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Escondido Union HSD  |  AR  5136  Students

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In accordance with Board policy, individual schools that have a gang presence may, in their safety plans, include schoolwide dress codes which prohibit the presence of gang-related apparel at school or school activities. These plans shall define "gang-related apparel" and shall limit this definition to apparel that reasonably could be determined to threaten the health and safety of the school environment if it were worn or displayed on a school campus.

Because gang-related symbols are constantly changing, definitions of gang-related apparel shall be updated whenever related information is received and reviewed at least once each semester.

In order to discourage the influence of gangs, school staff shall take the following measures:

1. Any student displaying behavior, gestures, apparel or paraphernalia indicative of gang affiliation shall be referred to the principal or designee.

a. The student's parent/guardian shall be contacted and may be asked to meet with school staff.

b. The student may be sent home to change clothes if necessary.

(cf. 5132 - Dress and Grooming)

2. Students who seek help in rejecting gang associations may be referred to community-based gang suppression and prevention organizations.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

3. Any gang graffiti on school premises shall be quietly removed, washed down or painted over as soon as discovered.

a. Daily checks for graffiti shall be made throughout the campus, including restroom walls and doors.

b. Graffiti shall be photographed before it is removed. These photographs will be shared with local law enforcement authorities and used in future disciplinary or criminal action against the offenders.

(cf. 3515 - Campus Security)

(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism, Theft and Graffiti)

Gang prevention classes or counseling offered for parents/ guardians shall address the following topics:

1. The dangers of gang membership

2. Warning signs which may indicate that children are at risk of becoming involved with gangs

3. The nature of local gang apparel and graffiti

4. Effective parenting techniques

5. Conflict resolution techniques

Community programs shall address:

1. The scope and nature of local gang problems

2. Strategies by which each segment of the community may alleviate gang problems

Regulation ESCONDIDO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: May 20, 1997 Escondido, California