Disciplinary procedures will be used to correct the undesired behavior of students who break school or classroom rules. Each will be assessed based on the severity of the situation. The following are some of the options that may be chosen for students who are disciplined for unacceptable actions:
- Detentions are given for missed class work and/or inappropriate behavior.
- Recess or lunch detentions are assigned.
- Parents are contacted.
- Daily progress reports/daily contacts may be required to be made with a teacher or administrator.
- Student conferences with an administrator.
- A school behavior contract is written and signed by the students and parent/guardian.
- The case is referred to the Student Study Team.
- At home suspension is given for a period of one to five days.
- A sheriff’s report is filed.
- The case is referred to the School District for potential expulsion of the student.
Dress Code Penalties
1st violation – Student will be warned not to wear the clothing/accessories that violate the dress code policy.
2nd violation – Student will be required to phone parent and to secure another change of clothes in order to comply.
3rd violation – Student will serve a one-day suspension.
4th violation – Student will serve a two-day suspension.
5th violation – Student will serve a three-day suspension.
*Referrals beyond this point will include a referral to Alternative Education or Community School.
Students may be detained after school for up to one hour at the discretion of the teacher. Parents will be notified prior to the detention.
All students have rights which are guaranteed to them under the law. However, students must recognize that the protection of their rights can never go so far as to deny the rights of others. Further, the safety, well-being and learning atmosphere of our school surpasses the rights retained by students. Restriction of the rights of students must and can only be done with good cause.
Students have the right of due process. That is, students have the right to be heard and tell their side of the story. In all cases students will be informed of the charges against them.
Suspension and Expulsion
Suspension from school will occur for the certain offenses not normally associated with classroom behavior. Suspension offenses include, but are not limited to the following:
California Education Code 48900: Suspension
- Caused, attempted to cause or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
- Possessed, sold or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object unless, in the case of possession of any such object, the pupil had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, which is concurred in by the principal or the designee of the principal.
- Unlawfully possessed, used, sold or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance, as defined in Section 11007 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage or an intoxicant of any kind.
- Unlawfully offered, arranged or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, as defined in Section 11007 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, then either sold, delivered or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant.
- Committed robbery or extortion.
- Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
- Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property.
- Possessed or used tobacco, except as provided in Section 48901.
- Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
- Unlawfully offered, arranged or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11364 of the Health and Safety Code.
- Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
- Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
- Wearing, carrying, or displaying gang paraphernalia, or making gestures which symbolize gang membership or causing an incident affecting the safety and/or school attendance of another student.
- Participating in activities involving initiations, hazing, intimidation and/or related activities of such group affiliations which are likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm or personal harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to students.
California Education Code 48915: Recommending Expulsion
The principal or the superintendent of schools shall recommend a pupil’s expulsion for any of the following acts:
• Causing serious physical injury to another person, except in self-defense.
• Possession of any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous objects of no reasonable use to the pupil at school or at a school activity off school grounds.
• Unlawful sale of any controlled substance, as defined in Section 11007 of the Health and Safety Code, except for the sale of not more than one avoirdupois ounce of marijuana, other than concentrated cannabis.
• Robbery or extortion.For reasonable cause, school authorities retain the right to search students for possession of alcohol, tobacco, drug paraphernalia and/or weapons.