Jean Callison Elementary

Discipline Handbook

VUSD Discipline Handbook

VUSD

DISCIPLINE HANDBOOK

Grades TK – 6

2016 - 2017 SCHOOL YEAR

 

 

School rules protect the rights of all students and promote a safe learning environment. Students must be free to learn and teachers must be free to teach. Students are accountable for their behavior during school and school activities, as well as on their way to and from school and school activities and while on the school grounds at any time. Students may be required to meet academic or citizenship standards in order to participate in extracurricular activities.

 

Discipline Policy

 

We believe that every student learns best in a safe, healthy environment and that each student must be given the opportunity to develop sound social judgment, self-discipline, and the valued character traits, including honesty, respectfulness, fairness, trustworthiness, and courtesy.  Therefore:

 

  • Students will act responsibly in the school and community.
  • We will operate safe school environments conducive to learning.
  • We will not tolerate behavior that demeans the worth or dignity of any individual or group.

 

DISCIPLINE PROCESS

INFORMAL TALK.  A school official will speak with the child and try to reach an agreement regarding the student's

future behavior.

 

CONFERENCE.  A conference is held between the student and a school official.  At this time the student must agree

to correct his/her behavior.

 

PARENT INVOLVEMENT.   A conference may be held among school officials, parent or guardian, and the student in

an attempt to correct the student's behavior.
 

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

ON-SITE DISCIPLINE.   The student remains at school and receives appropriate action, such as recess restriction,

detention during and after school hours and/or temporary removal from the classroom.

 

SUSPENSION.  Suspension is the removal of a student from school or classes for a period of five (5) days or less.  The parent/guardian is notified by telephone and letter of the student’s suspension, and the conditions of the suspension. There can be no suspension for defiance for students TK through 3.

    

EXPULSION.  Expulsion means removal of a student from the immediate supervision of the school.  Expulsion is an

action taken by the Board of Education for severe or prolonged breaches of discipline by a student.  Expulsion, except

for single acts of a grave nature, is usually reserved for application where there is a history of misconduct and where other forms of discipline, including suspension, have failed.  In expulsion situations the student and parent/guardian will be notified regarding due process procedures.

 

DUE PROCESS

Students facing major disciplinary action (such as suspension, expulsion or transfer to another school) have a right to a

fair hearing.  Due process procedures guarantee that penalties, which deny access to educational opportunity, are administered for good and just cause.

 

Due process procedures entitle students to:  1) oral or written notification of the charges; 2) explanation of the evidence;

3) opportunity to present his/her side of the story; and 4) a right to appeal decisions resulting in major disciplinary action

to the Learning Support Office.

 

The procedures are designed to ensure that corrective action, if any, is taken only after a thorough examination of the

facts.  The nature of the corrective action must be reasonably related to the nature and circumstances of the violations.

 

It is hoped that students will never place themselves in a situation requiring the protection of due process.  If, however,

a student does become involved in a situation in which a suspension, expulsion, or transfer might result, both the

student and his/her parents will be given a more detailed description of the due process procedures.

 

Each student will receive disciplinary action based on progressive discipline and we WILL NOT discuss any other student

or their disciplinary action with anyone other than that student’s parent/guardian.  When there are other students involved in the same incident, we will not share what happens to other students.  Each student receives disciplinary action based upon progressive discipline specific to that individual student.

 

 

UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT

The School and District are committed to providing an educational environment free of unlawful harassment. The

District maintains a strict policy prohibiting sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination, and/or harassment because of

race, color, ethnic group, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental condition, medical condition, marital status,

pregnancy, age, veteran status, actual or perceived gender or sexual orientation, religion or any other basis protected

by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation.  Unlawful harassment is considered to have occurred if the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual’s academic performance, or of creating an

intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.  Please refer to Vacaville Unified School District Board Policy 5145.3, and Administrative Regulations 5145.3 and 5145.7, which are distributed at the beginning of each school year.

 

 

PROHIBITED BEHAVIORS AND DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

California state law permits disciplinary actions including suspension and expulsion for "good cause" and specifies

that parents are responsible financially and otherwise for their children's willful misconduct. The types of behaviors

prohibited under State law, district policy, or school rules are listed in the chart below and on the following pages. 

