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Discipline Policies

Cell Phone Policy: Students may possess cell phones on campus but they can only be operated before or after school.  If the parent needs to contact their student, please call attendance at 588-8601.  Cell phones must be turned off and stored during the school day.  If a cell phone is confiscated, for the first and second offense the phone will be held for parent pick-up in the Dean’s Office.  The third offense will result in a one day suspension.

Closed Campus:  CHS is a closed campus.  Parents may sign out their students at the attendance office.

Dance Policy: CHS has a dance policy for the Formal & Prom. Students & parents must read and sign the form before tickets are issued. The dance rules and guest pass can be downloaded here.

Dress Code: The following items are not permissible to wear at school: Bandannas, pajamas, sagging pants, short-shorts (with your arms at your sides, the bottom of your shorts may not be above your fingertips), short skirts (with your arms at your sides, the bottom of your skirt may not be above your fingertips), bare midriffs, low-cut tops, see-through tops, halter tops, tube tops, backless tops, single-shoulder tops, chains of any type, spiked jewelry/accessories or any item that is disruptive/dangerous to the learning environment is prohibited. All tank tops must have straps that are at least one inch (1″) in width.  Clothing and accessories (including backpacks) that depict sex, drugs, guns, knives, gangs, violence, tobacco, alcohol or any item that is disruptive/dangerous to the learning environment is prohibited. If the student does not have alternate clothing available, the school will provide a clean alternative if available. If not, a parent/guardian will have to make arrangements to properly clothe the student by bringing clothes or taking the student home.

Electronic Devices (other than cell phones): All electronic devices (MP3’s, IPod’s, cameras or otherwise) are prohibited. Failure to comply with the policy will result in item confiscation for parent pick-up. Centennial is not responsible for items left over 10 days.

Fighting: Students that fight within school jurisdiction will be suspended, arrested & booked into Juvenile Hall.

Hat Policy: Hats are to be taken off inside but otherwise follows the dress code guideline.

Hall Passes: While class is in session, students are not allowed outside of class unless they have a pass from their teacher.  Students without a pass will be subject to disciplinary action.

ID Cards: Students must have their ID cards with them at all times when at school or attending a school event.  This includes traveling to any school event.  If you lose your ID card, please go to the Library to obtain a new one.  To replace a lost ID card costs $3.00.

Parking: Students are to park in the West parking lot. Students that park in designated staff parking will received an after school program (ASP) notice (also referred to as after school trash pick-up). Repeated violations could result in a parking citation.

Public Display of Affection (PDA): Public displays of affection are not allowed on campus.  Please remember that as a student, you attend CHS to earn a diploma.  If students are engaged in PDA they will be asked to stop and if they repeat the behavior they could receive after school trash pick-up (ASP) and also suspension from school.

Personal Property: Loss or theft of private property from backpacks, lockers or otherwise is the sole responsibility of the student.

Profanity and/or Racial Epithets: Use of profanity or racial epithets at CHS is strictly forbidden.  Please remember that to earn a diploma you must use academic language at all times.  Students that use profanity will be subject to discipline at the discretion of the Dean.

Skateboards & Heelies: For safety reasons, no skateboards or shoes with heel wheels are allowed on campus at anytime.

Suspensions: Students can be suspended for violations listed in the Education Code Sections 48900 & 48915. The length of the suspension can be from 1 day to 5 days in length with variations allowed by law.

Tardy Sweeps: Tardy sweeps are conducted each period every day.  If you are outside of class without a pass after the tardy bell has rung, you are subject to getting a detention.   If a student does not complete the detention in the required time frame, an after school program (ASP) notice (also referred to as after school trash pick-up) will be issued. 

Tobacco: The law prohibits the use of tobacco products by students, staff, parents or visitors on school property at all times. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Truants: If a student reaches any step of the six step truancy policy then the student could lose school activity privilege. This includes (but not limited to) sports matches, plays, concerts, senior activities and graduation ceremony.

