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The Governing Board believes that all students have the right to be educated in a positive learning environment free from disruptions. On school grounds and at school activities, students shall be expected to exhibit appropriate conduct that does not infringe upon the rights of others or interfere with the school program.

Behavior is considered appropriate when students are diligent in study, careful with school and personal property, courteous, and respectful towards their teachers, other staff, students and volunteers.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that each school site develops standards of conduct and discipline consistent with district policies and administrative regulations.

Students and parents/guardians shall be notified of district and school rules related to conduct and shall receive regular instruction regarding these rules. In addition, parents/guardians and students may be provided information about early warning signs of harassing/intimidating behaviors, such as bullying, as well as prevention and intervention strategies.

Prohibited student conduct includes but is not limited to:

1. Behavior that endangers staff and/or students

2. Behavior that disrupts the orderly classroom or school environment

3. Harassment of students or staff, including, but not limited to, bullying, cyberbullying, intimidation, hazing or initiation activity, extortion, or any other verbal, written or physical conduct that causes or threatens to cause violence, bodily harm, substantial disruption, or emotional suffering

Cyberbullying includes the transmission of communications, posting of harassing messages, direct threats, or other harmful texts, including images on the Internet, social networking sites, or other digital technologies using a telephone, computer, or any wireless communication device. Cyberbullying also includes breaking into another person's electronic account, modifying content contained within that account, or assuming that person's identity in order to damage that person's reputation.

4. Damage to or theft of property belonging to the district, staff or students

5. Possession or use of laser pointers, unless used for a valid instructional or other school-related purpose, including employment (Penal Code 417.27)

Laser pointers are prohibited on school premises unless a student obtains prior permission from the principal or designee. The principal or designee shall determine whether the requested use of the laser pointer is for a valid instructional or other school-related purpose.

6. Profane, vulgar or abusive language

7. Plagiarism or dishonesty in school work or on tests

8. Inappropriate dress

9. Tardiness and unexcused absence from school

10. Failure to remain on school premises in accordance with school rules

11. Possession, use, or being under the influence of any controlled substance, including tobacco, alcohol, or any other prohibited drug

Possession of Personal Electronic Media Devices and/or Cellular Phones and Other Electronic Signaling Devices

Schools may restrict students' use of electronic media devices including, but not limited to, video/music players, cellular phones or pagers at school and school events if such use is disruptive to the educational program. Students may possess or use personal electronic media or signaling devices in conditions specified below:

Permitted devices shall:

1. Be deactivated and out of sight during class time and at any other time as directed by a school or district employee, unless specifically allowed by a school or district employee for educational purposes

2. Not disrupt the educational program or school activity

3. Not violate school rules and procedures

4. Not be used to violate the privacy of other students, teachers, or school staff

5. Not be used for cyberbullying, dissemination of inappropriate electronic visual or text material, or posting of inappropriate material on the Internet as determined by a school or district employee

Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken for students who violate conditions stated above. A student who violates this policy may be prohibited from possessing a personal electronic signaling device at school or school-related events.

No student shall be prohibited from possessing or using an electronic signaling device that is determined by a licensed physician or surgeon to be essential for the student's health and the use of which is limited to health-related purposes. (Education Code 48901.5)

Bullying/Cyberbullying

The Board desires to prevent bullying by establishing a positive, collaborative school climate and clear rules for student conduct.

The district may provide students with instruction, in the classroom or in other educational settings, that promotes communication, social skills, and assertiveness skills and educates students about appropriate online behavior and strategies to prevent and respond to bullying and cyberbullying.

Students are encouraged to submit a verbal or written complaint of conduct they consider to be bullying to a teacher or administrator. Complaints of bullying shall be investigated and resolved in accordance with site level procedures.

Any student who engages in cyberbullying on school premises, or off campus, including at home, in a manner that causes or is likely to cause substantial disruption of a school activity or school attendance, shall be subject to discipline in accordance with district policies and regulations.

Enforcement of Standards

District employees are expected to provide appropriate supervision to enforce standards of conduct and, if they observe or become aware of a violation of these standards, to immediately intervene or call for assistance from appropriate personnel.

Students who violate district or school rules and regulations may be subject to discipline, including but not limited to suspension, expulsion or transfer to alternative programs in accordance with Board policy and Administrative Regulation. In addition, when the conduct involves intimidation, harassment, or other endangerment of a student or employee, the Superintendent or designee shall provide appropriate assistance as necessary for the victim and the offender or make appropriate referrals for such assistance.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination

32280-32289 Comprehensive safety plan

35181 Governing board authority to set policy on responsibilities of students

35291-35291.5 Rules

44807 Duty concerning conduct of students

48900-48925 Suspension and expulsion

51512 Prohibition against electronic listening or recording device in classroom without permission

CIVIL CODE

1714.1 Liability of parents and guardians for willful misconduct of minor

PENAL CODE

288.2 Harmful matter with intent to seduce

313 Harmful matter

417.25-417.27 Laser scope or laser pointer

647 Use of camera or other instrument to invade person's privacy; misdemeanor

653.2 Electronic communication devices, threats to safety

VEHICLE CODE

23123-23124 Prohibitions against use of electronic devices while driving

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

300-307 Duties of students

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42

2000h-2000h6 Title IX, 1972 Education Act Amendments

COURT DECISIONS

J.C. v. Beverly Hills Unified School District, (2010) 711 F.Supp.2d 1094

LaVine v. Blaine School District, (2000, 9th Cir.) 257 F.3d 981

Emmett v. Kent School District No. 415, (2000) 92 F.Supp. 1088

Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, (1986) 478 U.S. 675

New Jersey v. T.L.O., (1985) 469 U.S. 325

Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, (1969) 393 U.S. 503

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Safe Schools: Strategies for Governing Boards to Ensure Student Success, 2011

Providing a Safe, Nondiscriminatory School Environment for All Students, Policy Brief, April 2010

Cyberbullying: Policy Considerations for Boards, Policy Brief, July 2007

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Bullying at School, 2003

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Department of Education, Safe Schools Office: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss

Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use: http://cyberbully.org

National School Boards Association: http://www.nsba.org

National School Safety Center: http://www.schoolsafety.us

U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov

Policy BONITA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: June 22, 2016 San Dimas, California