Student Discipline

Student Discipline, including suspension and expulsion
  • Elementary School - Infraction Codes
  • Middle School -  MS Discipline Matrix 2013-2015
  • San Leandro High School - HS Discipline Matrix 2013-2015
  • Lincoln/Lighthouse High School - LHS Discipline Matrix 2013-2015

Student Expulsion Process

Section 48915
 

(a) Except as provided in subdivisions (c) and (e),the principal or the superintendent of schools shall recommend the expulsion of a pupil for any of the following acts committed at school or at a school activity off school grounds, unless the principal or superintendent finds that expulsion is inappropriate, due to the particular circumstance:


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

(2) Possession of any knife or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the pupil.

(3) Unlawful possession of any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, except for the first offense for the possession of not more than one avoirdupois ounce of marijuana, other than concentrated cannabis.

(4) Robbery or extortion.

(5) Assault or battery, as defined in Sections 240 and 242 of the Penal Code, upon any school employee.

(b) Upon recommendation by the principal,superintendent of schools, or by a hearing officer or administrative panel appointed pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 48918, the governing board may order a pupil expelled upon finding that the pupil committed an act listed in subdivision (a) or in subdivision (a), (b), (c), (d), or (e) of Section 48900.A decision to expel shall be based on a finding of one or both of the following:


(1) Other means of correction are not feasible or have repeatedly failed to bring about proper conduct.

(2) Due to the nature of the act, the presence of the pupil causes a continuing danger to the physical safety of the pupil or others.

(c) The principal or superintendent of schools shall immediately suspend, pursuant to Section 48911, and shall recommend expulsion of a pupil that he or she determines has committed any of the following acts at school or at a school activity off school grounds:


(1) Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing a firearm. This subdivision does not apply to an act of possessing a firearm if the pupil had obtained prior written permission to possess the firearm from a certificated school employee, which is concurred in by the principal or the designee of the principal. This subdivision applies to an act of possessing a firearm only if the possession is verified by an employee of a school district.

(2) Brandishing a knife at another person.

(3) Unlawfully selling a controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code.

(4) Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault as defined in subdivision (n) of Section 48900 or committing a sexual battery as defined in subdivision (n) of Section 48900.

(5) Possession of an explosive.

(d) The governing board shall order a pupil expelled upon finding that the pupil committed an act listed in subdivision (c), and shall refer that pupil to a program of study that meets all of the following conditions:


(1) Is appropriately prepared to accommodate pupils who exhibit discipline problems.

(2) Is not provided at a comprehensive middle, junior,or senior high school, or at any elementary school.

(3) Is not housed at the school site attended by the pupil at the time of suspension.

Anti-Bullying Policy

The San Leandro Unified School District community recognizes that schools must be physically and emotionally safe for all students in order to promote and support academic achievement, responsible citizenship, and student attendance.  The San Leandro Unified School District will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety and emotional well-being of any student or adult. The Board Policy 5131.8 affirms that all students and staff have a right to safe and supportive school environments, free from threat, harassment, hazing, discrimination, intimidation or any type of bullying behavior including on-line bullying (cyber bullying).   
  • All administrators,counselors, teachers, and staff will discuss this policy with their students in an age-appropriate manner and should assure students that they need not endure any form of bullying.
  • All classified and certificated staff of the San Leandro Unified School District must immediately report incidents of bullying to the principal or designee.
  • All classified and certificated staff members are expected to immediately intervene when they see a bullying incident occur.
  • All students should report incidents to any adult staff member.
  • Reports of bullying will be promptly investigated. Site administrators are responsible for an annual review of this policy with all classified and certificated staff, and will ensure that the policy is visibly posted and supported with training as needed. Any allegation of bullying that involves sexual harassment and the results of the investigation,shall be kept confidential to the extent reasonably possible.  
 
Students, parents and staff members, who observe or experience any incident of bullying, must report it to an adult and are also encouraged to complete a “Student Bullying Report Form” available a tall of our schools, in the back of this handbook, and on the Student Support Services webpage.
 
“Bullying”,as legally defined by California education code 48900(r), is any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act (Cyber bullying).
 
“Cyber bullying” is defined as: bullying committed by means of an electronic act, the transmission of a communication,including but not limited to, a message, text, sexting (texting or images of a sexual nature) sound, or image by means of an electronic device, including but limited to, a phone, wireless telephone, or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager. Sending insulting or threatening messages by phone, e-mail, Web sites, or any other electronic or written communication is also included.
 
Bullying that is aggressive, unwanted or not welcomed by an individual or groups of individuals who ridicule, harass, humiliate, or intimidate another while on school grounds, at a school sponsored activity, while traveling to or from school, on a school bus, during any activity related to school attendance, or that is directed against school district personnel or students and that constitutes sex harassment, hate violence or creates a hostile educational environment will not be tolerated.
 
Bullying behaviors may include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:
  1. Verbal:Hurtful name-calling, teasing, gossiping, making threats, making racial slurs or epithets, making rude noises, put downs for sexual orientation, gender discrimination or spreading hurtful rumors.
  2. Nonverbal:Posturing, making gang signs, leering, staring, stalking, destroying property,insulting or threatening notes, using graffiti or graphic images, or exhibiting inappropriate and/or threatening gestures or actions.
  3. Physical: Hitting,punching, pushing, shoving, poking, kicking, tripping, strangling, hair pulling, fighting, beating, "pantsing", pinching, slapping,biting, spitting, or destroying property.
  4. Emotional(Psychological): Rejecting, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, intimidating,humiliating, blackmailing, manipulating friendships, isolating, shunning,ostracizing, using peer pressure, or rating or ranking personal characteristics.

Students who bully are in violation of these guidelines and are subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion (Education Code 48900(r)).

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