Rules & Expectations

General Guidelines for Students


Automobile Search Policy: By entering school property, the person driving any vehicle is deemed to consent to complete search of the vehicle, all its compartments and contents, by school officials or law enforcement personnel, for any reason whatsoever.  This notice applies to all vehicles of any type and is in force 24 hours a day.


Backpacks: Santa Barbara High School is not responsible for lost or stolen backpacks.  Students should not leave their backpacks unattended at any time.  When going through the cafeteria lines at lunch, backpacks should be left with a friend.  Do not leave backpacks on top of lockers.  In P.E., make sure your backpack is locked in your long P.E. locker.  It is recommended that students carry only their notebooks, textbooks and writing implements in the backpack.  Do not carry personal property such as wallet, money, calculator or other valuables.  These items should be kept in a locked book locker.


Campus Conduct: Skateboards, bicycles, or roller blades are not permitted at any time, in any area on campus including parking lots.  A show of overt affection will not be permitted on campus.


Gambling:   School law prohibits gambling on campus.


Neighborhood Policy: It is important to remember that courtesy and consideration for our neighbors is of top priority in order to promote good community relations.  Littering, loitering and vandalism reflect negatively on Santa Barbara High School.  Each student should be most careful to be a good neighbor.


No Smoking: Effective July 1, 1995, smoking and the use of tobacco products were prohibited on all district property, including district vehicles, at all times by all persons, including students, employees, and visitors at any school or district site or attending any school-sponsored activities, athletic events, and meetings.  This “zero tolerance” for tobacco is also in effect during summer school.


Respect for Equipment and Facilities: Each student is expected to assume responsibility for care of all school property.  If a student damages or loses school property, the parent will be held responsible for paying for the damage incurred or replacement of the property.  Damage of a malicious nature will be cause for disciplinary action.  The student’s parent will be responsible for the financial expense.


Sexual Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedure (Policy 5145.7): The SBSD pledges its best efforts to ensure that no student is subject to sexual harassment or discriminated in the educational setting.


         Purpose:  The purpose of this policy is to establish a strong commitment to prohibit harassment in the educational setting, to define sexual harassment and to set forth a procedure for investigating and resolving internal complaints of harassment.


Prohibited sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: (Education Code 212.5)

1.       Submission to the conduct is explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of an individual’s academic status or progress.

2.       Submission to or rejection of the conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic decisions affecting the individual.

3.       The conduct has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the individual’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.

4.       Submission to or rejection of the conduct by the individual is used as the basis for any decision affecting the individual regarding benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the school.


Types of conduct which are prohibited in the district and which may constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

1.       Unwelcome sexual flirtations or propositions

2.       Sexual slurs, leering, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments or sexually degrading descriptions

3.       Graphic verbal comments about an individual’s body, or overly personal conversation

4        Sexual jokes, notes, stories, drawings, pictures or gestures

5.       Spreading sexual rumors

6.       Teasing or sexual remarks about students enrolled in a predominantly single-sex class

7.       Touching an individual’s body or clothes in a sexual way

8.       Purposefully cornering or blocking normal movements

9.       Limiting a student’s access to educational tools

10.     Displaying sexually suggestive objects



A copy of the district’s sexual harassment policy and regulation shall:

1.       Be included in the notifications that are sent to parents/guardians at the beginning of each school year (Education Code 48980)

2.       Be displayed in a prominent location near the school principal’s office (Education Code 212.6)

3.       Be provided as part of any orientation program conducted for new students at the beginning of each quarter, semester or summer session (Education Code 212.6)

4.       Appear in any school or district publication that sets forth the schools’ or districts’ comprehensive rules, regulations, procedures and standards of conduct (Education Code 212.6)

5.     Be provided to employees and employee organizations



The Superintendent or designee shall take appropriate actions to reinforce the district’s sexual harassment policy. As needed, these actions may include any of the following:


1.       Removing vulgar or offending graffiti

2.       Providing staff in-service and student instruction or counseling

3.       Notifying parents/guardians

4.       Notifying child protective services

5.     Taking appropriate disciplinary action. In addition, the principal or designee may take disciplinary measures against any person who is found to have made a complaint of sexual harassment that he/she knew was not true.


