- Academics and Honors
- Accidents, Injuries, and Illnesses
- Assemblies and Dances
- Behavior Plan
- Bus Transportation and Conduct
- Cafeteria Service
- Citizenship Credit
- Class Changes
- Cumpulsory Education Requirements
- Dress and Grooming
- Elevator Use
- Electronic Devices
- Eligibility for Athletics, Cheerleading, and Student Officer
- Emergency and Evacuation Plan
- Extracurricular Activities
- Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
- Hall Passes
- Homebound Services
- Homework Requests
- Lost and Found
- Media Center
- Medication at School
- Notice of Non-Discrimination & Civil Rights Complaint Procedure
- Nuisance Items
- Parental Rights in Public Education
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Religious Expressions in Public Schools
- Safe and Orderly Schools
- School Spirit
- Skateboards, Scooters, and Bikes
- Vending Machines
- Department of Justice Settlement Letter
- Carta de conciliación del Departamento de Justicia
Welcome to Sunset Junior High School! Sunset Junior opened in 1964 and currently serves the communities of Sunset, Clinton, and South Weber. Sunset students move on to attend Northridge High School in Layton or Clearfield High School in Clearfield. A core course of study, established by Davis School District and the Utah State Board of Education, is taught to approximately 1,000 students in grades 7th, 8th, and 9th each year. Please read the information in this handbook and become familiar with the policies, standards, and activities of Sunset Junior High School.
Kendall Summers (A-G)
Kevin Hargreaves (H-Pg)
Dean of Students
April Fenn (Ph-Z)
Robin Buckwalter (A-G)
Ashley Rigby (H-Pg)
Hillari Sheen (Ph-Z)
1610 N. 250 W.
Sunset, Utah 84015
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Attendance Phone & Email
Policies and Procedures
Sunset Junior High School is governed by the policies, rules, and regulations of the Davis County School District. This handbook is not designed to be all inclusive in relation to these policies but is designed to provide an overview for parents and students and to answer some of the most asked questions relating to school. Please keep this information available for future reference.
All students can improve their grades by attending class daily, completing and handing in assignments on time, and studying for exams. Students may also receive teacher assistance before and/or after school with most teachers.
- 4.0 Honor Roll – 4.0
- High Honor Roll - 3.76 to 3.99 grade point average
- Honor Roll - 3.50 to 3.75 grade point average
- Improved Achievement – an increase of 0.5 on grade point average from previous term
Students may receive awards and honors in connection with the honor roll that includes award certificates, induction into the National Junior Honor Society, etc.
Sunset Junior High strongly encourages all parents to support and encourage all students to practice good attendance habits, as there is a direct correlation between good attendance and academic success. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10% (or 4.5 days per term) or more of class, for any reason. Studies indicate that students who miss 10% of class are at greater risk for not graduating from high school, and for each year a student is chronically absent, the likelihood of dropping out of school altogether continues to increase. When students fail to graduate, the entire school and community lose.
Therefore, students are expected to be to class and ready to work before the late bell rings. Students who are not prepared to begin working at the late bell may be considered tardy. All students arriving late or leaving early must check in or out on the iPad in the main entrance vestibule. Students will be given an admit to class; however, an admit does not excuse a tardy unless the student was late to class due to an office related matter and the admit so specifies. Parents may access student attendance information by using myDSD. Prearranged absence forms are available in the office for students to pick up in order to inform their teachers and the office of a pending absence, thus allowing teachers to detail the responsibilities the student should have prepared upon returning. Absences should be cleared within 3 days of the student’s return to school. Parents may clear an absence by calling (801) 402-6706, emailing the attendance office at email@example.com, or on myDSD. Absences due to school-related functions (e.g., athletic events, field trips, testing) will be listed as Excused in the attendance system. Excessive uncleared absences and non-school-related tardies may result in lowered citizenship grades or truancy citations (see Citizenship Credit section for more information).
Sunset Junior High School is a closed campus to help ensure the safety of every student. All places off school grounds are off limits to students during school hours. Furthermore, all classroom hallways are closed during lunch. Students off campus or in closed areas without a hall pass or official permission are subject to a truancy citation and/or other consequences. Likewise, students who are scheduled to be off campus and are found on school grounds are subject to a trespassing citation from the School Resource Officer. If students need to get to the library or counselor’s office, they may use the exterior counselor’s door.
Compulsory Education Requirement
A parent or legal guardian having custody over a school-age minor is required under State law to enroll and send a school-age minor to a public or established private school during the school year in the district in which the minor resides. The process of education requires continuity of instruction, class participation and study. Frequent absences from classes disrupt the instructional process. Parents/guardians are encouraged to work with the school in promoting regular attendance of all students.
Truancies and Trespassing
A student is considered truant whenever he/she misses class without a parent or guardian notifying the school with a valid excuse. A student who is truant from class or school will be dealt with according to the District Policy Manual. This will include the issuance of citations according to the following fee schedule:
- 1st Citation Warning
- 2nd Citation $10.00
- 3rd Citation $15.00
- 4th Citation $20.00
- 5th or more Citations $25.00 (for each violation)
A student involved in truancy may receive an Administrative U. Each classroom teacher also has the option of issuing a U citizenship grade to students who are truant. Students may not be allowed to make up the work missed due to truancies. Students found off school grounds during school hours may also be charged with a daytime curfew violation by the Sunset City Police Department.
A student who is not scheduled to be at school (i.e. Home Release, Released Time, etc.) and is found on school grounds without making prior arrangements with school administration or unaccompanied by a guardian will be referred to the School Resource Officer and may be subject to a trespassing violation.