The abbreviations that follow the prohibited behaviors refer to legal codes or district pol­i­cies.  This list of behaviors is

not inclusive.  Only the most frequent infractions of school rules are listed.  Some actions may result in referral to the appropriate LAW ENFORCEMENT.  More information on each may be obtained from the school principal.

 

ABSENCES/TARDINESS

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

RANGE

FIRST

OCCURRENCE

REPEATED OCCURRENCE

ABSENCES - CHRONIC EXCUSED

When a student has had 10 absences in the school year for illness or other reasons considered excused, any further absences for illness shall be verified by a physician.  BP/AR 5113; BP/AR 5113.1

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

CONFERENCE

REFERRAL TO:

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REVIEW TEAM (SART)

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REVIEW BOARD (SARB)

ABSENCES - UNEXCUSED

Any absence that has not been excused by a parent/guardian and approved by the appropriate school official.  EC 48260; 5CCR  306, 420-421; BP/AR 5113; BP/AR 5113.1

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

ON-SITE DISCIPLINE

REFERRAL TO:

SART and SARB

TARDINESS

Arriving late to school or class without a valid excuse. California Code of Regulations, Title 5 (5CCR) 306; Education Code (EC) 48260; Vacaville Unified School District BP 5113; BP/AR 5113.1

MINUMUM

INFORMAL TALK

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

CONFERENCE

ON-SITE DISCIPLINE

REFERRAL TO:

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REVIEW TEAM (SART)

SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REVIEW BOARD (SARB)

 

PROHIBITED BEHAVIOR AND

LEGAL REFERENCE

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

 

RANGE

 

FIRST

OCCURRENCE

REPEATED OCCURRENCE

ASSUALT OR BATTERY / SEXUAL ASSAULT OR SEXUAL BATTERY

Attempted to or used force to violently injure another person. PC 240, 212, 243.4 261, 266c, 286, 288 , 289; EC 48915 a(5), 48900 n

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

SCHOOL SUSPENSION

EXPULSION

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

BOMB OR EXPLOSIVE THREATS

Any false report that a bomb or other explosive device has been placed.  PC 148.1 a, b, c; EC 48900.7

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION

EXPULSION

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

BULLYING, ELECTRONIC BULLYING

Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying by means of an electronic act, including posting messages on social media networks directed toward a student or school personnel. (Education Code 48900(r)

 

MINIMUM

INFORMAL CONFERENCE AND PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

SUSPENSION

(Grades 4-6)

PROHIBITED BEHAVIOR AND

LEGAL REFERENCE

 

 

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

RANGE

FIRST

OCCURRENCE

REPEATED OCCURRENCE

BUS CONDUCT

Not following bus rules.
BP 5131.1, AR 5131.1

 

MINIMUM

INFORMAL TALK

CONFERENCE

BUS SUSPENSION

MAXIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

BUS SUSPENSION

SCHOOL SUSPENSION

DEFIANCE OF SCHOOL PERSONNEL

Refusal to comply with reasonable requests of school personnel or otherwise willfully defying the authority of teachers or administrators.
EC 48900 k

 

MINIMUM

CONFERENCE

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

SCHOOL SUSPENSION (4-6)

EXPULSION (4-6)

DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY OR VANDALISM

Defacing, damaging, or destroying property or materials belonging to the school, school personnel, or other persons.  EC 48900 f;
PC: 594, 640.5, 640.6; BP 5131.5

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT AND

FINANCIAL RESTITUTION

MAXIMUM

SCHOOL

SUSPENSION

EXPULSION

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

DISRUPTIVE CONDUCT, PROFANITY, OR OBSCENE BEHAVIOR

Profanity, obscene or vulgar acts or other conduct that disrupts school activities.

EC 44810, 44811; Penal Code (PC) 415.5;
BP 5131.4

MINIMUM

INFORMAL TALK

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

SCHOOL SUSPENSION

EXPULSION

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

DRUGS / ALCOHOL / PARAPHERNALIA

The use, possession, furnishing or sale of drugs, narcotics, OR alcoholic substances; Possession of drug paraphernalia. EC 48900 c, d, j, p; Health & Safety Code (HSC 11032, 11353.6)

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

AND

SCHOOL SUSPENSION

MAXIMUM

EXPULSION

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

EXPLOSIVE/INCENDIARY DEVICES

The use, possession, or sale of explosive devices, including fireworks.  PC 12303.3;  EC 48900 b

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION

PENDING EXPULSION AND

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

FIGHTING

Engaging in or threatening any act that might cause harm to another person, including play fighting. PC 240, 242; EC 48900a; Civil Code (CC) 1714.1

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

SCHOOL SUSPENSION

EXPULSION

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

 FORGERY

Writing and using the signature or initials of another person, or altering school documents.

