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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.


Definitions:

  1. “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.
  2. “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.
  3. “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
  4. 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.
  5. Student Behavior Records are maintained in the student information system.

ATTENDANCE                         Students are expected to attend school daily and be on time to each class. 

VIOLATION

FIRST CONSEQUENCE

SECOND CONSEQUENCE

THIRD CONSEQUENCE

Unexcused Tardy

1-3 per semester per Teacher/classroom 


4 in a semester – Teacher assigned detention and teacher contacts parent

5+ in a semester,

Teacher referral to office, administrator contacts parents, detention

10+ semester 

Referral to Administration

Parent / Teacher Conference

Reflective activity/ARC or FACTS Class  

Possible LOSP

Class cut.

(Also refer to  “Absences & Make-up Work in Student Planner”)

1st offense: Parent contact by dialer

Detention

2nd-4th offense: Parent contact by dialer/teacher

High School ARC or FACTS class

Possible LOSP

Additional Offenses: Meet w/ counselor, parent, & Admin. (SART) - Attendance Contract.

Leaving campus during school day without authorized off-campus pass, including going to the parking lot without permission

Parent contact 

High School  ARC or FACTS class

Parent contact 

1 day Suspension

Parent contact

2-4 day suspension

Habitual truancy/full day cut.

Returned to campus by a police officer.

Possible suspension

Referral to School Attendance Review Team (SART)

Possible suspension

Possible LOSP

After 3 periods cut / truancy letter sent to parent 

Administrative meeting

Possible suspension

Possible LOSP

Referral to School Attendance Review Board (SARB)

DRESS CODE                            Students are expected to follow the Pleasanton Unified School District Dress Code.

Dress code violation.

BP/AR 5132

BP 5132 Dress and Grooming

Students put on own alternative clothing - Change of clothes required

Warning

Possible parent contact

Students put on own alternative clothing -Change of clothes required

Possible school discipline consequence 

Parent contact

Students put on own alternative clothing -Change of clothes required

Possible school discipline consequence  

Possible parent meeting

May lead up to other discipline action(s), including suspension if clothing is related to hate motivated behavior, is derogatory or creates an unsafe school environment

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY        Students are expected to maintain academic integrity, honesty and responsibility.

Cheating/Academic Dishonesty

 (ex: giving or receiving answers, non-authorized possession of teacher materials, answer key) 

Plagiarism of any type, including sharing ideas using electronic devices to obtain or share tests or materials.   BP 5131.9

Academic Integrity Matrix

Teacher issues classroom consequence and contacts parents


Referral to school administrator 


Possible loss of credit or zero credit on assignment or test

Parent/teacher/student/ administrator conference


Possible loss of credit or zero credit on assignment or test


Possible 1-3 day suspension


Possible failure of the course for the quarter


Notification to any faculty members writing a letter of recommendation

Parent/teacher/student/ administrator conference


Zero credit on assignment or test

3-5 day suspension


Possible failure of the course for the quarter


Notification to any faculty members writing a letter of recommendation

Forgery or alteration of school documents, including electronically, such as admit slips, hall passes, parent notes, field trip and dance permission slips, attendance calls, teacher attendance, grade checks/books. etc.

Parent contact 

Referral to school administrator 

Possible LOSP

Parent contact


Possible 1-2  days Suspension

Parent contact

Possible 3-5 day suspension


Possible recommendation for  expulsion

BEHAVIOR             Students are expected to follow all school wide rules and exhibit the community of character traits: 

                   Compassion, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Self-discipline


Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

The use of  cell phones and devices with photographic or video capabilities is prohibited within locker room and bathroom areas.

Possession or use of electronic or digital device, or any other communications device is prohibited during class time, unless authorized by supervising teacher.

BP5131.8 Mobile Communication Devices 

Warning

Parent contact

Item confiscated for 1 day

Parent contact

Detention

Item confiscated; parent must reclaim

Possible LOSP

Parent contact 

Item confiscated; parent must reclaim

Possible Suspension

Throwing food, water or other material and/or inciting a food fight.

Parent contact

Possible 1-3 day suspension

Possible LOSP

Parent contact

1-3 day suspension

Possible LOSP

Parent contact

2-5 day suspension

Possible LOSP

Cutting in lunch line/Littering.