Sunset Junior High School strongly believes that every student can perform successfully in school. To support this vision, we have adopted a school-wide Positive Behavior Plan. This plan rewards students for their efforts and provides interventions for students who may need additional support. By fostering RESPECT and RESPONSIBILITY, this plan promotes positive interaction between students and faculty, and provides a solid framework of expectations. During the first days of school, students will be trained in what RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE behavior looks like for all areas of the school (classrooms, hallways, cafeteria, library, common areas, restrooms, and outside the school) and for school related activities (sporting events and all other school activities). More detailed information will be provided over the first weeks of school and will be available on the school website. We ask that parents become informed on the various expectations included in the Sunset Junior High Positive Behavior Plan and discuss these with their student.
Students who exhibit exemplary RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE behaviors, by attending all classes on time and maintaining a C grade or higher in each class, will be invited to attend scheduled school-sponsored activities and provided with positive recognition and privileges.
Consequently, students found conducting themselves in ways that are deemed DISRESPECTFUL or IRRESPONSIBLE will be assigned the appropriate minimum consequence needed to help the student behave more RESPECTFULLY and RESPONSIBLY in the future.
The following page includes the basic RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE behaviors for all areas of the school and all activities.
Students living two miles or more from the school are entitled to bus transportation. To determine bus eligibility, visit http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/page/1470, select “Bus Stop Information” and enter the requested information. This site provides information on eligibility status, what bus he/she rides, and bus stop location. The district uses an exact measuring system to determine the 2-mile radius for bus eligibility. Due to constraints, buses cannot transport students who are not eligible. For answers to any questions or concerns, please contact the District Transportation Office at (801) 402-7500. For most current bus stop information, check myDSD.
All students must obey the following safety rules. Any student who violates these precautions and/or rules may be denied the privilege of riding the bus, as well as other consequences (suspension, fines, etc.). A school administrator will contact parents and/or the police in cases where students have engaged in disorderly conduct or behaviors that endanger passengers.
Required Bus Conduct
- Students are expected to listen to and follow the bus driver’s rules without question.
- Enter the bus in an orderly manner.
- Saving seats is prohibited.
- Students are always to remain in their seats when the bus is in motion.
- Only use emergency door in case of an emergency.
- Parts of the body or objects must not be placed out of the bus window.
- Loud noise and obscene language are prohibited.
- Throwing, flipping, or spitting objects on the bus is prohibited.
- Eating and/or drinking on the bus is not allowed.
- Littering or vandalizing of property on the bus is prohibited.
- The use of tobacco, drugs, alcohol, fireworks, lighting of matches or any other safe school violation is prohibited.
- A driver may refuse rides to a student whose parent or guardian uses threatening, abusive, profane or vulgar language with the driver.
Parents and students may access course information, including class disclosure, assignments, and calendar items (inasmuch as each teacher uploads the information) via Davis School District Canvas at https://dsd.instructure.com/login/canvas. Parents can create a parent user account, where they may view all of the same course information connected to their student, by going to the same website and selecting “Parent of a Canvas User? Click Here for an Account.” Parents will be prompted to create an account, using the student’s full school email address and student’s PIN.
Breakfast and lunch are served daily. Students may pay for lunch by cash or check in the lunchroom or parents may pay online at myDSD. Free and reduced lunch applications are available online for families with special needs.
See the Behavior Plan area chart for information about the RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE behavior expected in the cafeteria. In addition:
- All food and drinks purchased in the cafeteria are to be consumed in the cafeteria, the commons, or the outside lawn on the north side of the building. Food may be carried to these locations by students. If these areas outside the cafeteria are not kept clean, food consumption may be limited to only the cafeteria.
- Saving places or cutting in the lunch line is prohibited.
- During breakfast and lunch, students are ONLY allowed to be in approved areas of the school: the cafeteria, the commons, the hallway between the cafeteria and the commons, and the outside lawn on the north side of the building. Students needing to visit the counselor’s office or the library during lunch are to use the counselor’s hallway. Students in a closed hall during lunch without permission may be issued lunch duty, lunch detention, or a discipline referral and discipline points.
- During the lunch break, students are not allowed to play tackle football, climb on the railings, or be on the loading dock, near the portable classrooms, or near the baseball fields.
Consequences for lunchtime misconduct will include a discipline referral, lunchroom clean-up duty or lunch detention, assigned seating at a supervised lunch table, and parent notification.
Meal Charges in Schools
The purpose of these procedures is to establish consistent meal charging and collection procedures districtwide. The District’s goals are:
- To maintain a positive experience for students during meal service.
- To treat all students with dignity and respect.
- To establish practices which are age appropriate.
- To minimize meal charges and encourage parents to pre-pay for all meals.
- To promote parents’ responsibility for meal payment and self-responsibility of the student.
Payment in advance for meals enables the District to achieve these goals. Personal checks and cash deposits are accepted daily at the schools. For convenience, deposits may also be made by credit/debit card through a parent’s myDSD account.
Emergency Meal Service
The Board of Education acknowledges that on occasion, students may forget or lose meal money. In such cases, the student’s statement of need shall be accepted, and a meal will be made available. School lunch employees shall not, withhold a meal, provide an alternate meal, pull a student from the line, ask the student to call his parent or friend, stamp the student’s hand, or otherwise call attention to the student who has forgotten or lost meal money. A school lunch employee may remind a student attending a secondary school that his account is in the negative. The cost of the unpaid meal will be charged to the student’s account.
