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Student Discipline

Overview

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The Sequoia Union High School District believes that all students have the right to be educated in a positive learning environment free from disruptions. It is important for students to understand that they have a choice to make regarding their actions and that appropriate conduct benefits both themselves and others. Students are encouraged to freely express their individuality as long as this expression does not infringe upon the rights of others or interfere with the instructional program. Behavior is considered appropriate when students are diligent in study, neat and clean, careful with school property, respectful towards their teachers, and courteous to other students, staff and volunteers. Students are expected to be punctual and regular in attendance and to remain on school premises in accordance with school rules. They are further expected to refrain from profane, vulgar or abusive language.

SUHSD desires to prepare youth for responsible citizenship by fostering self-discipline and personal responsibility. The District perceives that good planning, a good understanding of each student, and parent involvement can minimize the need for discipline. Teachers shall use positive conflict resolution techniques and avoid unnecessary confrontations. When misconduct occurs, staff shall make every effort to identify and correct the causes of the student's behavior. Board policies and regulations shall delineate acceptable student conduct and provide the basis for sound disciplinary practices. Each school shall develop disciplinary rules in accordance with law to meet the school's individual needs. Staff shall enforce disciplinary rules fairly and consistently, without regard to race, creed, sexual orientation, color or gender.

While it's important that students be held accountable for their conduct, it is equally important that students and families know of their right to appeal and understand the appeal process in order to be better prepared for it.

Some student discipline issues are resolved through one-to-one counseling with a teacher, counselor or school administrator, and may require no more than an in-school suspension. This means that students are removed from the classroom for a short period of time for the purposes of redirecting or resolving misbehavior. Other issues may result in out-of-school suspensions. This is a more formal discipline approach, which prohibits students from attending school, and which requires they have the direct supervision of a parent or other adult. The most serious discipline approach, an expulsion, requires approval from the Board of Education, and removes the student from his or her school for a period of one or two semesters. Expulsions cannot happen without a recommendation from the school’s principal. An expelled student may not participate in any district program or activity, including school dances, athletics, and performing arts events for the duration of the expulsion. Expelled students are required to attend a community day school or alternative education program as determined by the Board of Education.

The most serious discipline approach, an expulsion, requires approval from the Board of Education, and removes the student from his or her school for a period of one or two semesters. Expulsions cannot happen without a recommendation from the school’s principal. An expelled student may not participate in any district program or activity, including school dances, athletics, and performing arts events for the duration of the expulsion. Expelled students are required to attend a community day school or alternative education program as determined by the Board of Education.
Suspension 

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Class Suspension- EC 48900
 
A teacher may suspend a student from class for any EC 48900 violation for up to two days.  The teacher must immediately report the suspension to the principal or principal’s designee and send the student for appropriate action; the teacher may also refer a student for consideration of a suspension from school.
 
The teacher must ask the parent/guardian to attend a parent-teacher conference regarding the suspension. If the attendance of a school administrator is requested by either the parent/guardian or teacher, the administrator must attend the conference. A school counselor or school psychologist may attend the conference, if practicable.
 
The student must not be returned to the class from which he/she was suspended, during the period of suspension, without the concurrence of the teacher of the class and the principal.
 
During the period of suspension, the student must not be placed in another regular class. However, if the student is assigned to more than one class per day, this requirement only applies to other regular classes scheduled at the same time as the class from which the student was suspended.
 
Supervised (in-house) Suspension- EC 48911.1
 
A student suspended from school for having committed any acts described in WC 48900 and 48900.2 (sexual harassment) may be assigned to a supervised suspension classroom for the entire period of suspension as long as:
 
  • The student poses no imminent threat to the campus, student or staff, or
  • If no action to expel the student has been initiated
 
The student must be separated from other students at the school site in a separated classroom, building, or site for students under suspension. The student’s parent/guardian must be notified, in person or by telephone, by a school employee.
 
Suspension from School- EC 48925
 
Suspension is defined as the removal of a student from ongoing instruction for adjustment purposes. Accordingly, suspension does not include:
  • Reassignment to another educational program or class at the same school where the student will receive continuing instruction for the length of day prescribed for students of the same grade level
  • Referral to a certificated employee designated by the principal to advise students; or
  • Removal from class without reassignment to another class or program for the remainder of the period
 
Expulsion

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Expellable Acts
 
Students may only be recommended for expulsion and expelled for committing one or more of the acts described in EC 48900, 48900.2, 48900.3, 48900.4, and 48900.7. The expulsion recommendation must also include a determination or finding.
 
Mandatory Recommendation and Expulsion- EC 48900 (C)
 
The principal or superintendent is required to immediately suspend and recommend for expulsion of students determined to have committed any of the following acts:
 
  • Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing a firearm.
  • Brandishing a knife at another person.
  • Unlawfully selling a controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code. (any amount)
  • Committing or attempting to commit sexual assault as defined in subdivision (n) of Section 48900 or committing sexual battery as defined in subdivision (n) of Section 48900.
  • Possession of an explosive.