5144 – Student – Student Welfare – Discipline

Policy –
Regulation –
Exhibit – x

Adopted – 4/25/2019
Revised –

In recent years, the adoption of researched-based alternatives to suspension within school communities has proven to help create positive school climates. We must continue to address racial disproportionality in school disciplinary practices, and also remain cautious when ensuring that campus safety does not further drive students into the school-to-prison pipeline. Although there are instances when suspension and or expulsion is warranted, “each school day is full of teachable moments but exclusionary methods of discipline – such as out-of-school suspensions and expulsions – deprive students of the chance to receive the instruction they need to grow into healthy, thriving adults.” (Public Counsel)

As you know, in the Pacific Grove Unified School District we have adopted and are implementing school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports in effort to identify positive ways of supporting students and improve behavior, which in turn enhance/while simultaneously enhancing school climate and culture. School and community based interventions are to be implemented as a proactive approach and be considered as an alternative to suspension when appropriate.  Proper interventions aid in meeting the academic, social, and emotional needs of students.

 Repeated incidents may include all consequences for previous offenses, in addition to those listed for the subsequent incident. Students may be suspended or expelled if the act is related to a school activity or school attendance, including but not limited to the following: (a) while on school grounds; (b) while going to or coming from school; (c) during a school lunch period, whether on or off campus; or (d) during or while going to or coming from a school sponsored activity.

The following discipline matrix indicates the types of disciplinary action that may apply to each offense. These actions may be applied to a first time or repeated incident. Progressive consequences, when applicable, are listed for each subsequent offense within the respective education code violation. School officials use this matrix as a guide intended to standardize disciplinary procedures throughout the District. The recommendations are not intended to substitute for the judgment of professional personnel based upon knowledge of the student’s behavior record and statutory restraints.

 

VIOLATION CONSEQUENCE
Possessed, sold or otherwise furnished a firearm

Ed Code 48915 (c)(1) and 48900 (b)

 

Brandished a knife at another person

Ed Code 48915 (c)(2) and 48900 (b)

 

Sold a controlled substance

Ed Code 48195 (c)(3) and 48900 (c)

 

Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or committed sexual battery

Ed Code 48915 (c)(4) and 48900 (n)

 

Possession of an explosive

Ed Code 48915 (c)(5) and 48900 (b)

 

All of the following:

Parent/Guardian conference

Contact law enforcement

5 Day Suspension


Mandatory
recommendation for expulsion

 

 

Caused serious physical injury to another person, except in self-defense

Ed Code 48915 (a)(1) and 48900 (a2) (Assault)

 

Possession of a knife, explosive, or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the pupil

Ed Code 48915 (a)(2) and 48900 (b)

 

Possession and/or use of any controlled substance, except for the first offense

Ed Code 48915 (a)(3) and 48900 (c)

 

Robbery or Extortion

Ed Code 48915 (a)(4) and 48900 (e)

 

Assault or Battery or Threat of , on a school employee

Ed Code 48915 (a)(5) and 48900 (a2)

 

Recommendation for expulsion expected, but not mandatory

 

1st Offense: Parent/Guardian conference, 5 Day Suspension, Recommendation for expulsion (unless principal, in writing, recommends otherwise), Contact law enforcement

 

2nd Offense: Recommendation for expulsion

 

Recommendation for Expulsion shall be based on one or both of the following:

 

  1. Other means of correction are not feasible or have repeatedly failed to bring about proper conduct
  2. Due to the nature of the act, the presence of the pupil causes a continuing danger to the physical safety of the pupil or others

 

 

 

 

VIOLATION CONSEQUENCE  (Cont’d)
Terroristic threats against school officials or school property

Ed Code 48900 (.7)

 

A two (or more)-on-one fight

Ed Code 48900 (a2)

Incident Type: Assault or Battery

 

Harassing, threatening, or intimidating a pupil who is a complaining witness or a witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil

Ed Code 48900 (o)

Possible Interventions

●       Contact Parent

●       Provide conflict resolution/anger management skills

●       Behavior Contract and track progress

●       Outside agency/resource referral

 

1st Offense: Parent/Guardian conference, 3-5 Days of Suspension, Possible Restorative Practices, Possible referral to law enforcement

 

