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The Board of Trustees:

1. Desires to prepare youth for responsible citizenship by fostering self-discipline and personal responsibility

2. Believes that good planning, a good understanding of each child, and parent/guardian involvement can minimize the need for discipline

3. Believes that schools should be orderly and purposeful places in which students and staff are free to learn and teach without threat of physical or psychological harm

4. Expects each school to annually convene a committee, including staff, parent/guardian and student representatives to develop/review clearly stated disciplinary rules in accordance with law to meet the school's individual needs

5. Expects staff to enforce established disciplinary rules fairly and consistently

6. Support school administration and staff in carrying out this policy

7. Supports educational options/alternatives for students to assist in discipline in accordance with law

(cf. 5020 - Parent Rights and Responsibilities)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

Board policies and regulations shall delineate acceptable student conduct and provide the basis for sound disciplinary practices. Each school shall develop disciplinary rules to meet the school's individual needs.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5131.1 - Bus Conduct)

When misconduct occurs, staff shall implement appropriate discipline and attempt to identify and address the causes of the student's behavior. Continually disruptive students may be assigned to alternative programs or removed from school in accordance with law, Board policy and administrative regulation. At all times, the safety of students and staff and the maintenance of an orderly school environment shall be priorities in determining appropriate discipline.

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 3515 - Campus Security)

(cf. 3515.3 - District Police/Security Department)

(cf. 3515.4 - Recovery for Property Loss or Damage)

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

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

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

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

(cf. 6164.5 - Student Success Teams)

(cf. 6159.4 - Behavioral Interventions for Special Education Students)

(cf. 6184 - Continuation Education)

(cf. 6185 - Community Day School)

The Superintendent or his/her designee shall provide professional development as necessary to assist staff in developing classroom management skills and implementing effective disciplinary techniques.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

Prohibition of Corporal Punishment

The Board of trustees considers corporal punishment of students as an inappropriate corrective measure for student misbehavior and recognizes statutory prohibitions against corporal punishment. Therefore, it shall be the policy of the district to prohibit all forms of corporal punishment by any district employee against students.

Definition of Corporal Punishment

Education Code 49001(a) defines corporal punishment as the willful infliction of, or willfully causing the infliction of, physical pain on a student. Corporal punishment does not include an employee's use of force that is reasonable and necessary to protect the employee, students, staff, or other persons to prevent damage to district property, or to obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects within the control of a student.

Superintendent to Develop Regulations

The Superintendent shall formulate such administrative regulations as necessary to implement this Board policy.

Legal Reference:


1714.1 Parental liability for child's misconduct


32280-32288 School safety plans

35146 Closed sessions

35291 Rules

35291.5-35291.7 School-adopted discipline rules

37223 Weekend classes

44807.5 Restriction from recess

48900-48926 Suspension and expulsion

48980-48985 Notification of parents or guardians

49000-49001 Prohibition of corporal punishment

49330-49335 Injurious objects


307 Participation in school activities until departure of bus

353 Detention after school

Management Resources:


Protecting Our Schools: Governing Board Strategies to Combat School Violence, 1999


1010.89 Physical Exercise as Corporal Punishment, CIL 89/9-3

1223.88 Corporal Punishment, CIL: 88/9-5





adopted: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California