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Site-Level Rules

Rules for student discipline shall be developed at each school site and filed with the district office. These rules shall be adopted jointly by the principal or designee and a representative selected by classroom teachers employed at the school. The views of administrators, teachers, security personnel, parents/guardians and secondary school students shall be obtained when the rules are developed. The rules shall be consistent with law, Board of Trustees policy and district regulations; they shall be revised as necessary and shall undergo the site-level review and adoption process at least every four years. (Education Code 35291.5)

All avenues of discipline provided in policy, regulation and law may be used in developing site-level rules. These include but are not limited to advising and counseling students, conferring with parents/guardians, detention during and after school hours, and the use of alternative educational environments, suspension and expulsion.

Corporal Punishment

Corporal punishment shall not be used as a disciplinary measure against any student. Corporal punishment includes the willful infliction of, or willfully causing the infliction of, physical pain on a student. (Education Code 49000, 49001)

For purposes of this policy, corporal punishment does not include an employee's use of force that is reasonable and necessary to protect the employee, students, staff or other persons or to prevent damage to district property. (Education Code 49001)

Community Service

Except when suspension or expulsion is required by law, the Superintendent, principal or principal's designee, at his/her discretion, may require a student to perform community service on school grounds during nonschool hours instead of imposing other disciplinary action. Such service may include, but is not limited to, outdoor beautification, campus betterment, and teacher or peer assistance programs. (Education Code 48900.6)

Recess Restriction

Certificated staff may restrict a student's recess time under the following conditions when he/she believes that this action is the most effective way to bring about improved behavior:

1. The student shall be given adequate time to use the restroom and get a drink or eat lunch, as appropriate.

2. The student shall remain under an employee's supervision during the period of detention.

3. Teachers shall inform the principal of any recess restrictions they impose.

Detention After School

Students may be detained for up to one hour after the close of the maximum school day under the following conditions:

1. A student who is transported by school bus shall be detained only until the time when the bus departs. (5 CCR 307, 353)

2. A student who is not transported by school bus shall be detained only after his/her parent/guardian has been notified of the day and amount of time involved.

3. The student shall remain under the supervision of a certificated employee during the period of detention.

Students may be offered the choice of serving their detention on Saturday rather than after school.

(cf. 6176 - Weekend/Saturday Classes)

Notice to Parents/Guardians and Students

The principal of each school shall ensure that students and parents/guardians are notified in writing of all Board policies, administrative regulations and individual school rules related to discipline at the beginning of each school year. Transfer students and their parents/guardians shall be so advised upon enrollment.

The notice shall state that these rules and regulations are available on request at the principal's office in all district schools.

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)


Approved: October 5, 1999 Atascadero, California

Revised: October 10, 2002