2nd Offense: 5 Day Suspension, Possible recommendation for expulsion, Contact law enforcement

 

Fighting, caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury

Ed Code 48900 (a1) (Mutual Combat)

 

Possible Interventions

●       Contact Parent/Guardian

●       Provide conflict resolution/anger management skills

●       Behavior Contract and track progress

●       Teaching problem solving – Negotiation and problem-solving approaches can be used to assist students in identifying alternative behavior choices

●       Outside agency referral

 

1st Offense: Parent/Guardian conference, Detention, 1-3 Day(s) of in/out of school Suspension

 

2nd Offense: 3-5 Days of Suspension, Possible recommendation for expulsion, Contact law enforcement if deemed necessary

 

3rd Offense: 5 Day Suspension, Recommendation for expulsion, Contact law enforcement if deemed necessary

 

Willfully used force or violence upon another person, except in self-defense

Ed Code 48900 (a2) (Assault / Attack)

 

Aiding or abetting the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury to a person

Ed Code 48900 (t) – Aiding/ abetting physical injury

 

Possible Interventions

●       Contact Parent/Guardian

●       Provide conflict resolution/anger management  skills

●       Behavior Contract and track progress

●       Outside agency referral

 

1st Offense: Parent/Guardian conference, Detention, 1-5 Day(s) of in/out of school Suspension, Contact law enforcement if deemed necessary

 

2nd Offense: 5 Day Suspension, Possible recommendation for expulsion, Contact law enforcement

 

3rd Offense: 5 Day Suspension, Recommendation for expulsion, Contact law enforcement

VIOLATION CONSEQUENCE  (Cont’d)
Possession of or sell of any knives

Ed Code 48900 (b)

 

Possession, use of or sell of imitation firearms, imitation explosives, tear gas/pepper spray/laser pointers or scopes, or other dangerous weapons or objects, or any item capable of causing death or great bodily harm

Ed Code 48900 (m) – Possession of imitation firearm and 48900 (b) – other dangerous objects

 

Possible Interventions

●       Contact Parent/Guardian

●       Mentoring or modified version of Check in check out

●       Behavior Contract including

●       Outside agency referral

 

1st Offense: Parent/Guardian conference, Detention, Contact law enforcement, 1-5 Day(s) of Suspension in/out of school

 

2nd Offense: Suspension 3-5 days, Contact law enforcement

 

3rd Offense: Recommendation for expulsion, Contact law enforcement

 

Possession or lighting of firecrackers

Ed Code 48900 (b) – Possession of weapon/other dangerous object

 

Starting fires or setting off fire alarms

Ed Code 48900 (a1) (k)

Incident Type: Causing or Attempting Injury to Another and/or Disrupted school activities/School Rules Violation

 

Possible Interventions

●       Parent /Guardian contact

●       Provide fire safety counseling

○       The properties of fire (what is fire, how rapidly it can spread and how is it controlled).

○       Education about fire safety hazards and the dangers of smoke inhalation.

○       Fire survival (dangers of smoke inhalation, the need for adult supervision, emergency procedures).

○       The costs of arson to the community and the legal consequences.

○       Restitution

●       Behavior Contract

●       Outside agency referral (MCBH)

 

1st Offense: Parent/Guardian conference, Detention, Restitution, 1-2 Day(s) of in/out of school Suspension, Report to fire and law enforcement if deemed necessary

 

2nd Offense: 2-3 Days of Suspension, Report to fire department and law enforcement

 

3rd Offense: 5 Day Suspension, Possible recommendation for expulsion, Report incident to fire department and law enforcement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIOLATION CONSEQUENCE  (Cont’d)
Possessed, used, or been under the influence of any controlled substance, alcohol, or intoxicant

Ed Code 48900 (c)

 

Possessed or sold “look alike” substance representing drugs or alcohol

Ed Code 48900 (d)

 

Possessed or sold drug paraphernalia

Ed Code 48900 (j)

 

 

Possible Interventions

●       Parent /Guardian contact

○       Parent involvement/enhanced supervision and monitoring where appropriate

●       Outside agency referral (i.e.: Community Human Services )

●       With assistance from Family Services Specialist, provide referral to Sun Street Centers

