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Comprehensive School Safety Plan 

Bowman High School

Safe School Plan

2022-2023

 

William S. Hart School District

 

Nina Zamora, Principal

21508 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita, Ca. 91350

(661)253-4400

www.hartdistrict.org/bowman

 

A meeting for public input was held on December 8, 2022

Plan Adopted by School Site Council on December 8, 2022

Reviewed by Law Enforcement on January 23, 2023

Plan approved by District on February 2023

 

Committee members

Nina Zamora, Principal

Richard Haring, Assistant Principal

Jose Rosales, Teacher Representative

Irma Hernandez, Parent attending student

Rosa Villanueva, Classified employee

Rocio Benavides, Counselor

Liz Benavides, Counselor

Kimberly Hipolito, Student

Deputy David Martinez, School Resource Officer

 

This document is available for public inspection on website at: www.hartdistrict.org/bowman

 

School Site Mission

Bowman believes in the potential for each student to achieve through perseverance and opportunities for success. Our inclusive environment is one that focuses on respect, equity, kindness, and integrity.

Every Student

Every Day!

 

 

School Site Vision

The vision of Bowman High School is to support our mission by fostering a school community that embraces diversity and promotes understanding and respect by providing a nurturing, rigorous, and supportive academic experience to meet the needs of our student population.

Every Student

Every Day!


 

There have been no facility updates in the last year to Bowman High School, therefore the campus map remains unchanged.

 

 

Bowman High School Drill Schedule

Scripted Lockdown Drill 9/20/2022

Earthquake Drill 10/20/2022

Hard Lockdown Drill 1/26/2023

Fire Drill 2/14/2023



 

Table of Contents

 

1. Assessment of the Current Status of School Crime page 4

 

2. Appropriate Programs and Strategies that Provide School Safety

  1. Child Abuse Reporting Procedures page 9

 

  1. Disaster Response Procedures page 13

 

  1. Suspension and Expulsion Policies page 20

 

  1. Procedures for Notifying Teachers about Dangerous Pupils page 35

 

  1. Sexual Harassment Policy page 38

 

  1. School-wide Dress Code prohibiting gang-related apparel page 39

 

  1. Procedures for Safe Ingress and Egress from school page 42

 

  1. Procedures to Ensure a Safe and Orderly Environment

  1. The social climate-people and programs (Component 1) page 44

 

  1. The physical environment-place (Component 2) page 45

 

  1. Rules and Procedures on School Discipline page 46

 

  1. Hate Crime Policies and Procedures page 65

 

  1. Bullying Prevention Policies and Procedures page 66

 

  1. Student Care Team page 69

 

  1. Student Care Line page 69

 

n) Appendix

a.) Bowman Specific Emergency Plan page 70

b.) Crisis Management Organizational Tree page 77

c.) Crisis Roles page 81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment of the Current Status of School Crime

The Safety Committee reviewed the Suspensions and Expulsions record from the 2020-2021 school year. (This is the most current data available) The committee felt the number of suspensions was low and made the goal for administration to continue to utilize Other Means of Correction when acceptable. Bowman continues to be a school that provides interventions for student behavior and provides an extensive drug contract program to support students in their academic success.

2021-2022 Behavior Event Statistics

 

Event Type

# of Entrees

Event Type

# of Entrees

Alcohol, Possession or Use

3

Horseplay

1

Attendance, Tardy or Truancy

261

ID Card Missing

13

Bicycle or Skateboard Infraction

1

Inappropriate Action

9

Cheating

1

Knife, Possession

5

Code of Conduct Infraction

9

Leaving without Permission

6

Placed on a Contract

74

Lying

1

Mask

1

No ID Card

10

Dangerous Object, Possession

1

No Show, Detention

1

Defiance

45

Peer Conflict, Physical

5

Disrespect

12

Peer Conflict, Verbal

10

Disrupted School Activities

1

Personal Device, Violation

8

Dress Code Violation

88

Prohibited Item

1

Driving, Unsafe

9

Property Damage

3

Drug Paraphernalia, Possession or Use

28

School Investigation

37

Fighting

6

Theft of Private Property

1

Gang Activity

2

Trespassing

2

Harassment, Threats or Intimidation

1

Vape, Possession or Use

15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment of the Current Status of Santa Clarita Crime

Santa Clarita Crime Statistics: This data reflects the 2020 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2021; this is the most current data available.



 

Statistic

Reported

Incidents

Santa Clarita

/100k People

California

/100k People

National

/100k People

Total Crime

2,304

1,038

2,581

2,346

Murder

2

0.9

5.6

6.5

Rape

42

18.9

34.2

38.4

Robbery

71

32.0

113.6

73.9

Assault

176

79.3

288.7

279.7

Violent Crime

291

131

442

388

Burglary

359

161.8

369.7

314.2

Theft

1,366

615.5

1,341.7

1,398.0

Vehicle Theft

288

129.8

427.6

246.0

Property Crime

2,013

907

2,139

1,958

 

Key Findings

  • Santa Clarita crime rates are 56% lower than the national average

  • Violent crimes in Santa Clarita are 66% lower than the national average

  • In Santa Clarita you have a 1 in 97 chance of becoming a victim of crime

  • Santa Clarita is safer than 70% of the cities in the United States

  • Year over year crime in Santa Clarita has decreased by 3%

 

 

The chart above shows the number of daily crimes in Santa Clarita, CA per 100,000 people. In Santa Clarita, the number of daily crimes is projected to be 2.49 times less than the California average and 2.26 times less than the national average. The average number of daily violent crimes in Santa Clarita is 3.37 times less than the California average and 2.96 times less than the daily national average. With regards to property crimes, Santa Clarita has a daily crime rate that is 2.36 times less than the California average and 2.16 times less than the overall daily national average.

 

 

What are the odds that you'll be safer in Santa Clarita, California compared to other areas of California, as well as the rest of America? When it comes down to it, is Santa Clarita safe? In the graphs above, it shows that Santa Clarita is safer than 89% of California cities, and 70% compared to all other cities across America. These statistics are calculated by taking a closer look at each city's crime rate in California, as well as the rest of the US. It is then determined which cities see less crime than Santa Clarita. At this time, Santa Clarita sees an above average rate of crime in comparison to other United States cities.

 

Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Santa Clarita? If you reside in Santa Clarita, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 763. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 111 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Santa Clarita, is 1 in 97.

 

 

An analysis of year to year crime rates in Santa Clarita, California (per 100,000 people) is a useful indicator of whether the area is becoming a safer or a more dangerous place to live. The amount of violent crime in Santa Clarita has increased by 3%, the amount of property crime in Santa Clarita has decreased by 4%, and the total amount of crime in Santa Clarita has decreased by 3% year over year.

Safety Goals -

By March 2023, Bowman will have conducted four emergency training drills during the morning school session, during the afternoon school session and one during Night School.

 

By March 2023, Bowman will have all staff responding to practice CrisisGo alerts and understand its value as a communication tool in the event of an emergency.

 

By June 2023, Bowman will make our student care a routine part of our administration and counseling meeting.

Child Abuse Reporting Procedures

Mandated reporters include, but are not limited to, teachers; instructional aides; teacher's aides or assistants; classified employees; certificated pupil personnel employees; administrative officers or supervisors of child attendance; administrators and employees of a licensed day care facility; Head Start teachers; district police or security officers; licensed nurses or health care providers; and administrators, presenters, and counselors of a child abuse prevention program. (Penal Code 11165.7)

Reasonable suspicion means that it is objectively reasonable for a person to entertain a suspicion, based upon facts that could cause a reasonable person in a like position, drawing when appropriate on his/her training and experience, to suspect child abuse or neglect. However, reasonable suspicion does not require certainty that child abuse or neglect has occurred nor does it require a specific medical indication of child abuse or neglect. (Penal Code 11166)

 

Reportable Offenses

A mandated reporter shall make a report using the procedures provided below whenever, in his/her professional capacity or within the scope of his/her employment, he/she has knowledge of or observes a child whom the mandated reporter knows or reasonably suspects has been the victim of child abuse or neglect. (Penal Code 11166)

 

Responsibility for Reporting

The reporting duties of mandated reporters are individual and cannot be delegated to another person. (Penal Code 11166)

No supervisor or administrator shall impede or inhibit a mandated reporter from making a report. (Penal Code 11166)

 

Reporting Procedures

1. Initial Telephone Report

Immediately or as soon as practicable after knowing or observing suspected child abuse or neglect, a mandated reporter shall make an initial report by telephone to any police department (excluding a school district police/security department), sheriff's department, county probation department if designated by the county to receive such reports, or county welfare department. (Penal Code 11165.9, 11166)

Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services

28490 Avenue Stanford

Santa Clarita, CA 91350

800-540-4000

2. Written Report

Within 36 hours of knowing or observing the information concerning the incident, the mandated reporter shall then prepare and either send, fax, or electronically submit to the appropriate agency a written follow-up report, which includes a completed Department of Justice form (SS 8572). (Penal Code 11166, 11168)

 

Victim Interviews by Social Services/Law Enforcement

Whenever a representative from the Department of Social Services or another government agency investigating suspected child abuse or neglect deems it necessary, a suspected victim may be interviewed during school hours, on school premises, concerning a report of suspected child abuse or neglect that occurred within the child's home or out-of-home care facility. The child shall be given the choice of being interviewed in private or in the presence of any adult school employee or volunteer aide selected by the child. (Penal Code 11174.3)

A staff member or volunteer aide selected by a child may decline to be present at the interview. If the selected person accepts, the principal or designee shall inform him/her of the following requirements: (Penal Code 11174.3)

1. The purpose of the selected person's presence at the interview is to lend support to the child and enable him/her to be as comfortable as possible.

2. The selected person shall not participate in the interview.

3. The selected person shall not discuss the facts or circumstances of the case with the child.

4. The selected person is subject to the confidentiality requirements of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, a violation of which is punishable as specified in Penal Code 11167.5.

If a staff member agrees to be present, the interview shall be held at a time during school hours when it does not involve an expense to the school. (Penal Code 11174.3)

 

Release of Child to Peace Officer

When a child is released to a peace officer and taken into custody as a victim of suspected child abuse or neglect, the Superintendent or designee and/or principal shall not notify the parent/guardian, but rather shall provide the peace officer with the address and telephone number of the child's parent/guardian. It is the responsibility of the peace officer or agent to notify the parent/guardian of the situation. (Education Code 48906)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emergency Intervention Action Plan

PURPOSE: To respond to physical, psychological and emotional needs manifested as a result of an emergency, e.g., a death, serious accident, suicide, earthquake, a weapon and/or deadly force being used on campus, chemical seepage, etc.

 

PROCEDURES: When an emergency incident occurs, take immediate action: report the incident and any action taken to the Emergency Crisis Team (ECT) Leader, who will assemble the ECT, make an assessment of the situation, take any further action deemed appropriate, and report the incident to the district office.

 

CRISIS TEAM MEMBERS

 

 

Name

Job Title

Extension

Team Leader

Nina Zamora

Principal

115

Team Members

Richard Haring

Assistant Principal

116

Mike Perry

School Resource Officer

 

Rocio Benavides

Counselor

119

Ami Gonzalez

Counselor

120

Laura Schmidt

School Nurse

124

Carrie Covell

Office Manager

117

Manuel Cortez

Lead Campus Supervisor

 

 

 

Disaster Response Procedures

DISASTER AND EMERGENCY OPERATIONS

  1. Objectives

The objectives of the Hart Union High School District emergency operations program are to protect the lives and well-being of its students and staff through the prompt and timely response of trained school personnel should an emergency affect the school. To meet these objectives, the Hart Union High School District shall establish and maintain a comprehensive emergency operations program that includes plans and procedures, hazard analysis, security audits, training and exercise, and plan review and maintenance.

  1. General

    • It is the responsibility of Hart Union High School District officials to protect students and staff from the effects of hazardous events. This involves having the primary role in identifying and mitigating hazards, preparing for and responding to, and managing the recovery from emergency situations that affect the Hart Union High School District.

    • It is the responsibility of the Hart Union High School District to provide in-service emergency response education for all school and office personnel.

    • It is the responsibility of the District Superintendent and School Principals to conduct drills and exercises to prepare school personnel as well as students for an emergency situation

    • To achieve the necessary objectives, an emergency program has been organized that is both integrated (employs the resources of the district, school, local emergency responders, organized volunteer groups, and businesses) and comprehensive (addresses mitigation/prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery). This plan is one element of the preparedness activities.

    • This plan is based on a multi-hazard approach to emergency planning. It addresses general functions that may need to be performed during any emergency situation and is not a collection of plans for specific types of incidents. For example, the warning annex addresses techniques that can be used to warn staff, students and parents during any emergency situation, whatever the cause.

    • The Incident Command System (ICS) will be used to manage all emergencies that occur within the district. We encourage the use of ICS to perform non-emergency tasks to promote familiarity with the system. All district and site personnel will be trained in ICS.

    • As required by law our schools will conduct at least one disaster response or emergency preparedness plan drill annually.

    • Personnel tasked in this plan are expected to develop and keep current standard operating procedures (SOP) that describe how emergency tasks will be performed. The Hart Union High School District is charged with ensuring the training and equipment necessary for an appropriate response are in place.

    • This plan is based upon the concept that the emergency functions that must be performed by the Hart Union High School District generally parallel some of their normal day-to-day functions. To the extent possible, the same personnel and material resources used for day-to-day activities

will be employed during emergency situations. Because personnel and equipment resources are limited, some routine functions that do not contribute directly to the emergency may be suspended for the duration of an emergency. The personnel, equipment, and supplies that would normally be required for those functions will be redirected to accomplish emergency tasks.

    • Local government is responsible for organizing, training, and equipping local emergency responders and emergency management personnel, providing appropriate emergency facilities, providing suitable warning and communications systems, and for contracting for emergency services. The state and federal governments offer programs that provide some assistance with portions of these responsibilities.

  1. Operational Guidance

  1. Initial Response

Hart Union High School District personnel are likely to be first on the scene of an emergency situation within the school. They will normally take charge and remain in charge of the incident until it is resolved or others who have legal authority to do so assume responsibility. They will seek guidance and direction from local officials and seek technical assistance from state and federal agencies and industry where appropriate.

 

The superintendent and/or the school principal, or designee, will be responsible for activating the Hart Union High School District emergency operations plan and the initial response:

 

    • Evacuation – Requires all staff and students to leave the building. Evacuation can be highly effective if it can be completed before the arrival of the hazard.

    • Reverse Evacuation – Requires all staff and students to go to safe places in the building from outside the building.

    • Lock down – All exterior doors and classroom doors are locked and students and staff stay in their classrooms

    • Shelter-in-place – Students and staff are held in the building, windows and doors are sealed and all ventilation systems are shut off. Limited movement is allowed. Shelter-in-place is most effective during emergencies involving hazardous materials which produce toxic vapors outside of the facility. Taking shelter inside a sealed building is highly effective in keeping students and staff safe.

    • Drop, cover and hold – Students and staff drop low, take cover under furniture, cover eyes and protect internal organs

  1. Notification Procedure

    • In case of an incident at any district facility, the flow of information shall be from the school principal, or designee, to the district office. Information should include the nature of the incident and the impact on the facility, students and staff.

    • In the event the district is in receipt of information, such as a weather warning that may affect a school within the district, the information shall be provided to the School Principal. Specific guidelines are found in the individual annexes and appendices.

  2. Training and Exercise

The Hart Union High School District understands the importance of training, drills, and exercises in the overall emergency management program. To ensure that district personnel and community first responders are aware of their duties and responsibilities under the Hart Union High School District plan and the most current procedures, the following training, drill and exercise actions will occur:

 

    • Training and refresher training sessions shall be conducted for all Hart Union High School District personnel. In case of academic staff, training should coincide with the first available in-service day of the school year. Training for the remainder of the support staff shall be held at a time during the school year that will allow for maximum attendance

    • Information addressed in these sessions will include updated information on plans and/or procedures and changes in the duties and responsibilities of plan participants. Discussions will also center on any revisions to additional materials such as annexes and appendices. Input from all employees is encouraged.

    • The Hart Union High School District will plan for an adequate number of drills and exercises during the school year. The types of drills and exercises will be determined by the Superintendent and/or the Chief Administrative Officer and/or principal.

    • The Hart Union High School District will participate in any external drills or exercises sponsored by local emergency responders. Availability of Hart Union High School District personnel and the nature of the drill or exercise shall govern the degree to which the district will participate as it relates to improving the Hart Union High School District’s ability to respond to and deal with emergencies.

  1. Implementation of the Incident Command System (ICS)

    • The designated incident commander (IC) for the Hart Union High School District will implement the ICS and serve as the IC until relieved by a more senior or more qualified individual. The IC will establish an incident command post (ICP) and provide an assessment of the situation to local officials, identify response resources required, and direct the on-scene response from the ICP.

    • For disaster situations, a specific incident scene may not exist in the initial response phase and the local Emergency Operations Center may accomplish initial response actions, such as mobilizing personnel and equipment and issuing precautionary warning to the public. As the potential threat becomes clearer and a specific impact site or sites identified, an Incident Command Post may be established at the school, and direction and control of the response transitioned to the IC. This scenario would likely occur during a community wide disaster.

  1. Source and Use of Resources

The Hart Union High School District will use its own resources to respond to emergency situations until emergency response personnel arrive. If additional resources are required, the following options exist:

 

    • Maintain and inventory of organizational response assets, equipment and supplies.