Evaluate Individual Circumstances
When a student repeatedly comes to school without a meal from home or money to participate in the school meal program, school administrators should consider if circumstances in the home warrant contacting social workers or Child Protective Services. Frequent requests may indicate the family’s need for free- or reduced-price meals. School administrators may work with the family to apply for school meal benefits. All meals eaten before a free - or reduced-price meal application is processed and approved are the responsibility of the parent and must be paid for.
Repayment for Meal Charges and Bad Checks
Federal guidelines prohibit the Food and Nutrition operation from writing off bad debts as a result of charged meals. Every effort will be made to collect for unpaid meals. Unpaid meal charges may result in the following:
- An automated telephone call to the parent.
- An email sent to the parent.
- A verbal reminder to student attending a secondary school.
- School lunch manager contact parents by phone or notes in teacher mailboxes.
- In case of significant delinquent payments, a letter will be sent home from the Food and Nutrition Department.
Parents are responsible to pay all their student’s meal charges. All unpaid charges will be added to the list of any outstanding fees or unpaid fines at the end of the school year. Uncollected meal charges shall be handled the same as other school debt.
Students may earn an S (Satisfactory), G (Good), or H (Honorable) citizenship grade by following class rules and coming to class on time with their assigned textbook, pencil, and paper (parents/guardians are responsible for providing their student with necessary classroom materials). Students who arrive to class late (three tardies), do not follow class rules, do not come prepared and work, or have excessive uncleared absences may be issued an N (Needs Improvement) or a U (Unsatisfactory) citizenship grade. Students with exemplary citizenship grades will be placed on the Citizenship Honor Roll.
Citizenship Honor Roll
Six (6) or more H’s per term
Davis School District graduation requirements for students in grades 9-12 stipulates students must earn eight (8) citizenship credits per year. Failure to earn the required citizenship credits will result in withholding the graduation diploma. Students who receive an unsatisfactory U citizenship grade for any term will not be awarded .25 citizenship credit. A U citizenship grade can be issued for truancy, 5 or more uncleared/unexcused class periods, excessive tardies (4 or more), or serious documented negative behaviors that include, but are not limited to: fighting, theft, possession of or use of illegal substances, cheating, any safe school violation, serious classroom interruption, etc. Students in 7th and 8th grade are also awarded citizenship grades each term and are under obligation to clear any U citizenship grades in order to be eligible for extracurricular activities and positive behavior privileges (see Behavior Plan for more information).
Citizenship Make-up Credit
Students may make-up citizenship credit or clear citizenship U’s by completing three hours of pre-approved community service and by paying a $5.00 fine (per U). Please see the Citizenship secretary for more information
Students are encouraged to be thoughtful about their course selections during the CCR process with their parents and counselor. These course selections will determine staffing and class options for the upcoming school year. Once course selections have been finalized in the spring, students will not be allowed to make further changes until student schedule change days that occur in August (see the online school calendar for specific dates).
Students and parents may access schedules on myDSD in August. Students must complete the required schedule change form identifying their desired change. All schedule changes must be completed during the schedule change days. Please see the Counseling Center for details.
- School Error - If there is an error in the student’s schedule due to a clerical error, the schedule will be changed free of charge.
- Student/Parent initiated Change - If a student is not satisfied with their finalized schedule, they may choose to make a schedule change for a $10 fee. Schedule changes will only be allowed during class change days. Students should note that maintaining manageable class sizes is a high priority for Sunset Junior High, thus schedule changes will only be allowed if there is space available in the desired class. Parents and students may request select classes, but not specific teachers
A parent having custody over a school-age minor is required under State law to enroll and send a school-age minor to a public or established private school during the school year in the district in which the minor resides. The process of education requires continuity of instruction, class participation and study. Parents are encouraged to work with the school in promoting regular attendance of all students.
The Davis County School District recognizes that dress and grooming affect the behavior of students. Sunset Junior High’s dress and grooming standards identifies the importance of coming to school dressed appropriately for learning. All students are expected to comply with the dress and grooming standards. Students will be given the opportunity to correct the area of concern by calling home for new clothing or clothing will be available to help students as needed before they can attend class. A fee will be assessed and removed upon the return of the clothing. Sunset Junior High’s dress code applies when the student is at school, during any school-sponsored activity, and anywhere SSJH is represented. Violations will result in disciplinary action and points.
- Students should wear their clothing and hair in a clean and well-groomed manner
- Extreme hair, clothing, make up, piercings, or accessories are not allowed as determined by the administration
- All shorts, dresses and skirts must be mid-thigh or longer when standing and sitting
- All shirts, tops and dresses are required to have sleeves
- Clothing that shows stomach, torso, buttocks, open back, cleavage, or the upper thigh may not be worn at school.
- Under clothing must always be covered
- Clothing which displays obscene, hateful, sexual, violent (i.e. weapons), or illegal substances are not allowed
- Wearing of gang apparel as defined by district, police, or school policy is prohibited
- Exaggerated cosmetics, body paint, and body writing are unacceptable
- Sunglasses may not be worn in the building
- Shoes must be worn at all times-slippers are prohibited
- No costumes, unless specifically authorized
- All students shall wear their hair in a clean and well-groomed manner. Extreme hairstyles or colors are prohibited.
