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The Board of Trustees recognizes its responsibility to maintain an orderly environment in schools within the district. The Board also recognizes that all school staff must be prepared to cope with campus disturbance and to minimize the risks that they entail. Staff should be especially sensitive to conditions that foster racial conflict, student protests, or gang intimidations and confrontations.

The Board desires to provide orderly campuses that create a positive school environment and are conducive to learning. When students initiate or are involved in a campus disturbance that has the potential to threaten the safety of students or staff, the Superintendent or his/her designee may request law enforcement assistance.

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall establish at each school, a disturbance response plan for curbing disruptions which create disorder and may lead to riots, violence or vandalism at school or school-sponsored events.

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall consult with law enforcement authorities to plan for police support during school disruptions. Each school's disturbance response plan shall address the role of law enforcement. When a disturbance directly threatens students or personnel, the Superintendent or his/her designee has the authority to call in law enforcement personnel for assistance and may dismiss school. Students who participate in disturbance may be subject to disciplinary action.

Students who participate in a campus disturbance shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulations.

(cf. 3515 - Campus Security)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

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

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion: Due Process (Students with Disabilities))

Legal Reference:


32210 Willful disturbance of public school or meeting

32211 Threatened disruption or interference with classes

32280-32288 School safety plans

35160 Authority of governing boards

38000-38005 Security patrols

44810 Willful interference with classroom conduct

44811 Disruption of classwork or extracurricular activities

48900 Grounds for suspension or expulsion

48907 Student exercise of free expression

51512 Prohibited use of electronic listening or recording device


243.5 Assault or battery on school property

403-420 Crimes against the public peace, especially:

415 Fighting; noise; offensive words

415.5 Disturbance of peace of school

416 Assembly to disturb peace; refusal to disperse

626-626.10 Crimes on school grounds

627-627.7 Access to school premises

653b Loitering about schools or public places

Management Resources:


911! A Manual for Schools and the Media During a Campus Crisis, 2001


Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities, May 2003



California Department of Education, Safe Schools Office:

U.S. Department of Education, Emergency Planning:


adopted: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California