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Suspension And Expulsion/Due Process   

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The Governing Board has established policies and standards of behavior in order to promote learning and protect the safety and well-being of all students. When these policies and standards are violated, it may be necessary to suspend or expel a student from regular classroom instruction.

The grounds for suspension and expulsion and the procedures for considering, recommending and/or implementing suspension and expulsion shall be specified in administrative regulation.

Suspended or expelled students shall be excluded from all school-related extracurricular activities during the suspension or expulsion.

Zero Tolerance

The Board supports a zero tolerance approach to serious offenses. This approach makes the removal of potentially dangerous students from the classroom a top priority. It ensures fair and equal treatment of all students and requires that all offenses be punished to the fullest extent allowed by law. Staff shall immediately report to the Superintendent or designee any incidence of offenses specified in law, board policy and administrative regulation as cause for suspension or expulsion.

The Superintendent or designee shall notify staff, students and parent/guardians about the district's zero tolerance policy and the consequences which may result from student offenses. He/she shall also ensure strict enforcement of this policy.

Student Due Process

The Board shall provide for the fair treatment of students facing suspension and expulsion by affording them their due process rights under the law. The Superintendent or designee shall comply with procedures for notices and appeals as specified in administrative regulation and law. (Education Code 48911, 48915, 48915.5)

Required Parental Attendance

The Board believes that parental involvement plays an important role in the resolution of classroom behavior problems. The Board expects that teachers will communicate with parents/guardians when behavior problems arise.

Whenever a student is suspended from a class because he/she committed an obscene act, engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity, disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied valid staff authority, the teacher of the class from which the student was suspended may require the student's parent/guardian to attend a portion of a school day in that class. After completing the classroom visit and before leaving school premises, the parent/guardian also shall meet with the principal or designee. (Education Code 48900.1)

The teacher shall apply this policy uniformly to all students within the classroom. This policy shall apply only to a parent/guardian who lives with the student. (Education Code 48900.1)

Parental attendance may be requested on the day the student returns to class or within one week thereafter. The principal or designee shall contact any parents/guardians who do not respond to the request to attend school. The Board recognizes that parental compliance with this policy may be delayed, modified or prevented for reasons such as serious illness/injury/disability, absence from town, or inability to get certain release time from work.

Legal Reference:


212.5 Sexual harassment

1981 Enrollment of students

32261 Interagency School Safety Demonstration Act of 1985

33032.5 Hate violence reduction

35146 Closed sessions (re suspensions)

35291 Rules (for government and discipline of schools)

35291.5 Rules and procedures on school discipline

39141.12 Program for expelled students

48660-48666 Community day schools

48900-48926 Suspension and expulsion

48950 Speech and other communication

49073-49079 Privacy of student records


1985-1997 Subpoenas; means of production


11455.20 Contempt

54950-54963 Ralph M. Brown Act (re closed sessions)


11014.5 Drug paraphernalia

11053-11058 Standards and schedules


230.7 Discharge or discrimination against employee for taking time off to appear in school on behalf of a child


240 Assault defined

242 Battery defined

243.4 Sexual battery

245 Assault with deadly weapon

245.6 Hazing

261 Rape defined

266c Unlawful sexual intercourse

286 Sodomy defined

288 Lewd or lascivious acts with child under age 14

288a Oral copulation

289 Penetration of genital or anal openings

422.6 Interference with civil rights; damaging property

422.7 Aggravating factors for punishment

422.75 Protected classes

626.2 Entry upon campus after written notice of suspension or dismissal without permission

626.9 Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995

626.10 Dirks, daggers, knives, razors or stun guns

868.5 Supporting person; attendance during testimony of witness

John A. v. San Bernardino School District (1982) 33 Cal. 3d 301, 308

Fremont Union High School District v. Santa Clara County Board (1991) 235 Cal. App. 3d 1182

Garcia v. Los Angeles Board of Education (1991) 123 Cal.App.3d 807

Woodbury v. Dempsey (2003) 108 Cal. App. 4th 421


47 Privileged communication


7151 Gun free schools

Management Resources:


0306.96 Expulsion Policies and Educational Placements, SPB 95/96-04


adopted: May 12, 1998 La Canada Flintridge, California