Adopted:                March 24, 1993             Santa Barbara, California

Revised:                  March 10, 1999; December 12, 2001

Sexual Harassment Policy-Board Policy 5145.7



Student Use of Parking Lots: There is an assigned area for student parking.  Only cars with an approved permit may park in the two (2) student lots.  All other cars must park on the street.  Any car parked in the student lots without a permit will be ticketed and towed away.  Student cars parked in either faculty or visitor parking areas will be ticketed or towed away.  Any type of violation of the California Vehicle Code by the student will terminate the student's right to bring a vehicle onto campus


Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion


Following a hearing, the school may suspend or expel a student when school policy or state education laws have been violated.  When a student is temporarily suspended from a class or school, the parent is responsible for control of the student during the school day.  The student may not be on school grounds while on suspension.


General Information (Ed.Code 48900): A pupil shall not be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion unless the superintendent, principal or principal designee of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has:

         a. (1)  Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person

         a. (2)  Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense

         b.  Possessed, sold, otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object unless (in the 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

a.        Unlawfully possessed, used, sold or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code on alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind

b.       Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage or an intoxicant of any kind and either sold, delivered or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material and represented the liquid, substance, or material as a controlled substance alcoholic beverage or intoxicant

c.        Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion

d.       Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property

e.        Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property

f.         Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, clove cigarettes, smoke-less tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel.  However, this section does not prohibit use or possession by a pupil of his or her own prescription products when cleared through Health Office

g.       Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity

h.       Had unlawful possession of, or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code

i.         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

j.         Knowingly received stolen school property or private property

k.        Possessed an imitation firearm. As used in this section, “imitation firearm” means a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm

l.         Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault as defined in Section 261, 266c, 286, 288a, or 289 of the Penal Code or committed a sexual battery as defined in Section 243.4 of the Penal Code

m.      Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both

n.       A pupil may not be suspended or expelled for any of the acts enumerated unless that act is related to school activity or school attendance occurring within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent or principal or occurring within any other school district. 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

q.  The act of aiding or abetting the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury to another person as in act for which a person may be suspended, but not expelled


Suspension for Sexual Harassment: A student may be suspended or expelled if he/she has committed sexual harassment as defined in Ed. Code 48900.2.  The conduct as described in Section 212.5 must be considered by a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to have a negative impact upon the individual’s academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.


Gang Behavior:  Gang attire, graffiti, hand signs and gestures, or anything else indicating affiliation with or support of gangs is prohibited. Disciplinary consequences can range from counseling to expulsion/arrest depending on the severity of the infraction. Further, repeated offenses will result in escalated consequences


Hate Violence: A pupil may be suspended Ed. Code 48900.3 from school or recommended for expulsion if the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of, hate violence, as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 33032.5.


Harassment, Threats, or Intimidation: A pupil may be suspended Ed. Code 48900.4 from school or recommended for expulsion if the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has intentionally engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation, directed against a pupil or group of pupils, that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to have the actual and reasonably expected effect of materially disrupting class work, creating substantial disorder, and invading the rights of that pupil or group of pupils by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment.


Hazing: In June 2003, the Legislature defined a new offense that may result in suspension or expulsion. Hazing is defined as an initiation into a student body or organization that causes bodily danger, physical harm, personal degradation, or disgrace that results in physical or mental harm. California Education Code Section 48900 has been amended to authorize a superintendent or principal to also suspend or recommend for expulsion any pupil that engages in, or attempts to engage in, hazing.


Terrorist threats against school officials or school property, or both: A pupil may be suspended Ed Code 48900.7 from school or recommended for expulsion if the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has made:

(a)     Terrorist threats against school officials or school property, or both.

(b)     For the purpose of this section, “terrorist threat” shall include any statement, whether written or oral, by a person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death, great bodily injury to another person, or property damage in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000), with the specific intent that the statement is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent to actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, to so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate, and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat, and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety, or for the protection of school district property, or the personal property of the person threatened or his or her immediate family.

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