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Stanislaus COE |  BP  3515.4  Business and Noninstructional Operations

Recovery For Property Loss Or Damage   

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The Stanislaus County Board of Education desires to create a safe and secure learning environment and to minimize acts of vandalism and damage to school property. When Stanislaus County Office of Education property is damaged due to the willful misconduct of a student or other person, the County Office shall seek reimbursement of damages, within the limitations specified in law, from the parent/guardian of a minor child or from any other responsible individual.

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 3515 - Campus Security)

(cf. 4156.3/4256.3/4356.3 - Employee Property Reimbursement)

(cf. 4158/4258/4358 - Employee Security)

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism and Graffiti)

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

The County Office may collect debt owed by a student or former student as a result of vandalism or to cover the replacement cost of County Office books, supplies, or property loaned to a student that the student willfully fails to return or that is willfully cut, defaced, or otherwise injured. However, this policy shall not apply to a student who is a current or former homeless or foster child or youth. (Education Code 48904, 49014)

(cf. 5125.2 - Withholding Grades, Diploma or Transcripts)

(cf. 6173 - Education for Homeless Children)

(cf. 6173.1 - Education for Foster Youth)

Rewards

The County Board may offer and pay a reward for information leading to the determination of the identity of, and the apprehension of, any person who willfully damages or destroys any County Office property. (Government Code 53069.5)

The County Board authorizes the County Superintendent or designee to offer a reward in any amount deemed appropriate, not exceeding $2,500. A reward in excess of $2,500 shall be authorized in advance by the County Board.

The Stanislaus County Superintendent or designee shall disburse the reward when the guilt of the person responsible for the act has been established by a criminal conviction or other appropriate judicial procedure. If more than one person provides information, the reward shall be divided among them as appropriate.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

19910 Libraries, malicious cutting, tearing, defacing, breaking or injuring

19911 Libraries, willful detention of property

44810 Willful interference with classroom conduct

48904 Liability of parent/guardian for willful misconduct

49014 Public School Fair Debt Collection Act

CIVIL CODE

1714.1 Liability of parent or guardian for act of willful misconduct by a minor

GOVERNMENT CODE

53069.5 Reward for information concerning person causing death, injury, or property damage

53069.6 Actions to recover damages

54951 Local agency, definition

PENAL CODE

484 Theft defined

594 Vandalism

594.1 Aerosol paint and etching cream

640.5 Graffiti; facilities or vehicles of governmental entity

640.6 Graffiti

Management Resources:

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Department of Education: http://www.cde.ca.gov

Judicial Council of California: http://www.courts.ca.gov

Policy STANISLAUS COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION

adopted: February 4, 2003 Modesto, California

revised: January 28, 2010

revised: October 24, 2019