Sunset High School Policies

Academic Honesty

Academic Honesty

Honest behavior is an expectation for all students in the San Dieguito Union High School District. The purpose of this regulation is to create and maintain an ethical academic atmosphere.


  1. Cheating: (assignments, tests, quizzes, examinations, running laps) – Any intentional giving of or use of external assistance relating to an examination, test, quiz or assignments without express permission of the teacher. This includes looking on another student’s paper, sharing answers, copying another student’s paper, talking during a test (it does not matter what you are talking about), using an electronic device without permission during a test or assignment or cutting corners during the Mile Run in PE.
  2. Fabrication: Any intentional falsification or invention of data citation, or other authority in an academic exercise.
  3. Unauthorized Collaboration: While collaboration is often encouraged, unauthorized collaboration is not permitted. (Make sure you have teacher permission.)
  4. Plagiarism: Any intentional representation of another’s ideas, words, or work as one’s own. Plagiarism includes the misuse of published material, electronic material, and/or the work of other students. The original writer who intentionally shares his/her paper for another to copy, without the permission of the teacher, is also engaged in plagiarism.
  5. Alteration of Materials: Any intentional and unauthorized alteration of student, teacher, or library materials.
  6. Forgery: Any unauthorized signing of another person’s name to school related documents.
  7. Theft: Any theft of materials.
  8. Transfer of Unauthorized Materials: Any giving or selling of unauthorized material.


Any alleged violation of this policy will be investigated thoroughly and appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken consistent with Board policy.
Consequences for academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to:
1st Offense:
  • Loss of credit on assignment or test with no make-up permitted, and
  • Alternate assignment to be completed before student can proceed to the next assignment, and
  • Parent/Guardian will be contacted
2nd Offense:
  • Dropped from class with no credit, and
  • Student must re-take entire course, and
  • Parent/Guardian will be contacted

Attendance Policy & Procedures

Attendance Procedures

Parents/guardians must report student absences to the Sunset Attendance Line.
To reach the Attendance Line call 760-753-3860,  press 1 or email
In the message leave your name, phone number, relation to the student, the student's name, and the reason for the absence, including the date. 
If your student needs to leave school early, please report the early release to the attendance line a day in advance. 

Attendance Policy

Regular attendance is an integral part of student academic success.  Each student is assigned an academic advisor, who is committed to keeping track of your student's progress at Sunset HS. One of the key components to graduating from high school is being there!  Students must be on time and in class by the start of class. 
Students must attend school a minimum of 20 hours a week and are responsible for clocking in and out each day to record their hours. If the student needs to leave campus early, the parent/guardian MUST request permission from the front office before the student leaves campus
Tardiness is any late appearance of a student beyond the scheduled time that a class begins. 
Truancy is any unexcused absence that has not been cleared by a parent/guardian within 48 hours of the absence.
Students with excessive tardies will be assigned after-school detention. Failure to attend detention will be considered defiance and will result in disciplinary consequences. 
Tardies are tracked on a month-to-month basis
3 tardies   30 minute after school detention
6 tardies   30 minute after school detention
9 tardies   60 minute after school detention
9+ tardies  Every third tardy after 9 (12, 15, 18, etc.) will result in a 60 minute after school detention
Detentions are NOT optional. They MUST be served when assigned. 
Students with poor attendance may be referred to SARB (Student Attendance Review Board) and/or involuntary transfer to Sunset High School and Juvenile Court. 

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Disciplinary action will be taken for the following offenses:
  • Use, possession, purchase, sale, or furnishing of alcohol or other drugs, drug paraphernalia, or look- a-likes
  • Arson
  • Cell phone/iPod misuse (see Cell phone policy)
  • Cheating: including tests, homework, unauthorized collaboration, plagiarism (including Internet plagiarism) alteration/theft of materials, and fabrication (see Academic Honesty policy)
  • Defiance of school personnel
  • Disorderly conduct, including profanity/obscene behavior
  • Extortion
  • Fighting
  • Forgery
  • Gambling
  • Truancy and habitual tardiness
  • Use of skateboards, scooters or bicycles on school property
  • Violation of the Acceptable Use policy (see Acceptable Use policy)
  • Possession of a dangerous weapon, or the use of an object to inflect bodily harm
  • Smoking or possession of tobacco
  • Sexual harassment
  • Threats/intimidation/harassment
  • Theft
  • Use, possession or sale of explosive devices
  • Use or possession of vapes, electronic cigarettes or other tobacco or nicotine delivery devices


No individual or group shall, through physical, written, verbal, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, retaliate, cyberbully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any student or school personnel. Cyber bullying includes the creation or transmission of harassing communications, direct threats, or other harmful texts, sounds, or images on the Internet, social media, or other technologies using a telephone, computer, or any wireless communication device. Cyber bullying also includes breaking into another person’s electronic account and assuming that person’s identity in order to damage that person’s reputation. 

Cell Phone Use Policy

Students are expected to demonstrate appropriate and respectful use of these devices while on campus. Teacher may choose to follow the general guidelines for cellphone/iPod use and/or may have a specific policy in their classroom. Please consult with the teacher for this information. 
General Guidelines:
  • Cell phones, iPods, and other valuables should be turned off during class and meetings
  • Cell phone photos should only be taken with permission of the subject in the photo
  • Students should not "text" or communicate via technology during class unless asked to do so as port of a lesson.
  • Cell phones, iPods, and other valuables are brought to school at your own risk. Sunset High School is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 

Dress Code

Clothes worn to school should be appropriate for school. Sunset High School takes pride in the individuality of its students, however, all students are expected to adhere to our dress code and take responsibility for their choice of clothing:
  • No drug or alcohol related designs or insignias on clothing.
  • No violent or sexually offensive, crude, or vulgar designs or insignias on clothing.
  • No designs which advocate racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice.
  • No gang affiliated clothing.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times.
  • Clothing should not demean or exploit the wearer.
  • No suggestive or revealing clothing. 
  • Underwear must not be visible.
When a violation of the dress code occurs, the student will be required to wear a "loaner" for the day, return home for proper attire, or have clothing brought from home to school.