●       Mentoring

●       Behavior Intervention Plan

●       Behavior Contract with reward system

●       Group counseling with substance abuse prevention focus

●       Peer tutoring options

●       Staff and parents can enhance protective factors in the life of the student, which refers to positive influences within a young person’s environment such as family, school, and community connection

 

1st Offense: Parent/Guardian conference, Contact law enforcement if necessary, 2-5 Days of Suspension, Possible referral to drug intervention program not at District expense, Possible recommendation for expulsion

 

2nd Offense: 5 Day Suspension, Contact law enforcement, Possible recommendation for expulsion (unless principal, in writing, recommends otherwise)

 

3rd Offense: 5 Day Suspension, Recommendation for expulsion, Contact law enforcement,

 

Vandalism, graffiti, defacing school property or property of others including but not limited to books, computers, electronic files, databases and e-mail

Ed Code 48900 (f) – Damage to school or private property

 

Theft or attempting to, or knowingly stealing or receiving school or private property

 

Possible Interventions

●       Parent /Guardian contact

●       Campus beautification

●       Counseling with focus on perspective taking and empathy

●       Restitution

●       Community Service

●       Behavior contract with focus on respect agreement

●       Mentoring

●       Check in check out

 

1st Offense: Parent/Guardian conference, Detention, Possible removal from class, Restitution, Contact law enforcement if deemed necessary, 1-3 Day(s) of in/out of school Suspension

 

 

 

VIOLATION CONSEQUENCE  (Cont’d)
Ed Code 48900 (g) – Stealing school or private property

Ed Code 48900 (l) – Receiving stolen property

 

2nd Offense: 3-5 Days of Suspension, Possible removal from class, Restitution, Contact law enforcement, Possible recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity of incident

 

3rd Offense: 5 Day Suspension, Possible removal from class, Restitution, Contact law enforcement, Recommendation for expulsion, depending on severity of incident

 

Possessed and/or used tobacco products and/or paraphernalia including lighters and matches

Ed Code 48900 (h)

Possible Interventions

●       Contact Parent/Guardian

●       Provide learning opportunities with a focus on:

○       Comprehend the health risks

○       Analyze the influences of family, peers culture and media on usage patterns

○       Develop interpersonal skills to resist temptations and practice goal setting and decision making skills to protect against use

○       Develop goals related to reducing smoking or tobacco use (i.e., develop a quit plan)

 

1st Offense: Warning and/or detention, Parent/Guardian conference, 1-3 Days of in-school Suspension

 

2nd Offense: 1-3 Day(s) of Suspension, Contact law enforcement if warranted, Possible participation in an intervention program not at District expense

 

3rd Offense: 3-5 Days of Suspension, Contact law enforcement if warranted, Possible participation in an intervention program not at District expense

 

Obscenity/Profanity/Vulgarity, inappropriate language/attire and/or ethnic/racial slurs — offensive materials on personal/school items — Gestures – including gang signs

Ed Code 48900 (i) – Obscene act, engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity

Possible Interventions

●       Contact Parent/Guardian

●       Acknowledge positive behavior

●       Teach substitute words

●       Counseling with focus on perspective taking, social skills/friendship and emotional management

●       Behavior contract with focus on respect agreement

●       Check in check out with specific goals related to appropriate language

●       Reflection sheet

 

1st Offense: Warning and/or detention/parent/guardian conference or 1-3 Day(s) of in/out of school Suspension

 

VIOLATION CONSEQUENCE  (Cont’d)
  2nd Offense: 2 Days of In School Suspension, or 3-5 Days of Suspension

 

3rd Offense: 1-2 day(s) of In-School Suspension/3-5 Day(s) of Suspension, Possible recommendation for expulsion

 

Bullying: Including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act, as defined in subdivisions (f) and (g) of Section 32261, directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel

Ed Code 48900 (r)

 

Possible Interventions

●       Contact Parent/Guardian

●       Possible sanctions include having the student

○       apologize;

○       discuss the incident with the teacher, principal, and/or parents;

○       pay for damaged belongings;

○       spend time in the office or another classroom;

○       forfeit recess or other privileges.

●       Weekly meetings to communicate to students clear and consistently enforced expectations and to engage them as resources in preventing bullying behavior.

●       Ongoing communication with parents.

●       Appropriate and serious talks with bullies and victims.

