Pleasanton USD | BP 5131 Students
The Governing Board believes that all students have the right to be educated in a positive learning environment free from disruptions. Students shall be expected to exhibit appropriate conduct that does not infringe upon the rights of others or interfere with the school program while on school grounds, while going to or coming from school, while at school activities, and while on district transportation.
(cf. 5131.1 - Bus Conduct)
(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that each school site develops standards of conduct and discipline consistent with district policies and administrative regulations. Students and parents/guardians shall be notified of district and school rules related to conduct.
Prohibited student conduct includes, but is not limited to:
1. Conduct that endangers students, staff, or others
(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)
(cf. 5131.7 - Weapons and Dangerous Instruments)
(cf. 5142 - Safety)
2. Conduct that disrupts the orderly classroom or school environment
(cf. 5131.4 - Student Disturbances)
3. Harassment or bullying of students or staff, including, but not limited to, cyberbullying, intimidation, hazing or initiation activity, extortion, or any other verbal, written, or physical conduct that causes or threatens to cause violence, bodily harm, or substantial disruption, in accordance with the section entitled "Bullying/Cyberbullying" below
Cyberbullying includes the transmission of communications, posting of harassing messages, direct threats, or other harmful texts, sounds, or images on the Internet, social networking sites, or other digital technologies using a telephone, computer, or any wireless communication device. Cyberbullying also includes breaking into another person's electronic account and assuming that person's identity in order to damage that person's reputation.
(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)
(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)
(cf. 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior)
4. Damage to or theft of property belonging to students, staff, or the district
(cf. 3515.4 - Recovery for Property Loss or Damage)
(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism and Graffiti)
5. Possession or use of a laser pointer, unless used for a valid instructional or other school-related purpose, including employment (Penal Code 417.27)
Prior to bringing a laser pointer on school premises, students shall first obtain permission from the principal or designee. The principal or designee shall determine whether the requested use of the laser pointer is for a valid instructional or other school-related purpose.
6. Use of profane, vulgar, or abusive language
(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)
7. Plagiarism or dishonesty on school work or tests
(cf. 5131.9 - Academic Honesty)
(cf. 6162.54 - Test Integrity/Test Preparation)
(cf. 6162.6 - Use of Copyrighted Materials)
8. Inappropriate attire
(cf. 5132 - Dress and Grooming)
9. Tardiness or unexcused absence from school
(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)
(cf. 5113.1 - Chronic Absence and Truancy)
10. Failure to remain on school premises in accordance with school rules
(cf. 5112.5 - Open/Closed Campus)
11. Possession, use, or being under the influence of tobacco, alcohol, or other prohibited drugs
(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)
(cf. 5131.62 - Tobacco)
(cf. 5131.63 - Steroids)
Employees are expected to provide appropriate supervision to enforce standards of conduct and, if they observe or receive a report of a violation of these standards, to immediately intervene or call for assistance. If an employee believes a matter has not been resolved, he/she shall refer the matter to his/her supervisor or administrator for further investigation.
Students who violate district or school rules and regulations may be subject to discipline including, but not limited to, suspension, expulsion, transfer to alternative programs, or denial of the privilege of participation in extracurricular or co-curricular activities in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulation. The Superintendent or designee shall notify local law enforcement as appropriate.
(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)
(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)
(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)
(cf. 5127 - Graduation Ceremonies and Activities)
(cf. 5144 - Discipline)
(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))
(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)
(cf. 6145 - Extracurricular and Co-curricular Activities)
(cf. 6184 - Continuation Education)
(cf. 6185 - Community Day School)
Students also may be subject to discipline, in accordance with law, Board policy, or administrative regulation, for any off-campus conduct during nonschool hours which poses a threat or danger to the safety of students, staff, or district property, or substantially disrupts school activities.
