Folsom Cordova USD | BP 5131 Students
The Governing Board believes that all students have the right to be educated in a positive learning environment free from disruptions. Students shall be expected to exhibit appropriate conduct that does not infringe upon the rights of others or interfere with the school program while on school grounds, while going to or coming from school, while at school activities, and while on district transportation.
(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)
(cf. 5131.1 - Bus Conduct)
(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)
(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)
Conduct is considered appropriate when students are diligent in study, careful with school property, courteous, and respectful toward 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.
Prohibited student conduct includes, but is not limited to:
1. Conduct that endangers students, staff, or others, including but not limited to, physical violence, possession of a firearm or other weapon, and terrorist threats
(cf. 5131.7 - Weapons and Dangerous Instruments)
(cf. 5142 - Safety)
2. Discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying of students or staff, including sexual harassment, hate-motivated behavior, cyberbullying, hazing or initiation activity, extortion, or any other verbal, written, or physical conduct that causes or threatens to cause violence, bodily harm, or substantial disruption
(cf.5131.2 - Bullying)
(cf.5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)
(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)
(cf. 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior)
3. Conduct that disrupts the orderly classroom or school environment
(cf. 5131.4 - Student Disturbances)
4. Willful defiance of staff's authority
5 Damage to or theft of property belonging to students, staff, or the district
(cf. 3515.4 - Recovery for Property Loss or Damage)
(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism, Theft, and Graffiti)
The district shall not be responsible for students' personal belongings which are brought on campus or to a school activity and are lost, stolen, or damaged.
6. Obscene acts or use of profane, vulgar, or abusive language
(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)
7. Possession, use, or being under the influence of tobacco, alcohol, or other prohibited drugs
(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)
(cf. 5131.62 - Tobacco)
(cf. 5131.63 - Steroids)
8. Possession or use of a laser pointer, unless for a valid instructional or other school-related purpose (Penal Code 417.27)
Prior to bringing a laser pointer on school premises for a valid instructional or school-related purpose, a student shall obtain permission from the principal or designee.
9. Use of a cellular/digital telephone, pager, or other mobile communication device during instructional time
Such devices shall be turned off in class, except when being used for a valid instructional or other school-related purpose as determined by the teacher or other district employee, and at any other time directed by a district employee. Any device with camera, video, or voice recording function shall not be used in any manner which infringes on the privacy rights of any other person.
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 purposes related to the student's health. (Education Code 48901.5)
10. Plagiarism or dishonesty in school work or on tests
(cf. 5131.9 - Academic Honesty)
(cf. 6162.54 - Test Integrity/Test Preparation)
(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)
11. Inappropriate attire
(cf. 5132 - Dress and Grooming)
12. Tardiness or unexcused absence from school
(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)
(cf. 5113.1 - Truancy)
13. Failure to remain on school premises in accordance with school rules
(cf. 5112.5 - Open/Closed Campus)
Employees are expected to provide appropriate supervision to enforce standards of conduct and, if they observe or receive a report of a violation of these standards, to immediately intervene or call for assistance. If an employee believes a matter has not been resolved, he/she shall refer the matter to his/her supervisor or an administrator for further investigation.
When a school official suspects that a search of a student or his/her belongings will turn up evidence of the student's violation of the law or school rules, such a search shall be conducted in accordance with BP/AR 5145.12 - Search and Seizure.
(cf. 5145.12 - Search and Seizure)
When a student uses any prohibited device, or uses a permitted device in any unethical or illegal activity, a district employee may confiscate the device. The employee shall store the item in a secure manner until an appropriate time.
Students who violate district or school rules and regulations may be subject to discipline including, but not limited to, suspension, expulsion, transfer to alternative programs, referral to a student success team or counseling services, or denial of participation in extracurricular or cocurricular activities or other privileges in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulation. The superintendent or designee shall notify local law enforcement as appropriate.
(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)
(cf. 1400 - Relations between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)
(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)
(cf. 5127 - Graduation Ceremonies and Activities)
(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)
(cf. 5144 - Discipline)
(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))
(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)
(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Cocurricular Activities)
(cf. 6159.4 - Behavioral Interventions for Special Education Students)
(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)
(cf. 6164.5 - Student Success Teams)
(cf. 6184 - Continuation Education)
(cf. 6185 - Community Day School)
Students also may be subject to discipline, in accordance with law, Board policy, or administrative regulation, for any off-campus conduct during nonschool hours which poses a threat or danger to the safety of students, staff, or district property, or substantially disrupts school activities.
Students also may be subject to discipline in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation for any off-campus conduct during non-school hours which poses a threat or danger to the safety of students, staff, or district property or disrupts the orderly delivery of the educational program.
Possession and Use of Cellular Phones and Other Personal Electronic Signaling Devices
Students may possess or use personal electronic signaling devices including, but not limited to, cellular/digital phones, IPods, and gaming devices. Any use of an electronic device that exploits personal information, disrupts the educational process, invades personal privacy, creates a safety risk, or compromises the integrity of educational programs is strictly prohibited.
Permitted devices shall:
1. Be turned off and placed out of sight during the instructional time of the school day and at any other time when directed by a district employee.
2. Not disrupt the educational program or school activity.
If the device is used at an inappropriate time, it may be confiscated. If a school employee finds it necessary to confiscate a device, he/she may give the device to school administration so that the parent/guardian can be notified. A parent/guardian may be required to pick up the device from the school. A student who violates this policy may be restricted from possessing a personal electronic signaling device at school or school-related events.
Exception during supervised study - personal electronic devices may be utilized as an aid to instruction with the direct permission and supervision of the classroom teacher.
3. The use of any electronic device, to include cell phones, may NOT be used at any time in the gym locker rooms.
The school takes no responsibility for the loss or damage of such devices.
Due to the unique nature of Prospect Community Day School, students enrolled in this program will continue to be prohibited from possessing or using an electronic signaling device except with prior consent for health reasons.
200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination
32280-32289 Comprehensive safety plan
35181 Governing board authority to set policy on responsibilities of students
44807 Duty concerning conduct of students
48900-48925 Suspension and expulsion
51512 Prohibition against electronic listening or recording device in classroom without permission
1714.1 Liability of parents and guardians for willful misconduct of minor
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
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
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
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
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 FOLSOM CORDOVA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: May 5, 2011 Folsom, California
revised: February 20, 2014
revised: November 15, 2018