Discipline Policy

Discipline Guidelines

Student Responsibilities:

All students are expected to comply with school regulations, to pursue the required course of study and to accept the authority of the Principal and the school staff.  The goal in discipline is for the student to grow and develop in self-control and self-direction.  Students receiving a third discipline referral in the same class will be dropped from that class at the request of the instructor.

Each student shall have freedom and encouragement to express his/her individuality in school.  This freedom will exist so long as this conduct does not intrude upon, or endanger the freedom of others.   Conduct that infringes on the freedom of his/her peers to receive educational instruction or violates this basic premise will not be tolerated.  It is the intent of the Board of Education to establish a rational position between freedom for each individual and the necessity for sufficient order to permit the operation of the instructional program.

Students in route to or from school or in attendance at school functions are subject to the authority of the school. 

School Staff Responsibilities:

School staff members are expected to exercise a reasonable enforcement of school regulations and are responsible for counseling students regarding potential deficiencies or problems.  The staff also has a responsibility, whenever possible, to notify parents of potential academic or social problems before they occur.  This may include both school and after school activities which interfere with the students ability to be successful.

The Principal may implement necessary procedures, rules and regulations to render effective the policies of the Governing Board relating to standards of behavior.

Teachers shall be responsible for the instruction of pupils in rules and regulations of proper conduct, and be responsible for proper and adequate control of pupils.  The responsibility and the authority of any teacher extends to all pupils of the school district.

Parent Responsibilities:

Parents shall be expected to cooperate with the school authorities regarding the regular attendance and behavior of their children.  Parents shall be held responsible for the willful misbehavior of their children, as indicated by section 1714.1 of the Civil Code and Education Code 48909 and 48200.

The Principal of each school shall take steps to insure that all rules pertaining to the discipline of pupils are communicated to students at the beginning of each school year and to transfer students at the time of their enrollment in the school.

 

Specific Procedures for Disciplinary Action:

Pursuant to all State law and Santa Barbara School District Policies and Procedures, the following steps are taken to enforce necessary regulations.  The following list of minimum and maximum actions does not imply or require that school staff use a "step-by-step" progression of increasing severity when dealing with a violation.  Disciplinary action is dependent upon the situation, the previous behavior record of the student, and other background circumstances.

 

 

Revised and approved (except for guidelines number 7 and 28) by Board Action on May 13, 2008

 

 

EDUCATION CODE 48908 - DUTIES OF PUPILS

All pupils shall comply with the regulations, pursue the required course of study, and submit to the authority of the teachers of the schools.

 

 

Discipline Guidelines:

 

A student may be disciplined, suspended, or expelled for any of the acts listed below, if the act occurs while on school grounds, while going to or coming from school, during the lunch period (on or off campus), or during, going to, or coming from any school-sponsored activity at any school or on any school district’s grounds.  EC48900(r).

 

 

OFFENSE

1ST OFFENSE

2ND OFFENSE

ADDITIONAL OFFENSES

1

Assault and/or battery on a school employee [EC 48915 A(5), SBSD BP 5131  & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Due to the potential seriousness of this offense, an infraction of this rule will result in 5 days suspension, and recommendation for expulsion. Law enforcement notification.

None permitted.

None permitted.

2

Offering or selling a controlled substance or alcoholic beverage or intoxicant [[EC 48915(c2), EC48900D, SBSD BP 5131.6, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Due to the potential

seriousness of this offense, and the requirements of the CA Ed Code 48900/48915, this will result in 5 days suspension and recommendation for expulsion. Law Enforcement notification.

None permitted.

None permitted.

3

Brandishing a knife or explosive or possession of any firearm [EC 48915C,

SBSD BP 5131& SBSD BP5144.1]

Due to the potential seriousness of this offense and the requirements of CA Ed Code 48915, this will result in 5 days suspension, and a recommendation for expulsion. Fire Marshall and/or Law Enforcement notification.

None permitted.

None permitted.

4

Sexual Assault, Committing or attempting to commit sexual assault or committing sexual battery [EC 48915 (c)(4),

SBSD BP 5131, & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Due to the potential seriousness of this offense and the requirements of CA Ed Code 48915, this will result in 5 days suspension, and a recommendation for expulsion. Fire Marshall and/or Law Enforcement notification.

None permitted.

None permitted.

5

Possession of a knife or other dangerous object at school or school activity [EC 48900B, SBSD BP 51317 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

5 days suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion. Fire Marshall and/or Law Enforcement notification.

5 days suspension and

recommendation for expulsion.

None permitted.


 

 

OFFENSE

1ST OFFENSE

2ND OFFENSE

ADDITIONAL OFFENSES

6

Willfully causing serious injury to another person, except in self defense [EC 48915 A(1), EC 48900 A(1) EC 48900 A(2), SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Due to the potential seriousness of this offense and the requirements of the CA Ed Code 48900/48915, this will result in 5 days suspension and recommendation for expulsion (48915 only). Law Enforcement notification.