Possession/Use of Cellular Phones and Other Mobile Communications Devices
No student shall be prohibited from possessing or using an electronic signaling device that is determined by a licensed physician or surgeon to be essential for the student's health and the use of which is limited to health-related purposes. (Education Code 48901.5)
Students may possess or use on school campus personal electronic signaling devices including, but not limited to, pagers and cellular/digital telephones, as well as other mobile communications devices including, but not limited to, digital media players, personal digital assistants (PDAs), compact disc players, portable game consoles, cameras, digital scanners, and laptop computers, provided that such devices do not disrupt the educational program or school activity and are not used for illegal or unethical activities such as cheating on assignments or tests. Cell phone use during instructional time is only with teacher authorization.
If a disruption occurs or a student uses any mobile communications device for improper activities, a school employee shall direct the student to turn off the device and/or shall confiscate it. If the school employee finds it necessary to confiscate the device, he/she shall return it at the end of the class period or school day.
In accordance with BP/AR 5145.12 - Search and Seizure, a school official may search a student's mobile communications device, including, but not limited to, reviewing messages or viewing pictures.
(cf. 5145.12 - Search and Seizure)
Students shall not use mobile communications devices, in violation of current law.
A student who violates this policy may be prohibited from possessing a mobile communications device at school or school-related events and/or may be subject to further discipline in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulation.
The Board desires to prevent bullying by establishing a positive, collaborative school climate and clear rules for student conduct.
(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)
(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)
(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)
The district may provide students with instruction, in the classroom or other educational settings, that promotes communication, social skills, and assertiveness skills and educates students about appropriate online behavior and strategies to prevent and respond to bullying and cyberbullying.
(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)
(cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)
School staff shall receive related professional development, including information about early warning signs of harassing/intimidating behaviors and effective prevention and intervention strategies. Parents/guardians, students, and community members also may be provided with similar information.
(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)
(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)
(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)
(cf. 5136 - Gangs)
Students may submit a verbal or written complaint of conduct they consider to be bullying to a teacher or administrator. Complaints of bullying shall be investigated and resolved in accordance with site-level grievance procedures specified in AR 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment.
When a student is suspected of or reported to be using electronic or digital communications to engage in cyberbullying against other students or staff, or to threaten district property, the investigation shall include documentation of the activity, identification of the source, and specific facts or circumstances that explain the impact or potential impact on school activity, school attendance, or the targeted student's educational performance.
Students shall be encouraged to save and print any messages sent to them that they feel constitute cyberbullying and to notify a teacher, the principal, or other employee so that the matter may be investigated. The offending material should not be sent to school personnel electronically.
35181 Governing board policy on responsibilities of students
44807 Duty concerning conduct of students
48908 Duties of students
51512 Prohibition against electronic listening or recording device in classroom without permission
1714.1 Liability of parents and guardians for willful misconduct of minor
288.2 Harmful matter with intent to seduce
313 Harmful matter
647 Use of camera or other instrument to invade person's privacy; misdemeanor
647.7 Use of camera or other instrument to invade person's privacy; punishment
653.2 Electronic communication devices, threats to safety
23124 Use of cellular phones provisional license holders
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42
2000h-2000h6 Title IX, 1972 Education Act Amendments
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 47
254 Universal service discounts (e-rate)
J.C. v. Beverly Hills Unified School District, (2010) 711 F.Supp.2d 1094
LaVine v. Blaine School District, (2000, 9th Cir.) 257 F.3d 981
Emmett v. Kent School District No. 415, (2000) 92 F.Supp. 1088
Bethel School District No. 403 v. Fraser, (1986) 478 U.S. 675
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, (1969) 393 U.S. 503
Cyberbullying: Policy Considerations for Boards, Policy Brief, July 2007
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Bullying at School, 2003
NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION PUBLICATIONS
Digital Discipline: Off-Campus Student Conduct, the First Amendment and Web Sites, School Law in Review, 2001
NATIONAL SCHOOL SAFETY CENTER PUBLICATIONS
Bullying in School: Fighting the Bullying Battle, 2006
California Cybersafety for Children: http://www.cybersafety.ca.gov
California Department of Education, Safe Schools Office: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss
Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use: http://cyberbully.org
National School Boards Association: http://www.nsba.org
National School Safety Center: http://www.schoolsafety.us
U.S. Department of Education: http://www.ed.gov
Policy PLEASANTON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: February 11, 2014 Pleasanton, California