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a) Confidentiality of Student Records
The privacy rights of parents and students is mandated by federal legislation
known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment),
state regulations (Chapter 14-Special Education Services and Programs, Chapter
12-Student Rights and Responsibilities), and district policy. The different
categories of information maintained by the school district are as follows:
educational and health records, personally identifiable information, and
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With the exception of receiving school districts' educational and health
records, and personally identifiable information, additional information cannot
be disclosed or released without parent consent or, if a student is eighteen or
older, without his/her consent. Information known as directory information can be
released without consent. Directory information means information that would be
considered non-harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. This information
includes the following: student's name, address, date and place of birth,
courses taken, participation in officially recognized activities and sports,
weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and
awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution
attended by the student.
Written request by a parent/guardian (or by a student age eighteen or older)
is required for the disclosure of educational and health records and personally
identifiable information. The consent must specify the records that may be
disclosed and purpose of the disclosure, as well as identify the party or class
of parties to whom the disclosure may be made. A written record of the disclosure
must be maintained by the school district. Informational access and school
records are available to parents, their representative, and to students eighteen
years of age or older.
b) Personal & Sexual Harrassment Policy
TLC Charter Schools, Inc. Board of Directors believes that all employees,
students, directors and volunteers have a right to freedom from harassment
because of gender, race, ancestry, place of origin, color, ethnic origin, creed,
etc. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated, and complaints will be
resolved in a serious, objective and confidential manner.
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c) Affirmative Action
TLC Charter School's ("TLC" or the "Center") special character is reflected in
the diversity of the Tucson community. Men and women, boys and girls of different
races, religions, nationalities, and backgrounds are necessary to achieve the
Center's ultimate purpose: the improvement of the human condition through the
pursuit of learning. Diversity is prized at TLC because it helps to create the
educational environment that best prepares students to contribute to an increasingly
diverse and rapidly shrinking world. We have a clear commitment to affirmative
action. We must continue, therefore, to seek talented faculty, students, and
staff who will help constitute a community at TLC that is diverse in race,
ethnicity, interests, and perspectives.
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TLC is committed to ensuring that all educational programs and personnel
actions including application, hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits,
transfer, layoffs, training, tuition assistance, and social and recreational
programs are administered without regard to race, color, gender (except where
gender is a bona fide occupational qualification), religion, national or ethnic
origin, age (except where age is a bona fide occupational qualification),
disability, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam Era. The
Center's policy is applicable to faculty and other employees, applicants for
faculty positions and other employment, and applicants to educational programs
and activities. This policy is fundamental to the effective functioning of the
Center as an institution of teaching, scholarship, and public service.
TLC Charter Schools of Tucson does not discriminate on the basis of race,
color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, age, or disability in
admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and
activities. This includes Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil
Rights Act of 1991, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of
Questions and concerns regarding these policies should be directed to the
TLC Charter Schools, Governing Board of Directors, PO Box 5310, Tucson, AZ 85703
d) Religious-Related Activities & Practices
The Board of Directors of TLC Charter Schools, Inc. establishes the following
guidelines to preserve the rights of all students within the framework of United
States and Arizona State constitutions:
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A. Teaching about religion: Public schools may teach about religion,
including the Bible or other scripture: the history of religion, comparative
religion, the Bible (or other scripture) as literature, and the role of religion
in the history of the United States and other countries all are permissible
public school subjects. Similarly, it is permissible to consider religious
influences on art, music, literature, and social studies. Although public
schools may teach about religious holidays, including their religious aspects,
and may celebrate the secular aspects of holidays, schools may not observe holidays
as religious events or promote such observance by students.
Criteria used to guide academic inquiry in the study of religion shall seek the
same neutrality, objectivity and educational effectiveness expected in other
areas of the curriculum. In addition, materials and activities should be
sensitive to America's pluralistic society and should educate rather than
indoctrinate. Instructional activities should meet the three-part test established
and used by the U.S. Supreme Court to determine constitutionality: (1) the
activity must have a secular purpose; (2) the activity's principal or primary
effect must be one that neither advances nor inhibits religion; and (3) the
activity must not impose excessive involvement on the part of the school in order
to maintain a neutral position towards the advancement of religion. This constitutional
restriction shall not preclude a student from expressing his/her views relative
to belief or non-belief about a religious-related issue in composition, reports,
music, art, debate and classroom discussion, when consistent with the assignment.
All religious-related instructional materials and/or activities must relate to
secular student learning goals or standards.
B. Teaching values: Though schools must be neutral with respect to
religion, they may play an active role with respect to teaching civic values and
virtue, and the moral code that holds us together as a community. The fact that
some of these values are held also by religions does not make it unlawful to
teach them in school.
C. A student may decline to participate in a school activity that is
contrary to his/her religious convictions. Staff is encouraged to contact parents
to confirm a student's exempting him/herself for future situations.
D. If non-curriculum-related student groups are permitted to meet on
school premises immediately before or after school hours, students shall be
permitted to meet to discuss religious, political, philosophical or other issues
provided such group meetings are student-initiated and student-managed.
E. Religious groups may rent school facilities under the policy providing
for facilities rental. Activities of such groups shall be clearly separated from
school-sponsored activities so that the school district does not support or
appear to support the establishment of religion.
F. A student may distribute religious literature under the same conditions
that other literature maybe distributed on the campus provided that such
distribution does not intrude on the operation of the school.
G. Material and/or announcements promoting religion may not be distributed
by non-students or on behalf of groups or individuals who are not students.
H. Religious services, programs or assemblies shall not be conducted in
school facilities during school hours or in connection with any school sponsored
or school related activity. Speakers and/or programs that convey a religious or
devotional message are prohibited. This restriction does not preclude the
presentation of choral or musical assemblies which may use religious music or
literature as a part of the program or assembly.