PC 470

MINIMUM

INFORMAL TALK

CONFERENCE

MAXIMUM

ON-SITE DISCIPLINE

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

SCHOOL SUSPENSION

 

 

PROHIBITED BEHAVIOR AND

LEGAL REFERENCE

 

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

 

RANGE

 

FIRST

OCCURRENCE

REPEATED OCCURRENCE

GAMBLING

Participating in games of chance for the

 purpose of exchanging money or something of value.  

 5CCR 301

MINIMUM

INFORMAL TALK

CONFERENCE

MAXIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

SCHOOL SUSPENSION

HATE MOTIVATED BEHAVIOR

Causing, attempting, threatening or participating in an

act of hate violence.  EC 48900.3; BP 5145.9

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION

POSSIBLE EXPULSION

HAZING

Dangerous or degrading initiation.

EC 48900a(1)(2), I, o, r

MINIMUM

IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION

AND

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

EXPULSION

MAXIMUM

INAPPROPRIATE USE OF PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES (PED)

Personal stereos

Pagers

Cell phones (see policy AR 5145.7)

MINIMUM

CONFISCATE -

PARENT PICK-UP

CONFISCATE AND

SUSPENSION
(1-2 Days)

MAXIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

SCHOOL SUSPENSION

POSSESSION OF A LASER POINTER

 PC 417.27, 417.4; ED 48902, 48915

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

SCHOOL

SUSPENSION

EXPULSION

POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY

Knowingly received stolen property.
EC 48900 l

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION

PENDING EXPULSION

AND

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

POSSESSION OF TOBACCO OR SMOKING

The possession or use of tobacco on

school property. EC 48900 h, 48901; BP 5131.6

MINIMUM

INFORMAL TALK

CONFERENCE

MAXIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

AND

SCHOOL SUSPENSION

REPLICAS OF WEAPONS

The possession of an imitation substantially similar to a firearm. EC 48900 m, 48902, 48915; PC 417.4

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION

PENDING EXPULSION

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

ROBBERY OR EXTORTION

The solicitation of money or something of value from another person in return for protection, or in connection with a threat to inflict harm.
PC 519, 520; EC 48900 e

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION

PENDING EXPULSION

AND

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Creating a hostile environment, by intentionally harassing, threatening or intimidating a student or group of students. EC 48900 o, 48900.2, 48900.4, 48904; BP 5145.7

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION

AND

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

POSSIBLE EXPULSION

PROHIBITED BEHAVIOR AND

LEGAL REFERENCE

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

RANGE

FIRST

OCCURRENCE

REPEATED OCCURRENCE

TERRORIST THREATS

Threatens a crime that would result in death or great injury to staff or property damage to school.

EC 48900.7

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION

AND

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

EXPULSION

THEFT

Taking or attempting to take property that belongs to others.  PC 486, 487; EC 48900 g; BP 5131.5

MIMIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT AND

FINANCIAL RESTITUTION

MAXIMUM

SCHOOL

SUSPENSION

EXPULSION

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

THREATS / VERBAL ABUSE

Statements that intimidate or threaten to injure another person. PC 415.5; EC 48900a

MINIMUM

INFORMAL TALK

CONFERENCE

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

ON-SITE DISCIPLINE

SCHOOL

SUSPENSION

EXPULSION

WEAPONS

The possession or sale of any object that might be used to inflict injury to another person. 
PC 626.9/10;  EC 48900 b, m, 48902, 48915;
BP 5131.7

MINIMUM

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

MAXIMUM

IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION

PENDING EXPULSION

REFERRAL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR MORE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION…

 

 

When you have a question or concern regarding your child,

begin by speaking with your

 

TEACHER or COUNSELOR

 

If questions or concerns remain, speak with your

 

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL or

PRINCIPAL

 

Then, if you wish, you may contact the

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND WELFARE

 

If your issue has not been resolved, contact the

 

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT or SUPERINTENDENT

 

If necessary, you may request an appearance before the

 

GOVERNING BOARD