    • Request assistance from volunteer groups active in disasters.

    • Request assistance from industry or individuals who have resources needed to assist with the emergency situation.

 

 

Bowman High School Evacuation Procedures

 

The school maps that should be displayed currently in every room describe:

1. Egress routes to the designated Assembly Area (basketball court)

2. Classroom locations within the Assembly Area.

 

Teachers should escort their students to the designated Assembly Area assigned to their classroom whenever evacuation is necessary. It is important that teachers take their roll books and the Emergency Backpack with them to the Assembly Area. Attendance is always taken immediately upon arriving at your location in the Assembly Area.

 

Teachers must be prepared to report missing students to the Accountability Team soon after they reach the assembly area. Only those students who were present prior to the evacuation and are no longer present should be reported.

 

Most practice evacuations will be signaled audibly by bells and visually by blinking strobe lights (in equipped areas).

 

1. Repeating bells and strobe lights . . . . . . . . . . . FIRE, EARTHQUAKE (For an earthquake drill, “This is an earthquake simulation exercise,” will be announced over the public announcement system prior to and during the alarm sounding.)

2. Announced over the public announcement system with instructions to be followed explicitly . . . . . . . . . BOMB THREAT, HAZARDOUS MATERIALS, etc.

3. PA Announcement: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ALL CLEAR - return to classrooms

 

When an alarm goes off before school, brunch, lunch or after school:

Faculty must report to their Assembly Area locations and students are to report to class in the assembly area. Be sure to inform all of your classes each semester of this and where you will be located in the Assembly Area.

 

In the event that power is lost to the school and bells are not available: Teachers should exercise conservative judgment and evacuate if they believe an emergency condition exists in their classroom. Regarding earthquakes, the quakes and aftershocks can differ in their impact on classrooms and equipment within classrooms. If you feel that students could be in danger, then please evacuate your classroom.

 

 

EVACUATION PLAN

Suspension and Expulsion Policies

Students BP 5144.1

The Governing Board desires to provide district students access to educational opportunities in an orderly school environment that protects their safety and security, ensures their welfare and well-being, and promotes their learning and development. The Board shall develop rules and regulations setting the standards of behavior expected of district students and the disciplinary processes and procedures for addressing violations of those standards, including suspension and/or expulsion.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5131.1 - Bus Conduct)

(cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)

The grounds for suspension and expulsion and the procedures for considering, recommending, and/or implementing suspension and expulsion shall be only those specified in law, in this policy, and in the accompanying administrative regulation.

Except when otherwise permitted by law, a student may be suspended or expelled only when his/her behavior is related to a school activity or school attendance occurring within any district school or another school district, regardless of when it occurs, including, but not limited to, the following: (Education Code 48900(s))

1. While on school grounds

2. While going to or coming from school

3. During the lunch period, whether on or off the school campus

(cf. 5112.5 - Open/Closed Campus)

4. During, going to, or coming from a school-sponsored activity

District staff shall enforce the rules concerning suspension and expulsion of students fairly, consistently, equally, and in accordance with the district's nondiscrimination policies.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

Appropriate Use of Suspension Authority

Except when a student's act violates Education Code 48900(a)-(e), as listed in items #1-5 under "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion: Grades K-12" of the accompanying administrative regulation, or when his/her presence causes a danger to others, suspension shall be used only when other means of correction have failed to bring about proper conduct. (Education Code 48900.5, 48900.6)

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

(cf. 6142.4 - Service Learning/Community Service Classes)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

(cf. 6164.5 - Student Success Teams)

A student's parents/guardians shall be notified as soon as possible when there is an escalating pattern of misbehavior that could lead to on-campus or off-campus suspension.

No student may be suspended for disruption or willful defiance, except by a teacher pursuant to Education Code 48910. (Education Code 48900)

Students shall not be suspended or expelled for truancy, tardiness, or absenteeism from assigned school activities.

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

(cf. 5113.1 - Chronic Absence and Truancy)

On-Campus Suspension

To ensure the proper supervision and ongoing learning of students who are suspended for any of the reasons enumerated in Education Code 48900 and 48900.2, but who pose no imminent danger or threat to anyone at school and for whom expulsion proceedings have not been initiated, the Superintendent or designee shall establish a supervised suspension classroom program which meets the requirements of law.

Except where a supervised suspension is permitted by law for a student's first offense, supervised suspension shall be imposed only when other means of correction have failed to bring about proper conduct. (Education Code 48900.5)

Authority to Expel

A student may be expelled only by the Board. (Education Code 48918(j))

As required by law, the Superintendent or principal shall recommend expulsion and the Board shall expel any student found to have committed any of the following "mandatory recommendation and mandatory expulsion" acts at school or at a school activity off school grounds: (Education Code 48915)

1. Possessing a firearm which is not an imitation firearm, as verified by a certificated employee, unless the student had obtained prior written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, with the principal or designee's concurrence

(cf. 5131.7 - Weapons and Dangerous Instruments)

2. Selling or otherwise furnishing a firearm

3. Brandishing a knife at another person

4. Unlawfully selling a controlled substance listed in Health and Safety Code 11053-11058

5. Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault as defined in Penal Code 261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a, or 289, or committing a sexual battery as defined in Penal Code 243.4

6. Possessing an explosive as defined in 18 USC 921

For all other violations listed in the accompanying administrative regulation under "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion: Grades K-12" and "Additional Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion: Grades 4-12," the Superintendent or principal shall have the discretion to recommend expulsion of a student. If expulsion is recommended, the Board shall order the student expelled only if it makes a finding of either or both of the following: (Education Code 48915(b) and (e))

1. That other means of correction are not feasible or have repeatedly failed to bring about proper conduct

2. That due to the nature of the violation, the presence of the student causes a continuing danger to the physical safety of the student or others

A vote to expel a student shall be taken in a public session.

The Board may vote to suspend the enforcement of the expulsion order pursuant to the requirements of law and the accompanying administrative regulation. (Education Code 48917)

No student shall be expelled for disruption or willful defiance. (Education Code 48900)

Due Process

The Board shall provide for the fair and equitable treatment of students facing suspension and/or expulsion by affording them their due process rights under the law. The Superintendent or designee shall comply with procedures for notices, hearings, and appeals as specified in law and administrative regulation. (Education Code 48911, 48915, 48915.5, 48918)

(cf. 5119 - Students Expelled from Other Districts)

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

Maintenance and Monitoring of Outcome Data

The Superintendent or designee shall annually present to the Board a report of the outcome data which the district is required to collect pursuant to Education Code 48900.8 and 48916.1, including the number of students recommended for expulsion, the grounds for each recommended expulsion, the actions taken by the Board, the types of referral made after each expulsion, and the disposition of the students after the expulsion period.

The report shall be disaggregated by school and by numerically significant student subgroups, including, but not limited to, ethnic subgroups, socioeconomically disadvantaged students, English learners, foster youth, and students with disabilities. The report also shall include information about whether and how the district is meeting its goals for improving school climate as specified in its local control and accountability plan.

(cf. 0460 - Local Control and Accountability Plan)

Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities)

Suspension

A student identified as an individual with disabilities pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is subject to the same grounds for suspension and expulsion which apply to regular education students. All the procedural safeguards established by district policies and regulations shall be observed in considering the suspension of students with disabilities.

(cf. 5144.1  Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

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

Students with disabilities who have engaged in misconduct shall be entitled to an IEP (Individual Education Program) meeting before changing the placement of the student or imposing discipline that results in a significant change in placement. A "significant change in placement" includes a suspension for more than 10 consecutive school days or a series of suspensions which total more than 10 days in a school year where the cumulative effect of the suspensions creates a pattern of exclusion. The IEP shall be conducted and include a review of the appropriateness of the pupil's placement at the time of the alleged misconduct and a determination of the relationship, if any, between the pupil's behavior and his or her disability. An IEP team meeting or Section 504 meeting will be held to determine whether the misconduct was caused by, or was a direct manifestation of, the pupil's disability, and whether the pupil had been appropriately placed at the time the misconduct occurred.

A student who has not been identified as an individual with disabilities pursuant to IDEA and who has violated the district's disciplinary procedures may assert the procedural safeguards granted under this administrative regulation only if the district had knowledge that the student was disabled before the behavior occurred. (20 USC 1415)

The district shall be deemed to have knowledge that the student had a disability if one of the following conditions exists: (20 USC 1415)

1. The parent/guardian has expressed concern in writing that the student is in need of special education or related services.

2. The behavior or performance of the student demonstrates the need for such services.

3. The parent/guardian has requested an evaluation of the student for special education.

(cf. 6164.4 - Identification of Individuals for Special Education)

4. The teacher, Director of Special Education, or other district personnel has expressed concern about the behavior or performance of the student to other district personnel.

If it is determined that the district did not have knowledge that the student was disabled, then the student shall be disciplined in accordance with procedures established for students without disabilities. (20 USC 1415)

Suspension

The Superintendent or designee may suspend a student with disability for up to five school days for a single incident of misconduct, and for up to 20 school days in a school year. If the student is transferred to another school or alternative educational program, the student may be suspended for up to 30 school days in a school year, but still no more than five days for a single incident of misconduct, unless the student is suspended by the Governing Board pursuant to Education Code 48912. Provided, however, that if a suspension would result in a significant change in the placement of the student, the student may not be suspended unless an IEP or 504 team first determines that the misconduct is not a direct manifestation of the student's disability and that the student was not in an inappropriate placement, as described in the previous paragraph. (Education Code 48903, 48911)

If the student poses an immediate threat to the safety of himself/herself or others, the Superintendent or designee may suspend the student for up to, but not more than, 10 consecutive school days. In the case of a dangerous child, a suspension may exceed 10 consecutive school days, and/or the student's placement may be changed, if the parent/guardian so agrees or if a court order provides. (Education Code 48911)

Services During Suspension

Students suspended for more than 10 school days shall continue to receive a free and appropriate public education during the term of the suspension.

Interim Alternative Placement Due to Dangerous Behavior

A student with a disability may be placed in an appropriate interim alternative educational setting when he/she commits one of the following acts: (20 USC 1415)

1. Carries a weapon, as defined in 18 USC 930, to school or to a school function.

2. Knowingly possesses or uses illegal drugs while at school or a school function.

3. Sells or solicits the sale of a controlled substance while at school or a school function.

4. Inflicts serious bodily injury upon another person while at school.

A hearing officer may order a change in placement of a student with a disability to an appropriate interim educational setting if the hearing officer: (20 USC 1415)

1. Determines that the district has established by substantial evidence that maintaining the current placement of the student is substantially likely to result in injury to the student or others.

2. Considers the appropriateness of the student's current placement.

3. Considers whether the district has made reasonable efforts to minimize the risk of harm in the student's current placement, including the use of supplementary aids and services.

4. Determines that the interim alternative educational setting allows the student to participate in general curriculum, to continue to receive IEP services and to receive services designed to ensure that the behavior does not recur.

The student may not be placed in the interim alternative educational setting for more than 45 calendar days, or until the conclusion of any due process hearing proceedings requested by the parent/guardian. (20 USC 1415)

The student's alternative educational setting shall be determined by the student's individualized educational program (IEP) team or school site committee. (20 USC 1415)

(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)

Procedural Safeguards/Manifestation Determination

Either before or not later than 10 days after a student has been suspended for more than 10 days or placed in an alternative educational setting, the district shall convene an IEP team meeting to conduct a functional behavior assessment and implement a behavioral intervention plan. If the student already has a behavioral intervention plan, the IEP team shall review the plan and modify it as necessary to address the behavior. (20 USC 1415)

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

The following procedural safeguards shall apply when a student is suspended for more than 10 days, when disciplinary action is contemplated for a dangerous behavior as described above, or when a change of placement of more than 10 days is contemplated: (20 USC 1415)

1. The parents/guardians of the student shall be immediately notified of the decision and all procedural safeguards on the day the decision to take action is made.

2. No later than 10 school days after the date of the decision, a manifestation determination shall be made of the relationship between the student's disability and the behavior subject to the disciplinary action by the IEP team.

At this hearing, the IEP team shall consider:

a. Evaluations and diagnoses.

b. Observations of the student.

c. The student's IEP placement.

The team shall then determine whether the IEP and placement were appropriate and supplementary aids services, and behavioral interventions were provided. (20 USC 1415)

If the team determines that the student's behavior was not a manifestation of his/her disability, then the student may be disciplined in accordance with the procedures for students without disabilities. (20 USC 1415)

If the team determines that the student's behavior was a manifestation of his/her disability then the student's placement may only be changed via the IEP or 504 team process.

Pre-Expulsion Meeting

Procedures and timelines governing the expulsion of students with disabilities shall be the same as those for all other students, except that a manifestation determination shall be made and an IEP team meeting or school site committee meeting held under conditions and with possible consequences indicated below.

1. The parent/guardian shall receive written notice of the district's intent to conduct an assessment and shall make the student available for the assessment without delay at a site designated by the district. The parent/guardian shall also have the right to an independent assessment as provided in Education Code 56329. (Education Code 48915.5)

2. The assessment shall be conducted in accordance with the guidelines of 34 CFR 104.35, which shall include a review of the student's placement at the time of the alleged misconduct and a determination of the relationship, if any, between the student's behavior and his/her disability. (Education Code 48915.5)

3. The IEP team or school site committee shall meet to determine if an expulsion hearing is appropriate. This meeting shall be held at a time and place mutually convenient to the parent/guardian and district within the period, if any, of the student's pre-expulsion suspension. The parent/guardian's participation may be made through actual participation, representation, or a telephone conference call. (Education Code 48915.5)

4. The parent/guardian shall be notified of his/her right to participate in the meeting at least 48 hours before the meeting. This notice shall specify: (Education Code 48915.5)

a. That the meeting may be held without the parent/ guardian's participation unless he/she requests a postponement for up to three additional school days and

b. That the suspension will be continued during the postponement if the student continues to pose an immediate threat to the safety of himself/herself or others.

If the required notice has been given and the parent has not requested a postponement, the meeting may be conducted without the parent's participation. In order to make a record of its attempts to arrange the meeting at a mutually convenient time and place, the district shall keep documentation such as: (34 CFR 300.345)

a. Detailed records of telephone calls made or attempted and the results of those calls.

b. Copies of correspondence sent to parents/guardians and any responses received.

c. Detailed records of visits made to the parent/ guardian's home or place of employment and the results of those visits.

5. The district shall grant a parent/guardian's request that the meeting be postponed for up to three additional school days and may extend a student's suspension for the period of postponement if he/she continues to pose an immediate threat to the safety of himself/herself or others. However, the suspension shall not be extended beyond 10 consecutive school days unless agreed to by the parent/guardian or by court order. If the parent/guardian refuses to consent to an extension beyond 10 consecutive school days and chooses not to participate, the meeting may be conducted without the parent/guardian's participation. (Education Code 48915.5)

6. The IEP team or school site committee shall consider any assessment results and shall also review and consider the student's health records and school discipline records. (Education Code 48915.5)

7. If the IEP team or school site committee determines that the alleged misconduct was caused by, or was a direct manifestation of the student's disability, or that the student was not appropriately placed, the expulsion shall not proceed. (Education Code 48915.5)

8. If the IEP team or school site committee determines that the alleged misconduct was not caused by, or a direct manifestation of, the student's disability, and if it is determined that the student was appropriately placed, the student shall be subject to expulsion in accordance with procedures that apply to all students. (Education Code 48915.5)

9. When expulsion is ordered, the Board shall recommend a rehabilitation plan for the student. (Education Code 48916)

10. If an IEP team or school site committee determines that the misconduct of a student with a disability was a direct manifestation of the disability, any record of expulsion or other disciplinary action which constituted a significant change in placement shall be expunged from all of the student's files and the student shall be reinstated into his or her previous placement, or an alternative program developed by the IEP or 504 team or ordered by a hearing officer or court.

Due Process Appeals

If the parent/guardian disagrees with the decision that the behavior was not a manifestation of the student's disability or with any decision regarding placement, he/she has a right to appeal the decision. (20 USC 1415)

Due process appeals must be initiated within 15 days of the decision of the IEP team or school site committee.

The expulsion hearing shall not be conducted, and the 30-day expulsion proceedings time limit shall not commence, until after completion of:

1. The pre-expulsion assessment and the manifestation determination (Education Code 48915.5, 20 USC 1415).

2. The IEP team or school site committee meeting. (Education Code 48915.5)

3. Due process hearings and appeals, if initiated. (Education Code 48915.5)

The Board may expel a student with disability only if an IEP team or school site committee has determined that the misconduct was not caused by, or a direct manifestation of, the student's identified disability, and the student was appropriately placed at the time the misconduct occurred. (Education Code 48915.5)

Services During Expulsion

During the term of the expulsion, a student with a disability shall continue to be offered a program of free and appropriate public education. Such services may include independent study, home instruction, or another appropriate alternative program. The Board shall consider the recommendations of the IEP team or school site committee when developing a rehabilitation plan for an expelled student with disability.

(cf. 6158 - Independent Study)

(cf. 6183 - Home and Hospital Instruction))

Readmission

Readmission procedures for students with disabilities shall be the same as those used for all students. The Superintendent or designee may consider input of the student's IEP team or school site committee when developing recommendations to the Board regarding a request for readmission. Upon readmission, an IEP team or school site committee meeting shall be convened to determine whether a new IEP needs to be established.

