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Sweetwater Un HSD |  AR  5131.4  Students

Student Disturbances   

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Prohibited Activities

A student involved or attempting to be involved in any of the following prohibited activities shall be subject to discipline:

1. Disturbing the peace, including, but not limited to, causing or attempting to cause a riot, burning or destroying property, fighting, challenging another to fight, or using offensive words likely to provoke a fight

(cf. 3515 - Campus Security)

2. Disrupting school operations, including, but not limited to, exercising free expression which is obscene, libelous, or slanderous or so incites students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or the violation of lawful school regulations, or substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school (Education Code 48907)

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)

Other examples of activities that may be considered disrupting school operations include, but are not limited to:

a. Organizing or participating in unauthorized assemblies on school premises

b. Participating in sit-ins or stand-ins which deny students or employees normal access to school premises

c. Interfering with or unauthorized use of the district's computer system

(cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)

3. Refusing to disperse, including, but not limited to, assembling for the purpose of causing a disruption and refusing to disperse upon the direction of school personnel

4. Boycotting school, including, but not limited to, participating in any protest that involves nonattendance where attendance is required at school, class, or at a school activity

Any student who participates in a boycott shall be given an unexcused absence and may be classified as truant, regardless of any parent/guardian approval of the absence.

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

(cf. 5113.1 - Truancy)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

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

Extension of Class Period and/or Dismissal of School

During any disturbance in which additional students might become involved while changing classes, the principal or designee may notify all staff that any class currently in session will be extended until further notice. Upon receiving this notification, staff shall ensure that all students in their charge remain in one location under their supervision and shall ask all students who are in the halls to return to their classes immediately.

The principal may also request that the Superintendent dismiss school in accordance with the school disturbance response plan.

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 3516 - Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan)

In the event that persons from inside or outside the school ignore established procedures and attempt to disrupt the educational process, appropriate action will be taken against violators.

General guidelines and specific procedures are outlined in this regulation for the use of a disruption or potential disruption on or adjacent to school sites, whether caused by individuals or groups.

Staff Utilization

1. The senior site administrator or his/her designee is authorized to place the following procedures into effect, when he/she deems necessary and to alert members when they are on effect.

a. Determine the nature and severity of the disruption or potential disruption.

b. Alert staff members that guidelines and procedures are in effect.

c. Be responsible for communication with the Administration Center (Area Superintendent, or Director of Student Support Services) and community agencies as needed.

2. Staff will carry out their designated responsibilities according to these guidelines and procedures under the direction of the senior site administrator.

Note: Because campus disturbances or unrest are unsettling to staff and administrators, all persons in charge of directing events should be careful that their actions are consistent with state and federal laws.


1. Internal

a. The communications center will be located in the principal's office or pre-designated alternative location when conditions render principal's office unavailable.

b. A running account of incident will be kept, either in written form or on tape. The written account should be signed and dated at appropriate places by the person recording. If a tape is kept, the person identifies himself/herself on that tape.

c. The senior administrator should maintain open communication with student leaders.

2. External

a. Outgoing calls will be made by the senior administrator or his/her designee. One line should be kept open at all times.

b. A copy of the log will be sent to the Administration Center as soon as practicable.


approved: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California