●       Appropriate and serious talks with the parents of bullies and victims.

●       Role playing of non-aggressive behavior with bullies.

●       Role playing of assertive behavior with victims

●       Learning opportunities for…

○       Conflict resolution

○       Friendship/Relationship skills

○       Coping skills

○       Relaxation techniques

1st Offense: Parent/Guardian conference, Detention

 

2nd Offense: 1-5 Day(s) of Suspension, Possible citation by police department

 

3rd Offense: 3-5 Days of Suspension, Possible recommendation for expulsion (depending on severity), Possible citation by police department

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIOLATION CONSEQUENCE  (Cont’d)
Sexual harassment (Grades 4-12)

Ed Code 48900 (.2)

Possible Interventions

●       Group or individual counseling with a focus on:

○       Express one’s sexuality in ways that are congruent with one’s values

○       Discriminate between life-enhancing sexual behaviors and those that are harmful to self and/or others

○       Express one’s sexuality while respecting the rights of others

○       Seek new information to enhance one’s sexuality

○       Engage in sexual relationships that are consensual, non-exploitative, honest, pleasurable, and protected

○       Appropriate ways to communicate/refrain from communicating with others about sex and sexual conduct

 

1st Offense: Parent/Guardian conference, Possible 1-5 Day(s) of in/out of school Suspension, Possible recommendation for expulsion (depends on severity), Possible citation by police department

 

2nd Offense: 3-5 Day(s) of Suspension, Possible citation by police department,

 

3rd Offense: 5 Day Suspension and Recommendation for expulsion, Possible citation by police department

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIOLATION CONSEQUENCE  (Cont’d)
Hate violence (Grades 4-12): harassment, teasing, threats, intimidation, or bullying including but not limited to a physical or mental disability, gender, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation

Ed Code 48900 (.3)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Possible Interventions

●       Peer and student mentoring: Mentoring programs allow young people to build sustained, positive relationships with older peers and adults, and motivate them to emulate positive behavior. Such interactions help reduce risk behaviors in students, and create a safe and secure atmosphere in school so that students feel comfortable talking to adults if they need to. Peer mentoring can also help to increase understanding between diverse groups, strengthen the sense of community within a school, and build the self-esteem of those participating.

●       Conflict resolution and peer mediation: Comprehensive conflict resolution programs train selected students to serve as neutral third parties who will mediate disputes among their peers.

Teachers and administrators are also trained to intervene in student conflicts in ways that foster team-building, problem-solving, and leadership skills. By teaching young people how to peacefully resolve their conflicts, and providing them with positive problem-solving strategies and role models, such programs foster a school climate of respect and caring.

●       A strong commitment to reaching all students and staff with the message that violence, harassment, and intolerance are unacceptable in the school environment. Involving all students, staff, parents, and interested community members in learning about violence and how to prevent it.

●       Eliminating barriers to communication among groups of students Involving students in violence prevention initiatives as critical and valued partners. Collaborating closely and effectively with community, media, and policing agencies.

 

1st Offense: Parent/Guardian conference, Detention, Possible suspension 1-5 Day(s) in/out of school, Possible expulsion recommendation (depends on severity), Possible referral to police department

 

2nd Offense: 3-5 Days of Suspension, Possible expulsion recommendation (depends on severity), Possible referral to police department, Participation in cultural sensitivity training and/or anger management

 

 

VIOLATION CONSEQUENCE  (Cont’d)
 

 

 

 

 

3rd Offense: 5 Day Suspension and Recommendation for expulsion, Referral to police department, Participation in cultural sensitivity training and/or anger management
Inappropriate use of computers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Possible Interventions

●       Contact Parent/Guardian

●       Review the appropriate use of technology policy with student

●       Student and parent/guardian sign and agree to appropriate use of technology policy terms

 

1st Offense: Parent/Guardian conference, Lose 1 week of computer usage, Possible removal from class

 

2nd Offense: Lose computer privileges for rest of quarter/semester OR limit computer use to supervised classroom related activities times only.

 

3rd Offense: Lose computer privileges for rest of the year

Cheating in classroom including plagiarism and using electronic devices Possible Interventions

●       Parent/Guardian conference and create plan of action

●       Remove underlying factors that foster cheating in the first place. “Often cheating is an expression of other problems

●       Arrange learning opportunities about cheating which include:

○       Ask children to consider where the world would be today if everybody cheated.


