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Discipline Policy

Effective_August_9,_2016 Card IconEffective August 9, 2016

The Twin Rivers Unified School District has a discipline policy where various consequences may be issued for behavior infractions.  

Classroom and school discipline policies will be covered by the students’ teachers during the first week of school.

  1. Classroom warning - If a student exhibits unacceptable behavior, the teacher will provide the student with a warning. The procedures for warnings and specific initial behavior interventions vary by class, and will be discussed by the student’s teachers during the first week of school.
  2. Parent-teacher Conference­­­­­­­­ - A parent-teacher conference or Student Study Team may be requested at any time to discuss unacceptable behavior patterns and/or minimal achievement and to develop a plan to improve behavior and/or academic achievement.
  3. Restorative Practices - Circles, mediations, or other practices may be used that proactively build healthy relationships and a sense of community to prevent and address conflict and wrongdoing.
  4. Teacher Detention - Classroom teachers may detain a student after school for an infraction of classroom/school rules for up to one (1) hour maximum per assigned day. Students will be given twenty-four hour notice of assigned after school detentions. Teachers may also detain a student for lunch detention. It is the student’s responsibility to attend detentions and to inform parents of assigned detentions. Teachers will be in contact with parents regarding student behavior that results in teacher detentions or referrals (see next section). Students who do not attend assigned Teacher Detentions are subject to Office Discipline Referral and consequences assigned by administration.
  5. Office Discipline Referral - Teachers or staff may write an office discipline referral for students who demonstrate extreme or repeated misbehavior. Students who receive referrals are sent to the Assistant Principal, who will assign the appropriate discipline. Discipline will include removal from class for the remainder of the period and may include lunch detention in room 26, after-school detention, in-house suspension or out of school suspension. Teachers and/or the Assistant Principal will contact home when students are given referrals.
  6. Administrative Detention - Students may be detained at school for a maximum of one (1) hour after school per assigned day for a violation of school rules. Students will be given 24 hour notice of assigned detention, or a parent will be contacted if the detention is to be served sooner. Students who are assigned detention should bring study materials to make good use of their time. It is the student’s responsibility to attend assigned detentions and to inform parents of those detentions. Students may also be detained during lunchtime by the assistant principal. All students who are assigned lunch detention will be given the opportunity to eat their lunch.
  7. Teacher Suspension - Classroom teachers may suspend a student from his/her class for the remainder of a period and the same class period on the following day. This procedure is done in accordance with the guidelines of the California Education Code, which includes a parent phone call, written notice sent home, and a parent-teacher conference.
  8. In-House Suspension - Students may be assigned In-House Suspension by the assistant principal for a maximum of two (2) days per incident. Student will be required to work and complete classroom assignments in a controlled setting under supervision. Students may also participate in campus clean-up projects. Parents will be notified of such an assignment by the assistant principal.
  9. Administrative Suspension - A student may be suspended a maximum of five (5) consecutive school days for violations specified in Section 48900 of the California Education Code. Thus, a pupil may be disciplined, suspended, or expelled for acts specified in the TRUSD Student and Parent Handbook that are related to school activity or school attendance occurring at any district or within any other school district, including, but not limited to, and of the following: (1) while on school grounds; (2) while going to or coming from school; (3) during the lunch period whether on or off campus, and (4) while going to, or coming from a school-sponsored activity. Parents are informed by mail, as well as by telephone, when possible. Parents are encouraged to meet with the administrator who issues the suspension when the student returns to school. During the period of suspension a student is not allowed to attend school, to be on campus, to attend a school activity, or be on or near any other school campus. Homework is not given during a suspension.
  10. School Site Meeting - A school site meeting, including a Student Study Team, may be called by the Principal or Assistant Principal to address specific behavior infractions of the Education Code.
  11. District Behavior Hearing - A hearing may be called with the District Hearing Officer to address specific violations of school rules. The result may be a transfer of the student to another school campus or alternative education program.
  12. Expulsion - Expulsion proceedings are reserved for the most serious infractions and are always in accordance with Section 48900 and Section 48915 of the California Education Code. Students are usually recommended for expulsion in cases involving use or sale of drugs, the bringing of weapons on campus, extortion, assault, extreme defiance of authority, and intentional injury to another as well as other serious infractions. A student who is expelled is prevented from attending any school within the District for up to a full school year. This action requires consideration by the Twin Rivers Unified School District Board of Education.
  13. Restrictions of Attendance at Assemblies, Dances and Other School Activities - Students who owe detention time for behavior infractions, tardies or truancies; students with excessive tardies or truancies; students who fail to pass one or more of their classes; and students with one or more “U’s” in citizenship for the current grading period may be restricted from participating in these events.
  14. Extracurricular Activities - Students may be ejected from any school-sponsored extracurricular event, including dances, sports, field trips, club meetings, etc. for failure to comply with regular school rules and expectations.
  15. Restrictions of Attendance at all End-of-the-Year Activities - Students may be excluded from end of the year activities, including promotion (see promotion policy)
  16. Other - Students may engage in other consequences not listed above