Suspension of Expulsion

The Board's criteria for suspending the enforcement of an expulsion order shall be applied to students with disabilities in the same manner as they are applied to regular students. (Education Code 48917)

 

 

BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL

Students BP 5144.1(a)

SUSPENSION AND INVOLUNTARY TRANSFER BACK TO THE DISTRICT OF RESIDENCE /DUE PROCESS

 

Suspensions

In order to maintain an educational environment that promotes learning and protects the health, safety and welfare of all students and staff, BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL requires students of BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL programs and activities to face discipline for misconduct.

 

Grounds for Suspension

Grounds for suspension shall conform to the acts enumerated in Education Code Sections 48900, 48900.2, 48900.3, 48900.4., and 48900.7.

 

Descriptions of the acts shall be provided in the BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL Annual Notification.

 

Suspension from a Classroom/Out of Class Referrals

1. A teacher may suspend a student from class for any of the misconduct listed in BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL Policy, for the day of the misconduct and the day after.

 

2. The teacher will immediately report the classroom suspension to the site administrator and ensure that the student is under appropriate supervision.

 

3. As soon as possible, the teacher will request a parent/guardian conference to discuss the suspension. If practicable, a school counselor or school psychologist will also attend. The site administrator shall attend if the teacher or the parent/guardian so requests. When a teacher makes this request, the principal shall send the parent/guardian a written notice that the parent/guardian’s attendance is requested pursuant to law.

 

4. The student, who is suspended from a classroom, will not be placed in another class during the period of suspension. However, if the student is assigned to more than one class per day taught by a teacher other than the suspending teacher, the student is entitled to attend the remainder of the day’s classes.

 

Suspension from School

1. A site administrator or designee may suspend a student from school for up to five (5) consecutive school days for misconduct listed in BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL Policy. A special needs student is subject to the same grounds for suspension that apply to students without disabilities except as provided below.

 

2. The site administrator or designee will first hold an informal conference with the student and, if possible, the teacher or BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL staff member who referred the student for suspension. At the conference, the student shall be informed of the reason for the disciplinary action and the evidence against him or her and shall be given an opportunity to present his or her version and evidence in his or her defense.

 

a. This conference may be postponed if the principal determines that an emergency situation exists that constitutes a clear and present danger to the life, safety, or health of students or BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL staff.

 

(1) If a student is suspended without a conference, the parent/ guardian and student will be notified of the right to a conference and the student’s right to return to campus for the conference.

 

(2) The conference should be held within two (2) school days of the suspension, unless the student is physically unable to attend (for example, hospitalized or incarcerated). If the student is physically unable to attend, the conference should be held as soon as the student is able to attend.

 

3. A BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL staff member will immediately notify the parent/guardian of the student of the suspension in person or by telephone. This notice will be followed by notification in writing.

 

4. The parent/guardian of any pupil shall respond without delay to any request from BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL staff to attend a conference regarding his or her child’s behavior. Failure of the parent/guardian to attend shall not be held against the student in the form of penalties or withholding reinstatement.

 

5. After a student is suspended, the site administrator/designee and, where possible, the teacher, may meet with the parent/guardian of the student to discuss the misconduct, length of suspension, school policy, and any other related matters.

 

6. A student may be suspended up to twenty (20) school days per school year, or thirty

(30) school days if the student enrolls in or transfers to another school. The school may count suspensions from the former school district toward the maximum number of days for the year.

 

7. BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL staff must monitor the number of days, including portions of days, in which a special needs student has been suspended during the school year. After ten (10) days of suspension in a school year, a special needs student is entitled to services. For additional removals that do not constitute a change in placement as defined by 34 CFR 300.536, the school administrator along with the student’s teacher shall determine the services provided. For additional removals that do constitute a change in placement, services are to be determined by the IEP team. Within ten (10) business days after removing a student for more than ten (10) school days in a school year or commencing a removal that constitutes a change in placement, staff shall implement a behavioral intervention plan in accordance with 34 CFR 300.524. Removals that constitute a change in placement require a manifestation determination review before the removal can be made.

 

8. If the student does not pose an imminent danger or threat to the campus, students, or BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL staff, the student may attend a supervised classroom throughout the suspension.

 

a. BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL staff members must notify the student’s parent/guardian of this placement by phone or in person. If the placement is longer than one class period a written notification shall also be provided.

 

b. The classroom shall be appropriately staffed. Students should have access to counseling services, and the classroom should promote the completion of schoolwork and tests missed by the student.

 

c. The teacher of any class from which the student is suspended shall provide all assignments and tests that the pupil will miss while suspended. (BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL: Adopted 11/24/1998; Policy 7420 Revised and Renumbered 01/19/2010)

 

 

 

Involuntary Transfers

Involuntary transfer back to the district of residence of students enrolled in BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL schools may be used to promote the positive social adjustment of a particular student and to promote school safety for all students.

 

When possible, staff should work with the student and the family to seek a voluntary transfer that is in the best interest of the student and the school. Involuntary transfers should generally be made only when other interventions fail to bring about student improvement, except for expellable offenses.

 

For those students under IDEA or Section 504, the manifestation determination process will be utilized to determine if the BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL program is the Least Restrictive Environment or if additional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plan is required.

 

Grounds for Involuntary Transfer back to the District of Residence

1. The student commits an act of misconduct enumerated in Education Code Sections 48900, 48900.2, 48900.3, 48900.4, and 48900.7.

 

2. Students who commit a mandatory expellable offense enumerated in Education Code Section 48915(c).

 

3. The student is habitually truant or absent and the interventions specified in Policy have failed to bring about student improvement.

 

4. For students attending BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL, additional grounds for involuntary transfer include failure to pass behavior probation or academic probation.

 

Process

1. A decision to involuntarily transfer a student shall be made within ten (10) days after it is determined that grounds for transfer exist.

 

2. Prior to an involuntary transfer, the student and parent/guardian shall be given written notice that they may attend a meeting with the principal or designee.

 

At the meeting, the student and parent/guardian shall be informed of the specific facts and reasons for the proposed transfer. The student and parent/guardian shall have the opportunity to inspect all documents relied upon, question any evidence presented, and present evidence on the student’s behalf. The student may designate one or more representatives and witnesses to be present with him/her at the meeting.

 

3. The decision to involuntary transfer shall be made by the principal.

 

4. Written notice of the decision, stating the facts and reasons for the transfer, shall be sent to the student and parent/guardian. The notice shall include to where the student will be released, either the district of residence or, if the student qualifies, another BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL program. The student’s district of residence shall be sent a copy of the decision.

 

5. For students identified as needing special education and related services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and Section 504, or for students for whom the school had prior knowledge that the student may qualify for special education and related services, the following concerns must be addressed before an involuntary transfer can be rendered:

 

a. Convene an IEP team to conduct a manifestation determination review in accordance with SELPA guidelines.

 

b. If it is determined that the behavior is a manifestation of the student’s disability, the student shall be returned to the placement from which he/she was removed, unless the IEP team agrees to a change of placement. The IEP team shall also conduct a functional behavioral assessment, unless one has already been conducted and shall behavior intervention plan has already been developed, the IEP team shall review the plan and modify it as necessary to address the behavior.

 

c. If it is determined that the behavior is not a manifestation of the student’s disability, the student may be transferred in accordance with the procedures for students without disabilities. For transfers within BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL, the IEP team shall ensure a free appropriate education is provided in the subsequent placement.

 

Appeal

1. Appeal to BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL’s Assistant Superintendent, Educational Programs or designee.

 

a. The student or parent/guardian may appeal an involuntary transfer decision within ten (10) school days to the Assistant Superintendent, Educational Programs or designee.

 

b. The director will convene an impartial panel to review the decision of the principal.

 

The panel shall be comprised of three members, all of whom are not employed at the site from which the student was removed.

 

The panel shall meet with the parent and staff from the school to review the specific facts and reasons for the proposed transfer, the student’s record, and all documents considered during the involuntary transfer meeting.

 

c. The panel shall determine whether appropriate procedures were followed and whether the evidence supports the findings made by the principal in rendering the decision. The panel may consider new evidence if such evidence could not have been produced at the involuntary transfer meeting with reasonable diligence.

 

d. Each appeal panel member has a single vote. A vote of at least two out of three panel members constitutes adoption of the recommendation to either: 1) uphold the principal’s decision in whole; 2) revise and require specific conditions for the student that is allowed to remain at the school; or 3) reverse the decision.

 

The decision letter must be prepared with the signatures of all three (3) appeal panel members regardless of each individual member’s decision. The signed decision letter will be given to the parent and the principal.

 

2. Appeal to the County Board

The Los Angeles County Board of Education (County Board) has appellate authority to determine whether a student should be involuntarily transferred from a BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL program to the student’s district of residence.

 

a. Parent/guardian of a student involuntarily transferred from any BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL program to the student’s district of residence may appeal the decision of the Assistant Superintendent, Educational Programs or designee to the County Board.

 

This process will be confidential to the extent possible.

 

b. Appeal Policy

 

(1) Statement of Intent

 

It is the desire of the County Board that all appeal proceedings be completed as quickly as possible, consistent with giving the parties a fair opportunity to prepare and present their cases.

 

The County Board believes that through a degree of informality in and appeal proceeding, burdens on all concerned and the amount of time required can be significantly reduced without prejudice to the rights of the parties. The parties should recognize that this is not possible without their fullest cooperation, and the County Board expects all parties to conduct themselves with this in mind.

 

(2) County Board Hearing

 

The hearings before the County Board will be held in closed session unless the parent/guardian requests an open session hearing at lease five (5) calendar days before the hearing. Even with an open session appeal hearing, the County Board may deliberate its decision in closed session. During a closed session, for the purpose of deliberation, the County Board may exclude any or all persons except that if one party is present, the other party has the right to be present at the same time.

 

The parent/guardian may bring advocates or counsel to the appeal hearing.

 

In ruling on matters of procedure and questions of law, the County Board may consult with the County Office’s legal adviser.

 

The County Board’s decision on the appeal shall be final and binding upon the student, and upon the school. The parent/guardian and the school will be notified of the County Board’s decision in writing by personal delivery or certified mail. The order shall become final when rendered.

 

c. Appeal Procedures

 

(1) Initiating an Appeal

An appeal of an involuntary transfer shall be filed with the BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL Educational Programs, in writing and utilizing a Notice of Appeal form. The Notice of Appeal form shall state why the parent/guardian feels the decision of the school should be reversed. The parent/guardian may amend the Notice of Appeal up to five (5) school days prior to the hearing before the County Board.

 

(2) Deadline to File

In order to be timely, an appeal form must be received by BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL Educational Programs within fifteen (15) calendar days of the decision of the school to involuntarily transfer the student to the district of residence. Delivery of the appeal form shall be made in person or by U.S. mail. The office address is Los Angeles County Office of Education, BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL Educational Programs, 9300 Imperial Highway, Downey, California 90242-2890. Forms mailed and postmarked but not actually received within fifteen (15) calendar days will not be accepted.

 

(3) Written Briefs/Arguments

The parent/guardian may submit a written argument or appeal brief, limited to ten (10) pages or less, which must be received at least five (5) school days prior to the date set for the hearing before the County Board.

 

 

Upon receipt, staff shall serve a copy of the written argument or brief upon the school.

 

The school may submit a written argument or brief, limited to ten (10) pages or less, which must be received at least five (5) school days prior to the date set for the hearing before the County Board. The school shall also simultaneously serve a copy of its written argument or brief upon the parent/guardian.

 

(4) Hearing Procedures

Upon hearing the appeal of the involuntary transfer, the County Board shall render a decision within ten (10) school days. All parties will be notified in writing of the date, time, and place of the hearing and its procedures.

 

The administrative hearing proceeds as follows:

 

(a) The County Board President opens the hearing, identifies all participants, and addresses procedural matters.

 

(b) Parties may make an opening statement of up to five (5) minutes to the County Board as follows:

(i) Parent/guardian’s opening argument

(ii) School’s rebuttal argument

(iii) Parent/guardian’s rebuttal/closing argument

 

(c) County Board members will direct questions to the parties.

 

(d) Upon completion of a hearing, the County Board President declares the hearing closed.

 

(e) The County Board will render a decision within ten (10) school days.

 

(f) All documents submitted to the BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL Educational Programs shall be sent to the parent/guardian and the school.

 

d. Postponement of Hearing

 

The parent/guardian may request a postponement of the County Board hearing. Such request shall be filed in writing no less than five (5) calendar days prior to the date of the hearing with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL Educational Programs, 9300 Imperial Highway, Downey, California 90242- 2890. The request may be granted by mutual agreement of the parties.

 

e. Termination of Appeal

 

(1) Abandonment by Parent/guardian

Unless otherwise excused by the County Board, failure to pursue the appeal with diligence within the established time frames may be deemed an abandonment of the appeal, and the County Board may dismiss the appeal.

 

(2) Acquiescence by the School Failure of the school to appear at the scheduled hearing may be deemed acquiescence of the appeal, and the County Board may reverse the decision of the school in favor of the student.

 

f. Decision

 

The County Board believes that appeals of an involuntary transfer are among the most important business that the Board undertakes. The County Board therefore believes that every County Board member present for such an appeal should, absent some disqualifying conflict of interest, participate in the decision on such appeals. Accordingly, the County Board strongly discourages abstentions on appeal decisions. Four affirmative votes of the County Board are required for the appeal to be granted. The County Board will either affirm or reverse the school’s decision to involuntarily transfer the student to the district of residence.

 

g. Attendance during Appeal

 

During the appeal process, the student must continue to attend school. The student’s placement during that time will be determined by the BOWMAN HIGH SCHOOL Educational Services. The parent/guardian may choose to enroll the student in any other appropriate educational setting, such as a private or charter school, during the appeal process.

 

h. Attendance after an Unsuccessful Appeal

 

The County Board is not authorized to order the specific school placement for the student in the district of residence. School placement in the district of residence is determined by the district of residence.

 

 

Procedures for Notifying Teachers about Dangerous Pupils

 

In order to fulfill the requirements made by Education Code 49079 and Welfare and Institutions Code 827 that state teachers must be notified of the reason(s) a student has been suspended. The WSHUHSD has incorporated this notification into the existing “Attendance Reporting screen”. On the daily attendance report, when a student is suspended, will show an “*” next to the student's name. The teacher can access the suspension by looking at the student’s discipline screen. The information provided is for the student’s current teachers only. All information regarding suspension and expulsion is CONFIDENTIAL, is not to be shared with any student(s) or parent(s). Teachers are asked to secure the list so students and others may not view it.

 

 

Pursuant to Welfare & Institution Code 827(b) and Education Code 48267, the Court notifies the Superintendent of the WSHUHSD regarding students who have engaged in certain criminal conduct. This information is forwarded to the site Principal. The site Principal is responsible for prompt notification of the student’s teachers. Per Education Code 49079, this information must be kept confidential. This information is also forwarded to all administrators and the student’s counselor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bowman High School

To: ALL CERTIFICATED STAFF

From: Richard Haring

Re: Student Suspension Information

 

Education Code 49079 and Welfare and Institutions Code 827 require that teachers be notified of the reason(s) a student has been suspended. The WSHUHSD has incorporated this notification into the existing “Attendance Reporting screen”. On the daily attendance report, when a student is suspended, will show an “*” next to the student's name. The teacher can access the suspension by looking at the student’s discipline screen. The information provided is for the student’s current teachers only. All information regarding suspension and expulsion is CONFIDENTIAL, is not to be shared with any student(s) or parent(s). Teachers are asked to secure the list so students and others may not view it.

The following are examples of Ed. Code 48900 and 48915 violations that may appear on your report.

E.C. 48900 (a)(1) Mutual fight (a)(2) Assault/Battery

(b) Possessed, sold or furnished dangerous object

(c) Controlled substance/alcohol

(d) Imitation controlled substance

(e) Robbery/extortion

(f) Vandalism

(g) Theft

(h) Tobacco/nicotine products

(i) Obscene act, habitual profanity/vulgarity

(j) Drug paraphernalia

(k) Disruptive/willfully defiant behavior (grades 4-12)

(l) Received stolen property

(m) Imitation firearm

(n) Sexual assault or battery

(o) Harassed/threatened witness

  1. Sale of soma

  2. Hazing

  3. Bullying/cyberbullying

(t) Aiding and abetting

E.C. 48900.2 Sexual harassment (gr 4-12)

E.C. 48900.3 Hate violence(gr 4-12)

E.C. 48900.4 Severe or pervasive harassment, threats and intimidation (grades 4-12)

E.C. 48900.7 Terrorist threats against school officials or property

E.C. 48915 (a)(1)(A)Serious physical injury

(a)(1)(B)Possession: knife or dangerous object

(a)(1)(C) Controlled substance

(a)(1)(D) Robbery or extortion

(a)(1)(E) Assault/battery of school employee

E.C. 48915 (c)(1) Possessing, selling, furnishing firearm

(c)(2) Brandishing a knife at another person

(c)(3) Selling a controlled substance

(c)(4) Committing or attempting to commit sexual assault or battery

(c)(5) Possession of an explosive

If you have any questions or want more information, please see me.

 

Confidential

Memorandum

 

To: _______________, Teacher

From: _______________, Principal

 

Date:

 

Re: Students having committed specified crime

 

 

The student named below has been convicted of a penal code violation.

 

Welfare and Institutions Code 827 requires teachers to be informed when a student has engaged in certain criminal conduct.