5 days suspension and

recommendation for expulsion.

None permitted.

7

Possession, under the influence and/or use of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant [EC 48900C, SBSD BP 5131, SBSD BP 5144.1 & SBSD BP 5131.6]

5 days suspension and referral to other appropriate programs, parent conference, and mandatory counseling referral (SUPER program) and/or Teen Court services to be completed within 45 school days. Law Enforcement notification.

5 days suspension, parent conference, law enforcement notification, & referral to Daniel Bryant/Teen Court, which includes a clinical alcohol/drug assessment, a six-week Parent program (voluntary) and one of four treatment options.

5 days suspension, parent conference, law enforcement notification, and recommendation for expulsion.

 

BOARD DID NOT APPROVE THIS ITEM. A STUDY GROUP WILL BE TO BE FORMED TO ADVISE THE BOARD

8

Aids or abets the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury to another person [EC48900S, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

5 days suspension, parent conference, Teen Court services, possible Law Enforcement notification.

5 days suspension, Law Enforcement notification, recommendation for expulsion.

None permitted.

9

Robbery and/or extortion [EC 48915 a(4) and EC 48900E, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Due to the potential seriousness of this offense, and the requirements of the CA Ed Code 48900/48915, this will result in 5 days suspension and recommendation for expulsion (48915 only). Law Enforcement notification.

5 days suspension and

recommendation for expulsion.

None permitted.

10

Terroristic Threats [EC 48900.7, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Up to 5 days suspension and/or possible recommendation for expulsion and Law Enforcement notification.

5 days suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

None permitted.

11

Fire setting [EC 48915 a(2), EC 48900 b & c, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Up to 5 days suspension, parent conference, Teen Court services, Fire Marshall and Law Enforcement notification, and possible recommendation for expulsion.

5 days suspension, Fire Marshall and Law Enforcement notification, and recommendation for expulsion.

None permitted.

12

Hate crime or violence [EC 48900.3, SBSD BP 5145.3,  SBSD BP 5131, SBSD BP 5136 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Up to 5 days suspension, parent conference, referral to counseling or Teen Court Law Enforcement notification. Possible recommendation for expulsion.

5 days suspension, parent and law enforcement notification, recommendation for expulsion.

None permitted.

 

13

Obscene acts, habitual profanity or vulgarity [EC 48900i, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Alternative means of correction and/or up to 5 days suspension, Teen Court services, and parent conference.

Up to 5 days suspension, Teen Court services, and parent conference.

Up to 5 days suspension.

 

 

 

OFFENSE

1ST OFFENSE

2ND OFFENSE

ADDITIONAL OFFENSES

14

Possession, sale and/or trade of drug paraphernalia [EC 48900J,  SBSD BP 5131, SBSD BP5131.6 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Up to 5 days suspension, parent conference, and/or Teen Court services; mandatory counseling (SUPER program). Law Enforcement notification.

5 days suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.  Law enforcement notification.

5 days suspension and

recommendation for expulsion.  Law enforcement notification.

15

Theft, attempted theft, or possession of stolen school or personal property [[EC 48900G, EC 48900L, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Up to 5 days suspension, restitution, parent conference, and Teen Court services. Possible law enforcement notification and possible recommendation for expulsion.

Up to 5 days suspension, Law enforcement notification and possible recommendation for expulsion.

5 days suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.  Law enforcement notification.

16

Vandalism/destruction of school or private property [EC 48900F, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Alternative means of correction and/or up to 5 days suspension, Teen Court services, and parent conference. Law enforcement notification and possible recommendation for expulsion.

 

Up to 5 days suspension, Law Enforcement notification and possible recommendation for expulsion.

Up to 5 days suspension, Law Enforcement notification and possible recommendation for expulsion.

17

Possession or use of tobacco [EC 48900H, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Alternative means of correction and/or up to 5 days suspension, parent conference, and Teen Court services.

Up to 5 days suspension and parent conference.

Up to 5 days suspension and parent conference.

18

Harassment, threats or intimidation, including via electronic transmissions [EC 48900.4, SBSD BP 5145.3, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Alternative means of correction and/or up to 5 days suspension, Teen Court services, and parent notification and possible Law Enforcement notification.

Up to 5 days suspension, parent conference, Teen Court services. Possible Law Enforcement notification.

Up to 5 days suspension, Law Enforcement notification and recommendation for expulsion.

19

Bias-related incident (racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation, etc.) or hazing, degrading (slurs) and disgracing any person attending the school [EC 48900Q and EC 48900K, SBSD BP 5145.3, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1

Alternative means of correction and/or up to 5 days suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion. Teen Court services, parent conference, and possible Law Enforcement notification.

Up to 5 days suspension, parent conference, Teen Court services, and possible recommendation for expulsion. Law enforcement notification.

Up to 5 days suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

20

Willful disobedience/defiance and/or disrupting school activities [EC 48900K, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Alternative means of correction and/or up to 5 days suspension, parent conference, and possible Teen Court services.