I. Musical, artistic and dramatic presentations which have a religious
theme may be included in course work and programs on the basis of their particular
artistic and educational value or traditional secular usage. They shall be
presented in a neutral, non-devotional manner, be related to the objective of
the instructional program, and be accompanied by comparable artistic works of a
Since a variety of activities is included as part of a holiday theme, care
must be exercised to focus on the historical and secular aspects of the holiday
rather than its devotional meanings. Music program shall not use the religious
aspect of a holiday as the underlying message or theme. Pageants, plays and other
dramatic activities shall not be used to convey religious messages. Religious
symbols such as nativity scenes, if used, shall be displayed in conjunction with
a variety of secular holiday symbols so that the total presentation emphasizes
the cultural rather than religious significance of the holiday.
J. A student, upon the request of a parent, may be excused to participate
in religious instruction for a portion of a school day provided the activity is
not conducted on school property. (Credit shall not be granted for such
K. Upon receipt of a parent(s) request, a student shall be excused from
attending school in observance of a religious holiday.
L. Students may wear religious attire or symbols provided they are not
materially and substantially disruptive to the educational process, or conflict
with school dress code policy.
M. As a matter of individual liberty, a student may of his/her own
volition engage in private, non-disruptive prayer at any time not in conflict
with learning activities. School staff shall neither encourage, nor discourage a
student from engaging in non-disruptive oral or silent prayer or any other form
of devotional activity.
N. Commencement exercises shall be free from sectarian influence,
including invocations and benedictions.
O. Students, parents and staff who are aggrieved by practices or
activities conducted in the school or district may register their concern with
the building principal or Director.
e) Drug-Free Environment
It is the intent of the Board of Education to provide a drug free educational
environment at TLC Charter Schools. Students are expected and required to be in
an appropriate physical condition and mental condition for attending school. The
unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a
controlled substance on the school premises or while participating in a school
sanctioned activity anywhere is absolutely forbidden. Drugs include any narcotic
or dangerous drug, vapor-releasing toxic substance, marijuana, or any other
substance enumerated in A. R. S. 32-1901 (39). A student shall not possess,
sell, offer to sell or use drug paraphernalia as defined by A. R. S. 12-3415.
Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action, which may include
long-term suspension or expulsion, and may have legal consequences.
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f) Safe, Weapons-Free Environment
Weapons Free Educational Environment (NEW "School Threats" Law):
It is the intent of the Board of Education to provide a safe and orderly
educational environment at TLC Charter Schools. Possession and/or use of weapons
on or within 300 feet of campus is a violation of school policy and State law.
Students that violate this policy will be disciplined and police will be notified.
"Weapons" include bombs, guns, razors, box-cutters, knives and any sharpened
instrument used for the purpose of inflicting injury (see ARS 13-3102, ARS 13-3111).
Under Arizona Revised Statute 13-2911, there are very specific penalties for any
person who commits "interference or disruption" to an educational institution.
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You will notice that we have defined specific words or phrases. We did
this to help you understand how these words are defined because the law is
applied under these specific definitions. To locate the full text of this law,
see ARS 13-2911.
A person commits interference with or disruption of an educational
institution by doing any of the following:
1. Threatening to cause physical injury to any employee of or any person
attending an educational institution.
2. Threatening to cause damage to any educational institution, property of
any educational institution, or property of any person attending an educational
3. Knowingly goes onto or remains on the property of an educational
institution for the purpose of interfering with or disrupting the lawful use of
the property, or in any manner that interferes with the lawful use of the
property by others.
4. Knowingly refuses to obey a lawful order to leave the property by a school
official, officer or employee of an educational institutional.
A person found to be in violation of this law as described in paragraphs
1 or 2 above may be charged with a Class 6 Felony. It does not matter if the
above actions were not directed to any specific individual, educational
institution or property of an educational institutional. A person found to be in
violation of this law as described in paragraphs 3 or 4 as described above may
be charged with a Class 1 Misdemeanor. ARS 15-841
In addition to the existing reasons for expulsion, a school district or
charter school is now required to expel from school for at least one year, a
pupil who is determined to have violated any section of this statute. A school
district or charter school may modify the expulsion requirement on a case-by-case
basis if the pupil participates in a mediation, community service, restitution
or other programs in which the pupil takes responsibility for the results of the
threat. A parent or guardian may also be required to participate in mediation,
community service, restitution or other programs in which the parent or guardian
takes responsibility with the pupil for the threat. A school district may also
reassign a pupil to an alternative education program.
13-2911. Interference with or disruption of an educational institution;
13-3102. Misconduct involving weapons;
13-3111. Minors prohibited from carrying or possessing firearms;
g) Gang Related Activities
TLC Charter School students will:
By definition, a gang is a group of three or more people who meet for antisocial
or illegal activity. This would include recognized gangs and/or groups who gather
to mimic gang activity.
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It is the schools' position that gangs that initiate, advocate, or
promote activities that threaten the safety or well being of persons or property
on school grounds or disrupt the school environment are harmful to the educational
process. Further, it is the schools' position that the use of hand signals,
graffiti, or the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, or manner of dress
or grooming that, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol, or any
other attribute indicates or implies membership or affiliation with such a group
is prohibited because of the disruption to educational activities. For these
reasons, the following activities are prohibited and shall subject any student
engaging in the activity to disciplinary action:
(1) Any activity involving an initiation, hazing, intimidation, assault, or other
activity related to group affiliation that is likely to cause or does cause
bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in
physical or mental harm to student or others.
(2) Any student wearing, carrying, or displaying gang paraphernalia and/or
exhibiting behavior or gestures that symbolize gang membership, or causing and/or
participating in activities that intimidate or adversely affect the educational
activities of another student or the orderly operation of the schools.
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