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School Suspensions

TEACHER/CLASSROOM SUSPENSION

All teachers have the right to suspend a student from their classroom for the day of a serious infraction and the following day. If a teacher suspends you, you will be assigned to the office for the period of suspension. If this occurs, the parent will be notified and the classroom teacher will schedule a conference. This type of suspension differs from Formal School Suspension. The assigned teacher may initiate classroom suspension. A teacher who deems it necessary to suspend a child from their class will be responsible for guaranteeing that the child has the ability to present their side of the issue, will interview witnesses if necessary, and will meet with the parent/guardian of the child following the decision to initiate a classroom suspension. Teachers may suspend a child from their classroom only for the day/period of the infraction and the following day/period. Any missed work must be completed after the suspension has occurred.

FORMAL SCHOOL SUSPENSION


Suspension is when the school administrator or their designee removes a student from school for disciplinary reasons, for a period of one or more school days. The following are legal reasons for suspension from school in accordance with Education Code 48900:

  • Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
  • Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object.
  • Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance such as an alcoholic beverage or intoxicant.
  • Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053 of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code), an alcoholic beverage or an intoxicant of any kind, and they either sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material and represented the liquid, substance, or material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant.
  • Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
  • Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
  • Stole or attempted to steal property or private property.
  • Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel. 
  • Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  • Had unlawful possession of, or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia.
  • Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied school authorities.
  • Knowingly received stolen property.

 

IMPORTANT

  • Fighting, encouraging, or watching a fight may result in suspension from school.
  • Harassment, threats or intimidation of any type (sexual, verbal, religious, and racial) may result in suspension.
  • Any act of hate violence may be subject to suspension and/or recommendation for expulsion.
  • Possession of cigarettes, drug paraphernalia, lighters, marijuana, controlled substances or other prescription drugs without a valid and approved prescription will result in suspension and may result in a recommendation for expulsion.
  • The possession of any item used as a weapon, guns, knives or look-a-like weapons will result in suspension and may result in a recommendation for expulsion.
  • Engaged in an act of bullying, which causes a school disruption, including by means of electronic device.  Cyber bullying: Using the Internet, public chat rooms, MySpace, YouTube, FaceBook, text messaging, prank phone calls, etc. with the intention to single out a student or group of students for mistreatment, threats, slander, etc. is FORBIDDEN.  Local law enforcement may be contacted.
  • Homework will not be provided to students who are suspended from school. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain and complete work missed due to a suspension upon return to school.

 

DUE PROCESS


If your behavior is cause for possible suspension/expulsion, a thorough investigation of that behavior will occur prior to any decision to suspend.
In any disciplinary action, up to and including Formal Suspension or Expulsion, the student will be provided with "due process" rights. Any student involved in this process will be provided with an informal conference between the student and a school administrator during which the student shall be informed of the reason for the suspension and the evidence that supported the action. The student will be given the opportunity to present his/her version and evidence in self-defense. In emergency situations this opportunity may not be afforded, but a conference shall be held within 72 hours or as soon as practical.


It is the policy of the school to telephone parents at the time of suspension. A formal letter from the school regarding the suspension will be sent home to parents.


Under the Education Code teachers are not required to provide make-up work for suspended students.