The Board desires to provide a safe, supportive and positive school environment conducive to student learning and to prepare students for responsible citizenship by fostering self-discipline and personal responsibility. High expectations for student behavior, use of effective school and classroom management strategies, and parent involvement can minimize the need for discipline.
When misconduct occurs, staff shall implement appropriate discipline and attempt to identify and address the causes of the student's behavior. Persistently 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. Policies and standards of behavior have been established in order to promote learning and protect the safety and well-being of all students. When these policies and standards are violated, it may be necessary to suspend or expel a student from regular classroom instruction. The Board supports a zero-tolerance approach to serious offenses in accordance with state and federal law. This approach makes the removal of potentially dangerous students from the classroom a top priority and requires that all offenders be punished to the fullest extent allowed by law. Staff shall immediately report any incidence of offenses specified in law, Board Policy and Administrative Regulation as cause for suspension or expulsion. (BP/AR 5144, 5144.1, 5144.2)