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The Board of Trustees desires to provide safe schools for all students and staff in the district. The Board, therefore, views with extreme concern any act of violence, intimidation, disruption of the orderly operation of the school, activities inciting others and the commission of any unlawful acts on school campuses and at school activities. Therefore, any individual student and/or any group of students acting in concert or as a gang found in violation of Board policy, administrative regulations, school rules or state law are to be recommended to the Board for suspension/expulsion. School personnel shall exchange information and establish mutually supportive efforts with local law enforcement authorities.

The administration is to be sensitive to the early manifestations of such activities including, but not limited to, the presence of insignias, apparel and verbal, nonverbal and written symbols.

The Superintendent or designee shall provide in-service training which helps staff to identify gangs and gang symbols, recognize early manifestations of disruptive activities, and respond appropriately to gang behavior. Staff shall be informed about conflict management techniques and alerted to intervention measures and community resources.

Any individual student manifesting gang behavior or acting in an organized manner to disrupt the activities of the school will be subject to disciplinary action by the school principal or designee.

Interventions

The school administration is to be sensitive to the presence of gang activities and take the steps necessary to provide safe campuses. Among these are:

1. Identification of the leaders and members.

2. Regular meetings are to be held with local law enforcement agencies and other agencies to ascertain the presence of such groups in the community and the potential for school disruptions or events.

3. Regular in-service programs for staff members.

To further discourage the influence of gangs, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that school rules of conduct and any school dress code prohibiting gang-related apparel are enforced consistently during school hours and at school activities. If a student exhibits signs of gang affiliation, staff shall so inform the parent/guardian.

Under the California Constitution, students have the inalienable right to attend schools which are safe, secure and peaceful. The Board subscribes to the philosophy that students should be provided with a quality education in a safe, secure and peaceful environment. The Board has determined and finds that the presence of any gang-related jewelry, insignia, colors, paraphernalia, apparel, clothing and attire on school campuses and at school activities results in disruption of or material interference with institutional and other activities and so incites students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or the violation of lawful school regulations, or the disruption of the orderly operation of the school. Specifically, the Board finds that it is necessary to establish a dress and grooming policy designed to regulate the wearing of or display of clothing, attire, jewelry, apparel, insignia, colors, paraphernalia or materials that evidence membership in or affiliation with any gang; which are obscene, sexually explicit or suggestive; which promote the use/abuse of drugs and/or alcohol; which pose a threat to the physical well-being and safety of students or are likely to cause others to be intimidated by fear of violence; or which so incite students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or at school activities, or the violation of law or lawful school regulations, or the disruption of or material interference with the orderly operation of the school or school-sponsored activities.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

32281 School safety plans

35183 Gang-related apparel

41510-41514 School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant

48907 Student exercise of free expression

51264 Educational inservice training; CDE guidelines

51265 Gang violence and drug and alcohol abuse prevention inservice training

51266-51266.5 Model gang and substance abuse prevention curriculum

PENAL CODE

186.22 Participation in criminal street gang

13826-13826.7 Gang violence suppression

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

7101-7184 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

Management Resources:

CDE PUBLICATIONS

On Alert: Gang Prevention in School and Inservice Guidelines, January 1994

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Protecting Our Schools: Governing Board Strategies to Combat School Violence, 1995

Policy ANTELOPE VALLEY UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: November 13, 1990 Lancaster, California

revised: March 2, 1994

revised: November 17, 1999