Detention

Parent contact

ARC or FACTS class

Parent contact

ARC or FACTS class

Possible LOSP

Failure to serve administrative detention.

Parent contact

ARC or FACTS class

Parent contact

Saturday school or possible, 1 day Suspension 

Parent conference

1 day Suspension 

Improper use of vehicle on campus.

Unauthorized parking on campus – i.e. no permit, parking in unmarked space

Reckless driving

Parent contact

Detention

Refer to Student Parking Contract

Parent contact

ARC or FACTS class

Possible loss of parking permit

Refer to Student Parking Contract

Parent/student conference

1-3 day suspension

Loss of parking permit

Inappropriate display of affection.

Warning

Parent contact

Parent/student conference

Gambling.

Parent contact and possible Counseling

Detention/ARC or FACTS

Confiscate materials: parent reclaim

Parent contact

Confiscate materials; parent reclaim

1-3 day suspension

Parent contact and Police contact

Confiscate materials; parent reclaim

2-4 day suspension 


EDUCATION CODE 48900     Suspension or Expulsion 

VIOLATION

FIRST CONSEQUENCE

SECOND CONSEQUENCE

THIRD CONSEQUENCE

48900(a) (1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person. 



Parent contact; police contact; possible arrest

1-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Possible recommendation for counseling services

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; possible arrest

3-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Private agency counseling recommended

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP 

Parent contact; police contact; arrest 

5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Private agency counseling recommended

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

48900(a)(2) Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.

Parent contact; police contact; possible arrest

1-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Possible recommendation for counseling services

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; possible arrest

3-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Private agency counseling recommended

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; arrest 

5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Private agency counseling recommended

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

48900(b) Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.

Parent contact; police contact; possible arrest

1-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Possible recommendation for counseling services

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; possible arrest

3-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Private agency counseling recommended

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; arrest 

5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Private agency counseling recommended

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

48900(c) Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of, any controlled substance, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.

Parent contact

5 day suspension with reduction to 3 days with the completion of substance abuse education program

Possible police contact

Possible LOSP

Parent contact

5 day suspension with reduction possible if there is a completion of next tiered substance abuse education program 

Possible LOSP

Possible police contact

Possible expulsion recommendation

LOSP

Parent contact

5 day suspension with reduction possible if there is a completion of next tiered substance abuse education program 

Possible police contact

Possible expulsion recommendation

48900(d) Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, and either sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person.

Parent contact, police contact and possible arrest 


5 day suspension and

mandatory recommendation for expulsion 

Possible LOSP

Parent contact, police contact

5 day suspension

mandatory recommendation for expulsion 

Possible LOSP

 

48900(e) Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion. 

Parent contact, possible  police contact; arrest

1-3 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Restitution (repairs, staff time, or replacement)

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; arrest

2-4 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Restitution

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; arrest

3-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Restitution

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

48900(f) Caused or attempted to cause damage to school or private property.

Parent contact, possible  police contact; arrest

1-3 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Restitution (repairs, staff time, or replacement)

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; arrest

2-4 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Restitution

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; arrest

3-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Restitution

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

48900(g) Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property.

Caused or attempted to cause damage or vandalism to school or private property (includes graffiti).

Parent contact, possible  police contact; arrest

1-3 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Restitution (repairs, staff time, or replacement)

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; arrest

2-4 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Restitution

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; arrest

3-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Restitution

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

48900(h) Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including, but not limited to, vaporizers, cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel. 

Parent contact

1 day Suspension

Completion of substance abuse education program

Possible LOSP

Parent contact

Suspension 2-3 days

Completion of substance abuse education program

Possible LOSP

Parent contact

Suspension 3-5 days

Completion of substance abuse education program

Possible LOSP

48900(i) Committed an obscene act (to include school work, school projects or school-sponsored activities) or engaged in habitual use of profanity or vulgarity directed towards students, staff or opponents/referees during school or extra-curricular activities.

Parent contact

1-3 day suspension

Possible police contact

Possible LOSP

Parent contact

2-3 day suspension

Recommendation for counseling

Possible LOSP

Parent contact

3-5 day suspension

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

48900(j) Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia (such as vaporizers and pipes, etc).

Parent contact; police contact and  possible arrest 

5 day suspension

Completion of substance abuse education program

Possible expulsion recommendation

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact and  possible arrest 

5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Possible LOSP

 

48900(k) (grades 9-12 only) 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.

