Board Policy #S-5144

New Haven Unified School District


The Governing Board desires to prepare youth for responsible citizenship by fostering self discipline and personal responsibility. The Board believes that high expectations for student behavior, effective classroom management and parent involvement can minimize the need for discipline. Staff shall use preventative measures and positive conflict resolution techniques whenever possible. When misconduct occurs, staff shall make very effort to identify and correct the causes of the student's behavior.

(cf. 5137 – Positive School Climate)
(cf. 5145.3 – Nondiscrimination/Harassment)
(cf. 6020 – Parent Involvement)

Board policies and regulations shall delineate acceptable student conduct and provide the basis for sound disciplinary practices. Each school shall communicate to parents, students and the community at large the K-12 disciplinary rules in accordance with law, and any variation particular to a grade level or grade levels at the school or the physical particulars of the site.

(cf. 5131 – Conduct)
(cf. 5131.1 – Bus Conduct)

Staff shall enforce disciplinary rules fairly and consistently and without discrimination.

(cf. 5145.3 – Nondiscrimination/Harassment)

In order to maintain safe and orderly environments, the Board shall give employees all reasonable support with respect to student discipline. If a disciplinary strategy is ineffective, another strategy shall be employed.

When misconduct occurs, staff shall implement appropriate discipline to attempt to identify and address the causes of the student’s behavior. Continually disruptive students may be assigned to alternative programs or removed from school, in accordance with law, Board policy and administrative regulation. At all times, the safety of students and staff and maintenance of an orderly school environment shall be priorities in determining appropriate discipline.

Pursuant to Education Code 48904 and Civil Code 1714.1, parents/guardians are liable for the willful misconduct of their minor children that results in damages to school property or the injury or death of a district student, employee or volunteer.

(cf. 5131 Conduct)
(cf. 5137 – Positive School Climate)
(cf. 5142 Safety)
(cf. 5144.1 Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)
(cf. 5145.3 – Nondiscrimination/Harassment)
(cf. 6020 – Parent Involvement)
(cf. 6164.5 – Student Study Teams)
(cf. 6184 – Continuation Education)

The Superintendent or designee shall provide professional development as necessary to assist staff in developing classroom management skills and implementing effective disciplinary techniques.

Legal Reference:

1714.1 Parental liability for child’s misconduct

32280-32288 School Safety Plan
35146 Closed sessions
35291 Rules
35291.5-35291.7 School adopted discipline rules
37223 Weekend classes
44807.5 Restriction from recess for disciplinary purposes
48900-48925 Suspension and expulsion
48980-48985 Notification of parents or guardians
49000-49001 Prohibition of corporal punishment
49330-49334 Injurious objects

307 Participation in school activities until departure of bus
353 Detention after school

Management Resources:

Protecting Our Schools: Governing Board Strategies to Combat School Violence, 1999

1010.89 Physical Exercise as Corporal Punishment, CIL, 89/9-3
1223.88 Corporal Punishment, CIL: 88/9-5


First Reading
February 1, 1994
July 18, 2006

Second Reading
March 1, 1994
August 15, 2006

Administrative Regulation for Board Policy #S-5144