School-Wide Discipline Plan
In developing self-discipline, Golden Springs’ students must assume increasing responsibility for their own behavior. At the primary and upper division level, it is necessary to clearly articulate the expected behavior and the logical consequences when those expectations are not met.
Students are expected to obey all rules and regulations, respond to adults in a respectful manner, and to promote an environment that allows teachers to teach and students to learn. Student responsibilities fall both within and outside the classroom. Students may be assigned consequences for inappropriate behaviors which occur at any time, including but not limited to any of the following (E.C.48900(r)):
(1) While on school grounds;
(2) While going to orcoming from school;
(3) During the lunch period, whether on or offthe campus;
(4) During, or while going to or coming from, a schoolsponsored activity.
If a rule is broken, a student will be issued a campus rules violationparent notification form, or an office referral. These forms will besigned by the student and taken home for a parent signature. Thestudent will return the issued document to the office (or if instructed,to the teacher) the following day. Occasionally it will be necessary todo more than send a note home. In the case of more serious orrepeat infraction, or in instances of fighting, defiance, or disruptionof school activities the student is subject to an increase in the level ofconsequence, which may include community service hours (thenature of the community service hours will be decided upon by theschool's administration and the student's parent/guardian),suspension,and/or expulsion from the Pomona Unified SchoolDistrict. In all cases, an administrator or designee will providestudents with “Due Process” investigating the incident, providestudents an opportunity to present their side of the issue, research thestudent’s discipline record, and then determine the consequence thatis appropriate for the rule violation.
Consequences may include and are not limited to:
Lunch Duty – Students assigned a lunch duty will eat their lunchand then assist the supervisor staff in cleaning up the lunch area orplayground.
Detention – When a detention is assigned, a copy of the detentionnotice is sent home for parent signature. Parents will need to maketransportation arrangements for the assigned day. To ensure thatdetention is a meaningful and significant consequence, all detentionswill be served Tuesdays and Thursdays only and will not bereassigned to recess, nutrition break, lunch or before school. Whendetention is assigned, parents are always given a minimum of 24hours notice so transportation can be arranged.
Saturday Work/Study Program (SWSP) – 5th – 8th grade Studentswho commit an act for which he/she would normally be suspendedfrom school may be placed in the SWSP. On the designatedSaturday, the student will be expected to arrive at school promptly at8:00 a.m. and report to the supervising teacher or administrator.Students will be attending for a total of four hours under thesupervision of certificated staff. Student will do campus clean-upprojects and class work they obtain from the teacher the day before.Parents will be given at least 48 hours notice.
Suspension – shall be imposed only when other means of correctionfail to bring about proper conduct, unless due to the nature of the act,the presence of the pupil causes a continuing danger to the physicalsafety of the pupil or others. The school has the right to suspend astudent for up to five days for violations of Ed. Code 48900. Inaddition, a teacher may suspend an offending pupil from his/herclass for the remainder of a school day and the following day, (Ed.Code 48910).
Expulsion – The school has the right to recommend that this actionbe taken by Board of Education for severe or prolonged breaches ofdiscipline by a student. Expulsion, except for single acts of a gravenature, is usually recommended when there is a history ofmisconduct and when other forms of discipline, includingsuspension, have failed to bring about proper conduct.
Law Enforcement Involvement – Some school behavior violationsare also against the law, and no less a crime when committed on aschool campus. Law enforcement officers may question studentswithout parent notification and/or arrest students for breaking thelaw at school or at a school function according to the Penal Code.With all discipline matters, parent/guardian will be notified in a timely manner either in writing, telephone, email, or personal contact. A conference may be requested between parent, student, and school administration when needed. In more serious discipline matters, parents will be informed of their “Due Process” rights. Parent notifications sent home on a school form are to be considered important. However, on a first offense, it is informing you of the incident and/or any disciplinary actions taken. A second notice or more serious violation will result in a personal call by the teacher in order to document the situation and agree upon a strategy to eliminate further infractions. A third notice or repeated violation will result in administrator notification in addition to a personal call by the teacher. A fourth notice or serious violations will result in an administrator/parent/teacher/student conference to develop an Academic Behavior Modification Plan. Such plans define the problems, required behaviors, and modifications/recognition for inappropriate and/or appropriate behaviors for a predetermined amount of time.