The Board emphasizes the importance of school, parent, and student collaboration in encouraging students to come to school dressed appropriately for schoolwork. School officials may prohibit the following types or styles of clothing at school or school activities:
- extreme or slovenly clothing, including but not limited to, baggy or “sagging” pants or shorts, excessively oversized jackets or coats, inappropriately short, tight, or revealing shorts, skirts, dresses, shirts, etc., clothing that is torn, ripped or frayed;
- bare or stocking feet;
- clothing which displays obscene, vulgar, lewd, or sexually explicit words, messages, or pictures;
- clothing attachments or accessories which could be considered weapons, including but not limited to spikes on boots, bracelet or chokers, chains on wallets or belts, etc.;
- exaggerated cosmetics and body paint;
- exaggerated body piercing;
- clothing that exposes bare midriffs, buttocks, or undergarments;
- clothing that advertises a substance a student cannot legally possess or use (i.e., tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs); and
- any clothing or apparel that conveys a specific, particularized message (e.g., political buttons, religious jewelry or apparel, etc.) that school officials can prove has caused or imminently will cause material disruption of classwork, or substantial interference with the work of the school or invasion of the rights of others may be prohibited.
Students requiring the use of the elevator should contact the office for approval and to check out an elevator key. Keys must be signed in/out and returned at the end of each school day. If necessary, students may have another student accompany them in the elevator, in order to carry their school supplies. However, if a student is found allowing other students in the elevator, vandalizing the elevator, or playing in the elevator, this privilege will be revoked, and the student given a discipline referral. Students in violation will only be allowed future use of the elevator accompanied by an office assistant or teacher’s aide.
If a student is not in violation of the Safe Schools Policy, but is misusing a personal electronic device, the following actions can and will be taken:
- 1st offense: Teacher will issue a warning to student by referring the student to the electronic device policy. If the student complies, no further action is needed. Teacher documents action in interventions in ENCORE.
- 2nd offense: Teacher may take a student’s phone for the remainder of the class period – placing it in a secure location – and return the phone to the student at the end of that period. Teacher documents in interventions in ENCORE.
- 3rd offense: Teacher may take a student’s phone and bring it to SSC (Student Success Center) for the remainder of the day, to be picked up by the student. Teacher will contact the parents of the offending student and document this action in interventions in ENCORE.
- 4th offense: Teacher may take a student’s phone and bring it to SSC where a parent will be notified and told to pick the phone up at the end of the day in SSC. SSC Secretary will contact the parents of the offending student and document this action in ENCORE.
- On-going offenses: Same as above. Additionally, the student will be required to be on a cell phone contract requiring them to turn in their phone in SSC at the beginning of the day and pick it up at the end of the day. Duration is subject to administrator discretion.
Eligibility of Athletes
- Students participating in or trying out for athletic activities must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the preceding grading period. This standard must be maintained throughout the playing period in order to participate.
- No student shall be eligible to represent his or her school if he or she has academically failed more than one subject in the preceding grading period. Incompletes are considered failures until made up.
- A student may participate if he or she has had no more than one U the preceding grading period. Any U must be remediated before being eligible to try out or participate.
- Students receiving two or more U’s in a grading period will be eliminated from extracurricular activities immediately and for the succeeding term.
- If, at any time during the enrollment and participation on a team, a student does not meet academic or citizenship requirements that student will be placed on probation or will be subject to removal from the team, pending a hearing by the Standards Committee.
- Students will not be able to participate in athletic events if they have excessive discipline points (50). Excessive discipline points may also result in a referral to the Standards Committee.
Eligibility of Cheerleaders & Officers
- Students must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 during each term of the current school year prior to elections/try-outs.
- Students should have no F’s, U’s, and no more than one N during each term of the current school year prior to elections. Incompletes are considered failures until made up.
- Determination of eligibility shall be made no later than the fifth school day following the last day of the grading period. Academic or citizenship grade changes after that time cannot restore lost eligibility.
- If, at any time during a given term, a student receives an F, U, more than one N, and/or their GPA falls below 3.0, that student will be placed on probation or will be subject to removal from office, pending a hearing by the Standards Committee.
Students will not be able to participate in school events if they have excessive discipline points (50). Excessive discipline points may also result in a referral to the Standards Committee.
Every public school is required to annually update and publish an Emergency Evacuation Plan to address potentially dangerous situations. An emergency supply bucket is in each classroom, as well as a posted route for evacuation. Drills will be conducted according to district guidelines and in accordance with state law.
In the case of an emergency, the school fire alarms will generally sound. All individuals in the school building are expected to immediately evacuate the building whenever the alarm sounds. Each classroom is to post an evacuation map near the doorway and students will be assisted by teachers in knowing the exit route from the classroom. Students and teachers will return to the building only when directed by the administration. If the alarm sounds, students will find their RAP teacher and class in the designated evacuation area.
The District will ensure that students have an equal opportunity to participate in, create, and maintain student groups without regard to their race, sex, disability, or other protected classification.
However, students who are suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, or expelled, may lose the privilege of participation in all extracurricular activities, such as interscholastic athletics, cheerleading, student government, student clubs, graduation ceremonies, and other extracurricular activities, during the period of discipline and will not be afforded separate due process procedures to challenge the denial of participation in an extracurricular activity.
Student Education Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s education records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their student’s education records. These rights are:
- Inspect and review all of their student’s education records maintained by the school within 45 days of a request for access.
- Request that a school correct education records believed to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
- Parents who wish to ask the school to amend a record should write the principal or appropriate school official, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.
- Provide consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PPI) from a student’s record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Such exceptions include, but are not limited to:
- [a] school officials with legitimate educational interests;
- [b] other schools to which a student is transferring;
- [c] individuals who have obtained court orders or subpoenas;
- [d] individuals who need to know in cases of health and safety emergencies;
- [e] official in the juvenile justice system;
- [f] a State agency or organization that is legally responsible for the care and protection of the student;
- [g] specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes; or
- [h] organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of the District.