 

NOTE: SUCH INFORMATION IS CONFIDENTIAL AND CANNOT BE FURTHER DISSEMINATED BY THE TEACHER OR OTHERS. UNLAWFUL DISSEMINATION OF THIS INFORMATION IS PUNISHABLE BY A SIGNIFICANT FINE. (EC 49079)

 

PLEASE DESTROY THIS NOTE IMMEDIATELY AFTER READING.

 

________________ was found to have committed the following criminal activity:

 

 

If you have any questions, please see me.

Principal

 

 

 

Sexual Harassment Policy

BP5145.7

Sexual Harassment

The Governing Board prohibits unlawful sexual harassment of or by any student by anyone in or from the district.

Teachers shall discuss this policy with their students in age-appropriate ways and should assure them that they need not endure any form of sexual harassment.

(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism, Theft and Graffiti)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

Any student who engages in the sexual harassment of anyone in or from the district may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Any employee who permits or engages in sexual harassment may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

(cf. 4118 - Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

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

The Board expects students or staff to immediately report incidents of sexual harassment to the principal or designee or to another district administrator.

Any student who feels that he/she is being harassed should immediately contact the principal or designee or another district administrator in order to obtain a copy of AR 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures. Complaints of harassment can be filed in accordance with these procedures.

The district prohibits retaliatory behavior against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process. Each complaint of sexual harassment shall be promptly investigated in a way that respects the privacy of all parties concerned.

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

 

 

 

 

School–wide Dress Code Prohibiting Gang-Related Apparel

Bowman High School

Student Dress and Grooming

Dress Code
2022-23

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Maintaining a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is needed. Examples include:

    • Science labs: eye and body protection, closed-toed shoes

    • Physical Education: athletic attire, athletic shoes

    • Athletics: Safety Equipment

    • Performing Groups: Team or group costumes

  • Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, body type, body size, religion, and personal style.

 

I. GOALS OF A STUDENT DRESS CODE

 

Our dress code sets out to accomplish the following goals:

  • Maintain a safe learning environment in classes where protective or supportive clothing is needed, such as chemistry/biology (eye or body protection), dance (bare feet, tights/leotards), or PE (athletic attire/shoes).

  • Ensure that all students are treated equitably regardless of gender/gender identification, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, body type/size, religion, and personal style.

  • Allow students to wear clothing of their choice that is comfortable.

  • Allow students to wear clothing that expresses their self-identified gender.

  • Allow students to wear religious attire without fear of discipline or discrimination.

  • Prevent students from wearing clothing with offensive images or language, including profanity, hate speech, and pornography.

  • Prevent students from wearing clothing with images or language depicting or advocating violence or the use of alcohol or drugs.

 

II. STUDENT DRESS CODE

Bowman Specific

Students may not wear initialized hats, belt buckles, or clothing. No bandanas.

 

District

Student attire and grooming must permit the student to participate in learning without posing a risk to the health or safety of any student or school district personnel.

  1. Students must wear clothing including both a shirt with pants or skirt, or the equivalent (for example dresses, leggings, or shorts) and shoes. Strapless garments are not permitted.

  2. Shirts and dresses must have fabric to cover the front, the back, and the sides.

  3. Clothing must cover undergarments (waistbands and straps excluded). Undergarments, alone, cannot be worn in place of a shirt or top.

  4. Fabric must fully cover breasts, genitals and buttocks and must be solid/opaque.

  5. Hats and other headwear must allow the face to be visible to staff, and not interfere with the line of sight of any student or staff. Hoodies must allow the face and ears to be visible to school staff.

  6. Clothing must be suitable for all scheduled classroom activities including physical education, science labs, wood shop, and other activities where unique hazards exist.

  7. Specialized courses may require specialized attire, such as sports uniforms or safety gear.

  8. Attire or grooming depicting or advocating violence, images of weapons, criminal activity, use of alcohol or drugs, pornography, or hate speech are prohibited. All students are expected to comply with the requirements of this policy. Specifically:

 

  • Clothing may not depict, advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.

  • Clothing may not depict pornography, nudity or sexual acts.

  • Clothing may not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other protected classification.

  • Clothing, including gang identifiers, as identified by law enforcement, must not pose a threat to the health or safety of any other student or staff.

 

Parent Responsibility

The responsibility for the dress and grooming of a student rests with the student and his or her parents or guardians. Parents or guardians are responsible for ensuring student compliance with the school dress code.

 

Student Responsibility

All students at all schools are responsible for complying with the district dress code during school hours and school activities.

 

Staff Responsibility

To equitably enforce the district dress code, teachers, administrators and all school staff must be notified of the policy at the beginning of the school year. School staff will work with students on an individual basis to address concerns as they arise.

 

Remedies

Administrative discretion will be utilized to consistently enforce the dress code. Remedies include, but are not limited to: change of loaner clothing provided to students, parent contact, detention, parent/student conference, and/or loss of privileges.

 

 

 

 

BP5136

Gangs

The Governing Board desires to keep district schools free from the threats or harmful influence of any groups or gangs which exhibit drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior. The superintendent or designee shall take steps to deter gang intimidation of students and staff and confrontations between members of different gangs. He/she shall exchange information and establish mutually supportive efforts with local law enforcement authorities.

(cf. 3515.1 - Crime Data Reporting)

(cf. 5131.7 - Weapons and Dangerous Instruments)

The superintendent or designee shall provide inservice training which helps staff to identify gangs and gang symbols, recognize early manifestations of disruptive activities, and respond appropriately to gang behavior. Staff shall be informed about conflict management techniques and alerted to intervention measures and community resources.

To further discourage the influence of gangs, the superintendent or designee shall ensure that school rules of conduct and any school dress code prohibiting gang-related apparel are enforced consistently. If a student exhibits signs of gang affiliation, staff shall so inform the parent/guardian.

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 5132 - Dress and Grooming)

 

 

 

Procedures for Safe Ingress and Egress from School

Supervision of Bowman students occurs both before and after school. At the start of our school day our campus supervisors are positioned in the front and the back of the school. Not only do our supervisors monitor the behavior of our students very closely, they also interact with them. Many times they are our first line of defense, with regards to potential problems that might arise on campus.

 

As students are dropped off in the morning, our campus supervisors make contact with the students. Parents often drop their students off in our horseshoe driveway and sometimes on the street. From the time our students’ feet hit the pavement, our campus supervisors are admonishing them to get to class. As students leave our campus they are followed down the street and they remain in strategic places until our students are well on their way home.

 

As students come to school, our campus supervisors are mindful of the safety precautions they exercise. Because we are located on a busy street, it is imperative that the safety of our students is the thrust of our focus. Students are cautioned about crossing the street on foot and the campus supervisors report to administration, when a student is driving in a manner, which might endanger others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Procedures to Ensure a Safe and Orderly Environment

The Social Climate at Bowman is positive, nurturing, and supportive. Students feel safe at Bowman, and are accepted regardless of their personal identity, reason for being here, or beliefs they may have. Students are accepted by a caring staff who encourage students to be successful. Bowman prides itself on building trusting relationships, and students feel comfortable sharing personal concerns, thoughts, and ideas to staff throughout the day.

FACTORS

  1. The Social Climate-People and Programs (Component 1):

How do you make Students and Staff believe that Bowman High School is a caring community?

  1. Involve parents- ATP, Site Council, ELAC, Awards Assembly

  2. Recognize and build on the cultural richness of the Bowman community: ASB highlights important communities throughout the year (Hispanic Month and African American month, etc.)

  3. Provide safety training so staff can meet the unique needs of the student body: SB390, Fire, Earthquake, Active Shooter and Lockdown drills conducted for both AM and PM schedules.

  4. Set high academic and behavior goals: Bowman follows state standards, Model Continuation School

  5. Bowman improves curriculum and teaching practices through a Professional Development team. The PD team is an important part of our weekly staff meetings. During PD days and late start Fridays Bowman invites Sequoia teachers to be part of our training and discussion.

  6. Include health and resiliency curriculum: We have Social Workers, Therapeutic Counselors, Anti Drug clubs, ASB and weekly drug counseling.

  7. Address multiple learning styles: Teachers are trained is addressing multiple learning styles

  8. Promote caring, supportive relationships with students throughout the staff to students: Staff trained in Capturing Kids Hearts.

  9. Provide opportunities for student to have meaningful participation in school and community service: We have an ASB and Intramural Sports program

  10. Emphasize critical thinking and respect: Highly trained staff following state content standards. Department Chairs collaborate with other chairs in the same subject from different district schools

  11. Communicate clear discipline standards: Small School with clear standards that are enforced equally. Standards are reinforced at intake meetings, during Contract meetings and given to parents and students before they start at Bowman.

  12. Communicate procedures to report and deal with threats: Work with Law Enforcement and district personnel. Practice Lockdown procedures. Practice using CrisisGo regularly.

  13. Empower students to take responsibility for safety (TEXT-A-TIP), open door policy for all students with counselors and administrators.

  14. Train staff on bullying prevention and tolerance. Capturing Kids Heart Training

  15. Provide training for students and staff on dangers of drugs and alcohol: ACTION weekly student counseling sessions. TIDE drug and alcohol counseling is provided to students.

  16. Counseling services are provided for any student needing to see a mental health specialist. Bowman is fortunate to have an at-risk counselor on site to work with students who need either immediate or ongoing support. We have developed an internal referral system for students in need of counseling services. (EC 32281.1) Mental health services are also included for students who have witnessed a violent act at any time, related to a school activity. (EC 32281.1)

  17. We collaborate with our School Resource Officer on cases of sexual abuse and sex trafficking prevention education when appropriate (EC 49380)

  18. Note to Administrator-online anonymous information provided by students, staff, parents, or community to share concerns

  19. The Awards Ceremony is held once a semester to recognize students’ achievements. We also have students of the month recognition, as well as staff member of the month.

  20. Connect-Ed and Talking Points messages go out any time the Bowman community needs to be informed of an event or a situation that affects the student body

 

  1. The Physical Environment-place:

Bowman has created a physical environment that communicates respect for learning and for individuals and safety by the following:

    1. We maintain classrooms and grounds as pleasant places to meet and learn: Custodian and Maintenance workers on site daily working to maintain and keep Bowman clean and functional. Work orders are entered into a district computer system as issues arise and Maintenance personnel respond quickly to ensure a safe and functioning campus.

    2. We make sure the school is an important part of the community as we hold college classes on site and provide meeting places for community groups to meet .

    3. Through site council we share information about our school and district and develop expenditures for Title I funding

    4. Bowman has four campus supervisors throughout the day to help keep our campus safe

    5. We do not allow loitering on campus

    6. Monitor and supervise all areas by administration and campus supervisors

    7. Provide a pleasant eating area and healthy food coded to state standards

    8. Maintain clean and safe restrooms

    9. Provide adequate lighting in all areas

    10. Provide student with current textbooks and materials

    11. Communicate procedures for security including lock down plan

    12. Deal with vandalism before students return to school when needed

    13. We Inventory, Identify and Store valuable property

    14. Provide training for security personnel and staff whenever possible

    15. Engage students and the community in campus beautification projects

    16. Promote policy that weapons and drugs are not on campus

    17. Bowman has a shared School Resource Officer that is always available when needed

 

 

Rules and Procedures on School Discipline

AR5144.1

Definitions

Suspension from school means removal of a student from ongoing instruction for adjustment purposes. However, "suspension" does not mean any of the following: (Education Code 48925)

1. Reassignment to another education program or class at the same school where the student will receive continuing instruction for the length of day prescribed by the Governing Board for students of the same grade level.

2. Referral to a certificated employee designated by the principal to advise students.

3. Removal from the class, but without reassignment to another class or program, for the remainder of the class period without sending the student to the principal or designee as provided in Education Code 48910. Removal from a particular class shall not occur more than once every five school days.

Expulsion means removal of a student from the immediate supervision and control, or the general supervision, of school personnel. (Education Code 48925)

Day means a calendar day unless otherwise specifically provided. (Education Code 48925)

School day means a day upon which the schools of the district are in session or weekdays during the summer recess. (Education Code 48925)

Student includes a student's parent/guardian or legal counsel. (Education Code 48925)

Principal's designee means one or more administrators or, if there is not a second administrator at one school site, a certificated person specifically designated by the principal, in writing, to assist with disciplinary procedures. Only one such person may be designated at any time as the principal's primary designee and only one such person may be designated as secondary designee for the school year. The names of such persons shall be on file in the principal's office. (Education Code 48911)

School property, for the purposes described in Education Code 48900, includes, but is not limited to, electronic files and databases. (Education Code 48900(u))

Notice of Regulations

At the beginning of each school year, the principal of each school shall ensure that all students and parents/guardians are notified in writing of all school rules related to discipline, suspension, and expulsion. Transfer students and their parents/guardians shall be notified at the time of enrollment. Notification shall include information about the availability of individual school rules and all district policies and regulations pertaining to student discipline. (Education Code 35291, 35291.5, 48900.1, 48980)

(cf. 5144  Discipline)

(cf. 5145.6  Parental Notifications)

Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion

A student may be subject to suspension or expulsion when it is determined that he/she:

1. Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person or willfully used force or violence upon another person, except in self-defense; or committed as an aider or abettor, as adjudged by a juvenile court, a crime of physical violence in which the victim suffered great or serious bodily injury (Education Code 48900(a) and (t)).

2. Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object unless, in the case of possession of any object of this type, the student had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, with the principal or designee's concurrence. (Education Code 48900(b))

(cf. 5131.7  Weapons and Dangerous Instruments)

3. Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or was under the influence of any controlled substance as defined in the Health and Safety Code 11053-11058, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind. (Education Code 48900(c))

(cf. 5131.6  Alcohol and Other Drugs)

4. Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance as defined in Health and Safety Code 11053-11058, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind, and then sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material and represented same as such controlled substance, alcohol beverage, or intoxicant. (Education Code 48900(d))

5. Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion. (Education Code 48900(e))

6. Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property. (Education Code 48900(f))

7. Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property. (Education Code 48900(g))

8. Possessed or used tobacco or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including but not limited to cigars, cigarettes, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, betel, and electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) such as e-cigarettes, hookah pens, cigarillos, and other vapor-emitting devices, with or without nicotine content, that mimic the use of tobacco products, on all district property and in district vehicles at all times. ENDS are often made to look like cigarettes, cigars and pipes, but can also be made to look like everyday items such as pens, asthma inhalers and beverage containers. These devices are not limited to vaporizing nicotine; they can be used to vaporize other drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and heroin. This restriction shall not prohibit a student from using or possessing his/her own prescription products. (Education Code 48900(h))

9. Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity. (Education Code 48900(i))

10. Unlawfully possessed, or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Health and Safety Code 11014.5. (Education Code 48900(j))

11. Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, other school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties. (Education Code 48900(k))

12. Knowingly received stolen school property or private property. (Education Code 48900(l))

13. Possessed an imitation firearm, i.e., a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm. (Education Code 48900(m))

14. Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault as defined in Penal Code 261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a, or 289, or committed a sexual battery as defined in Penal Code 243.4. (Education Code 48900(n))

15. Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a student who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of preventing that student from being a witness and/or retaliating against that student for being a witness. (Education Code 48900(o))

16. Made terrorist threats against school officials and/or school property. (Education Code 48900.7)

A terrorist threat includes any written or oral statement by a person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person or property damage in excess of $1,000, with the specific intent that the statement is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out. (Education Code 48900.7)

17. Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma. (Education Code 48900 (p))

18. Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing. (Education Code 48900 (q))

Hazing means a method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to a former, current, or prospective student. Hazing does not include athletic events or school-sanctioned events.

19. Engaged in an act of bullying (Education Code 48900(r))

Bullying means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, directed toward one or more students that has or can reasonably be predicted to have the effect of placing a reasonable student in fear of harm to himself/herself or his/her property; cause the student to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his/her physical or mental health; or cause the student to experience substantial interferences with his/her academic performance or ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.

Bullying shall include any act of sexual harassment, hate violence, or harassment, threat, or intimidation, as defined in Education Code 48900.2, 48900.3, or 48900.4 (items #21-23 below), that has any of the effects described above on a reasonable student.

Electronic act means the creation or transmission of a communication originated on or off school site, including, but not limited to, a message, text, sound, image, or post on a social network Internet web site, by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone, or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager. A post on a social network Internet web site shall include, but is not limited to, the posting or creation of a burn page or the creation of a credible impersonation or false profile for the purpose of causing a reasonable student any of the effects of bullying described above.

Reasonable student means a student, including, but not limited to, a student who has been identified as a student with a disability, who exercises average care, skill, and judgment in conduct for a person of his/her age, or for a person of his/her age with his/her disability. (Education Code 48900(r))

(cf. 1114 - District-Sponsored Social Media)

(cf. 5131.2 - Bullying)

(cf. 6164.4 - Identification and Evaluation of Individuals for Special Education)

(cf. 6164.6 - Identification and Education under Section 504)

20. Aided or abetted the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury on another person, as defined in Penal Code 31. (Education Code 48900(t))

A student in grades 7 through 12 is also subject to suspension or recommendation for expulsion when it is determined that he/she:

21. Committed sexual harassment as defined in Education Code 212.5. (Education Code 48900.2)

Sexual harassment means conduct which, when considered from the perspective of a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim, is sufficiently severe or pervasive as to have a negative impact upon the victim's academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. (Education Code 212.5, 48900.2)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

22. Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence, as defined in Education Code 33032.5. (Education Code 48900.3)

Hate violence means any act punishable under Penal Code 422.6, 422.7, or 422.75. Such acts include injuring or intimidating a victim, interfering with the exercise of a victim's civil rights, or damaging a victim's property because of the victim's race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation; a perception of the presence of any of those characteristics in the victim; or the victim's association with a person or group with one or more of those actual or perceived characteristics. (Education Code 233; Penal Code 422.55)

(cf. 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior)

23. Intentionally engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation against district personnel or students that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to have the actual and reasonably expected effect of materially disrupting classwork, creating substantial disorder, and invading the rights of school personnel or students by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment (Education Code 48900.4)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

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

Removal from Class by a Teacher and Parental Attendance

A teacher may remove a student from his/her class for the remainder of the day and the following day only for any act listed in "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion" above. (Education Code 48910)

When removing a student from his/her class, the teacher shall immediately report this action to the principal or designee and send the student to the principal for appropriate action. If that action requires the continuing presence of the student at school, he/she shall be appropriately supervised during the class periods from which he/she has been removed.

