law-Related Education curriculum to students
  3. Act as truant officer
  4. Respond to administrative concerns and directives
  5. Conduct interviews, searches, make juvenile referrals and arrests as needed

The SRO, JPO and other Law Enforcement agencies have the legal right to conduct investigations in the school at any time without parental permission. There is no constitutional or civil right to have a parent present when a juvenile is questioned by police {State v. Jimenez, 165 Ariz. 444, 449-453 (Sup. Ct. 1990)}. The district personnel shall cooperate fully with the police and other law enforcement agencies. Administrators and teachers have the right to question students regarding their conduct or the conduct of others. School officials may search a student or a student's property with reasonable suspicion or with the student's voluntary consent. Vehicles on school property are also subject to search. Areas such as lockers, which are owned and controlled by the district, may be searched if reasonable suspicion exists to believe that contraband is inside the locker. Searches of student's outer clothing and pockets may be conducted if suspicion exists. There will be no "strip-searches" conducted by school officials and/or school personnel. JFG, KN



Any district employee may, within the scope of the employees duties, use and apply physical restraint to a student that the employee reasonably believes is necessary in order to:

  1. Protect a person, including the person using physical restraint from physical injury
  2. Obtain possession of a weapon or dangerous object
  3. Protect property from serious damage




Students may be removed to an alternative education setting if the principal determines:

  1. The student's presence in the regular classroom presents a danger of physical harm to the student or others.
  2. The student has engaged in serious or persistent misbehavior that violates the Student Code of Conduct.




Students riding District buses shall observe the following standards:

  1. Behave in the same manner expected at school or in the classroom
  2. Obey instruction of the bus driver and respond appropriately to reasonable requests
  3. Occupy and remain in assigned seat until the bus stops
  4. Keep aisles clear
  5. Talk quietly
  6. Keep arms, hands, legs, and head inside the bus at all times
  7. Be courteous to other students
  8. No food or drinks
  9. Do not use or possess alcohol, drugs, and/or tobacco
  10. Carry on cases, band instruments, etc. must be placed on the lap or between the feet at all times
  11. No skateboards, animals or glass objects
  12. No weapons of any kind, explosives, fireworks, smoke or stink bombs, or other dangerous objects
  13. Do not destroy or deface the bus
  14. Do not throw objects from the bus or at the bus driver
  15. Maintain orderly conduct at bus stops.




Students who do not comply with District standards will not be allowed to ride the bus. The following are the terms of expulsion:

  1. First referral to principal, the student may not be allowed to ride a bus for a minimum of five (5) days
  2. Second referral to principal, the student may not be allowed to ride the us for ten (10) days
  3. Third referral to principal, the student may not be allowed to ride the bus for a minimum of one (1) semester or one (1) month, whichever is longer.

NOTE: Under Arizona law, parents/guardians are liable for damage done to District property by their children. Parents will be charged for such damage.



All students are entitled to due process. Due process means notice and a hearing. There are certain procedures which school officials must follow prior to taking appropriate disciplinary action. Under some circumstances, there are also procedures which students must follow if they do not agree with the school's actions. Hopefully, students will never be in a situation where due process procedures are needed. If a student is faced with possible suspension or expulsion, the appropriate due process procedure will be implemented. The following summary is only provided to acquaint students, parents or guardians with existing procedure.



No student during his/her suspension period may:

  1. Be on school grounds
  2. Attend any school sponsored activity on or off campus
  3. Attend any after school program on campus at any school district facility


A short suspension is ten (10) days or less.

The notice and hearing required for a short suspension is more informal and abbreviated than for a long suspension or expulsion. Also, the notice can be oral and need not be put in writing. The school administrator has the right to suspend a student for ten (10) days or less. In cases of this type, an informal hearing between the administrator, student and any other appropriate persons will be conducted. The administrator will inform the student of the alleged conduct that is considered a violation of the rules. The student will be given an opportunity to respond. If, after the hearing is completed, the administrator decides that a short suspension is appropriate, it will become effective immediately. The administrator will attempt to notify parents or guardians by telephone before this action is taken. There is no right to appeal a short suspension. The administrator can, in addition to imposing a short suspension, recommend to the Superintendent that a long suspension be imposed. The short suspension will nevertheless take place immediately. If the Superintendent approves a long suspension, a formal hearing may be requested and will take place before it is imposed.


A long suspension is eleven (11) days or more.