A school official is a person employed by the District as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving as a volunteer; a person serving on the District School Board; a person or company with whom the District has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist), or to whom the District has outsourced institutional services or functions. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Student Directory Information
Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, may be released at the discretion of school officials, without consent, for appropriate reasons such as, school publications, newspaper articles, and to outside education related organizations. In addition, two federal laws require secondary schools to provide military recruiters, upon request, the names, addresses and telephone listings of their students.
The Davis School District has designated the following information as directory information: 1) student’s name, 2) student’s address, 3) student’s telephone number, 4) date of birth, 5) parent email address, 6) participation in officially recognized activities and sports, 7) weight and height of members of athletic teams, 8) degrees, honors, and awards received, 9) photograph, 10) most recent educational institution attended by the student.
If you, as a parent, do not want Sunset Junior High to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the school in writing annually.
Parents who believe their rights have been violated may contact the school’s administration or file a complaint with:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
Complaints should be reported as soon as possible, but not later than 180 days from the date you learned of the circumstances of the alleged violation.
Rights Under “The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment”
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parents certain rights regarding the use of surveys or other school activities which may involve the collection or use of protected information. These include the right to:
- Consent before students are required to participate in any survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information, whether personally identifiable or not, concerning the student’s or any family member’s:
- [a] Political affiliations or beliefs;
- [b] Mental or psychological problems;
- [c] Sexual behavior, orientation or attitudes;
- [d] Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
- [e] Critical appraisals of others with whom the student or family have close family relationships;
- [f] Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
- [g] Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs; or
- [h] Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
- Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from students regarding any of the protected information areas.
Inspect, upon request and before administration or use of:
- [a] Protected information surveys designed to be administered to students; and
- [b] Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
Davis School District has policies in place to protect student privacy as required by both State and Federal law. Sunset Junior High will directly notify you of the specific or approximate dates of activities which involve the collection or use of protected information and provide an opportunity to opt your student out of participating in such activities.
Students must have a hall pass in order to be in the hall during class time. Each faculty member will have a hall pass. This pass will be given to any student leaving class and returning the same period. A hall pass can only be used by one student at a time. Class time is valuable, and teachers should avoid issuing hall passes to students the first and last five minutes of class. Use of the hall pass during class time will be limited to situations where it is necessary. Reasons for using a hall pass include the following:
- Student needing to use the restroom
- Student needing to run an errand for the teacher
- Other vital teacher or student needs
No hall pass is necessary for students who have been called to the office to check out or for a school excused activity.
Verbal or physical harassment of any kind is not permitted. Students and staff are expected to treat everyone in the school with dignity and respect. Students who believe they are a victim of bullying should report their concerns to a school administrator. Additionally, students must not engage in unwanted or unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward another student or staff member. This prohibition applies whether the conduct is by word, gesture, or any other behavior. Students may report any such incidents to any school staff member. School administrators will investigate all harassment claims in accordance with school and district policy to ensure the harassment stops immediately.
The Media Center is available for student and faculty use from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Friday. Generally, students visit the Media Center as a class, accompanied by their teacher. Individual students who need access to the Media Center during class time (to do research, to check out/in or renew a book, or to do other class assignments), should be given an admit from the teacher whose class they are leaving. Students are welcome to visit the Media Center before/after school or during their lunch period. Students should be both RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE while visiting the Media Center (see the Behavior Plan for more information).
A student who needs to take over the counter or prescription medication during the school day may bring one day’s dosage of the medicine to school. This medication should remain in the student’s possession (on his/her person) and may NOT be shared with other students, under any circumstance. Parents should determine whether their student is mature enough to appropriately administer the medication on his/her own. Parents desiring the school to dispense prescription or nonprescription medication to their students, should contact the main office. For more information, see the Davis School District Policy and Procedures for Administration of Medication in Schools:
Parents and students may access grades, attendance, teacher email links, and more via myDSD at https://mydsd.davis.k12.ut.us/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2f (a direct link is available on all Davis School District webpages). Students log into myDSD using their district username (for example: 22asmith). Parents can create a parent user account, where they may view all of the same information connected to their student, by going to the same website and selecting “Create an account now.” Parents will be prompted to enter their email address the school has on file for them. An email will be sent to that address with a link to create an account with a password. Parents who do not have an email on file may contact the school to add an email to the student’s file or they may click the link “I don’t have an email address on file with the school,” and enter the student’s school ID number and student PIN. After creating an account, parents and students may download the myDSD free app at the Appstore and Google Play Store to an e-device.
Davis School District and Sunset Junior High School are committed to creating an environment free from harassment and discrimination, including addressing and correcting incidents of harassment and discrimination when they occur, ensuring that discipline is free from discrimination, and ensuring nondiscriminatory access to student groups. Students and employees may not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in its programs and activities, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Policy 11IR-100 prohibits harassment and discrimination against students on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or disability (“Protected Class”).
Complaints of harassment or discrimination against students on the basis of a Protected Class should be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity:
Ken Auld, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity
Davis School District
45 East State Street, P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah 84025
tel: (801) 402-8701
Further information regarding student-on-student or staff-on-student harassment will be provided in a separate Notice of Non-Discrimination.
