In this section, you will find rights and responsibilities related to:
- Suspension and Expulsion
- Bullying/ Cyber-Bullying
- Conduct of Student
- Withholding Grades, Diploma or Transcripts
- Search of Students
- Duties of Students
- Hazing Prohibition
- Attendance of Suspended Student's Parent
- Sexual Harrassment
- Dress Code/ Gang Apparel
- Electronic Comunication Devices
- Electronic Listening or Recording Devices
- Laser Pointers
- Corporal Punishment
EC 35291 & 35291.5 & .7 The School Board is required to adopt policies for the government and discipline of the schools. A copy of the school discipline policy (5144.1, 5144.2) and guidelines are available at school offices or on the District’s Website.
Suspension and Expulsion
EC 48915, 48900: A student shall not be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion, unless the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the student is enrolled determines that the student has committed an act as defined pursuant to any of subdivisions. Amended by AB 420 (Dickinson), pupils in kindergarten through grade 3 shall not be suspended for any acts described under EC 48900(k). Pupils enrolled in kindergarten through grade 12 shall not be recommended for expulsion solely for committing any acts described under EC 48900(k). See Suspension and Expulsion form attached to this document.
EC 48900 (r): A student may be suspended or recommended for expulsion if it is determined that the student engaged in an act of bullying by any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an “electronic act” as either the creation or transmission of that communication, and including one or more acts committed by a pupil or group of pupils as defined in Education Code sections 48900.2, 48900.3, or 48900.4 directed at one or more pupils that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following: placing a reasonable pupil or pupils in fear of harm to the pupil or pupils of his/her/their property; causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her physical or mental health; causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance; or causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by a school.
Conduct of Student
EC 44807: Every teacher in the public schools shall hold students to a strict account for their conduct on the way to and from school, on the playgrounds, or during recess.
Withholding Grades, Diploma or Transcripts
EC 48904, BP/AR 5125.2: The parent or guardian of any minor, whose willful misconduct results in damage to any property belonging to the school District, personal property of any school employee, or school property not returned, shall be liable for all damages, to a maximum of $10,000. The principal or designee shall inform the parent/guardian in writing of the responsible student’s alleged misconduct and that reparation may be due. This notice shall include a statement that the District may withhold grades, diploma, or transcripts from the student and parent/guardian until reparation is made.
If reparation is not made, the District shall afford the student his/her due process rights in conformance with Education Cod e expulsion procedures and may withhold the student’s grades, diploma or transcripts.
Search of Students
The District is fully committed to promoting a safe learning environment and, to the extent possible, eliminating the possession and use of weapons, illegal drugs, and other controlled substances by students on school premises and at school activities. As necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of students and staff, school officials may search students, their property and/or District property under their control, and may seize illegal, unsafe and otherwise prohibited items. Metal detectors, contraband detection dogs, and breathalyzers may be used to ensure the safety of all students. B.P. 5145.1 Search and Seizure is available on the District’s website.
Duties of Students
5 CCR 300: Students shall conform to school regulations; obey all directions, be diligent in study, respectful to teachers and others in authority; and refrain from the use of profane and vulgar language
EC 48900 (q): Students and other persons in attendance are prohibited from engaging or attempting to engage in hazing.
Attendance of Suspended Student’s Parent
EC 48900.1: School Districts are required to adopt a policy that allows a teacher to require the parents of an unruly or disruptive student to spend a portion of the school day in the child’s classroom. The measure prohibits an employer from taking action against a parent who attends school in accordance with the provision of this act.
EC 231.5, 48980, 5 CCR §4917: Sexual harassment violates state and federal law and school Discipline Policy. Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual behavior that makes a student feel uncomfortable or unsafe. Examples include, but are not limited to the following: unwelcome sexual flirtations or propositions; sexual slurs, insults, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments or sexual degrading descriptions; comments about a person’s body; sexual jokes, notes, stories, drawings, pictures, or gestures; spreading sexual rumors; touching a person’s body or clothes in a sexual way; purposefully cornering or blocking normal movements; displaying sexually suggestive objects; and hugging, grabbing, or pinching someone sexually. If a student believes he/she is a victim of sexual harassment they should tell the harasser to stop; immediately report the harassment to an administrator, teacher, counselor, or any adult supervisor; consider filing a formal complaint against the harasser or talk to their parents so they can contact school officials. Board Policy 5145.7 Sexual Harassment is available on the District’s Website.
Dress Code/Gang Apparel
Dress, grooming, or appearance, which disrupts or tends to disrupt the educational process, or affects the health or safety of individuals, shall be prohibited. A summary of B.P. 5332, Student Dress Code, is included with this notice.
EC 35183: “Gang related apparel” is prohibited on campus. B.P. 5136, Prohibited Gang Related Behavior is available on the District’s Website.
Electronic Communication Devices
Use of communication devices such as cell phones and pagers are permitted on campus and at school sponsored activities under restricted conditions. School administration also has the discretion to impose additional conditions. Standards: (1) Use of cell phones, pagers, and other communication devices on campus is permitted only during the following times: before and after school; during passing periods (grades 9-12 only); and during lunch. (2) At no times are students permitted to use cell phones or pagers during a class or instructional period. All electronic devices (to include, but not limited to cell phones and pagers) must be turned off during class time. (3) The schools will not be responsible for the damage or loss of electronic communications devices brought on campus or to school sponsored activities. Violations of these standards will result in consequences consistent with the District’s discipline policy. BP 5131.3 is available on the District’s website.
Electronic Listening or Recording Device
The use by any person, including a pupil, of any electronic listening or recording device in any classroom, without the prior consent of the teacher and the principal, is prohibited as it disrupts and impairs the teaching process and discipline in the schools. Any person, other than the pupil, willfully in violation shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any pupil in violation shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action .EC 5151.2.
Penal Code 417.27: Prohibits possession of a laser pointer by any student on any elementary or secondary school premise, unless possession is for valid instruction. Further prohibits directing the beam of a laser pointer into the eyes of another or into a moving vehicle or into the eyes of a guide dog.
EC 49000 & 49001 & California Penal Code 273d: Corporal punishment shall not be administered to a student.