It is the goal of the Board of Education of the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District to provide a quality education to all students. This requires an educational environment which promotes learning and protects the health, safety and welfare of all students and staff. As such, students are expected to exhibit proper conduct and adhere to school and district rules for appropriate behavior. In instances involving disruptive students, all efforts will be made by site and district support services to develop appropriate social and learning behaviors. These efforts may include, but not be limited to, advising and counseling students, conferencing with parents/guardians, detention during and after school hours, work study programs, alternative educational programs and, if necessary, school transfers and suspension.

When student conduct becomes continually disruptive or is of such a severe nature, expulsion from the schools of the district will be ordered. Except for single acts of a grave nature, expulsion is usually used only when there is a history of misconduct, when other forms of discipline, including suspension, have failed to bring about proper conduct or when the student's presence causes a continuing danger to other students. The grounds for expulsion and the procedures for considering, recommending, and or implementing expulsion shall be specified in administrative regulations.

The Board believes that certain violations of Education Code are of a grave nature and put students and staff at increased risk. It is the intent, therefore, of the Board that site administrators recommend expulsion for a pupil possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing a firearm or explosive; causing harm to, or threatening to harm, another person with a knife; or unlawfully selling or furnishing a controlled substance. Expelled students shall be excluded from all school-related extracurricular activities during the period of expulsion.

It is also the intent of the Board to ensure that students and their parents/guardians be afforded due process pursuant to federal and state regulations. The administration and staff shall comply with procedures for notices and appeals as specified in regulation. Additionally, each principal shall annually inform all students and parents/guardians of the school's discipline rules and procedures and of the availability of all district policies and regulations dealing with student discipline, suspension and expulsion.



Legal Reference:

Education Code

Section 212.5

Sexual Harassment



Section 33032.5

Hate Violence Reduction



Section 35146

Closed Sessions



Section 35291

Rules (for government and discipline of schools)



Section 35291.5

Rules and Procedures on School Discipline



Sections 48900-48925

Suspension and Expulsion



Section 56320

Educational Needs; Requirements



Section 56321

Development or Revision of Individualized Education Program



Sections 56340-56347

Individual Education Program Teams



Section 56505

State Hearing


Government Code

Section 54950

Ralph Brown Act (regarding closed session)


Health and Safety Code

Section 11006

Concentrated Cannabis



Section 11007

Controlled Substance



Section 11014.5

Drug Paraphernalia


Code of Federal Regulations

Section 34,104.35




HR 6

Improving America's School Act



Section 14601

Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994






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