Employee requests for accommodations or complaints of harassment or discrimination against an employee should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at:
Steven Baker, Associate Director Human Resources
ADA (Employment Issues) Coordinator
Davis School District
45 East State Street, P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah 84025
tel: (801) 402-5315
Information regarding accommodations for disabilities should be directed to:
Midori Clough, District 504 Coordinator
Section 504 (Student Issues) Coordinator
Davis School District
70 East 100 North, P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah 84025
tel: (801) 402-5180
Information or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in athletic programs may be directed to:
Tim Best, Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator
Title IX Athletic Compliance Coordinator
Sex Based Discrimination in Athletic Programs
Davis School District
20 North Main Street, P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah 84025
tel: (801) 402-7850
Information or complaints about discrimination on the basis of a disability in access to facilities may be directed to:
Scott Zigich, Director of Risk Management
Physical Facilities Compliance Coordinator
Davis School District
20 North Main Street, P.O. Box 588
Farmington, Utah 84025
tel: (801) 402-5307
Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Davis School District and Sunset Junior High School will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Student, parents, or employees needing accommodations should contact their school ADA/504 Coordinator at (801) 402-6700, their supervisor, or you may contact the District ADA Coordinator, Steve Baker (801) 402-5315 for parent or employee accommodations; or 504 Coordinator, Midori Clough (801) 402-5180 for student accommodations.
Do not bring articles to school that will not be used for educational purposes. These items may include, but are not limited to: permanent markers, toys, hats, laser pointers, LED key chains, hacky sacks, buzzers, fidget spinners, anything that dispenses water, etc. Any nuisance items will be confiscated and turned into the main office. Items will be returned to students or parents, as determined by an administrator. Discipline points may be assigned (see Discipline Points and Consequences for more information).
The Davis School District and Sunset Junior High shall reasonably accommodate** a parent’s or guardian’s:
- Written request to retain a student in kindergarten through grade 8 on grade level based on the student's academic ability or the student's social, emotional, or physical maturity.
- Written request, prior to scheduled event, to excuse the student from attendance for a family event or a scheduled proactive visit to a health care provider. (Student agrees to make up course work for school days missed for the scheduled absence).
- Written request to place a student in a specialized class, a specialized program, or an advanced course. (In determining whether placement is reasonable, the District shall consider multiple academic data points).
- Request to excuse the student from taking an assessment that is federally mandated, is mandated by the state, or requires the use of a state assessment system or software that is provided or paid for by the state.
- Initial selection of a teacher or request for a change of teacher.
- Request to visit and observe any class the student attends.
- Request to meet with a teacher at a mutually agreeable time if unable to attend a regularly scheduled parent teacher conference.
**Reasonably accommodate for purposes of this section means the District or school shall make its best effort to enable a parent to exercise a parental right specified here without substantial impact to staff and resources, including employee working conditions, safety and supervision on school premises and for school activities, and the efficient allocation of expenditures; while balancing: the parental rights of parents; the educational needs of other students; the academic and behaviorally impact to a classroom; a teacher’s workload; and the assurance of the safe and efficient operation of a school.
The parental rights specified here do not include all the rights or accommodations available to parents or guardians from the public education system.
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag shall be recited by students at the beginning of each school day in each public school classroom in the State, led by a student in the classroom, as assigned by the classroom teacher on a rotating basis. Participation in the Pledge is voluntary and not compulsory.
In compliance with existing federal and State law regarding religion and religious expression in public schools, the District or school may neither advance nor inhibit religion. It is the District’s policy to: 1) allow students and employees to engage in expression of personal religious views or beliefs within the parameters of current law, and 2) maintain the schools’ official neutrality regarding sectarian religious issues according to the constitutional principle of separation between church and state.
It is the policy of the Davis School District and [name of your school] to promote a safe and orderly school environment for all students and employees. Criminal acts or disruptive behavior of any kind will not be tolerated and any individual who engages in such activity will be subject to school disciplinary action as determined by school administrators, or District disciplinary action as determined by the District Case Management Team. Criminal acts that are a class B misdemeanor or above (including but not limited to drug possession or physical assault) may also be referred to law enforcement. In determining appropriate discipline, school officials will consider the totality of the circumstances, including the severity of the offense, as well as the individual’s age, disability status, intent, academic status, and prior disciplinary records.
Weapons and Explosives – Up to One-Year Expulsion (Utah Code 53G-8-205)
Any student who in a school building, in a school vehicle, on District property, or in conjunction with any school activity, possesses, controls, sales, arranges for the sale of, uses or threatens use of a real weapon, explosive, noxious or flammable material, or actually uses or threatens to use a look-alike or pretend weapon with the intent to intimidate another person or to disrupt normal school activities, shall be expelled from all District schools, programs, and activities for a period of not less than one calendar year; unless the District Case Management Team determines, on a case-by-case basis, that a lesser consequence would be more appropriate. The terms “weapon,” “explosive,” and “noxious or flammable material” includes but are not limited to: guns, starter pistols, cap guns, knives, martial arts accessories, bombs, bullets and ammunition, fireworks, gasoline, or other flammable liquids, matches, and lighters.
Any student, who possesses, controls, uses, distributes, sells, or arranges the sale of an illegal drug or controlled substance (which includes alcohol, tobacco in any form, and electronic cigarettes, or electronic cigarette substance or product), an imitation controlled substance, or drug paraphernalia in a school building, in a school vehicle, on District property, or in conjunction with any school activity, may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, tested for drugs, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted.
Safe School Violations
Any student may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted for committing any of the following school-related serious violations: 1) threatening or causing harm to the school, school property, or person associated with the school, or property associated with that person, regardless of where the conduct occurs; 2) committing any criminal act, including but not limited to: assault, hazing, rape, trespass, arson, theft, vandalism, possession or use of pornographic materials on school property; 3) engaging in any gang activity, including but not limited to flashing gang signs, displaying or spraying gang graffiti, wearing or displaying gang related clothing or apparel, or soliciting others for membership in a gang.