Up to 5 days suspension, parent conference, Teen Court services.

Up to 5 days suspension and parent conference.

21

Sexual harassment [EC 48900.2, SBSD BP 5145.3,  SBSD BP 5145.7, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Up to 5 days suspension, parent notification, referral to counseling or Teen Court services, possible Law Enforcement notification.

Up to 5 days suspension, parent conference, Teen Court services.  Law enforcement notification.

5 days suspension, parent notification, and recommendation for expulsion.  Law enforcement notification.

22

Sale of any look alike substance representing drugs or alcohol [EC 48900D, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Up to 5 days suspension and parent conference. Referral to Teen Court Services

Up to 5 days suspension and possible recommendation for expulsion.

5 days suspension and

recommendation for expulsion.

 

 

 

OFFENSE

1ST OFFENSE

2ND OFFENSE

ADDITIONAL OFFENSES

23

Possession of unauthorized articles (i.e., pornographic material, chains, electronic devices) [EC 48901.5 and EC48900K, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Parent notification; item confiscated until parent retrieval at conference. (Cell phones, electronic devices referred to site administration after school.)

Parent notification; item confiscated-to be returned to parent only, alternative means of correction, Teen Court services.

Up to 5 days suspension and/or parent conference or Teen Court services

24

Use of Physical Force upon another person  [EC 48900 a(1), SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Up to 5 days suspension, parent conference, Teen Court services, and possible Law Enforcement office notification.

Up to 5 days suspension and parent conference.  Law Enforcement notification.

5 days suspension and recommendation for expulsion, Law enforcement office notification.

25

Falsification and/or forging or altering school correspondence, passes or absence re-admits [EC48900K, SBSD BP 5131& SBSD BP 5144.1]

Up to 5 days suspension and/or alternative means of correction, parent conference, and Teen Court services.

Up to 5 days suspension, parent conference, Teen Court services.

Up to 5 days suspension and parent conference.

26

Upbraiding, insulting, or abusing teachers or other school personnel [EC 48900K, SBSD BP 5131&  SBSD BP 5144]

Due to the potential seriousness of this offense, an infraction of this rule will result in 5 days suspension, and recommendation for expulsion. Law enforcement notification.

None permitted

None permitted

27

On any other campus without permission [EC48900K, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Up to 5 days suspension and/or alternative means of correction, parent conference, and Teen Court services.

Up to 5 days suspension and parent conference.

Up to 5 days suspension parent conference, and possible course failure.

28

Academic Integrity (e.g., Cheating/Plagiarism)  [EC48900(k) & SBSD BP5131]

 

Alternative means of correction (to include grade reduction on the assignment in question) and/or parent conference, and possible suspension up to 5 days.

Alternative means of correction (to include grade reduction on the assignment in question) and/or parent conference, Teen Court services, possible suspension up to 5 days.

Up to 5 days suspension, parent conference, and possible course failure.

BOARD DID NOT

APPROVE. BOARD REQUESTED FURTHER STUDY & REWRITE.

29

Misuse of computers and/or the Internet (see computer “Acceptable Use Policy” in Appendices) [EC48900K, SBSD BP 5131 & SBSD BP 5144.1]

Up to 5 days suspension and/or alternative means of correction, loss of access for specified time. Possible recommendation for expulsion.

Up to 5 days suspension, parent conference and loss of access to school computers for a specified time.  Teen Court services. Possible recommendation for expulsion.

Up to 5 days suspension, parent conference and loss of access to school computers for the rest of the school year. Possible recommendation for expulsion.

 

Note: 

1.     No electronic devices (with the exception of calculators and cell phones) are allowed on campus.  While on school grounds during the school day, cell phones must be turned off from the first bell until dismissal (end of school day). The administration is not responsible for the loss or theft of personal items. 

2.        Education Code 48903 provides for the recommendation for expulsion or involuntary transfer to another school site any student who has accumulated 20 days of suspension (or 30 days if already transferred to another school for adjustment purposes).

3.        Education Code 48900R provides that these disciplinary guidelines apply to students on any school campus (in or out of district) and that a pupil may be suspended or expelled for acts that are enumerated in this section and related to school activity or attendance that occur at any time, including, but not limited to, any of the following:   (1) While on school grounds. (2) While going to or coming from school. (3) During the lunch period whether on or off the campus. (4) During, or while going to or coming from, a school sponsored activity.

4.        Board Policy 5145.12 provides general guidance with regards to student searches.  In all cases, school officials will not conduct a search absent reasonable suspicion.

5.        Misuse of electronic devices (e.g., computers, cell phones, PDAs, etc.) can result in additional legal and school consequences.  Misuse of electronic devices, regardless of time and place that disrupt the educational environment will also result in application of these disciplinary rules.

6.        All school lockers and all of their contents are subject to search. Students are advised not to share lockers: Unauthorized contents of a locker are presumed to belong to the student assigned to it.

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