Students have the opportunity to learn according to their capabilities. Teachers have the right to teach. In order to achieve this, no student will be allowed to cause any unsafe condition or act which hinders the opportunity to learn.
School-Wide Discipline Policy
Ripon High School is committed to providing a safe and orderly environment for the benefit of our clients – our students, who are required by law to attend our school. The Discipline Committee has developed the following rules, regulations, polities, and procedures to protect our school from violence, threats of violence, drugs, weapons, gang activity, and disruption. Students are subject to school disciplinary action for improper or unsafe behavior 1) while on school grounds, 2) while going to or coming from school, 3) during the lunch period, whether on or off the campus, 4) during or going to or from any school sponsored activity. (ED Code 48900) By clearly communicating our policies to students and parents, we hope to minimize the need to impose disciplinary action. However, persistent or severe misbehavior can lea to expulsion. Ripon High School has adopted this school-wide discipline policy with the goal of changing student behavior.
Range of Disciplinary Actions
Conference – Student meets with teacher, campus supervisor, or administrator. Warning is given of potential consequences of student‘s action and school policy is reviewed.
Detention – Students may be required to attend lunch, before or after-school detention for conduct violations or truancy. Detention must be served within three school days following your receipt of it. Failure to serve detention will result in
suspension – up to 1 day for each unserved detention. Teachers may also assign their own detentions and designate dates and times when students must appear.
Work Detail – Students may be assigned work assignments at the discretion of the Administration.
Saturday School – Students may be assigned to Saturday School for unexcused absences only.
Contract – A contract may be used for the purpose of improving behavior or attendance in and agreed upon manner.
Suspension – Traditional home suspension is the most serious consequence the Administration may assign to a student. This may range from 1 to 5 days, and may, under some circumstances, be extended to as much as ten consecutive days. A student who is suspended is not allowed to attend any school sponsored event, activity, or sport the day(s) he/she is suspended.
Expulsion – Expulsions are administered by the District Board of Education after a recommendation for expulsion is made by the school administration and a hearing is held before the District Administrative Panel. Expulsion removes a student from the school environment for a period of time determined by the Board.
Grounds for Suspension and/or Expulsion: Education Code 48900, 48915
By State law, students may be suspended from school and recommended for expulsion from the school district if they commit any of the following offenses:
(a)(1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
(a)(2) Willfully used forced or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.
(b) Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object, unless, in the case of possession of such object, the student had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, which is concurred in by the principal/designee.
(c) Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or other wise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance, commencing with Section 11053 of the Health and Safety Code, and alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.
(d) Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, commencing with Section 11053 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, and 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.
(e) Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
(f) Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
(g) Stolen or attempted to teal school property or private property.
(h) Possesses or used tobacco or nicotine products.
(i) Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
(j) Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia.
(k) 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.
(l) Knowingly received stolen school property or stolen private property.
(m) Possessed an imitation firearm.
(n) Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault.
(o) Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a witness.
(p) Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma.
(q) Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing (Section 245.6 of the Penal Code).
(.2) Engaged in sexual harassment as defined in Section 212.5.
(.3) Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence.
(.4) Engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation against school district personnel or pupils.
(.7) Made terrorist threats against school officials or school property, whether written or oral.
(r) Engage in an act of Bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of electronic act directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel. A pupil may be suspended or expelled for acts that are enumerated in this section and related to school activity or attendance that occur at any time, including, but not limited to, any 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 the campus.
(4) During, or while going to or coming from, a school sponsored activity.
(s) A pupil who aids or abets, as defined in Section 31 of the Penal Code, the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury to another person may be subject to suspension.
Mandatory Recommendation For Expulsion
Education Code 148915(c) requires the principal to immediately suspend and recommend for expulsion any student who is determined to have committed any of the following acts at school or at a school activity off school grounds:
(C)(1) Possessing, selling, or furnishing a firearm.
(C)(2) Brandishing a knife at another person.
(C)(3) Unlawfully selling a controlled substance.
(C)(4) Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault or a sexual battery.
(C)(5) Possession of explosive.
Further, Education Code 48915(d) requires the governing board of the school district to order a student expelled upon finding that the student committed an act listed in subdivision (c) of E.C. 48915, listed above, and refer the student to a program to study that meets the following requirements:
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.
Education Code 48915(a) requires the principal to recommend the expulsion of a student for any of the following acts committed at school or at a school activity off school grounds, unless due to the particular circumstance, the principal finds that expulsion is inappropriate:
(a)(1) Causing serious physical injury to another person.
(a)(2) Possession of knife or other dangerous object.
(a)(3) Unlawful possession of any controlled Substance (except for the first offense for possession of not more than one avoirdupois ounce of marijuana).
