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Lemoore Union ESD |  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.

School staff shall take the following measures to discourage the influence of gangs:

1. In accordance with school safety plans, any student wearing gang-related apparel or carrying gang-related paraphernalia shall be referred to the principal or designee. The student's parent/guardian shall be contacted and the student sent home to change clothes if necessary.

2. 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. 5131.5 - Vandalism, Theft and Graffiti)

3. Classroom and after-school programs at each school shall be designed to enhance individual self-esteem, provide positive reinforcement for acceptable behavior, and foster interest in a variety of wholesome activities.

4. Staff shall actively promote membership in authorized student organizations which can provide students companionship, safety, and a sense of purpose and belonging.

Gang Prevention Education

Gang prevention instruction offered in the schools shall:

1. Explain the dangers of gang membership.

2. Include lessons or role-playing workshops in nonviolent conflict resolution and gang avoidance skills.

3. Promote constructive activities available in the community.

4. Involve students in structured, goal-oriented community service projects.

5. Encourage positive school behavior.

Gang prevention lessons may be taught jointly by teachers and law enforcement staff.

Community Outreach

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

1. The dangers of gang membership.

2. The nature of local gang apparel and graffiti.

3. Ways to deal effectively with one's children.

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

Community programs offered for staff, parents/guardians, churches, city officials, business leaders and the media shall address:

1. The scope and nature of local gang problems.

2. Ways that each segment of the community can help to alleviate these problems.

Intervention Measures

Staff shall make every effort to assimilate gang-oriented students into the academic, extracurricular and social mainstream and into work experience programs. To this end:

1. Staff members shall be provided with the names of known gang members.

2. Insofar as possible, classroom teachers shall assign individual gang-oriented students to cooperative learning groups in which they may work toward common goals with students who are not members of their gang.

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

Regulation LEMOORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT

approved: September 13, 1994 Lemoore, California