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Newport-Mesa USD |  BP  1310  Community Relations

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It is the intent of the Governing Board to provide an orderly and safe learning environment in which students and adults feel comfortable, share the responsibility for maintaining a positive school climate, and take pride in their school, its achievements, and its environment.

This policy promotes mutual respect, civility, and orderly conduct among members of the school community including all employees, parents/guardians, students, and the public at all schools, district facilities, and at athletic and extracurricular events. This policy is not intended to deprive any person of his/her right to freedom of expression that is protected from governmental restriction on school grounds and district facilities/activities. Uncivil conduct does not include the expression of controversial or differing viewpoints.

The basic purpose of this policy is three-fold:

1. To promote a work and learning environment that is safe, productive, and nurturing for all staff and students, and to encourage the free flow of ideas without fear or intimidation

2. To provide our students with appropriate models for respectful problem-solving and conflict resolution

3. To reduce the potential triggers for violent conduct, such as fear, anger, frustration, and alienation, especially by making problem-solving procedures and alternatives to violence readily accessible to both students and adults

For purposes of this policy, uncivil conduct includes the following:

1. Directing vulgar, obscene, threatening, or profane gestures or verbal and/or written communications at another person.

2. Taunting, jeering, inciting others to taunt or jeer at a person.

3. Yelling at another person during a meeting or conference.

4. Repeatedly interrupting another person who is speaking at an appropriate time and place.

5. Imposing personal demands at times or in settings where they conflict with another's assigned duties, supervision responsibilities, and established practices.

6. Using racial/ethnic, religious, religion, gender, color, sexual, sexuality, or disability epithets.

7. Gesturing in a manner that would put a reasonable person in fear for his/her personal safety.

8. Invading the personal space of a person after being directed to move away.

9. Physically blocking a person's entrance to or exit from a room or location.

10. Remaining in a classroom or school area after a teacher or administrator in authority has directed one to leave.

11. Conduct which is likely to interfere with the peaceful conduct of the activities of the campus or facility.

Persons who perceive they have been subjected to uncivil conduct will be urged to resolve their concerns through simple, direct, or assisted communication with the person(s) at the source of the concern. When this is not possible or appropriate, any person who needs help identifying and/or using appropriate problem-solving procedures may seek assistance from the school administrator. Persons are encouraged to work out issues of concern promptly, and preferably, no later than two days after an incident has occurred. No retaliation will be permitted against persons for working in good faith under this policy and its related administrative regulation to resolve concerns.

This policy seeks to promote a school and workplace culture of respect and civility. Severe or persistent acts of uncivil conduct may, however, violate other school rules, such as the district's policies against harassment and sexual harassment or specific conduct codes. Violation of such policies may result in discipline, removal from district facilities and events, adverse employment action, or criminal charges as applicable. Nothing in this policy is intended to interfere with the ability of school officials to maintain order and discipline in the schools or to enforce school rules and applicable laws.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35160 Authority of Governing Board

35160.1 Authority of School Districts

44810 Willful Interference

44811 Disruption

PENAL CODE

243.2 Battery on School Property

415.5 Disturbance of Peace of School

626.7 Failure to Leave Campus or Facility

626.8 Disruptive Presence at School

627.7 Punishment for Refusal to Leave School Grounds

Policy NEWPORT-MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: September 8, 2009 Costa Mesa, California