As soon as possible, after the teacher decides to remove the student, he/she shall ask the student's parent/guardian to attend a parent-teacher conference regarding the removal. A counselor or psychologist may attend the conference if it is practicable, and a school administrator shall attend if either the parent/guardian or teacher so requests.

A student removed from class shall not be returned to class during the period of removal without the approval of the teacher of the class and the principal or designee. (Education Code 48910)

A student removed from class shall not be placed in another regular class during the period of removal. However, if a student is assigned to more than one class per day, he/she may be placed in any other regular classes except those held at the same time as the class from which the student was suspended. (Education Code 48910)

The teacher of any class from which a student is removed may require the student to complete any assignments and tests missed during the suspension. (Education Code 48913)

Suspension by Superintendent, Principal, or Designee

The Superintendent, principal, or designee shall immediately suspend any student found at school or at a school activity to be: (Education Code 48915)

1. Possessing, as verified by a district employee, or selling or otherwise furnishing a firearm, unless the student had obtained prior written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, with the principal or designee's concurrence.

2. Brandishing a knife, as defined in Education Code 48915(g)

3. Unlawfully selling a controlled substance listed in Health and Safety Code 11053-11058.

4. Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault as defined in Penal Code 261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a, or 289, or committing a sexual battery as defined in Penal Code 243.4 or committing a sexual battery as defined in Penal Code 243.4.

5. Possession of an explosive as defined in 18 USC 921.

In addition, the Superintendent, principal, or designee may impose a suspension upon a first offense if he/she determines that the student violated any of items #1-5 listed under "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion" above or if the student's presence causes a danger to persons. (Education Code 48900.5)

For all other offenses, a student may be suspended only when the Superintendent or principal has determined that other means of correction have failed to bring about proper conduct in the student. (Education Code 48900.5)

When other means of correction are implemented prior to imposing suspension or supervised suspension upon a student, the Superintendent, principal, or designee shall document the other means of correction used and retain them in the student's record. (Education Code 48900.5)

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

Length of Suspension

The Superintendent, principal, or designee may suspend a student from school for not more than five consecutive school days unless the suspension is extended pending expulsion. (Education Code 48911)

A student may be suspended from school for not more than 20 school days in any school year. However, when a student enrolls in or is transferred to another regular school, an opportunity school, or continuation school or class for the purpose of adjustment, he/she may be suspended for not more than 30 school days in a school year. The district may count suspensions that occur while a student is enrolled in another school district toward the maximum number of days for which the student may be suspended in any school year. (Education Code 48903, 48911, 48912)

(cf. 6184 - Continuation Education)

Suspensions shall be initiated according to the following procedures:

1. Informal Conference: Suspension shall be preceded by an informal conference conducted by the principal, designee, or the Superintendent, principal, or designee with the student, and whenever practicable, the teacher, supervisor, or school employee who referred the student to the principal. At the conference, the student shall be informed of the reason for the disciplinary action and the evidence against him/her; the student shall be given the opportunity to present his/her version and evidence in support of his/her defense. (Education Code 48911(b))

This conference may be omitted if the Superintendent, principal, or designee determines that an emergency situation exists. An "emergency situation" involves a clear and present danger to the lives, safety, or health of students or school personnel. If a student is suspended without this conference, both the parent/guardian and student shall be notified of the student's right to return to school for the purpose of a conference. The conference shall be held within two school days, unless the student waives his/her right to it or is physically unable to attend for any reason. In such case, the conference will be held as soon as the student is physically able to return to school. (Education Code 48911(c))

2. Administrative Actions: All requests for student suspension are to be processed by the principal or designee. A school employee shall report the suspension, including the name of the student and the cause for the suspension, to the Superintendent or designee. (Education Code 48911)

3. Notice to Parents/Guardians: At the time of the suspension, a school employee shall make a reasonable effort to contact the parent/guardian by telephone or in person. Whenever a student is suspended, the parent/guardian shall be notified in writing of the suspension. (Education Code 48911)

This notice shall state the specific offense committed by the student. (Education Code 48900.8)

In addition, the notice may also state the date and time when the student may return to school. If school officials wish to ask the parent/guardian to confer regarding matters pertinent to the suspension, the notice may add that state law requires the parent/guardian to respond to such requests without delay.

4. Parent/Guardian Conference: Whenever a student is suspended, school officials may meet with the parent/guardian to discuss the causes and duration of the suspension, the school policy involved, and any other pertinent matters. (Education Code 48914)

While the parent/guardian is required to respond without delay to a request for a conference about a student's behavior, no penalties may be imposed on the student for the failure of the parent/guardian to attend such a conference. The student may not be denied readmission solely because the parent/guardian failed to attend. (Education Code 48911)

5. Extension of Suspension: If the Board is considering the expulsion of a suspended student from any school or the suspension of a student for the balance of the semester from continuation school, the Superintendent or designee may, in writing, extend the suspension until such time as the Board has made a decision. (Education Code 48911(g))

Any extension of the original period of suspension shall be preceded by notice of such extension with an offer to hold a conference concerning the extension, giving the student an opportunity to be heard. This conference may be held in conjunction with a meeting requested by the student or parent/guardian to challenge the original suspension. Extension of the suspension may be made only if the Superintendent or designee determines, following a meeting in which the student and the student's parent/guardian were invited to participate, that the student's presence at the school or at an alternative school would endanger persons or property or threaten to disrupt the instructional process. (Education Code 48911)

If the student involved is a foster youth, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the district liaison for foster youth of the need to invite the student's attorney and a representative of the appropriate county child welfare agency to attend the meeting. (Education Code 48853.5, 48911, 48918.1)

(cf. 6173.1 - Education for Foster Youth)

In addition to suspending a student, the Superintendent, principal, or designee may provide services or require the student to participate in an alternative disciplinary program designed to correct his/her behavior and keep him/her in school.

Suspension by the Board

The Board may suspend a student for any of the acts listed in "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion" above and within the limits specified in "Suspension by Superintendent, Principal, or Principal's Designee" above. (Education Code 48912)

The Board may suspend a student enrolled in continuation school or class for a period not longer than the remainder of the semester if any of the acts listed in "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion" occurred. The suspension shall meet the requirements of Education Code 48915. (Education Code 48912.5)

When the Board is considering a suspension, disciplinary action, or any other action (except expulsion) against any student, it shall hold closed sessions if a public hearing would lead to disclosure of information violating a student's right to privacy under Education Code 49073-49079.

(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)

The Board shall provide the student and his/her parent/guardian with written notice of the closed session by certified mail. Upon receiving this notice, the student or parent/guardian may request a public meeting, and this request shall be granted if made in writing within 48 hours after receipt of the Board's notice. However, any discussion that conflicts with any other student's right to privacy still shall be held in closed session. (Education Code 35146, 48912)

Supervised Suspension Classroom

Students for whom an action to expel has not been initiated and who pose no imminent danger or threat to the school, students, or staff may be assigned to a separate, supervised suspension classroom for the entire period of suspension. The following conditions shall apply: (Education Code 48911.1)

1. The supervised suspension classroom shall be staffed in accordance with law.

2. The student shall have access to appropriate counseling services.

3. The supervised suspension classroom shall promote completion of schoolwork and tests missed by the student during the suspension.

4. Each student shall be responsible for contacting his/her teacher(s) to receive assignments to be completed in the supervised suspension classroom. The teacher shall provide all assignments and tests that the student will miss while suspended. If no such work is assigned, the person supervising the suspension classroom shall assign schoolwork.

At the time a student is assigned to a supervised suspension classroom, the principal or designee shall notify the student's parent/guardian in person or by telephone. When the assignment is for longer than one class period, this notification shall be made in writing. (Education Code 48911.1)

Authority to Expel

A student may be expelled only by the Board. The Board shall expel, as required by law, any student found to have committed any offense listed below under "Mandatory Recommendation and Mandatory Expulsion." (Education Code 48915)

The Board also shall order a student expelled for any of the acts listed above under "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion" upon recommendation of the Superintendent, the principal, or designee only if the Board makes a finding of either or both of the following: (Education Code 48915(b) and (e))

1. That other means of correction are not feasible or have repeatedly failed to bring about proper conduct.

2. That due to the nature of the violation, the presence of the student causes a continuing danger to the physical safety of the student or others.

Mandatory Recommendation for Expulsion

Unless the Superintendent or principal finds that expulsion is inappropriate due to particular circumstances, or that an alternative means of correction would address the conduct, the Superintendent, principal, or designee shall recommend a student's expulsion for any of the following acts: (Education Code 48915(a))

1. Causing serious physical injury to another person, except in self defense.

2. Possession of any knife, as defined in Education Code 48915(g), or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the student.

(cf. 5131.7 - Weapons and Dangerous Instruments)

3. Unlawful possession of any controlled substance, as listed in the Health and Safety Code 11053-11058, except for (a) the first offense for the possession of not more than one ounce of marijuana, other than concentrated cannabis, or (b) the student's possession of over-the-counter medication for his/her use or other medication prescribed for him/her by a physician.

4. Robbery or extortion.

5. Assault or battery, as defined in Penal Code 240 and 242, upon any school employee.

In determining whether or not to recommend the expulsion of a student, the Superintendent, principal, or designee shall act as quickly as possible to ensure that the student does not lose instructional time. (Education Code 48915)

Mandatory Recommendation and Mandatory Expulsion

The Superintendent, principal, or designee shall recommend that the Board expel any student found at school or at a school activity to be: (Education Code 48915(c))

1. Possessing, as verified by a district employee, or selling, or otherwise furnishing a firearm, unless the student had obtained prior written permission to possess the firearm from a certificated school employee, with the principal or designee's concurrence.

However, possession of an imitation firearm, as defined in Education Code 48900(m), shall not be regarded as an offense requiring a mandatory recommendation for expulsion and mandatory expulsion.

2. Brandishing a knife as defined in Education Code 48915(g) at another person.

3. Unlawfully selling a controlled substance listed in Health and Safety Code 11053-11058.

4. Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault as defined in Penal Code 261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a, or 289, or committing a sexual battery as defined in Penal Code 243.4

5. Possession of an explosive as defined in 18 USC 921.

Upon finding that the student committed any of these acts, the Board shall expel the student. (Education Code 48915)

Student's Right to Expulsion Hearing

The student is entitled to a hearing to determine whether the student should be expelled. The hearing shall be held within 30 school days after the principal or Superintendent or designee determines that one of the acts listed under "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion" has occurred. (Education Code 48918(a))

The student is entitled to one postponement of an expulsion hearing for a period of not more than 30 calendar days. The request for postponement shall be in writing. Any subsequent postponement may be granted at the Board's discretion. (Education Code 48918(a))

If the Board finds it impracticable during the regular school to comply with these time requirements for conducting an expulsion hearing, the Superintendent or designee may, for good cause, extend the time period by an additional five school days. Reasons for the extension shall be included as a part of the record when the expulsion hearing is held.

If the Board finds it impractical to comply with the time requirements of the expulsion hearing due to a summer recess of Board meetings of more than two weeks, the days during the recess shall not be counted as school days. The days not counted during the recess may not exceed 20 school days, as defined in Education Code 48925. Unless the student requests in writing that the expulsion hearing be postponed, the hearing shall be held not later than 20 calendar days prior to the first day of the next school year. (Education Code 48918(a))

Once the hearing starts, all matters shall be pursued with reasonable diligence and concluded without unnecessary delay. (Education Code 48918(a))





Stipulated Expulsion

After a determination that a student has committed an offense listed above under "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion" for which expulsion is permitted or mandatory, the Superintendent, principal, or designee shall offer the student and his/her parent/guardian the option to waive a hearing and stipulate to the expulsion. The offer shall be made only after the student or his/her parent/guardian has been given written notice of the expulsion hearing pursuant to Education Code 48918.

The stipulation agreement shall be in writing and shall be signed by the student and his/her parent/guardian. The stipulation agreement shall include notice of all the rights that the student is waiving, including the waiving of his/her right to have a full hearing, to appeal the expulsion to the County Board of Education, and to consult legal counsel.

A stipulated expulsion shall be effective upon approval by the Board.

Rights of Complaining Witness

An expulsion hearing involving allegations of sexual assault or sexual battery may be postponed for one school day in order to accommodate the special physical, mental, or emotional needs of a student who is the complaining witness. (Education Code 48918.5)

Whenever the Superintendent or designee recommends an expulsion hearing that addresses allegations of sexual assault or sexual battery, he/she shall give the complaining witness a copy of the district's suspension and expulsion policy and regulation and shall advise the witness of his/her right to: (Education Code 48918.5)

1. Receive five days' notice of his/her scheduled testimony at the hearing.

2. Have up to two adult support persons of his/her choosing present in the hearing at the time he/she testifies.

3. Have a closed hearing during the time he/she testifies.

Whenever any allegation of sexual assault or sexual battery is made, the Superintendent or designee shall immediately advise complaining witnesses and accused students to refrain from personal or telephone contact with each other during the time when an expulsion process is pending. (Education Code 48918.5

Written Notice of the Expulsion Hearing

Written notice of the hearing shall be forwarded to the student and the student's parent/guardian at least 10 calendar days before the date of the hearing. The notice shall include: (Education Code 48918(b))

1. The date and place of the hearing.

2. A statement of the specific facts, charges, and offense upon which the proposed expulsion is based.

3. A copy of district disciplinary rules which relate to the alleged violation.

4. Notification of the student's or parent/guardian's obligation, pursuant to Education Code 48915.1, to provide information about the student's status in the district to any other district in which the student seeks enrollment. This obligation applies when a student is expelled for acts other than those described in Education Code 48915(a).

(cf. 5119 - Students Expelled from Other Districts)

5. The opportunity for the student or the student's parent/ guardian to appear in person or be represented by legal counsel or by a non-attorney advisor.

Legal counsel means an attorney or lawyer who is admitted to the practice of law in California and is an active member of the State Bar of California.

Nonattorney advisor means an individual who is not an attorney or lawyer, but who is familiar with the facts of the case and has been selected by the student or student's parent/guardian to provide assistance at the hearing.

6. The right to inspect and obtain copies of all documents to be used at the hearing.

7. The opportunity to confront and question all witnesses who testify at the hearing.

8. The opportunity to question all evidence presented and to present oral and documentary evidence on the student's behalf, including witnesses.

Additional Notice of Expulsion Hearing for Foster Youth

At least 10 days prior to a hearing to determine if a student who is a foster youth as defined under Education Code 48853.5 should be expelled for an offense not requiring a mandatory recommendation for expulsion, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the student's attorney and a representative of an appropriate county child welfare agency. If the hearing is pursuant to an offense requiring a mandatory expulsion recommendation, the Superintendent or designee may provide the same notification. The notice shall be provided by the most cost-effective method possible, including by email or a telephone call. (Education Code 48918.1)

Conduct of Expulsion Hearing

1. Closed Session: Notwithstanding the provisions of Government Code 54953 and Education Code 35145, the Board shall conduct a hearing to consider the expulsion of the student in a session closed to the public unless the student requests in writing at least five days prior to the hearing that the hearing be a public meeting. If such a request is made, the meeting shall be public unless another student's privacy rights would be violated.

