Important Information for Families

Student Handbook

 At AUL, we strive to provide a holistic approach to education in which you and your student are challenged with a rigorous and relevant academic program, while experiencing a positive school community. By providing wraparound services, we address barriers to learning and increase academic development. Each student is expected to work to their full potential as a member of the AUL community.

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Community & Behavior Expectations | Attendance Policy | Lunch & Open Campus | Technology | Transportation & School Cancellations | Progress Reports & Family Involvement

Community & Behavior Expectations

AUL is committed to maintaining high standards and holding students accountable while providing them with the highest level of support and care. Each student is expected to meet those standards. Violations of the core values are treated as opportunities for the individual and the community to repair and improve behavior and relationships. AUL employs a combination of techniques to ensure that all members of the community are living the core values every day.

Student Accountability Rubric

Student Accountability Rubric (SAR) is a tool used to track student accountability. Each accountability rubric is created to provide the necessary support a student needs in a specific area of struggle, such as attendance, behavior, or academics.

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice or RJ is an alternative option to traditional discipline for students if a core value is broken. If an infraction occurs, each community member has the option of participating in restorative justice and/or discipline.  The guiding principle behind restorative justice is that any triggering incident affects more than one or two individuals. This process provides all participants affected by the incident to consider what happened, process the triggers, and repair the harm that was caused. Outlined below are the steps in the restorative justice process:

Involved participants must complete a reflection of the incident in order to describe the conflict that occurred from all parties view point.  The purpose of the reflection is to process the incident before the involved participants meet.
Involved participants participate in a dialogue and decision-making process concerning the triggering incident with an uninvolved third party.
Involved participants try to resolve the incident to their mutual satisfaction.
If the incident is resolved, then no other disciplinary action is taken; if the incident is not resolved, then involved participants either schedule an additional RJ process to continue the dialogue or traditional disciplinary consequences are imposed.

Traditional Discipline
If an infraction of a core value occurs, the involved participant has the option of tradition discipline.  The involved participant receives a consequence as a result of the break in the core value. Consequences in the disciplinary track are progressive: one (1) day suspension for first offense, two (2) day suspension for the second offense, and three (3) day suspension for the third offense. After the third suspension offense, the student is placed on a Behavior Student Accountability Rubric.

Non-Negotiables

At AUL, there are specific behaviors that are non-negotiable and that result in immediate expulsion. The non-negotiable behaviors include possessing any weapon, selling drugs on or around school grounds, and assaulting or bullying any AUL staff members and/or students.

Harassment

The Academy of Urban Learning has a no tolerance policy regarding harassment of any kind of any employee or student.

Verbal harassment includes but is not limited to inappropriate and offensive language such as curse words, racist language, sexist language, gang language, and language that may be used to hurt someone else or put them down.

The policy on sexual harassment prohibits not only unlawful sexual related harassment, but also other unprofessional and discourteous actions. Accordingly, derogatory sexual, sexual orientation, or other inappropriate remarks, slurs, or jokes is not tolerated.  Sexual harassment includes any unwanted sexual behavior that is offensive, embarrassing, intimidating, and/or humiliating to one or more persons.

Any student in violation of any type of harassment is immediately directed to the Principal to begin the disciplinary process of RJ or traditional discipline.  Depending on the severity of the infraction, consequences are as serious as expulsion.

Smoking

AUL is a smoke and tobacco free school.  Students are not allowed to smoke in front of the school, in the parking lot, or on school property.

Dress Code

AUL does not required students to wear uniforms. However, there are specific expectations with regards to student dress. All students are expected to dress appropriately for the school environment. The following dress is not permitted:

  • No sagging pants or shorts.
  • No hats, beanies, visors, do-rags, bandanas, or scarves.  Scarves can be worn for religious purposes only.
  • Only Baseball caps and beanies are allowed on Thursdays for school spirit day.
  • The color red is not allowed at school. Other colors will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
  • Skirts must reach at least the top of the knee, regardless if leggings are worn.
  • Shorts must reach at least mid-thigh.
  • No spaghetti strap tops, men tank undershirts, see-through clothing, exposed midriffs or exposed undergarments. Shirt straps must be at least the width of a dollar bill.
  • No clothing depicting drugs or drug paraphernalia, gang graffiti or colors, or words or pictures that represent violence that offends or oppresses another group of people.
  • If the dress code is violated, the student must make appropriate adjustments in their dress immediately. The student can either wear alternative clothing provided by AUL or have appropriate clothing brought to school.  If neither of these options is possible, the student is asked to go home and change, with the understanding that the classes missed are marked as unexcused absences. The Principal reserves final judgment on any and all dress code concerns.

