PUSD Discipline Plan 2020-21
As outlined in the Pleasanton Unified School District’s strategic plan, we want every student and staff member to feel safe, supported and to enjoy positive connections while at school. PUSD is a strong partner in the community's efforts to create and maintain a safe and healthy community for all. The District has built and maintains strong partnerships with the City of Pleasanton, the Pleasanton Police Department and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. Our schools work collaboratively with all emergency responders in the event of a crisis or emergency. There are many components to creating and maintaining safe schools.
The Discipline Plan outlines possible interventions and consequences for participating in specific actions, behaviors, and incidents. Based on circumstances or severity of the incident, the 2nd or 3rd consequence may be imposed on a first violation, this decision is up to the discretion of the site administration and the outcome of their investigation. Suspension may also result in a loss of school privileges (LOSP) up to 30 calendar days which could include participating in before or after school activities such as athletics (games, competitions, etc), clubs, dances, and any other extracurricular events.
Students who display inappropriate behavior may be subject to suspension as outlined in the California State Education Code 48900 and 48915. Also a student may be suspended or expelled for acts which are related to school activity or attendance while on the school grounds, while going to or coming from school, during the lunch period whether on or off campus, and during or while going to or coming from a school sponsored activity in Pleasanton or in any other town. Additionally, students' use of digital technology, including but not limited to google docs, chats, social media posts, text messages, etc. may also result in school disciplinary actions, and referrals to law enforcement if they create an unsafe environment for other students or staff (such as information related to threats, discrimination, harassment, intimidation, bullying or other hate motivated behaviors) (BP 5145.9 Hate Motivated Behavior)
As necessary to protect the health and welfare of students and staff, school officials may search students, their property, and/or district property under their control and may seize illegal, unsafe, or otherwise prohibited items.(BP 5145.12 Search and Seizure). Searches may include the use of hand-held metal detectors.Vehicles parked on school or district property are also subject to unannounced inspection facilitated by Pleasanton Police Department’s contraband detection dogs.
Restorative Practices and Alternatives to Suspension 48900(v)
California education code encourages schools to provide alternatives to suspension or expulsion that are age appropriate and designed to address and correct the student’s specific misbehavior (Ed. Code 48900 (v)) Additionally, the law requires that schools first utilize other means of correction prior to suspending a student from school, in most situations. (Ed. Code 48900.5) Depending on the offense, school administrators may offer restorative practices as a reduction to suspension, alternative to suspension, or in addition to other disciplinary actions taken. A restorative option allows students the chance to attempt to make right any harm they have done to the school community, as well as to take steps towards making better choices in the future. If a restorative option is offered, and the student does not fulfill the agreed upon activity by the specified date, the original day(s) of suspension, or a reduction in LOSP will be restored.
- “Day” means calendar days (with beginning date set by administrator) except for suspensions. Days for suspensions are weekdays that students would normally be expected to attend if they had not received a suspension.
- “Suspension” means temporary removal from school (or In-House suspension) for a maximum of 5 days per incident and up to 20 days per school year except in cases of expulsion or for students receiving special education services.
- “Expulsion” means removal from school of attendance and placement in an alternative setting, including the possibility of a school outside of Pleasanton Unified School District
- ARC (Amador Reflections Class) and FACTS (Foothill After School Character Trait Support) class includes time for reflective and/or restorative activities related to the student’s reason for referral.
- Student Behavior Records are maintained in the student information system.
Student Support Services Division Revised May 2020