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The Governing Board is committed to providing a safe, supportive, and positive school environment which is conducive to student learning and to preparing students for responsible citizenship by fostering self-discipline and personal responsibility. The Board believes that high expectations for student behavior, use of effective school and classroom management strategies, provision of appropriate intervention and support, and parent involvement can minimize the need for disciplinary measures that exclude students from instruction as a means for correcting student misbehavior.

The Board believes in rules that are effective in maintaining safety and order on campus and in correcting student misbehavior without unnecessarily excluding students from school or participation in instruction.

The district shall adopt alternative disciplinary measures that provide students with appropriate interventions and supports as a means for preventing and addressing student misbehavior, communicating clear, appropriate and consistent expectations and consequences for student conduct; and ensuring equity and continues improvement in the implementation of district policies and practices. Positive interventions and alternative disciplinary measures shall be preferred over exclusionary discipline measures as a means for correcting student misbehavior. Disciplinary measures that may result in loss of instructional time or cause students to be disengaged from school, such as detention, suspension, and expulsion, shall be imposed only when required by law or when other means of correction have been documented to have failed. (Education Code 48900.5)

Board policies and regulations shall delineate acceptable student conduct and provide the basis for sound disciplinary practices. The administrative staff at each school shall develop disciplinary rules to meet the school's particular needs consistent with law, Board policy, and district regulations. The Board, at an open meeting, shall review the approved school discipline rules as described in the comprehensive safety plan, for consistency with Board policy and state law. Pursuant to Education Code 32282 and 35291.5 any adopted site-level discipline rules must be included in the comprehensive safety plan.

At all times, the safety of students and staff and the maintenance of an orderly school environment shall be priorities in determining appropriate discipline. When misconduct occurs, staff shall attempt to identify the causes of the student's behavior and implement appropriate discipline. When choosing between different disciplinary strategies, staff shall consider the effect of each option on the student's health, well-being, and opportunity to learn.

Staff shall enforce disciplinary rules fairly and consistently in accordance with the district's nondiscrimination policies.

The Superintendent or designee shall provide professional development as necessary to assist staff in developing the skills needed to effectively implement the disciplinary strategies adopted for district schools, including, but not limited to, consistent school and classroom management skills, effective accountability and positive intervention techniques, and development of strong, cooperative relationships with parents/guardians.

District goals for improving school climate, based on suspension and expulsion rates, surveys of students, staff, and parents/guardians regarding their sense of school safety, and other local measures, shall be included in the district's local control and accountability plan, as required by law.

In order to maintain safe and orderly environments, the Board shall give employees all reasonable support with respect to student discipline. If a disciplinary strategy is ineffective, another strategy shall be employed. As permitted by law, continually disruptive students may be assigned to alternative programs or removed from school.

(cf. 4158/4258/4358 - Employee Security)

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5142 - Safety)

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

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

(cf. 6159.4 - Behavioral Interventions for Special Education Students)

(cf. 6164.5 - Student Study Teams)

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual harassment)

(cf. 4131/4331 - Staff Development)

(cf. 0460 -Local Control and Accountability Plan)

(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)

Legal Reference:


32280-32288 School safety plans

35146 Closed sessions

35291 Rules

35291.5 School-adopted discipline rules

35291.7 School-adopted discipline rules: additional employees

37223 Weekend classes

44807.5 Restriction from recess for disciplinary purposes

48900-48925 Suspension and expulsion

48980-48985 Notification of parents or guardians

49000-49001 Prohibition of corporal punishment

49330-49334 Injurious objects

52060-52077 Local control and accountability plan


1714.1 Parental liability for child's misconduct


307 Participation in school activities until departure of bus

353 Detention after school

Management Resources:


Providing a Safe, Nondiscriminatory School Environment for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Students, Policy Brief, February 2014

Safe Schools: Strategies for Governing Boards to Ensure Student Success, 2011

Maximizing Opportunities for Physical Activity during the School Day, Fact Sheet, 2009


1023.88 Corporal Punishment, CIL: 88/9-5

1110.89 Physical Exercise as Corporal Punishment, CIL 89/9-3


01-02 School Safety, Discipline, and Attendance, March 2001



California Department of Education:

Public Counsel:

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights:


adopted: September 6, 2016 La Canada Flintridge, California