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Attendance Policy

Attendance is an essential part of student success during the four-day school week. Student absences should be communicated to the Office Manager by parents up to 48 hours in advance.

Students who are deemed to be missing too much school to be successful at this time will create an attendance contract with the principal, Ms. Jackson.

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Lunch and Open Campus Privileges

AUL’s Saber Academ students have the privilege of leaving campus during the lunch period only, pending 86% attendance. Students who have earned off-campus lunch have a special lanyard granting these permissions.  All students are expected back inside the building ready for class after lunch.

Students enrolled in Success Academy do not have the opportunity to go off campus for lunch during first and second trimester. Based on these trimesters, students in Success Academy may earn off-campus lunch privileges for 3rd trimester pending 86% attendance.

AUL offers breakfast and lunch every day for all students through Denver Public Schools. DPS provides healthy, hot and well-portioned food options. Breakfast is provided at no cost for all students.

Lunch prices are as follows: Full-pay student lunch costs $1.00; Reduced-pay student lunch costs $0.40; and Free-pay student lunch costs $0.00. If a student does not to pick up their lunch two (2) times in a trimester, they forego their lunch ordering for the remainder of the trimester. For all unclaimed lunches, AUL is charged and must pay for the lunches at regular price.

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Technology Expectations

Cell Phones

Students are allowed to possess a cell phone during the school day. However, cell phones are not to be visible during class time. If a teacher sees a cell phone out during class time or the phone rings during class, one verbal warning is given to put the phone away or to silence it respectively.  If this is not adhered to, then the student must turn in their phone to the Principal for the rest of the day. The expectation is that while students are in class, they are focused on learning.

Students can use their cell phones during passing periods, before or after school, and during lunch. Family members need to call the front desk and speak with the Office Manager in order to speak with the student during class time. Family members are requested to refrain from calling the student’s cell phone during class time. If there is an emergency, the student is pulled out of class to speak with the family member.

Music Players

Students can possess music players such as CD players, iPods, and mp3 players during school. Music players must be used with headphones and music is listened to at an appropriate volume.  Music is not allowed to be played on a cell phone, regardless if the student possesses headphones. During class, the teacher may grant permission to students allowing the option of listening to personal music while working.

Computers and Internet Usage

AUL has one computer lab and several mobile laptops carts. The computer lab is not open before school or during lunch. Students have complete access to the school computers, however, there are prohibitions on computer and internet usage. Students are not authorized to access social networking sites such as Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter. Additionally, students are not allowed to download music to any computer.  Absolutely no sexual, violent, offensive, or oppressive content is accessed on the school computers. Students using prohibitive websites or abusing the computers are subject to disciplinary procedures and can lose all computer privileges.

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Transportation, School Cancellations and Early Releases

 

Transportation

All AUL students are provided with a monthly student RTD bus pass. On the last day of each calendar month, bus passes are handed out at the end of the school day. Replacement bus passes are not given.

 

School Cancellations

If there is a possibility of a delayed start or school cancellation due to weather, please call the school’s main number and press option 5 for updated information. Additionally, tune into channel 9 news after 6 am.

 

Early Releases

If school has an early release outside of the current school schedule, an automated voice dialer message is sent to each student’s contact numbers on record.

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Report Cards and Family Nights

Report Cards

Notice of how your student is doing is sent home every six weeks, at the end of each hexter. Students have the opportunity to check their grades and attendance during “check-ins” the first day of each school week in Advising.

Family Nights

Family nights at AUL provide another opportunity for check-ins and to celebrate the student’s hard work and learning. During family night, parents and guardians have the opportunity to speak with each teacher regarding their students’ progress.

Closing House

At the end of the school year, AUL hosts a Closing House celebration. Closing House is a time in which students, parents and guardians, and staff celebrates all the accomplishments and successes of the school year.

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