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Opportunity Program

The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District Board of Trustees desires to provide an opportunity for students who are insubordinate or disorderly, irregular in attendance and/or habitual truants. The Board's intent is to resolve these pupils' problems by offering an opportunity class for all or part of the school. Students assigned to the opportunity class would be offered specialized curriculum climate, instruction, and guidance services, so that they may reestablish themselves for return to the regular program as soon as practicable. 
Students will be identified for possible placement in the Opportunity Class who have exhibited the following behaviors or are in danger of developing the following behavior patterns:
  • Students who are irregular in attendance and/or habitual truants
  • Students who are insubordinate or disorderly
  • Students that have received excessive suspensions
  • In lieu of expulsion, Ed. Code 48918(e)
  • Students that have been expelled and the expulsion set aside with recommendation for placement in the Opportunity Class by the Board of Trustees (NOTE: Student on probationary status for term of expulsion)
  • Voluntary placement
Students identified for possible placement should show signs that they would benefit from the placement in the Opportunity Class and show some promise of being restored to the regular program successfully. 
Students that are assigned to the Opportunity Class will be expected to comply with the following list while attending class, going to or coming from class, or while going to or coming from a district-sponsored activity:
  • The parents are responsible for transporting their student, during the student's assigned time in the Opportunity Class.
  • The student shall attend school punctually and regularly.  School instructional hours are from 7:50 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Student supervision starts at 7:20 a.m. and the student must be picked up no later than 12:15 p.m., unless staying after for detention.
  • The student shall not bring skates, skateboards, or scooters to school.
  • The student shall obey all class, school, and district regulations.
  • The student shall follow the district dress code.  Belts are required to prevent sagging pants.  Also, pajamas and slippers are not permitted.
  • Students should not dress or groom in any manner that distracts from the education process.  (ie:  unnatural hair color and facial piercings)
  • The student shall obey promptly all the directions of the teacher and others of authority.
  • The student shall be respectful to teachers, others in authority, and classmates at all times.
  • The student shall refrain from the use of vulgar and profane language.
  • The student shall make an effort to complete all assignments in a timely manner.  If assignments are not completed, it is the students responsibility to take and finish it at home.
  • Weekly progress reports must be signed by a parent or guardian and returned to school on the following Monday or upon the students return to school.
  • The student shall, after being dismissed from class, remain at home or with adult supervision from 12:01 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on a regular school day.
  • The student shall not loiter around any other school during school hours, attend any school function without prior district permission, or must be under direct parent supervision during attendance.
  • The District is not responsible for personal items brought to school (ie:  cell phones, MP3 players, Gameboys, games, CD's, etc.).  Cell phones and games are to be turned off while at school.  

The Opportunity Class is not designed as a repository for resistant learners.  So students that fail to comply with the above list, face disciplinary actions, possible suspension, or removal from the Opportunity Class. 

The Opportunity Class is located at 5901 Schirra Court, Bakersfield, CA  93313.  One block south of White Lane off of Ashe Road.  The Opportunity Classes are housed in three triple-wide portable structures.  There is a fenced, landscaped yard area provided for the students' recess time.  Each class has individual stations for students and tables for group instruction.  There is a restroom facility located within each classroom.  The classrooms are self-contained units designed to meet the needs of the students and staff.  To view your map, click on the link below or copy and paste it to your browser:
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