Whether the expulsion hearing is held in closed or public session, the Board may meet in closed session to deliberate and determine whether or not the student should be expelled. If the Board admits any other person to this closed session, the parent/guardian, the student, and the counsel of the student shall also be allowed to attend the closed session. (Education Code 48918(c))

If a hearing that involves a charge of sexual assault or sexual battery is to be conducted in public, a complaining witness shall have the right to have his/her testimony heard in closed session when testifying in public would threaten serious psychological harm to the witness and when there are no alternative procedures to avoid the threatened harm, including but not limited to videotaped deposition or contemporaneous examination in another place communicated to the hearing room by closed-circuit television. (Education Code 48918(c))

2. Record of Hearing: A record of the hearing shall be made and may be maintained by any means, including electronic recording, as long as a reasonably accurate written and complete written transcription of the proceedings can be made. (Education Code 48918(g))

3. Subpoenas: Before commencing a student expulsion hearing, the Board may issue subpoenas, at the request of either the student or the Superintendent or designee, for the personal appearance at the hearing of any person who actually witnessed the action that gave rise to the recommendation for expulsion. After the hearing has commenced, the Board or the hearing officer or administrative panel may issue such subpoenas at the request of the student or the County Superintendent of Schools or designee. All subpoenas shall be issued in accordance with the Code of Civil Procedure 1985-1985.2 and enforced in accordance with Government Code 11525. (Education Code 48918(i))

Any objection raised by the student or the Superintendent or designee to the issuance of subpoenas may be considered by the Board in closed session, or in open session if so requested by the student, before the meeting. The Board's decision in response to such an objection shall be final and binding. (Education Code 48918(i))

If the Board determines, or if the hearing officer or administrative panel finds and submits to the Board, that a witness would be subject to unreasonable risk of harm by testifying at the hearing, a subpoena shall not be issued to compel the personal attendance of that witness at the hearing. However, that witness may be compelled to testify by means of a sworn declaration as described in item #4 below. (Education Code 48918(i))

4. Presentation of Evidence: Technical rules of evidence shall not apply to the expulsion hearings, but relevant evidence may be admitted and used as proof only if it is the kind of evidence on which reasonable persons can rely in the conduct of serious affairs. The decision of the Board to expel shall be supported by substantial evidence that the student committed any of the acts pursuant to Education Code 48900 and listed in "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion" above. (Education Code 48918(h))

Findings of fact shall be based solely on the evidence at the hearing. While no evidence shall be based solely on hearsay, sworn declarations may be admitted as testimony from witnesses whose disclosure of their identity or testimony at the hearing may subject them to an unreasonable risk of physical or psychological harm. (Education Code 48918(f) and (h))

In cases where a search of a student's person or property has occurred, evidence describing the reasonableness of the search shall be included in the hearing record.

(cf. 5145.12  Search and Seizure)

5. Testimony by Complaining Witnesses: The following procedures shall be observed when hearings involve allegations of sexual assault or sexual battery by a student: (Education Code 48918, 48918.5)

a. Any complaining witness shall be given five days' notice before being called to testify.

b. Any complaining witness shall be entitled to have up to two adult support persons, including, but not limited to, a parent/guardian or legal counsel, present during his/her testimony.

c. Before a complaining witness testifies, support persons shall be admonished that the hearing is confidential.

d. The person presiding over the hearing may remove a support person whom he/she finds is disrupting the hearing.

e. If one or both support persons are also witnesses, the hearing shall be conducted according to Penal Code 868.5.

f. Evidence of specific instances of prior sexual conduct of a complaining witness shall be presumed inadmissible and shall not be heard unless the person conducting the hearing determines that extraordinary circumstances require the evidence to be heard. Before such a determination is made, the complaining witness shall be given notice and an opportunity to oppose the introduction of this evidence. In the hearing on the admissibility of this evidence, the complaining witness shall be entitled to be represented by a parent/guardian, legal counsel, or other support person. Reputation or opinion evidence regarding the sexual behavior of a complaining witness shall not be admissible for any purpose.

g. In order to facilitate a free and accurate statement of the experiences of the complaining witness and to prevent discouragement of complaints, the district shall provide a non threatening environment.

(1) The district shall provide a room separate from the hearing room for the use of the complaining witness before and during breaks in testimony/

(2) At the discretion of the person conducting the hearing, the complaining witness shall be allowed reasonable periods of relief from examination and cross-examination during which he/she may leave the hearing room.

(3) The person conducting the hearing may:

(a) Arrange the seating within the hearing room so as to facilitate a less intimidating environment for the complaining witness.

(b) Limit the time for taking the testimony of a complaining witness to the hours he/she is normally in school, if there is no good cause to take the testimony during other hours.

(c) Permit one of the support persons to accompany the complaining witness to the witness stand.

6. Decision: The Board's decision as to whether to expel a student shall be made within 40 school days after the student is removed from his/her school of attendance, unless the student requests in writing that the decision be postponed. (Education Code 48918(a))

Alternative Expulsion Hearing: Hearing Officer or Administrative Panel

Instead of conducting an expulsion hearing itself, the Board may contract with the county hearing officer, or with the Office of Administrative Hearings of the State of California for a hearing officer. Alternatively, the Board may appoint an impartial administrative panel composed of three or more certificated personnel, none of whom shall be members of the Board or on the staff of the school in which the student is enrolled. (Education Code 48918(d))

A hearing conducted by the hearing officer or administrative panel shall conform to the same procedures applicable to a hearing conducted by the Board as specified above in "Conduct of Expulsion Hearing," including the requirement to issue a decision within 40 school days of the student's removal from school, unless the student requests that the decision be postponed. (Education Code 48918(a) and (d))

The hearing officer or administrative panel shall, within three school days after the hearing, determine whether to recommend expulsion of the student to the Board. If expulsion is not recommended, the student shall be immediately reinstated. The Superintendent or designee shall place the student in a classroom instructional program, any other instructional program, a rehabilitation program, or any combination of these programs after consulting with district staff, including the student's teachers, and with the student's parent/guardian. The decision to not recommend expulsion shall be final. (Education Code 48918(e))

If expulsion is recommended, findings of fact in support of the recommendation shall be prepared and submitted to the Board. All findings of fact and recommendations shall be based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing. The Board may accept the recommendation based either upon a review of the findings of fact and recommendations submitted or upon the results of any supplementary hearing the Board may order. (Education Code 48918(f))

In accordance with Board policy, the hearing officer or administrative panel may recommend that the Board suspend the enforcement of the expulsion for a period of one year. (Education Code 48917, 48918)

Final Action by the Board

Whether the expulsion hearing is conducted in closed or public session by the Board, a hearing officer, or an administrative panel, the final action to expel shall be taken by the Board at a public meeting. (Education Code 48918(j))

(cf. 9321.1 - Closed Session Actions and Reports)

If the Board conducts the hearing and reaches a decision not to expel, this decision shall be final, and the student shall be reinstated immediately.

Upon ordering the expulsion, the Board shall set a date when the student shall be reviewed for readmission to a school within the district. For a student expelled for an act listed under "Mandatory Recommendation and Mandatory Expulsion" above, this date shall be one year from the date the expulsion occurred, except that the Board may set an earlier date on a case-by-case basis. For a student expelled for other acts, this date shall be no later than the last day of the semester following the semester in which the expulsion occurred. If an expulsion is ordered during summer session or the intersession period of a year-round program, the Board shall set a date when the student shall be reviewed for readmission not later than the last day of the semester following the summer session or intersession period in which the expulsion occurred. (Education Code 48916)

At the time of the expulsion order, the Board shall recommend a plan for the student's rehabilitation, which may include: (Education Code 48916)

1. Periodic review as well as assessment of the student at the time of review for readmission.

2. Recommendations for improved academic performance, tutoring, special education assessments, job training, counseling, employment, community service, and other rehabilitative programs.

With parental consent, students who have been expelled for reasons relating to controlled substances or alcohol may be required to enroll in a country sponsored drug rehabilitation program before returning to school. (Education Code 48916.5)

Written Notice to Expel

The Superintendent or designee shall send written notice of the decision to expel to the student or parent/guardian. This notice shall include the following:

1. The specific offense committed by the student for any of the causes for suspension or expulsion listed above under "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion" (Education Code 48900.8)

2. The fact that a description of readmission procedures will be made available to the student and his/her parent/ guardian. (Education Code 48916)

3. Notice of the right to appeal the expulsion to the County Board of Education. (Education Code 48918)

4. Notice of the alternative educational placement to be provided to the student during the time of expulsion. (Education Code 48918)

5. Notice of the student's or parent/guardian's obligation to inform any new district in which the student seeks to enroll of the student's status with the expelling district, pursuant to Education Code 48915.1. (Education Code 48918)

Suspension of Enforcement of the Expulsion

In accordance with Board policy, when deciding whether to suspend the enforcement of an expulsion, the Board shall take into account the following criteria:

1. The student's pattern of behavior.

2. The seriousness of the misconduct.

3. The student's attitude toward the misconduct and his/her willingness to follow a rehabilitation program.

The suspension of the enforcement of an expulsion shall be governed by the following: (Education Code 48917)

1. The Board may, as a condition of the suspension of enforcement, assign the student to a school, class, or program appropriate for the student's rehabilitation. This rehabilitation program may provide for the involvement of the student's parent/guardian in the student's education. However, a parent/guardian's refusal to participate in the rehabilitation program shall not be considered in the Board's determination as to whether the student has satisfactorily completed the rehabilitation program.

2. During the period when enforcement of the expulsion order is suspended, the student shall be on probationary status.

3. The suspension of the enforcement of an expulsion order may be revoked by the Board if the student commits any of the acts listed under "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion" above or violates any of the district's rules and regulations governing student conduct. (Education Code 48917)

4. When the suspension of the enforcement of the expulsion order is revoked, a student may be expelled under the terms of the original expulsion order. (Education Code 48917)

5. Upon satisfactory completion of the rehabilitation assignment, the Board shall reinstate the student in a district school. Upon reinstatement, the Board may order the expunging of any or all records of the expulsion proceedings. (Education Code 48917)

6. Suspension of the enforcement of an expulsion order shall not affect the time period and requirements for the filing of an appeal of the expulsion order with the County Board of Education. (Education Code 48917)

7. The Superintendent or designee shall send written notice of any decision to suspend the enforcement of an expulsion order during a period of probation to the student or parent/guardian. The notice shall also inform the parent/guardian of the right to appeal the expulsion to the County Board of Education. (Education Code 48918(j))

Right to Appeal

The student or parent/guardian is entitled to file an appeal of the Board's decision to the County Board of Education. The appeal must be filed within 30 days of the Board's decision to expel, even if the expulsion action is suspended and the student is placed on probation. (Education Code 48919)

The student shall submit a written request for a copy of the written transcripts and supporting documents from the district simultaneously with the filing of the notice of appeal with the County Board. The district shall provide the student with these documents within 10 school days following the student's written request. (Education Code 48919)

Notifications to Law Enforcement Authorities

Prior to the suspension or expulsion of any student, the principal or designee shall notify appropriate city or county law enforcement authorities of any student acts of assault which may have violated Penal Code 245. (Education Code 48902)

The principal or designee also shall notify appropriate city or county law enforcement authorities of any student acts which may involve the possession or sale of narcotics or of a controlled substance. In addition, law enforcement authorities shall be notified regarding any acts by students regarding the possession, sale, or furnishing of firearms, explosives, or other dangerous weapons in violation of Education Code 48915(c)(1) or (5) or Penal Code 626.9 and 626.10. (Education Code 48902)

Within one school day after a student's suspension or expulsion, the principal or designee shall notify appropriate city or county law enforcement authorities, by telephone or other appropriate means, of any student acts which may violate Education Code 48900(c) or (d), relating to the possession, use, offering, or sale of controlled substances, alcohol, or intoxicants of any kind. (Education Code 48902)

Post-Expulsion Placements

The Board shall refer expelled students to a program of study that is: (Education Code 48915, 48915.01)

1. Appropriately prepared to accommodate students who exhibit discipline problems.

2. Not provided at a comprehensive middle, junior, or senior high school, or at any elementary school, unless the program is offered at a community day school established at such a site.

3. Not housed at the school site attended by the student at the time of suspension.

(cf. 6158 - Independent Study)

(cf. 6185 - Community Day School)

When the placement described above is not available, and when the County Superintendent of Schools so certifies, students expelled for acts described in items #6-13 and #21-23 under "Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion" above may be instead referred to a program of study that is provided at another comprehensive middle, junior, or senior high school, or at an elementary school.

The program for a student expelled from any of grades K-6 shall not be combined or merged with programs offered to students in any of grades 7-12. (Education Code 48916.1)

Readmission After Expulsion

Readmission procedures shall be as follows:

1. On the date set by the Board when it ordered the expulsion, the district shall consider readmission of the student. (Education Code 48916)

2. The Superintendent or designee shall hold a conference with the parent/guardian and the student. At the conference the student's rehabilitation plan shall be reviewed, and the Superintendent or designee shall verify that the provisions of this plan have been met. School regulations shall be reviewed, and the student and parent/guardian shall be asked to indicate in writing their willingness to comply with these regulations.

3. The Superintendent or designee shall transmit to the Board his/her recommendation regarding readmission. The Board shall consider this recommendation in closed session if information would be disclosed in violation of Education Code 49073-49079. If a written request for open session is received from the parent/guardian or adult student, it shall be honored.

4. If the readmission is granted, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the student or parent/guardian, by registered mail, of the Board's decision regarding readmission.

5. The Board may deny readmission if it finds that the student has not satisfied the conditions of the rehabilitation plan or that the student continues to pose a danger to campus safety or to other district students or employees. (Education Code 48916)

6. If the Board denies the readmission of a student, the Board shall determine either to continue the student's placement in the alternative educational program initially selected or to place the student in another program that serves expelled students, including placement in a county community school. (Education Code 48916)

7. The Board shall provide written notice to the expelled student and parent/guardian describing the reasons for denying remittance into the regular program. This notice shall indicate the Board's determination of the educational program which the Board has chosen. The student shall enroll in that program unless the parent/guardian chooses to enroll the student in another school district. (Education Code 48916)

No student shall be denied readmission into the district based solely on the student's arrest, adjudication by a juvenile court, formal or informal supervision by a probation officer, detention in a juvenile facility, enrollment in a juvenile court school, or other such contact with the juvenile justice system. (Education Code 48645.5)

Maintenance of Records

The district shall maintain a record of each suspension and expulsion, including its specific cause(s). (Education Code 48900.8)

Expulsion records of any student shall be maintained in the student's mandatory interim record and sent to any school in which the student subsequently enrolls upon written request by that school. (Education Code 48918(k))

The Superintendent or designee shall, within five working days, honor any other district's request for information about an expulsion from this district. (Education Code 48915.1)

(cf. 5119  Students Expelled from Other Districts)

(cf. 5125  Student Records)

Outcome Data

The Superintendent or designee shall maintain the following data and report such annually to the California Department of Education, using forms supplied by the California Department of Education: (Education Code 48900.8, 48916.1)

1. The number of students recommended for expulsion.

2. The grounds for each recommended expulsion.

3. Whether the student was subsequently expelled.

4. Whether the expulsion order was suspended.

5. The type of referral made after the expulsion.

6. The disposition of the student after the end of the expulsion period

 

 

.Hate Crime Policies and Procedures

BP 5145.9

Hate-Motivated Behavior

The Governing Board affirms the right of every student to be protected from hate-motivated behavior. It is the intent of the Board to promote harmonious relationships that enable students to gain a better understanding of the civil rights and social responsibilities of people in our society. Hate motivated behavior includes, but is not limited to, statements that degrade an individual on the basis of his/her gender, sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or any other unlawful consideration, and/or actions that are based on such statements. Hate motivated behavior shall not be tolerated.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 3515.1 - Crime Data Reporting)

(cf. 3515.4 - Recovery for Property Loss or Damage

(cf. 5131.5 - Vandalism, Theft and Graffiti)

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

(cf. 6141.6 - Multicultural Education)

Any student who feels that he/she is a victim of hate-motivated behavior shall immediately contact the principal or designee. If the student believes that the situation has not been remedied by the principal or designee, he/she may file a complaint in accordance with district complaint procedures.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that appropriate staff receive necessary training to recognize hate-motivated behavior and methods for handling such behavior in appropriate ways.

The district shall provide age-appropriate information to help promote understanding of and respect for human rights.

At the beginning of each school year, students and staff shall receive a copy of the district's policy on hate-motivated behavior.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

200-262.4 Prohibition of discrimination on the basis of sex

48900.3 Suspension for hate violence

PENAL CODE

186.21 Street terrorism; legislative findings and declarations

422.55-422.86 Hate Crimes

11410-11414 Terrorism

13023 Reports by law enforcement of crimes motivated by race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability

13519.6 Hate crimes, training courses and guidelines

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 18

 

 

 

 

Bullying Prevention Policies and Procedures

BP 5131.2

BULLYING

The Governing Board recognizes the harmful effects of bullying on student learning and school attendance and desires to provide safe school environments that protect students from physical and emotional harm. District employees shall establish student safety as a high priority and shall not tolerate bullying of any student.

No individual or group shall, through physical, written, verbal, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, retaliate, cyberbully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any student or school personnel.

(cf. 5131 - Conduct)

(cf. 5136 - Gangs)

(cf. 5145.3 - Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

(cf. 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment)

(cf. 5145.9 - Hate-Motivated Behavior)

Cyberbullying includes the creation or transmission of harassing communications, direct threats, or other harmful texts, sounds, or images on the Internet, social media, or other technologies using a telephone, computer, or any wireless communication device. Cyberbullying also includes breaking into another person's electronic account and assuming that person's identity in order to damage that person's reputation.

(cf. 5145.2 - Freedom of Speech/Expression)

Strategies for addressing bullying in District schools shall be developed with involvement of key stakeholders, including students, parents/guardians, and staff, and may be incorporated into the comprehensive safety plan, the local control and accountability plan, and other applicable District and school plans.

(cf. 0420 - School Plans/Site Councils)

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 0460 - Local Control and Accountability Plan)

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools)

(cf. 6020 - Parent Involvement)

Bullying Prevention

To the extent possible, District schools shall focus on the prevention of bullying by establishing clear rules for student conduct and implementing strategies to promote a positive, collaborative school climate. Students shall be informed, through student handbooks and other appropriate means, of District and school rules related to bullying, mechanisms available for reporting incidents or threats, and the consequences for engaging in bullying.

(cf. 5137 - Positive School Climate)

As appropriate, the District shall provide students with instruction, in the classroom or other educational settings, that promotes effective communication and conflict resolution skills, social skills, character/values education, respect for cultural and individual differences, self-esteem development, assertiveness skills, and appropriate online behavior.