The school administrator will recommend to the Superintendent that the student be suspended for more than (10) days. Parents or guardians are welcome to meet with the Superintendent to discuss the situation in an informal setting. The notice that such a meeting is requested must be given by the parents or guardians to the Superintendent within two (2) working days of receiving the notice of intent to impose a long term suspension. A formal hearing will be held to invoke a long term suspension. A request for the formal hearing must be made within five (5) working days after notice has been mailed regarding a potential long suspension. The hearing will be held at the district level by an appointed hearing officer. Written notice to parents or guardians of the recommendation for a long suspension will include instructions regarding the due process procedure. A long suspension will not take effect until the formal hearing has been held, and a decision is made by the hearing officer. If the hearing officer imposes the long suspension, then an appeal may be made to the Governing Board by sending a written notice of appeal to the Board within five (5) days after the Hearing officer's decision.



Expulsion means the permanent withdraw of the privilege of attending a school unless the Governing Board reinstates that privilege. The student can be suspended for ten (10) days immediately. Expulsion will take effect after a formal hearing is held and the Governing Board has made its decision. Written notice will be sent to the parents or guardians that the school administrator has recommended to the Governing Board expulsion of the student. The Governing Board will decide in executive session whether to hold a hearing or to designate a hearing officer to conduct a hearing. The officer will, if appointed, hear the evidence, prepare a record, and bring a recommendation to the Board for action. Only the Governing Board can expel a student. The parents or guardians and any student subject to expulsion will be given written notice of the time and place for the hearing at least five (5) working days prior to the hearing. ARS 15-840, 841



1. WHAT IS A WEAPON? A weapon is: any firearm, explosives, fireworks, chains, a knife with a blade 2-1/2 inches long, or knife of any length which has a locking mechanism. A simulated weapon which may be used to represent an actual weapon. A destructive device which is designed to expel a projectile such as a BB/pellet gun, slingshot, bow, or crossbow, or a collection of parts that could be used to assemble a destructive device. A dangerous instrument being available for use to inflict physical injury. Explosives, fireworks, and chains may be included as a weapon.

2. WHAT IS MEANT BY POSSESSION? The definition of possession includes but is not limited to holding, carrying and/or storing an object. Students are responsible for the items in the lockers issued to them, and for items in backpacks and in automobiles parked on school property.

3. WHAT IS CONSIDERED DRUG PARAPHERNALIA? Any instrument which can be used for the smoking of drugs and any products commonly associated with marijuana use. Razor blades and mirrors found together in suspicious circumstances can be interpreted as drug paraphernalia. A razor blade is also considered a weapon . Also, any article or instrument that law enforcement verifies as drug paraphernalia.

4. I ONLY HAD A FEW SIPS OF ALCOHOL, WHY AM I IN TROUBLE? The rule states possession or use of alcohol or an illegal substance results in disciplinary action from the school and or legal action from the police. The Arizona Revised Statutes does not list an amount, it simply states possession of or any amount consumed is a violation.

5. WHAT IS ASSAULT AND BATTERY? Assault occurs when one person threatens another person and has the means to carry out the threats. Battery refers to the actual contact one person makes with another.

6. I DIDN'T START THE FIGHT, HE / SHE HIT ME FIRST. WHY AM I IN TROUBLE? The school's stand is that it takes two people to fight and both are responsible for his / her part in that fight. Both students may be short or long term suspended. Students who feel a fight might potentially occur are encouraged to seek the assistance of counselors and administrators who have been trained in conflict resolution.

7. WHY IS MY DISCIPLINE MORE SEVERE THAN THE OTHER PERSONS? Depending upon the nature of the violation, student discipline shall be progressive, ie. generally a students first violation shall merit a lighter penalty than subsequent violations (if a student has 4 discipline notices the penalty will be more severe than the student who has two). Discipline may also be weighed by who initiated the violation.

8. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY DISRESPECT? (DEFIANCE OF AUTHORITY) Disrespect can mean the use of profanity, vulgarity, disobedience, refusing to give your name or lying about your name. It can occur in the classroom, on campus or at a school activity.

9. WHEN AM I CONSIDERED TARDY? If a student is not in their assigned seat when the tardy bell rings the student is tardy and will receive disciplinary action.

10. WHAT IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT? Sexual harassment is defined by the Educational Code as "unwelcome sexual advance, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the work or educational setting."

11. WHY CAN'T WE BRING AND RIDE OUR SKATE BOARDS ON CAMPUS? Skate boarding on campus has led to destruction of school property and loitering. It may be a financial liability for the school if an accident should occur. Our insurance company discourages the school to give permission to skate on school property.

12. WHY CAN'T WE WEAR THE CLOTHING WE CHOOSE? The dress code is intended to prevent any disruption, distraction, intimidation, to avoid safety hazards and teach personal hygiene.

13. WHY DO WE HAVE A CLOSED CAMPUS? Schools are responsible for the student to and from school, and for the students safety while at school. A closed campus enables the school to provide better supervision of students during the school day.