Redwood City SD | BP 5131 Students
The Board of Education believes that all students have the right to be educated in a positive learning environment free from disruptions. On school grounds and at school activities, students shall be expected to exhibit appropriate conduct that does not infringe upon the rights of others or interfere with the school program.
Behavior is considered appropriate when students are diligent in study, careful with school property, courteous, and respectful towards their teachers, other staff, students and volunteers.
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 and shall receive regular communication about these rules. In addition, parents/guardians and students may be provided information about early warning signs of harassing/intimidating behaviors, such as bullying, as well as prevention and intervention strategies.
Prohibited student conduct includes but is not limited to:
1. Behavior that endangers staff or students
2. Behavior that disrupts the orderly classroom or school environment
3. Harassment of students or staff, including bullying, intimidation, hazing, or initiation activity or any other verbal, written or physical conduct that causes or threatens to cause bodily harm or emotional suffering
4. Damage to or theft of property belonging to the district, staff or students
5. Possession or use of laser pointers, 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. Profane, vulgar or abusive language
7. Plagiarism or dishonesty in schoolwork or on tests
8. Inappropriate dress
9. Tardiness and unexcused absence from school
10. Failure to remain on school premises in accordance with school rules.
Possession of Cellular Phones and Other Personal Electronic Signaling 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)
Electronic devices are permitted on school campuses and may only be used in accordance with teacher and school guidelines.
Cell phones may be used in an emergency after safely following evacuation procedures.
A student who violates this policy may be prohibited from possessing a personal electronic signaling device at school or school-related events.
Enforcement of Standards
Employees are expected to provide appropriate supervision to enforce standards of conduct and, if they observe or become aware 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 in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulations.
(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)
(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)
(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)
(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)
(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. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)
35181 Governing board authority to set policy on responsibilities of students
44807 Duty concerning conduct 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
653.2 Electronic communication devices, threats to safety
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42
2000h-2000h6 Title IX, 1972 Education Act Amendments
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
New Jersey v. T.L.O., (1985) 469 U.S. 325
Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, (1969) 393 U.S. 503
Safe Schools: Strategies for Governing Boards to Ensure Student Success, 2011
Providing a Safe, Nondiscriminatory School Environment for All Students, Policy Brief, April 2010
Cyberbullying: Policy Considerations for Boards, Policy Brief, July 2007
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS
Bullying at School, 2003
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 REDWOOD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: December 9, 2009 Redwood City, California
revised: January 7, 2014