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Discipline Policy

Board Policy


Discipline BP #35291 and #35291.5

The Governing Board believes that all students have the right to be educated in a positive learning environment free from disruptions. Students shall be expected to exhibit appropriate conduct that does not infringe upon the rights of others or interfere with the school program while on school grounds, while going to or coming from school, while at school activities, and while on District transportation.

The Superintendent, principal, or designee may suspend a student for any of the acts listed in "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion" below. A student may be suspended only when the Superintendent or principal has determined that other means of correction have failed to bring about proper conduct in the student. (Education Code #48900.5)

When other means of correcting a student's behavior are implemented prior to imposing suspension on the student, including supervised suspension, the Superintendent, principal or designee shall document the other means of correction used and retain them in the student's record. (Education Code #48900.5)

  • Academic Dishonesty
  • Alcohol/represented to be alcohol
  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Bus Conduct
  • Causing serious physical injury to another except in self-defense
  • Controlled substances (unlawful possession, use or under the influence, represented to be and paraphernalia)
  • Defiance of school personnel
  • Destruction, damage or defacement of property (graffiti/tagging)
  • Disorderly conduct including profanity and obscene behavior
  • Electronic devices
  • Explosive devices
  • Extortion/Robbery
  • Firearm (possession, selling, otherwise furnishing, or possessed replica)
  • Forgery
  • Gambling
  • Habitual disregard of school rules
  • Hate Crimes
  • Hazing
  • Hostile or intimidating education environment
  • Knife (possession, brandishing)
  • Receiving stolen property
  • Sexual harassment
  • Tardiness & Truancy
  • Terrorist threats
  • Theft
  • Threatening staff with intent to do harm
  • Tobacco (possession or use)
  • Weapons or objects represented to be
  • Witness harassment, threatening, intimidating or retaliation
  • Bullying
  • Aiding or abetting infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury on another person

Students who violate District or school rules and regulations may be subject to discipline including, but not limited to, suspension, expulsion, transfer to alternative programs in accordance with Board Policy and administrative regulation, and contact with local law enforcement as appropriate.

Mandatory Expulsion is taken from Education Code #48915 which states that expulsion must be recommended by the principal or designee for the following actions committed at school or at a school activity:

  • Possessing, selling or otherwise furnishing a firearm
  • Brandishing (waving or flourishing) a knife
  • Unlawfully selling a controlled substance
  • Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault or battery
  • Possession of an explosive

The Board shall provide for the fair and equitable treatment of students facing suspension and expulsion by affording them their due process rights under the law and outlined in Board Policy #5144.1.