Each school has developed a school-wide discipline plan consistent with policies. A copy is accessible to all students. Education Code 35291.5.
The Board of Trustees believes that one of the major functions of the public schools is the preparation of youth for responsible citizenship. The district shall foster a learning environment that reinforces the concepts of self-discipline and the acceptance of personal responsibility. In order to maintain an environment conducive to attaining the highest quality of education in the district, there must exist certain disciplinary policies and regulations relating to student conduct which delineate acceptable behavior and provide the basis for sound disciplinary practices within each school in the district. (Education Code 35291.5) The schools shall not tolerate any comments or gestures that denigrate others on account of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, handicap or disadvantage. Students shall be subject to disciplinary procedures for bullying other students or for using insults, slurs, or fighting words which may disrupt school activities. These policies and regulations will be enforced fairly and uniformly and consistently without regard to race, creed, color, sex, or physical or mental handicaps.
California Education Code encourages schools to provide alternatives to suspensionor expulsion that are age appropriate and designed to address and correct the student’s specific misbehavior (Ed. Code 48900 (v)) Additionally, the law requires that schools first utilize other means of correction prior to suspending a student from school, in most situations. (Ed. Code 48900.5) Depending on the offense, school administrators may offer restorative practices as a reduction to suspension, alternative to suspension, or in addition to other disciplinary actions taken. A restorative option allows students the chance to attempt to make right any harm they have done to the school community, as well as to take steps towards making better choices in the future. If a restorative option is offered, and the student does not fulfill the agreed upon activity by the specified date, the original day(s) of suspension will be restored.
With the concurrence of the school principal, a student may transfer voluntarily to another school if space is available. A student who has voluntarily transferred to continuation school shall have the right to return to the comprehensive high school at the beginning of the following school year, or may return at any time with the consent of the superintendent’s designee.
Students have a right to due process under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Due process for disciplinary actions, including suspensions, administrative transfers and expulsions, includes:
If the charges are denied, an explanation of the evidence by school authorities
The opportunity for the student to explain his/her position
Written notice of the charges against the student
The opportunity to be represented by an advocate
The opportunity to question the person making charges and to present witnesses
The opportunity to appeal the decision to a higher authority
The Pleasanton Unified School District has an excellent cooperative relationship with the Pleasanton Police Department. There is a bi-monthly meeting between the two agencies to share information for the safety of all students.
The District strongly encourages any student who feels that they are being or have been sexually harassed on school grounds or at a school-sponsored or school-related activity by another student or an adult, or who has experienced off-campus sexual harassment that has a continuing effect on campus, to immediately contact a teacher, vice principal, principal, the District’s Title IX Coordinator or any other available school employee. When individuals share any experiences that could potentially be sexual harassment with a PUSD employee, those employees are required by Board Policy 5145.7 to report to the incident to the District’s Title IX Coordinator. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that those who experience sexual harassment and violence can easily access support measures, resources, and reliable information about their options to file formal complaints. Upon receipt of a report of sexual harassment, the Title IX Coordinator will promptly take appropriate steps to address the allegations through the applicable complaint process consistent with Federal and California State law. Anyone who makes a report of sexual harassment shall not be retaliated against for making such a report.
Forms of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment may occur as a pattern of degrading sexual speech or action ranging from verbal or physical annoyances or distractions to deliberate intimidations and frank threats or sexual demands. Forms of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to the following:
Verbal harassment: Derogatory comments, jokes, or slurs; graphic verbal commentaries about an individual’s body/dress; sexually degrading words used to describe an individual;
Physical harassment: Unnecessary or offensive touching, or impeding or blocking movement;
Visual harassment: Derogatory or offensive posters, cards, cartoons, graffiti, drawings, or gestures; suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations;
Sexual favors: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature upon which is conditioned an academic or employment benefit, or which unreasonably interferes with an individual’s classroom or work performance or creates an offensive classroom or work environment;
Reprisals: Making threatening reprisals after a negative response to sexual advances.
Reports of sexual harassment can be done in several ways:
Report an incident to any teacher, counselor, administrator, or PUSD employee;