Disruption of School Operations
Any student may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, or expelled for any conduct that creates an unreasonable and substantial disruption or risk of disruption of a class, activity, program, or other function of the school, including but not limited to frequent, flagrant, or willful disobedience; defiance of school authority; criminal activity; fighting; noncompliance with school dress code; possession of contraband (i.e., drug paraphernalia, pornography, mace, pepper spray, laser pen, chains, needles, razor blades, bats and clubs); or the use of foul, profane, vulgar, harassing or abusive language. Conduct that is a class B misdemeanor may also be referred to law enforcement. Conduct which is a class C misdemeanor, an infraction, a status offense on school property, or an offense that is truancy may not be referred to law enforcement or a prosecuting attorney.
Nondiscrimination in Discipline
The District will ensure that students are not discriminated against in the administration of discipline, including the duration and type of consequence, and in referrals to law enforcement.
When a student is suspected of violating Sunset Junior High or District policy the school administrator must meet with and inform him/her of the allegations and provide the student the opportunity to give his/her version of the incident. If the school administrator determines sufficient evidence exists to impose discipline the school administrator shall notify the parent or guardian that 1) the student has been suspended; 2) the grounds for the suspension; 3) the period of time for which the student is suspended; and 4) the time and place for the parent or guardian to meet with a designated school official to review the suspension.
Authority to Suspend or Expel
The school administrator has the authority to suspend a student for up to ten school days per incident. If the school administrator desires or contemplates suspending for longer than ten school days or expelling a student, the school administrator shall make a referral to the District’s Case Management Team.
Students may be suspended, transferred to an alternative placement, expelled, referred for police investigation, and/or prosecuted for engaging in any written, physical or verbal aggression, intimidation, discrimination, or abusive conduct of any school employee or student at school or a school-related activity regardless of location or circumstance, including but not limited to bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, or retaliation. District policy may be found at 5S-100 Conduct and Discipline. For incidents of harassment (unwelcome conduct based on a protected class) and discrimination, please refer to 11IR-100.
Search and Seizure
School officials have the authority to search a student’s person, personal property, or vehicle while located on school property or at a school sponsored activity, when they have reason to believe that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating a particular law or school rule.
Students have no right or expectation of privacy in school lockers, desks, or other storage areas provided for student use. School lockers, desks or other storage areas are the sole property of the Davis School District and Sunset Junior High. Periodic general inspections of school lockers, including the use of drug detecting canines, may be conducted by school authorities for any reason at any time, without notice, without student consent, and without a search warrant.
Sunset Junior High has a long tradition of school pride and spirit! Since 1964, the school has been a place for students from different communities to feel united in a common goal: To be the best! The school colors are black and gold—colors that suggest strength, courage, power, and success. Students are invited to wear the school colors with pride and to support all school-related activities. As they do so, they will feel a sense of belonging and excitement for all that Sunset Junior has to offer. Below are the lyrics to the school song and the school fight song (for athletic events), which students should commit to memory and prepare to sing at various events throughout the year. Go Sun Devils!
by Melanie Wilcox & the 2010 Choir Officers (2009)
We’re the blazing Sun Devils,
we always do our best
To make our team the strongest,
and to beat out all the rest.
We, together, promise now
that we will always try
To join as one, be Sunset Strong,
at Sunset Junior High …
Students may not use bicycles, roller blades, skateboards, “wheelies” style shoes, and other similar (including motorized) devices on school property, whether school is in or out of session. All transportation items must be secured in designated racks. Wheeled items ridden in the school building will be confiscated and returned to a parent and the student in violation and may result in a discipline referral.
Sunset Junior High has high expectations for exemplary RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE student behavior at all activities (see the Behavior Plan section for more information). The following rules will help us maintain a high standard of behavior at athletic events:
- All spectators will stay clear of the court or field before, during, and after events.
- Spectators are prohibited from having noise makers of any kind (whistles, cow bells, horns, etc.).
- Megaphones and signs are prohibited at athletic events.
- Booing, taunting, or contesting official calls made by referees is not considered good sportsmanship and will not be tolerated.
Vending machines are in the school commons. Students may purchase items from the vending machines at appropriate times during the day and consumed in appropriate areas of the building. Use of these machines is at the student’s own risk. The machines are not owned by the school; therefore, the school cannot refund money lost in the vending machines. The main office cannot make change for vending machines. Vending machines are under 24-hour video surveillance.
All visitors to the school must check in at the office. Due to health concerns, all visitors must wear a surgical/cloth face mask and have their temperatures checked before entering the building. Sunset Junior High School students are not permitted to bring visitors with them to attend school during the school day unless specifically authorized by an administrator. Parents will need to make prior arrangements with the administration when planning to visit classrooms.
The Sunset Junior Homepage is located at https://sunsetjr.davis.k12.ut.us/ There you will find information about the school, events, and pictures of activities.
To access student grades, attendance records, and payment information, visit any Davis School District webpage and click on myDSD. For students to log in, use the student’s username (not student ID number) and student PIN. If either are forgotten, contact the school or request the student PIN via the link “Request Student Pin.” Parents or guardians may follow the instructions to request a guardian account. Links to teachers’ websites (when available) and email addresses are also found on the myDSD system.
