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Tamalpais Union HSD |  BP  5131.4  Students

Campus Disturbances   

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The Board of Trustees expects school staff to take appropriate action to anticipate and prevent campus disturbances and to minimize the risks that might entail from any unanticipated campus disturbances. Staff should be especially sensitive to conditions that foster campus conflict, protest, boycotts, confrontations or disturbances.

Staff shall work with students to address matters of immediate student concern in ways which engage students, foster the positive and constructive expression of feelings and foster the open discussion of ideas and issues. Said activities shall take place in class during regularly scheduled instructional periods under the supervision of a classroom teacher, on campus, with the prior approval of the principal or designee, or as scheduled student assemblies. Off-campus activities require prior approval of the principal or designee and shall be treated as field trips.

Students who leave class or campus for an unauthorized protest, assembly walkout, or boycott may be subject to discipline and shall have absences treated as unexcused.

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

(cf. 5144 - Student Discipline Policy and Procedures)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish at each school a disturbance response procedure for curbing disruptions which create disorder at school or school-sponsored events.

The site principal or designee shall consult with law enforcement authorities to plan for police support during school disruptions. Each school's disturbance response procedure shall address the role of law enforcement. When a disturbance directly threatens students or staff, the principal or designee has the authority to call in law enforcement personnel for assistance. The principal or designee shall seek authorization to dismiss school from the Superintendent or designee if circumstances should so warrant. Students who participated in disturbances may be subject to disciplinary action.

(cf. 3515 .2 - Disruptions)

(cf. 5112.5 - Open/Closed Campus)

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

Legal Reference:


32210 Willful disturbance of public school or meeting

32211 Threatened disruption or interference with classes

32280-32288 School safety plans

38000-38005 Security patrols

44810 Willful interference with classroom conduct

44811 Disruption of classwork or extracurricular activities

48907 Student exercise of free expression


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


adopted: March 9, 1993 Larkspur, California