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Alternative Means of Correction and Disciplinary Strategies

Student discipline in the District will be equitable, timely, consistent, fair, developmentally appropriate, and match the severity of the student's misbehavior, while ensuring school safety. To the extent possible, however, school administrators shall seek to use alternative means of correction, intervention strategies, and disciplinary options before imposing a student suspension or recommending a student for expulsion. To the extent practicable, such alternative means, strategies and options should serve to keep students in school and participating in the instructional program.

Consistent with Education Code requirements and the intent of Board Policy 5144 that school administrators utilize alternative means of correction to address student behavior, unless inappropriate under the particular circumstances, the law or District policy, when addressing student behavior school administrators shall utilize and implement the alternative means of correction, intervention strategies, and disciplinary options set forth in Exhibit 5144 - EGUSD Discipline Guidelines. (Education Code 48900.5, 48900.6, 48915(a)(1))

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))

Exhibit 5144 - EGUSD Discipline Guideline shall be annually reviewed by the Superintendent or designee for potential updates and revisions.

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 non-school 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)

This community service option is not available for a student who has been suspended, pending expulsion, pursuant to Education Code 48915. However, if the recommended expulsion is not implemented or the expulsion itself is suspended, then a student may be required to perform community service for the resulting suspension pursuant to this section. (Education Code 48900.6)

Authority of Classroom Teacher

The District's classroom teachers are given the authority to act in the place of the parent/guardian during the time the student is under the teacher's direction. (Education Code 44807) To ensure suitable order in the educational environment, District teachers in may use the following means of to ensure for and remediate student behavior, including but not limited to:

1. Confer with a student and explain the District's and school's behavior expectations.

2. Contact a student's parent/guardians to coordinate mutual action to remediate and correct student behavior.

3. Take away or limit a student's privileges, including recess (as set forth under "Recess Restriction" below).

4. Lower a student's citizenship rating/score.

5. Assign a student special tasks, which must be completed at a specified time.

6. Assign a student to detention as authorized by the Education Code.

7. Refer a student to school administration for appropriate means of correction.

Recess Restriction

A certificated teacher of the District 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 student behavior (Education Code 44807.5):

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 a certificated employee's supervision during the period of restriction.

3. Teachers shall inform the principal of any recess restriction they impose on a student.

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.

2. A student who is not transported by school bus shall be detained only after his/her parent/guardian has been notified at least one day in advance, 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.

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 or to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects within the control of the student. (Education Code 49001)

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.

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)


approved: October 29, 1984 Elk Grove, California

revised: February 20, 1990

revised: October 17, 1994

revised: November 4, 2015

revised: November 13, 2018