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The Board of Trustees desires to keep district schools and students free from the threats or harmful influence of any groups or gangs which advocate drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior. The principal or designee shall maintain continual, visible supervision of school premises so as to deter gang intimidation of students and confrontations between members of different gangs.

(cf. 5131.4 - Campus Disturbances)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish open lines of communication with local law enforcement authorities so as to share information and provide mutual support in this effort.

The Superintendent or designee shall provide inservice training which helps staff to identify gangs and gang symbols, recognize early manifestations of disruptive activities, and respond appropriately to gang behavior. Staff shall be informed about conflict management techniques and alerted to intervention measures and community resources which may help our students.

Prevention Education

The Board realizes that many students become involved in gangs without understanding the consequences of gang membership. Early intervention is a key component of efforts to break the cycle of gang membership. Therefore, gang violence prevention education in the schools shall start with students in grade 3.

Gang Symbols

The Board prohibits the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, notebook or manner of grooming which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark or any other attribute, denotes membership in gangs which advocate drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior. This policy shall be applied at the principal's discretion, after consultation with the Superintendent, as the need for it arises at individual school sites.

(cf. 6145.5 - Organizations/Associations)

Legal Reference:


41510-41514 School Safety Consolidated Competitive Grant

51264 Educational inservice training; SDE guidelines

51265 Gang violence and drug and alcohol abuse prevention inservice training


186.22 Participation in criminal street gang

13826-13826.7 Gang violence suppression


7101-7184 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Community Act


adopted: July 1992 Santa Barbara, California

revised: October 14, 2019