Parent contact

Detention/ARC or FACTS class

Possible 1 day suspension

Possible loss of parking privileges

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; possible police contact

ARC or FACTS class

Possible 1-3 day suspension

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; possible police contact

Possible 3-5 day suspension

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

48900(l) Knowingly received stolen school property or private property. 

Parent contact, possible  police contact; arrest

1-3 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Restitution (repairs, staff time, or replacement)

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; arrest

2-4 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Restitution

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; arrest

3-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Restitution

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

48900(m) 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.

Parent contact; police contact; possible arrest

1-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Possible recommendation for counseling services

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; possible arrest

3-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Private agency counseling recommended

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact; arrest 

5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Private agency counseling recommended

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

48900(n) Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or committed a sexual battery as defined in Section 243.4 of the Penal Code.

Parent contact; possible schedule change

1-5 day suspension

Possible recommendation for counseling services

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change 

Parent contact

3-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion

Possible recommendation for counseling services

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change 

Parent contact 

4-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion

Possible recommendation for counseling services

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change 

48900(o) Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or a witness in a school disciplinary proceeding

Parent contact; possible police contact

1-3 day suspension

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change 

Parent contact; police contact

2-4 day suspension

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change 

Parent contact; police contact

3-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change 

48900(p) Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma. 

Parent contact; police contact and  possible arrest 

5 day suspension

Completion of substance abuse education program

Possible expulsion recommendation

Possible LOSP

Parent contact; police contact and  possible arrest 

5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Possible LOSP




 

48900(q) Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing. For purposes of this subdivision, “hazing” means a method of initiation or preinitiation into a pupil organization or body. For purposes of this subdivision, “hazing” does not include athletic events or school sanctioned events. 

Parent contact; possible police contact

1-3 day suspension

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change 

Parent contact; police contact

2-4 day suspension

Possible LOSPPossible schedule change 

Parent contact; police contact

3-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change 

BULLYING    PUSD is committed to maintaining a safe learning and working environment that is free from bullying. 

48900(r) Engaged in an act of bullying. (1)  Any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act.

Parent contact; possible police contact

1-3 day suspension

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change

Parent contact; police contact

2-4 day suspension

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change

Parent contact; police contact

3-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change

(2)(A) “Electronic act” means the creation or transmission originated on or off the school site, by means of an electronic device.

(i) A message, text, video, or image.
(ii) A post on a social network Internet Web site, including, but not limited to:
(I) Posting to or creating a burn page.
(II)Creating a credible impersonation of another actual pupil.
(III) Creating a false profile.
(iii) (I) An act of cyber sexual bullying.

Parent contact; possible police contact

1-3 day suspension

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change










Parent contact; police contact

2-4 day suspension

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change










Parent contact; police contact

3-5 day suspension

Possible expulsion recommendation

Possible alternative placement

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change








48900(u) As used in this section, “school property” includes, but is not limited to, electronic files and databases.



Parent contact

Warning by teacher

1-3 days suspension

ARC or FACTS class

Possible loss of internet privileges for remainder of school year

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change

Parent contact

2-3 day suspension

Possible schedule change

Possible loss of internet privileges for remainder of school year

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change

Parent contact 

4-5 day suspension

Schedule change 

Loss of internet privileges for remainder of school year

Possible LOSP

Possible schedule change

EDUCATION CODE 48915 

Discretionary/Mandatory Recommendations for Expulsion 

EDUCATION CODE SECTION 48915: (a) Mandatory Recommendations, Permissive Expulsions: Except as provided in subdivisions (c) and (e) the principal or the superintendent of schools shall recommend the expulsion of a pupil for any of the following acts committed at school or at a school activity off school grounds, unless the principal or superintendent finds that expulsion is inappropriate, due to the particular circumstance: 

(1) Causing serious physical injury to another person, except in self defense. 

(2) Possession of any knife, explosive, or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the pupil. 

(3) Unlawful possession of any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 1053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, except for the first offense for the possession of not more than one avoirdupois ounce of marijuana, other than concentrated cannabis. (For second offense, any amount, expulsion recommendation is mandatory. (AR 5131.6) 

(4) Robbery or extortion. 

(5) Assault or battery, as defined in Sections 240 and 242 of the Penal Code, upon any school employee. 








Student Support Services Division Revised May 2020