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El Dorado Union HSD |  AR  5131.4  Students

Campus Disturbances   

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All school staff shall respond to campus disturbances in accordance with the school's Emergency Response Plan. Response plans shall describe:

1. The means which will be used to signal an emergency situation and maintain communication among staff and with the Superintendent or designee.

2. Each staff member's duties during a disturbance.

3. Procedures for ensuring the safety of students and staff.

4. Conditions, as prearranged with law enforcement authorities, under which the principal or designee shall:

a. Inform the police.

b. Secure police assistance.

c. Give the police responsibility for a specific crisis situation. Note - Once they are called in, they may take the responsibility.

5. Procedures for the orderly dismissal of school when authorized by the principal or designee.

A public information officer will be part of each school's Emergency Response Plan and will be the person through whom all media inquiries are routed. This person may be the Superintendent or designee.

(cf. 1112 - Media Relations)

Prohibited Activities

1. Disturbing the Peace

It is a misdemeanor to intentionally cause or attempt to cause a riot by engaging in conduct which urges a riot or urges others to act forcefully or violently, or to burn or destroy property under circumstances which produce a clear, present, and immediate danger of such acts occurring . (Penal Code 404.6)

Anyone who, in a public place, fight, challenge another to fight, or uses offensive words likely to provoke a fight is guilty of a misdemeanor. (Penal Code 415)

2. Disruption of School Operations

Students shall be subject to disciplinary action for any exercise of free expression which 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 substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school, such as may occur when students:

a. Organize or participate in unauthorized assemblies on school premises.

b. Participate in sit-ins or stand-ins which deny students or employees normal access to school premises.

3. Refuse to Disperse

Persons who assemble for the purpose of disturbing the public peace or committing any unlawful act are severally guilty of a misdemeanor if they do not disperse when desired or commanded to do so by a public officer. (Penal Code 416)

Persons who remain present at the place of any riot, rout, or unlawful assembly after being lawfully warned to disperse are guilty of a misdemeanor. (Penal Code 409)

4. Boycotts

Students participating in any protest that involves nonattendance at school, class, or at a school activity where attendance is required shall be identified as truant, regardless of any parental approval of their act.


approved: November 23, 1999 Placerville, California

revised: November 23, 1999