(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)

(cf. 6142.94 - History-Social Science Instruction)

(cf. 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology)

Staff shall receive related professional development, including information about early warning signs of harassing/intimidating behaviors and effective response.

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4231 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4331 - Staff Development)

Intervention

Students are encouraged to notify school staff when they are being bullied or suspect that another student is being victimized. In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall develop means for students to report threats or incidents confidentially and anonymously.

School staff who witness an act of bullying shall immediately intervene to stop the incident when it is safe to do so. (Education Code 234.1)

When appropriate based on the severity or pervasiveness of the bullying, the Superintendent or designee shall notify the parents/guardians of victims and perpetrators and may contact law enforcement.

The Superintendent, principal, or principal's designee may refer a victim, witness, perpetrator, or other student affected by an act of bullying to a school counselor, school psychologist, social worker, child welfare attendance personnel, school nurse, or other school support service personnel for case management, counseling, and/or participation in a restorative justice program as appropriate. (Education Code 48900.9)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

Reporting and Filing of Complaints

Any student, parent/guardian, or other individual who believes that a student has been subjected to bullying or who has witnessed bullying may report the incident to a teacher, the principal, compliance officer, or any other available school employee. Within one business day of receiving such a report, a staff member shall notify the principal or designee of the report, whether or not a uniform complaint is filed. In addition, any school employee who observes an incident of bullying involving a student shall, within one business day, report his/her observation to the principal or a District compliance officer, whether or not the alleged victim files a complaint.

Within two business days of receiving a report of bullying, the principal shall notify the District compliance officer identified in AR 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures.

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

When the circumstances involve cyberbullying, individuals with information about the activity shall be encouraged to save and print any electronic or digital messages that they feel constitute cyberbullying and to notify a teacher, the principal, or other employee so that the matter may be investigated.

When a report of bullying is submitted, the principal or a District compliance officer shall inform the student or parent/guardian of the right to file a formal written complaint in accordance with AR 1312.3. The student who is the alleged victim of the bullying shall be given an opportunity to describe the incident, identify witnesses who may have relevant information, and provide other evidence of bullying.

Investigation and Resolution of Complaints

Any complaint of bullying shall be investigated and, if determined to be discriminatory, resolved in accordance with law and the District's uniform complaint procedures specified in AR 1312.3.

If, during the investigation, it is determined that a complaint is about nondiscriminatory bullying, the principal or designee shall inform the complainant and shall take all necessary actions to resolve the complaint.

Discipline

Corrective actions for a student who commits an act of bullying of any type may include counseling, behavioral intervention and education, and, if the behavior is severe or pervasive as defined in Education Code 48900, may include suspension or expulsion in accordance with District policies and regulations.

(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)

(cf. 5144 - Discipline)

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

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

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

Any employee who permits or engages in bullying or retaliation related to bullying shall be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

(cf. 4118 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

(cf. 4119.21/4219.21/4319.21 - Professional Standards)

(cf. 4218 - Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action)

 

 

 

 

 

Student Care Team

 

Each of our school sites has a Student Care Team in place. The Student Care Team is a multidisciplinary team composed of members from the school site who interact with students, including an assistant principal, a counselor, a therapist, a social worker, and the School Resource Officer. This team meets every two weeks to discuss students who exhibited behaviors of concern. During this meeting, the Student Care Team reviews team members’ current knowledge of the student, and creates a Student Care Plan to connect the student and his/her family with the resources needed to get the student back on track. Chronic or severe cases are elevated to the District Care Team for review and intervention. The goal of the Student Care Team is to solve problems while they are small and prevent them from becoming large problems.

 

Student Care Line

 

A student care line provides students and the community with easy access to report any potential behaviors of concern in others that might indicate a need for further attention. Each school site has a number or email address that can be used to alert school staff about the safety or well-being of others. Each member of our community has the ability to make a positive difference in the life of someone who needs help. If you see something, say something, and let’s take care of each other by making a confidential report. Once a report is received, the school site will evaluate the situation to ensure the student(s) have the needed support and resources to get back on track!

 

 

Bowman High School Student Care Line is [email protected]

 

 

 

 

 

When should I report?

Cause for concern may be indicated by someone demonstrating the following behavior(s):

    • Trouble controlling emotions

    • Withdrawal from friends

    • Withdrawal from usual activities

    • Feelings of rejection or solitude

    • Feelings of constant disrespect

    • Frequent loss of temper

    • An increase in risk-taking behaviors

    • Talk of suicide or loss of hope

    • Self-harm

    • Declining school performance

 

 

 

 

EMERGENCY/DISASTER PROCEDURE

 

In accordance with Board policy and California laws, each school in the William S. Hart Union High School District has developed specific plans in preparation for a possible emergency or disaster. The purpose is to prepare as much as possible in advance for the safety and welfare of each student. What is done now, when there is time to prepare, could result in preventing serious injury to or possible death of student (s).

 

In the event of an emergency or disaster, you can expect the following:

 

  1. Regularly scheduled fire and earthquake drills, as well as disaster drills will be conducted at school.

 

  1. Preparation for an emergency or disaster will be reviewed and an emergency backpack will be maintained in each classroom.

 

  1. Students will be kept AT SCHOOL during school hours UNLESS it is unsafe or inappropriate to do so.

 

  1. Students will be instructed to continue on their way home if they are already going home.

 

  1. Students will be instructed to continue on their way to school if they are already going to school.

 

  1. Parents/guardians will be asked for identification before your student is released to you.

 

  1. Unauthorized persons will not be allowed on campus.

 

  1. Should a parent/guardian need to pick up their student, you may do so at the location where there is a sign stating PICK-UP POINT.

 

  1. Parents/guardians will be asked to keep clear of all access roads and parking lots so that emergency vehicles can arrive safely and easily.

 

  1. Should a student need to be evacuated from the school, he/she will be taken to the nearest safe location available.





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PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

 

 

It is important that all staff read and familiarize themselves thoroughly with these procedures. If you have any questions, please ask someone immediately.

 

 

  1. Read the Emergency/Disaster Procedure and Emergency Plan Guidelines located in the red binder in each classroom and in every substitute folder.

 

  1. Familiarize yourself with the Attendance and Accountability Report form.

 

  1. Locate the evacuation route and disaster assembly area for your classroom. This can be found on the Emergency Evacuation Map posted in each classroom.

 

  1. Locate the Blue Emergency Supply backpack in each classroom and familiarize yourself with the contents of the bag. Should it become necessary to evacuate your classroom, you must take this backpack with you. Please see the Emergency Bag Contents checklist and submit it to the assistant principal when an item(s) needs to be replenished.

 

  1. If a drill or actual emergency occurs during your preparation period you are to report to the Basketball Courts Immediately.



 

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PROCEDURES FOR STUDENT RELEASE

 

 

Procedures:

 

  1. Gather the following materials:

    • Student emergency cards

    • Student release form

 

  1. Select an appropriate location to facilitate the release of students to their parents/guardians. Unless the situation does not allow it, this location should be on the Bowman campus.

 

  1. When a person requests the release of a student the following procedure is to be followed:

 

      1. Verify that the person making the request is listed on the student’s emergency card. (Students will ONLY be released to those people listed on the emergency card).

 

      1. Complete the STUDENT EMERGENCY RELEASE form.

 

 

      1. Send the form to the evacuation area to get the student. The runner is to request the student from the teacher.

 

      1. When the student arrives, verify that the correct person is being picked up.

 

 

      1. Have the parent complete and sign the bottom portion of the release form. Release the student and keep the form.

 

 

  1. It is EXTREMELY important that accurate records be kept for the release of students.

 

 

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STUDENT EMERGENCY RELEASE FORM

 

_______________________________ ______________________________

(First and last name of student) (First and last name of parent/ guardian)

 

______________________________________________ ____________________________________________

(Student ID #) (Date of Emergency/Telephone # of person picking up

student)

 

______________________________________________ ___________________________________________

(Status of student-uninjured/injured) (Verification of parent/guardian on Emergency Card)

 

 

 

Notes: ____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

 

 

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EMERGENCY PLAN GUIDELINES

 

 

YOU ARE IN CHARGE! TRY TO REMAIN CALM, AS STUDENTS WILL LOOK TO YOU FOR GUIDANCE.

 

CHECKLIST:

 

________ 1. Evacuate students to the appropriate area (map in blue backpack and POSTED in classroom) in an orderly and safe manner. Teachers must decide if any students are to be left behind.

 

________ 2. Take your Roll Book and Blue Backpack with you as you evacuate.

 

________ 3. Do NOT lock the door!

 

________ 4. Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, A, B, C, D, and E report to the basketball courts. Try to sit/stand in lines.

 

________ 5. All office personnel and kitchen staff report to the front of the school.

 

________ 6. If you have a medical or other emergency, send a student runner to front of school at once and/or blow a whistle (in the blue backpack).

 

________ 7. Emergency supplies are in your Blue Backpack...first aid items, water, paper, and other emergency preparedness supplies. PUT ON YOUR ORANGE VEST!

 

________ 8. Take Attendance. Accuracy is of the utmost importance.

 

________ 9. Students are to stay put! However, please note any who leave.

 

________ 10. Complete the Accountability Report

 

________ 11. Attendance & Accountability Reports WILL BE PICKED UP.

 

________ 12. Let students know “Release Procedure” will begin if and when appropriate.

 

________ 13. Continue to note any student who takes off.

 

________ 14. A runner will be around shortly!

 

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ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT

 

Please complete this form immediately and as accurately as possible.

 

 

Room No. Teacher/Staff Member Time report filed Site/School

Immediate Assistance Required?___________________________________________________________________________

Describe above/use back if necessary





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Condition of Students

All accounted for No injuries No immediate help required

Number MISSING: _____ Number TRAPPED in building:_____ Number INJURED:_____

 

Number requiring IMMEDIATE medical attention _____, location(s)_______________________________________

 

Condition of Staff

All accounted for No injuries No immediate help required

Number MISSING: _____ Number TRAPPED in building:_____ Number INJURED:_____

 

Number requiring IMMEDIATE medical attention _____, location(s)_______________________________________

 

BELOW: LIST ABSENT STUDENTS

 

Directions: Using your class period attendance sheet, please list the names (first and last) of those students NOT present. This form will be picked up by a runner, prior to you being given the signal to return to your classroom.

 

Date ____________________ Period _____

 

__________________________ __________________________

 

__________________________ __________________________

 

__________________________ __________________________

 



EVACUATION PLAN

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

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FIRE, FIRE DRILL / MINOR EVACUATION

 

 

1. SEE EVACUATION MAP

 

2. ALL TEACHERS direct students to assigned areas and supervise (blue backpack). A. Take your attendance book/pencil/pen/paper.

B. Leave doors unlocked.

 

3. All instructional assistants (unless otherwise assigned) report with their assigned class/teacher to the Basketball Courts.

 

4. All office personnel report to the front of the school.

 

5. Campus supervisor’s clear quad and restrooms -- report to Principal/Assistant Principal (front of school).

 

EARTHQUAKE / DISASTER / MAJOR EVACUATION

 

1. Take cover (if appropriate). At the first sign of an earthquake teachers will automatically issue a “TAKE COVER” order. Teachers too will take the protective position. Remember to keep your head and body protected as best you can. Locate yourself AWAY from windows. Stay protected until all shaking and movement of objects stops. When it is safe to exit your classroom, grab your Blue Backpack and take students to the Basketball Courts. In the event of a severe earthquake we may find our P.A. system is inoperative and there are many injuries. This is when your good judgment will really count.

 

2. Evacuate -- see Evacuation Map

A. Take your attendance book/pencil/paper/pen.

B. Leave doors unlocked.

  1. Note students left behind.

 

3. EMERGENCY RESPONSE ASSIGNMENTS

(Please see the portion of Emergency/Disaster Procedure, which gives a detailed description of assignments.)

  • Incident Commander-Nina Zamora

  • Assistant Incident Commander-Richard Haring (1st Alternate) and Rocio Benavides (2nd Alternate)

  • Campus Supervisors-Manny Cortez (disaster shed/rover), Hala (upper field gate), Desmond Carter (back parking lot/quad/front of school), and Ron Martellino (Search and Rescue)

  • Medical/First Aid-Laura Schmidt, and Jose Rosales

  • Student Release-Kathleen Watson, Rosa Villanueva, and Lindsey Krutak

  • Mental Health-Ami Gonzalez and Rocio Benavides

  • Runners-ASB Students

  • Recorder/Incident Log-Colette Ybarra

  • Staff Relief Team-Pam Thomson and Hala Mostafa

  • Campus Map-Robyn Siroky

  • Communications- Colette Ybarra and Robyn Siroky

 

 

CODE RED ALERT/LOCKDOWN PROCEDURE

(Procedure for an intruder in or around the building)

 

STAFF PROCEDURES

  1. Report the threatening person to the main office, give description, location, and describe the activity the threatening person is involved in.

  2. Keep your classroom/students secure.

  3. Once your classroom is secure (lock the door, close the blinds and move students away from all doors or windows), assess threat; determine degree of intervention.

 

 

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES

 

  1. Determine level of response.

  2. During the threatening situation, announce “Code Red, Code Red (give instruction)” over the PA system. There is no code established for an intruder on campus. This will be determined by an all call with “We are on Lock Down” Call 911 for sheriff from landline if possible; otherwise use your cell phone to contact the sheriff’s directly at 661-255-1121 or fire/paramedic at 661-259-2111; direct to specific entrance of building if possible.

  3. Locate the threatening person and assess the situation.

  4. Administrator will meet the police and direct them to the location.

  5. There will be an announcement of “All Clear, All Clear” when the situation is controlled, Notify the district office immediately.

  6. File an incident report and send a copy to the district office.

 

 

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LOCKDOWN DRILLS

PROTOCOL

 

 

A lockdown situation exists when the school needs students and staff in a secured area as quickly as possible. A violent intruder on campus, news of a potential threat to the school, hazardous material on campus, or a fugitive on the run are all examples of events that may necessitate the need for a campus lockdown.

 

Each campus follows the protocols published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation when conducting a lockdown drill. Based on the specific situation, students will determine the appropriate action which may be to run, hide, or fight. Students and staff receive annual training prior to a lockdown drill and drills are conducted bi-annually. Families will be notified in advance of a lockdown drill.

 

The specific details of the lockdown plan are located at the school office and are not published online for security reasons. Administration in conjunction with law enforcement will be in complete command of the drills.

 

If a student, staff member, or a Bowman community member is under suspicion of dangerous behavior, the Bowman’s Threat Assessment Team will be immediately notified. The team will get together and develop a plan to assess the threat and take next action steps.

 

Bowman’s Threat Assessment Team is comprised of:

Nina Zamora, Principal

Richard Haring, Assistant Principal

Deputy Mike Perry, School Resource Officer

Rocio Benavidas, Counselor

Ami Gonzalez, Counselor

Elizabeth Tarantini, Social Worker

Manuel Cortez, Lead Campus Supervisor

 

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COMMAND POST (CP)

 

Location – Front of School: It is best to locate the CP so that the full Emergency Assembly Areas in view, while maintaining adequate separation from students, medical treatment area and Student Request Area. Also, it should be set up in close proximity to the outside disaster supply storage container. Have alternate locations in mind, including off-campus evacuation site(s). Identify Command Post location with a blue flag and sign, so that it is visible to staff and emergency responders.

 

 

 

INCIDENT COMMAND POST POSITIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES

 

 

Incident Commander – Nina Zamora: an emergency requires constant management from the Command Post (CP). This means the IC does not leave the Command Post without delegating someone to take over. The IC will constantly:

 

  1. Know what resources are available.

  2. Determine a strategy for implementing the plan to handle the incident.

  3. Monitor how well (or poorly) the plan is working.

  4. Adjust the plan to meet the realities of the situation.

  5. Make sure that the response is being fully documented-for legal and financial reasons.

  6. If appropriate to the situation-no other qualified person is available-act as Assistant Incident Commander to make sure that the safety of students and staff and others on the site is the highest priority.

 

The Incident Commander (IC) is to coordinate all response activities through the Assistant Incident Commander The IC is to “stand back and keep hands off.” His/her role is “managing” from the Command Post.

 

Duties:

  1. Observe and direct all operations.

  2. Coordinate all response actions with the appropriate disaster response team members.

  3. Assign all disaster personnel or reassign as injuries or absences dictate.

  4. Communicate situation status to the District on a regular basis by phone, two-way radio, written status reports-as appropriate.

  5. Provide for the health and safety of students and personnel as the first priority of disaster response.

  6. Remain calm. Lead by example; your behavior sets the tone for staff and students.

 

 

Location:

Command Post

 

Procedures:

After evacuation from the classroom or work area, report to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA) and check in with your department. Proceed to the disaster storage area to form Command Post teams and get supplies.

 

  1. Verify that the Emergency Assembly Area is still safe.

  2. Establish location of Command Post.

  3. Direct opening of the disaster container and Command Post setup.

  4. Obtain personal equipment.

  5. Assess type and scope of disaster.

  6. Assign all disaster personnel or reassign as injuries or absences dictate. Maintain an updated duty roster, with date and times indicated.

  7. Provide for immediate set up of Student Release Team so that they will be available to deal with parents as quickly as possible.

  8. With Assistant Incident Commander, determine threat to personnel and structures.

  9. With Assistant Incident Commander, determine the need for evacuation and take appropriate action.

  10. With Assistant Incident Commander, determine which disaster teams need to be activated (i.e., Security to close campus, dispatch Search & Rescue teams, etc.)