(a)(4) Robbery or extortion
(a)(5) Assault or battery upon any school employee.
Further, Education Code 48915(b) grants the governing board discretion in regards to a final decision to expel. If expulsion is ordered, the decision to expel must be based upon 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 student causes a continuing danger to the physical safety of the student or others.
The administration has the authority to impose detentions, in school suspension, Saturday school, contracts, and out-of-school suspensions, or to recommend expulsion to the Board of Trustees, even when inappropriate behavior occurs during the school day but outside of school and at school related activities.
In the event a student violates school attendance, discipline, as transportation regulations, the administration can impose work detail, in school suspension, Saturday school, out of school suspension, before school or after school detention, behavior or attendance contracts, expulsion recommendations, parent/guardian conferences, or revocation of the Student’s privilege to attend and/or participate in school activities.
Right to Due Process
Students have a right to a hearing with the principal or his designee for the purpose of:
a) receiving an oral or written notice of charges;
b) an explanation of the evidence leading up to the decision to suspend a student from school;
c) an opportunity to present the student’s side of the story.
Students and parents have the right to request a conference with the principal or his designee.
If you and your parents appeal or desire a further review of the case, you may request a meeting with the district superintendent or his designee.
In addition, the school may contact your parents to request a conference, and will inform you and your parents of the length of the suspension and will mail a letter with the details of the incident and subsequent suspension.
A suspension is the temporary removal of a student from school or from class for violation of school rules as defined in the California Education Code, Section 48900. There are two forms of suspension: suspension from class (Teacher Suspension ED 48910) and suspension from school. Any teacher may suspend a student from his/her class for a maximum of 2 days per incident. Students may not be suspended from school for more than 5 day at a time, nor more than 20 days per school year without school board approval.
Students approaching 20 days of suspension may be considered for expulsion or alternative education under a restricted behavior contract. You will not be suspended or expelled from school for alleged misconduct without due process.
Categories of Offense & Discipline Consequences
LEVEL A OFFENSES (Least Serious)
Violation of class rules
Out of class without a pass
Non-dress PE (5th one is a 1 day suspension)
Not prepared for class/missing work
Public Display of Affection
Eating/Drinking in class (except water in a clear, re-sealable container)
Not on task
Possessing any object considered disruptive to the educational process
LEVEL A range of consequences:
First Offense: Warning, possible teacher administered consequence, parent notification.
Second Offense: Detention, teacher suspension, referral to Vice Principal 1-5 day suspension, parent notification, behavior agreement.
Third Offense: Teacher suspension, referral to Vice Principal, 1-5 day suspension, possible recommendation to alternative program.
NOTE: Level A offenses require teacher intervention steps prior to referral to the Vice Principal.
LEVEL B OFFENSES
Leaving school without checking out
Leaving class early or without permission
Rough, boisterous activity
Cheating of any kind
Failure to follow staff directions
Failure to serve detention
Running to a fight
Possession of a lighter
Obscene or vulgar act
Failure to identify yourself to school personnel
Possession of Dice
Knowingly receiving stolen property
Profanity to staff
LEVEL B range of consequences:
First Offense: Parent notification, Detention, Teacher suspension, referral to Vice Principal, behavior agreement, 1-5 day suspension.
Second Offense: Referral to Vice Principal, 3-5 day suspension, possible recommendation to alternative program or recommendation for expulsion.
Third Offense: Referral to Vice Principal, 3-5 day suspension, possible recommendation to alternative program or recommendation for expulsion.
LEVEL C OFFENSES
Attempt or commit Sexual Assault/Battery Hate Crime
Possession, providing, or use of a firearm
Possession or brandishing a knife or dangerous object
Selling a controlled substance
Use or possession of explosives
Knowingly receiving stolen school or private property
Threats to Adults
Sexual Harassment/inappropriate & unwelcome touching
LEVEL C Range of Consequences:
First Offense: Referral to Vice Principal, 3-5 day suspension, possible recommendation to alternative program or recommendation for expulsion.
Second Offense: Referral to Vice Principal, 5-day suspension, recommendation to alternative program or recommendation for expulsion.
Third Offense: Referral to Vice Principal, 5-day suspension, recommendation for expulsion.
*Any “Level C” offense committed by a Senior within the last quarter of the school year will result in their exclusion of the graduation ceremony.
Group Cut or Ditch Days:
Group cut or Ditch Days will not be condoned by RHS or our school district. the following policy applies to such situations:
Students involved in a Senior Ditch Day will receive Saturday School and mush have the Saturday School served before being allowed to participate in the school senior trip.
Students whom participate in a second group cut will lose school privileges to be determined at the time of the cut, including, for seniors, the loss of the senior trip and participating in the graduation ceremony.