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Grounds for Suspension (E.C. 48900)

Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person. 


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 pupil had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, which is concurred in by the principal or the designee of the principal.


Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance, listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.


Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, and then either sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material and represented the liquid, substance, or material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.


Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.


Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.


Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property. 


Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including,
but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel. However, this section does not prohibit use or possession by a pupil of his/her own prescription products. 


Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.


Unlawfully possessed, offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia. 


Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties. 


 Knowingly received stolen school or private property.


Possessed an imitation firearm. As used in this section, “imitation firearm” means 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. 


Sexual Harassment: In addition to the reasons specified above, a pupil may be suspended from school if the Superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has committed sexual harassment. This section shall not apply to pupils enrolled in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive. (Education Code Section 48900.2) 


Hate Violence: A pupil in any grades 4 to 12, inclusive, may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the Superintendent or the principal determines that the pupil has caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence. (Education Code Section 48900.3) 


Intentional Harassment: A pupil enrolled in any of grades 4 to 12, inclusive, may be suspended  from school or recommended for expulsion if the Superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is
enrolled determines that the pupil has intentionally engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation, directed against a pupil or group of pupils. (Education Code Section 48900.4)  

 Special Causes for Suspension   


Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature, made by someone from or in the work or educational setting. (see
“p.” above.)

Look-Alike Weapons Policy—When a student is in possession of an object which appears
to be a dangerous firearm (i.e., a replica of a hand gun, etc.), the student shall be deemed to have violated Education Code 48900 (m), and may be suspended under this section, or recommended for expulsion if the disruption creates an unsafe situation, and there are no other means of correction available. 

Electronic Signaling Devices Prohibited— No school shall permit the possession or use of any electronic signaling device that operates through the transmission or receipt of radio waves, including, but not limited to, paging and signaling equipment, by pupils of the school while the pupils are on campus, while attending school-sponsored activities, or while under the supervision and control of School District employees, without the prior consent of the principal or his/her designee. No pupil shall be prohibited from possessing or using an electronic signaling device that is determined by a licensed physician and surgeon to be essential for the health of a pupil and use of which is limited for purposes related to the health of the pupil. (E.C. 48901.5) 

Markers or Tagging Materials—Markers or tagging materials are not permitted on campus. Any student found with unauthorized markers or tagging materials will be subject to suspension and their name will be turned over to the San Bernardino Police Department. 

All suspensions will be preceded by an informal conference between the student and a school administrator during which the student shall be informed of the reason for the suspension and the evidence that supported the action. The student will be given the opportunity to present his/her version and evidence in self- defense. In emergency situations, this opportunity may not be afforded, but a conference shall be held within 72 hours, or as soon as practicable. 

It is the policy of the school to telephone parents, but the parents cannot always be reached by phone at the time of suspension. However, in all cases, a notice is mailed within 24 hours. 

Usually, a parent conference is scheduled to take place as soon as is practicable. Parents or guardians are required by law to respond to such requests without delay. 

Suspended students shall be allowed to complete all assignments and tests missed during suspension which can be reasonably provided and, upon satisfactory completion of the work, shall be given full credit. 

Teachers may also suspend a student from their classroom for the day of the suspension and the following day, for any of the aforementioned reasons. 

No suspension may exceed five school days unless a recommendation of expulsion is pending before the Board of Education.

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