Attendance/Step Policy: California state law requires that each person between 6 and 18 years attend public full-time or continuation school for the full school day.  If your student is ill, please clear the absence within 24 hours. The 24 hour answering service is 588-1310.  During school hours, you may call the Attendance Office directly at 588-1442 or 588-1443.

We encourage all our students to do the following to be successful:

  • Attend school every day, for the full school day.
  • Be on time to class.  Do not arrive tardy.
  • Actively participate in class.  Do your work and do your best.
  • Complete all homework.
  • Follow the school’s discipline and attendance policies and procedures.
  • Be a leader and do what’s right.
  • Take charge of your own education.

What can parents do to help their student succeed in school?

  • Stay in touch with your student and know what is going on.
  • Provide a quiet place for him/her to study and encourage a regular, healthy routine.
  • Stay in touch with your student’s school.  We welcome your visit.
  • Monitor your student’s attendance.
  • Seek help from the school when you need it.  Our staff is eager to help you and see your student succeed.

Who is a truant?

A truant is a student who is absent from school 3 times in a school year without having a good reason (an excused absence) or permission from home or school.  (Education code 48260)

Who is considered a habitual truant?

An habitual truant is a student who is absent from school 6 times in a school year without having a good reason or permission from home or school.  (Education code 48260, 48261, and 48262)

How can I clear an absence for my student?

If a student is ill or has an excused or warranted reason for his/her absence, a parent may call the school within 72 hours (3 school days) to clear the absence.  To clear an absence, you can call the Centennial Attendance Office at 588-1442 or 588-1443.  You can leave a message on our 24-hour answering service at 588-1310.  You can also call the school at 588-8601 and ask for the attendance office.  Se habla espanol.

What happens if I don’t clear my student’s absence?

If a parent/guardian fails to clear a student’s absence within the 72-hour period (3 school days), the absence will automatically turn into a cut, or an excused absence.  Three cuts will result in truancy, and the student will automatically be placed on STEP 1 of the KHSD attendance system.

What if I’m having a problem with my student attending school?

Parents are encouraged to seek immediate help from the school if they are having a problem with their student attending school.  We want to help!

What is the STEP Policy?

The following STEPS are a series of progressive measures and interventions set by the KHSD to improve student attendance.  Though each student will be help accountable for his/her actions and each parent help responsible for this/her student’s truancy, our goal is simply to help your student attend school for the purpose of ensuring his/her achievement and success.  We want to see each student graduate and receive a KHSD diploma.
STEP 1: |
Student is contacted and may be counseled.  Parent is notified.

Student is contacted and may be counseled.  Intervention strategies may be implemented.  Parent is notified.

Parent is required to meet with the Dean of Students.  Intervention strategies may be implemented.  Student may be placed on school probation.

Student and parent are required to meet with the School Attendance Review Team (SART).  Community and/or school service may be assigned.

Student and parent are referred to the KHSD Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) and/or student and parent may be issued a citation to appear in court.

Citation of student and/or parent is filed in court.  Prosecution of student and/or parent may follow.

What actions may be taken against the student?

  • An infraction under Welfare and Institutions Code 601 (b) may be filed against the truant student.
  • Penalties against the student may include, but not be limited to, the following:
    • 19 – 40 hours of community or school service.
    • Saturday work or school.
    • $100 fine.
    • Suspension or revocation of driving privileges.


What penalties may be imposed on the parent or guardian?

  • For a misdemeanor, penalties may be imposed of $50 – $500, imprisonment of 5 – 25 days in jail with up to one year of probation, and/or mandatory attendance in parenting classes.
  • Contributing to the delinquency of a minor (under the age of 18 years) is considered a misdemeanor and punishable by law.  In addition to imprisonment in a county jail for up to one year, a parent may be fined up to $2,500 and receive up to 5 years of probation (Penal Code section 272.
  • Welfare and Institutions Code 11253.5 authorized the County CalWORKS office reduce a family welfare grant if it is determined that the child is not “regularly attending school as required.”

For further information, please visit the Dean’s office.