  11. Have Assistant Incident Commanders direct the setup of a sanitation area remote from the Emergency Assembly Area.

  12. Monitor that all actions taken are documented with a timeline.

  13. Using the Site Status report-communicate on a regular basis with the District Emergency Operations Center (EOC), including:

 

  1. Number of students injured and extent of injuries. DO NOT TRANSMIT

THE NAMES OF CRITICALLY INJURED OR DEAD OVER THE TWO-WAY RADIOS. These names will have to be hand delivered to the District EOC when time and circumstances permit.

  1. Type and extent of damage to buildings and grounds (i.e., utilities, roofs, ceilings, etc.).

  2. Actions being taken by disaster teams and list of any actions being performed by outside agencies on campus

  3. Assistance requested from the District.

  4. Establish the time of the next update.

 

  1. Provide for periodic reports of confirmed information to students and staff. Refer requests for assistance to the Assistant Incident Commander, including list and last known location of missing personnel to search teams.

  2. After student accounting is complete, authorize Assistant Incident Commander to direct the Student Release Team to begin releasing students according to established procedures.

  3. Assess total school situation:

  1. View campus map periodically for Search & Rescue progress and damage
    assessment information.

  2. Check with the Assistant Incident Commander for periodic updates.

  3. Approve all information before release by the Information/Liaison Officer to parents or the general public.

 

  1. Direct Information/Liaison Officer to coordinate with all off-campus organizations, including press on scene, Red Cross personnel on scene, law enforcement and fire personnel on scene.

  2. Utilize your backup; plan and take regular breaks: 5-10 minutes every hour, relocate away from the Command Post.

  3. When the situation warrants it, release staff according to a predetermined priority list established by the school site.

  4. Remain on and in charge of your campus until redirected or released by the District Superintendent.

 

Assistant Incident Commander-Richard Haring (1st Alternate) and Rocio Benavides (2nd Alternate): this position is located directly under the Incident Commander and will be expected to carry out his/her directives. As appropriate to the scope of the disaster, this person will also serve as the point person for assisting and cooperating with agency representatives (fire, law enforcement, Red Cross, etc.).

 

Duties:

  1. Monitor and assess hazardous and unsafe situations and develop measures for assuring personnel and student safety.

  2. Correct unsafe acts or conditions through the regular line of authority, i.e., report it to the Incident Commander for appropriate resolution.

  3. When immediate action is required, the Assistant Incident Commander has emergency authority to instantly stop or prevent unsafe acts.

  4. Distribute information authorized by the Incident Commander to parents and community.

  5. Serve as liaison to outside agencies (fire, law enforcement, Red Cross, etc.) by providing them assistance in coming onto campus safely and assisting them with any services they might need.

 

Location:

Immediately adjacent to Command Post

 

Procedures:

After evacuation from the classroom or work area, report to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA). Classroom teachers take attendance of students (and other school personnel assigned to their classrooms) and report to Command Post, using Accountability Report. Other school personnel report to the EAA and assist teachers as needed. When released, proceed to the disaster storage area to form a Command Post team and get supplies. Incident Commander will brief you and direct you to various locations.

 

 

  1. Set up a table immediately adjacent to the Command Post.

  2. Review with Incident Commander the location and physical set-up of all response teams. Identify any hazards. Correct any safety issues if possible or declare the area/situation (out-of-bounds) and rope off with warning tape or post sign(s).

  3. Maintain awareness of active and developing situations relative to the safety and health of students and staff at the school site.

  4. Review with Incident Commander (Principal) the INITIAL STATEMENT for appropriateness and issue to the Student Release Team at their station at the request gate(s). In addition, if the telephones are operational and it is safe to reenter the building, issue the INITIAL STATEMENT to the Telephone Communications Team who will have someone stationed in the school office.

  5. Refer all media to the District Public Information Officer. You are not authorized to speak for the District.

  6. As appropriate to the scope of the disaster situation, serve as a Liaison-the point of contact for assisting and coordinating agency representatives (fire, law enforcement, Red Cross, etc. Maintain activities log.

 

 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE ASSIGNMENTS

    • CAMPUS SUPERVISORS

    • SEARCH & RESCUE

    • MEDICAL/FIRST AID

    • STUDENT RELEASE

    • MENTAL HEALTH

    • RUNNERS

    • RECORDER/INCIDENT LOG

    • TEACHERS WITH & WITHOUT CLASSES/PARAPROFESSIONALS

    • STAFF RELIEF TEAM

    • CAMPUS MAP

    • COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

CAMPUS SUPERVISORS

Duties:

Secure campus and control traffic to prevent unauthorized entry into or exit from school—lock all gates.

 

Location:

  1. Critical campus entrances/exits as predetermined in site specifics

  2. Critical area(s) as directed by Incident Commander

 

 

Procedures:

After evacuation from the classroom or work area, report to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA). Classroom teachers take attendance of students (and other school personnel assigned to their classrooms) and report to Command Post, using Accountability Report. Other school personnel report to the EAA and check in with the Assistant Incident Commander. Unless assigned to Student Supervision, proceed to the disaster storage area to form a disaster team and get supplies.

  1. If needed:

  • Shut off gas main (only if you can smell gas leak)

  • Shut off electricity

  • Shut off water

  1. If needed, double check location of student request/release point with Command Post.

  2. Lock all outside access gates or doors.

  3. Station personnel as needed to refer people to the student/release point.

  4. Direct parents to student request/release point.

  • Report problems or status to Assistant Incident Commander. (Personnel assigned to securing entrances/exits and directing people to student request/release point should continue in this assignment for the duration of an emergency situation.)

 

SEARCH AND RESCUE

Duties:

  1. Search all facilities for injured or trapped personnel to ensure complete evacuation.

  2. Perform fire suppression on small fires. (School fire extinguishers are not capable of putting out large fires. The only time they would be used in a large fire is to assist with evacuation.)

  3. Perform life-saving first aid when needed.

  4. DO NOT ENTER UNSAFE BUILDING OR LOCATIONS.

  5. DO NOT REMOVE DEAD BODIES.

 

Location:

Near the Command Post and/or Storage Container so that the tools are readily accessible following aftershock or subsequent disaster occurrences.

 

Procedures:

After evacuation from the classroom or work area, report to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA). Classroom teachers take attendance of students (and other school personnel assigned to their classrooms) and report to Command Post using Accountability Report. Other school personnel report to the EAA and check in with the Assistant Incident Commander.

 

MEDICAL/FIRST AID

Duties:

  1. Triage (evaluate and sort all victims suffering injuries)

  2. Establish a first aid treatment area.

  3. Provide emergency first aid.

  4. Document all first aid treatment administered.

  5. Follow recommended mortality management guidelines (FEMA Multi Hazard

Safety Program for Schools.)

Location:

To be determined by Incident and Assistant Incident Commander

 

 

Procedures:

After evacuation from the classroom or work area, report to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA). Classroom teachers take attendance of students (and other school personnel assigned to their classrooms) and report to Command Post, using Accountability Report. Other school personnel report the EAA and check in with their department. Unless assigned to Student Supervision, proceed, when released, to the disaster storage area to form a disaster team and get supplies.

 

  1. With Incident Commander and Assistant Commander, establish a first aid treatment area. The area needs to be protected and shaded, away from the view of others for psychological reasons, close to ambulance access, and, if possible, not too close but within a reasonable distance of the Command Post. The sheriff and fire departments need to be informed as to the proposed location (and actual location during the incident).

  2. Determine the status of patients-immediate category, delayed category, ambulatory, or deceased.

  3. Command Post should be continually updated on injury status (names of

students/staff and severity of injuries).

  1. In conjunction with the Incident Commander and Assistant Incident Commander, determine availability of emergency medical services (as responders to the scene or hospital capability).

  2. Medical/First Aid Team fills out Treatment Log as to major injuries, if transported there, etc. These are updated throughout the disaster.

  3. Treat immediate category patients and prepare for transport if that is a possibility.

  4. When outside disaster responders arrive, they must be fully briefed as to injury status.

  5. Establish a separate area for students and staff psychological first aid/crisis intervention.

  6. Establish a morgue area if needed.

    1. Major concerns are identification and reservation of the body and documentation as to the cause of death.

    2. In most instances of death, the body will be under rubble and should be left in place until the coroner or other authorized responder comes on the scene. Follow the guidelines regarding date, time, location, identity, and other pertinent information/circumstances. Most likely, the only bodies that will be in a morgue area will be persons who died while at the Medical/First Aid station.

 

 

STUDENT RELEASE

Duties:

Document the release of students to responsible guardians or designated adults.

 

Location:

Perimeter of school, away from view of the students, Medical/First Aid, and the Command Post

 

 

 

 

Procedures:

After evacuation from the classroom or work area, report to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA). Classroom teachers take attendance of students (and other school personnel assigned to their classrooms) and report to Command Post, using Accountability Report. Other school personnel report to the EAA and check in with the Assistant Incident Commander. Unless assigned to Student Supervision, proceed, when released, to the disaster storage area to get supplies.

  1. Establish parent communication/request point and student release point and notify Command Post.

  2. Interview people requesting release of students and verify authorization with personal identification. Assist with the completion of the Student Release Form.

  3. Direct the authorized parent/adult to the student release gate to wait for the student to be brought to them.

  4. Runners transfer the completed Student Release Form to the supervising teachers.

  5. The teacher at the EAA signs the Student Release Form and the requested student proceeds to the Release Gate with the runner.

  6. The authorized parent/adult signs the Student Release Form and in doing so accepts responsibility for the student.

  7. The completed and signed Student Release Form is then returned to the parent request point to be entered into the Student Release Log and to be filed alphabetically for future reference.

  8. Note on the Student Release Log the date, time and name of the person releasing the student and to whom student is released and destination. Release students only to personnel on emergency cards.

  9. If the student is uninjured and is willing to go with the adult, the student may be released. If the student cannot be released to the person making the request, due to injury or other trauma, the teacher notes that fact on the Student Release Form and returns the form via the runner, to the Team members at the Request Gate for notation in the Student Release Log.

  10. Keep the completed Student Release Forms in alphabetical order. (If the Request and Release functions are at the same location, the team should keep a separate file of the forms of students who have been reunited.)

  11. Maintain an updated list of students who have been released to parents or authorized persons.

 

NOTE: The Runners need to be aware of the special procedure for situations when

A student has been injured or is missing. If a “requested” student is at the Medical/First Aid Station or is missing, the Runner will be directed to the Command Post. The Incident Commander and/or Assistant Incident Commander will take appropriate action-direction the counselor to tactfully inform the parent of the situation and bring the parent to the Medical/First Aid Station or other appropriate location.

 

 

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH

Duties:

Coordinate, administer, and document the counseling and care of individuals identified as being incapacitated and/or dysfunctional due to their reaction to stress or experiencing trauma as a result of being a victim of a disaster.

 

Location:

Command Post

Procedures:

After evacuation from the classroom or work area, report to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA). Classroom teachers take attendance of students (and other school personnel assigned to their classrooms) and report to Command Post, using Accountability Report. Other school personnel report to the EAA and check in with the Assistant Incident Commander. Proceed to the disaster storage area to get disaster supplies.

 

  1. Establish a location to which personnel identified as being emotionally upset may be escorted and given attention by team members.

  2. Organize team members to receive and document personnel in need, diagnose needs, and coordinate personnel being serviced.

  3. Maintain documentation of all personal information of all personnel receiving services, their initial condition, and the services rendered, any follow up services, and disposition.

 

 

 

RUNNERS

Duties:

Carry messages/information from and to Command Post.

 

Assignment:

ASB Advisor and ASB students

 

Location:

Immediately adjacent to Command Post

 

Procedures:

After evacuation from the classroom or work area, report to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA). Classroom teachers take attendance of students (and other school personnel assigned to their classrooms) and report Command Post, using Accountability Report. Other school personnel report to the EAA and check in with the Assistant Incident Commander.

 

Unless assigned to Student Supervision, proceed, when released, to the disaster storage area to get supplies.

 

  1. As directed by the Incident and Assistant Incident Commander the Runners will carry messages/reports between the Command Post and the following teams:

    • Search & Rescue

    • Student Request/Release Gates

    • Medical/First Aid

    • Mental Health

    • Student Supervision (classes located in Emergency Assembly Area)

  2. Monitor campus two-way radio

  3. Accurately write out messages from the teams and verbally relate the messages to whomever they are directed and then to the Recorder/Incident Log position.

 

 

RECORDER/INCIDENT LOG

Duties

Maintain a time log of all actions/reports.

 

Assignment:

Office staff and/or other personnel as designated

 

Location:

Command Post

 

Procedures:

After evacuation from the classroom or work area, report to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA). Classroom teachers take attendance of students (and other school personnel assigned to their classrooms) and report to Command Post, using Accountability Report. Other school personnel report to the EAA and check in with the Assistant Incident Commander.

 

Unless assigned to Student Supervision, proceed, when released, to the disaster storage area to get supplies.

 

  1. Log all reports coming into the Command Post

    • Record verbal communications for basic content

    • Record content of all radio communication with District EOC

    • Log in all written reports

 

  1. Give the information (actual written report or verbally) to the Incident and Assistant Incident Commander.

  2. File all reports for reference (file box or binder).

  3. Take frequent breaks, as this is a very high-pressure assignment.

 

Important: A permanent log may be typed or rewritten at a later time for clarity and better understanding. Keep all original notes and records. They are legal documents!

 

TEACHERS WITH CLASSES

  1. Lead students through proper drop-drill if appropriate.

  2. Ascertain the extent of any injuries. Write with your colored crayon in the bag “HELP NEEDED” on the outside of the door if any injured persons must be left in the classroom. Write “ALL CLEAR” on the outside of the door if the classroom is clear.

  3. Evacuate classroom in a calm, orderly manner.

  4. Escort class to the assembly area (basketball courts) and take attendance.

  5. Complete an Accountability Report sheet for your class.

  6. Supervise and reassure your students throughout the emergency.

  7. Keep all of your students with you for student location/reunion purposes.

  8. Involve your students in activities that will keep them busy and maintain order.

 

TEACHERS WITHOUT CLASSES

Immediately report to the Command Post and assist as directed.

 

PARAPROFESSIONALS

Immediately report to the Command Post and assist as directed.

 

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. If a disaster were to strike during school hours, our primary responsibility is to

ensure the safety and security of our students first, and each other second. We can expect student flight and panic to some degree, however, most students will look to us for their safety and proper actions in a disaster.

  1. Due to the fact that most of us have our own families and our concern for them

will be great, once we have established control here, we will initiate a relief system. This system will allow certain employees to leave, unite with their loved ones, take care of things, and then return (if requested) to relieve others to do the same until all of our students have been united with their families.

 

 

STAFF RELIEF TEAM

Duties:

Coordinate and document the systematic relief of faculty and staff.

 

Assignment:

  1. School personnel assigned by the Incident Commander

  2. Responsible students (student runners)

 

Location:

Command Post

 

Procedures:

After evacuation from the classroom or work area, report to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA). Classroom teachers take attendance of students (and other school personnel assigned to their classrooms) and report to Command Post, using Accountability Report. Other school personnel report to the EAA and check in with the Assistant Incident Commander. Unless assigned to Student Supervision, proceed, when released, to the disaster storage area to get supplies.

  1. Establish a system by which staff members may be relieved or allowed to go

home and check on their families and notify the Command Post.

  1. Determine the need for staffing at school to properly supervise and care for students and staff on site.

  2. Direct departing staff members to return if staffing needs remain high. This will allow the person to return at a designated time and relieve another staff member.

 

 

CAMPUS MAP

Duties:

Mark site map appropriately as related reports are received.

 

Location:

Command Post

 

Procedures:

After evacuation from the classroom or work area, report to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA). Classroom teachers take attendance of students (and other school personnel assigned to their classrooms) and report to Command Post, using Accountability Report.

 

Unless assigned to Student Supervision, proceed, when released, to the disaster storage area to get supplies.

 

  1. After site related reports are received at the Command Post and logged in to the person assigned to the position of Recorder/Incident Log, note the information on the campus map. (Recorder/Incident Log gives Campus Map site related reports.

    • Mark a “C” for location cleared by Search & Rescue.

    • Mark all locations declared unsafe by Search & Rescue.

    • Mark any changes to Emergency Assembly Area class locations.

    • Mark all other information that provides a concise picture of the campus.

  2. Return the site related reports to Recorder/Incident Log.

  3. Keep Incident Commander update on any situations of concern, i.e., no information re: a wing of classrooms.

  4. Preserve map as legal document until photographed.

 

 

COMMUNICATIONS

Duties:

Coordinate and document all communications within and outside of the school during and after a disaster.

 

Assignment:

  1. School personnel assigned by the Incident Commander

  2. Responsible students (student runners)

 

Procedures:

After evacuation from the classroom or work area, report to the Emergency Assembly Area (EAA). Classroom teachers take attendance of students (and other school personnel assigned to their classrooms) and send an Accountability Report to Command Post—remain with students until relieved. Other school personnel report to the EAA and check with the Assistant Incident Commander. Proceed, when relieved, to the disaster storage area and get supplies.

 

  1. Establish a system of internal and external communications under the directions of the Incident Commander.

  2. Document all communications from school, into school, and within school.

  3. Appoint team members to other emergency teams in need of communications.