Teachers, counselors, administrators, and other faculty members may be contacted via email on the Sunset Junior High website or through myDSD. On the school website, students and guardians may view the Sunset Junior High School calendar of activities, athletic events, and other information.
Dear parents, staff, and students,
The Davis School District is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for all students that is free from harassment and discrimination. The District has a duty to promptly and appropriately investigate and resolve any complaints of discrimination, including harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), religion and disability (“Protected Classes”). The District requires staff and encourages students and parents who believe a student was subjected to harassment or other discrimination to file a complaint or report it to the OEO.
This past school year, the District created a new department, the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO), dedicated to receive, investigate, and resolve complaints of student-on-student and staff-on-student harassment and other discrimination, and to address any hostile environment related to or arising from such harassment. The District has also created an electronic central reporting system that allows students, parents, and staff to submit complaints to school and District leaders so that the District may track and address complaints received.
Complaints of harassment or discrimination on the basis of a Protected Class can be submitted in any of the following ways:
• Through the new central reporting system, hdrs.davis.k12.ut.us
• Email to: OEOcomplaints@dsdmail.net
• Contact the District’s OCR Office by phone at (801) 402-5357.
• Report to administrators verbally or in writing
• Report to any school staff verbally or in writing
The District will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation into any complaints in accordance with the district’s new non-discrimination policy and procedures, District Policy 11IR-100. The policy includes an appeal process.
Beginning this 2022-2023 school year, and then each semester, the District will host multiple outreach events at schools across the District to explain the new policies, procedures, and supports to students and families. The District is also seeking engagement from parents and community leaders as it reviews its policies, practices, and procedures. Further information regarding community involvement will be forthcoming.
For more information regarding the Settlement Agreement entered into between the District and the Department of Justice and the steps the District is taking to address the issues of racial harassment in our schools, see: Summary of Settlement Agreement (tinyurl.com/36k4vcu6) and Settlement Agreement (https://tinyurl.com/57rnd7be). For the District’s response, see former Superintendent Newey’s letter: (https://tinyurl.com/yckw8ed9).
It is the intent of the Davis School District and its Board of Education to do better at protecting all students in the district from harassment and discrimination of any kind. The District is committed to making its schools a safe educational environment for everyone.
Estimados Padres, Empleados y Estudiantes:
El Distrito Escolar de Davis se compromete a crear y mantener un ambiente seguro y acogedor para todos los estudiantes que esté libre de acoso (molestias) y discriminación. El Distrito tiene el deber de investigar y resolver de manera rápida y apropiada cualquier queja de discriminación, incluido el acoso por motivos de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo (incluida la orientación sexual y la identidad de género), religión y discapacidad (“Clases Protegidas”). El Distrito requiere que el empleado/s, y anima al padre/s y el o la estudiante, que cree que un estudiante fue sujeto al acoso (molestias) u otra discriminación presente una queja o la reporte a la Oficina de Igualdad de Oportunidades (OEO).
El año escolar pasado, el Distrito creó un nuevo departamento, la Oficina de Igualdad de Oportunidades (OEO), dedicada a recibir, investigar y resolver la queja/s de acoso de un estudiante al estudiante y del empleado al estudiante y otra discriminación y tratar todo ambiente hostil relacionado o que surja de dicho acoso (molestias). Además, el Distrito ha creado un sistema central de reportes (informes) electrónico que permite al estudiante/s, al padre/s y el empleado/a presentar una queja/s ante los líderes escolares y del Distrito para que el Distrito pueda hacer seguimiento y tratar la queja/s recibida.
La denuncia/s de acoso (molestias) o discriminación en base a una Clase Protegida puede presentarse de cualquiera de las maneras siguientes:
• A través del nuevo Sistema de Denuncia de Acoso y Discriminación, que se encuentra en:
• Correo electrónico a: OEOcomplaints@dsdmail.net
• Comuníquese con la Oficina de Igualad de Oportunidades (OEO) del Distrito por teléfono al (801) 402-8700.
• Informar al administrador/a verbalmente o por escrito
• Informar a un empleado/a de la escuela verbalmente o por escrito
El Distrito llevará a cabo una investigación completa y a tiempo sobre cualquier queja de acuerdo con el nuevo reglamento y procedimientos de no discriminación del Distrito, el reglamento del Distrito 11IR-100. El reglamento incluye el proceso de apelación.
A partir de este año escolar 2022-2023, y luego cada semestre, el Distrito organizará múltiples eventos de extensión en las escuelas de todo el Distrito para explicar los nuevos reglamentos, procedimientos y apoyos a los estudiantes y las familias. Además, el Distrito está buscando la participación de los padres y los líderes comunitarios mientras revisa sus reglamentos, prácticas y procedimientos. Habrá más información sobre la participación de la comunidad.
Para recibir más información sobre el Acuerdo de Conciliación (settlement agreement) entre el Distrito y el Departamento de Justicia y los pasos que el Distrito está tomando para tratar los asuntos de acoso racial en nuestras escuelas, ver: Summary of Settlement Agreement y (Resumen del Acuerdo de Conciliación) y Settlement Agreement (Acuerdo de Conciliación). Para leer la respuesta del Distrito, vea la Superintendent Newey’s Letter to Parents, dated 29/10/21 (Carta del Superintendente Newey a los Padres, de fecha 10/29/21).
Es la intención del Distrito Escolar de Davis y su Consejo de Educación Escolar tener un mejor desempeño en proteger a todos los estudiantes del distrito del acoso (molestias) y la discriminación de cualquier tipo. El Distrito está comprometido a hacer de sus escuelas un ambiente educativo seguro para todos.