1st Offense:
Parent/Guardian conference, Earn a failing grade on test or assignment

 

2nd Offense: Earn a failing grade on test or assignment, Possible “U” in citizenship, Possible removal from class, Detention

 

3rd Offense: 1 Day of In-school Suspension, Saturday Academy, Earn a failing grade on test or assignment, Possible removal from class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIOLATION CONSEQUENCE  (Cont’d)
Use of skateboards, roller skates or roller blades

 

Possession or use of chains and non-approved hats/headgear on campus

 

Violation of district policy for use of cameras, iPods/MP3/ players, cellular phones and other electronic devices

Incident Type: School Rules Violation

 

 

 

Possible Interventions

●       Contact Parent/Guardian

●       Behavior contract with student signature

●       Review the appropriate use of technology policy with student

●       Student and parent/guardian sign and agree to appropriate use of technology policy terms

●       Provide school-wide behavior expectations in classrooms and assemblies when appropriate including appropriate use of the above categories

 

1st Offense: Warning, Confiscation of item for the day, Possible parent conference, Possible detention

 

2nd Offense: Confiscation of item (to be returned at parent conference), Detention

 

3rd Offense: Item to be returned at end of school year, 1-2 Day(s) of Suspension, Saturday Academy

 

Excessive unexcused tardiness and excessive absences, truancies, or class cuts

Incident Type: Attendance Problem

Follow Truancy Abatement Program Protocol

 

Violation of school rules Possible Interventions

●       Contact Parent/Guardian

●       Behavior contract with student signature

●       Provide school-wide behavior expectations in classrooms and assemblies when appropriate including appropriate use of the above categories

●       Reflection sheet

●       Behavior plan with identified function of behavior and subsequent interventions identified

●       Acknowledge and reinforce appropriate classroom and school behavior conduct

●       Peer groups/interest based clubs

●       Learning opportunities for…

○       Conflict resolution

○       Friendship/Relationship skills

○       Coping skills

○       Relaxation techniques

●       Acknowledge and reinforce appropriate classroom and school behavior conduct

 

1st Offense: Warning, Possible detention, Parent/Guardian conference

 

2nd Offense: 1-2 Day(s) of In-school Suspension

 

3rd Offense: 1-2 Day(s) of In-School Suspension, Saturday Academy

 

VIOLATION CONSEQUENCE  (Cont’d)
Classroom/Campus

Disruption, disobedience

 

Possible Interventions

●       Contact Parent/Guardian

●       Behavior contract with student signature

●       Check-in-Check-out

●       Breaks are better (scheduled breaks)

●       Restorative Practices

●       Prompting/reminder of the behavior expectation

●       Chunk assignments into small parts if suspecting academic reasons for behavioral disruption

●       Establish clear routines and procedures and expectations  in classroom(s)

●       Provide school-wide behavior expectations in classrooms and assemblies when appropriate including appropriate use of the above categories

●       Alternative Seating

●       Reflection sheet

●       Apology letter or “if you knew me letter”

●       Acknowledge and reinforce appropriate classroom and school behavior conduct

 

1st Offense: Teacher conference, Parent/Guardian conference, Possible detention

 

2nd Offense: Detention or 1-2 Day(s) of In-school Suspension, Possible removal from class

 

3rd Offense: 2 Days of In-school Suspension, Saturday Academy, Removal from class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIOLATION CONSEQUENCE  (Cont’d)
Dress code violation Possible Interventions

●       Contact Parent/Guardian

●       Behavior contract with student signature

●       Review the appropriate Dress Code Policy with student

●       Student and parent/guardian sign and agree to appropriate Dress Code Policy Terms

●       Provide school-wide behavior expectations in classrooms and assemblies when appropriate including appropriate Dress Code use

●       Acknowledge and reinforce appropriate dress code compliance

 

1st Offense: Warning, Parent/Guardian contact, Change or cover

 

2nd Offense: Parent/Guardian contact, Change or cover, Possible detention, Possible 1 Day of In-School Suspension

 

3rd Offense: Parent/Guardian contact, Change or cover, 1-2 Day(s) of In-school Suspension, Saturday Academy

 

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