District policy and the California Education Code prescribe Suspension and/or Expulsion for a variety of student infractions. It is important that parents/ guardians and students review the Discipline Policy in order to prevent a violation that may result in these serious consequences. Students who are in possession of a weapon on campus or to or from campus (no matter what the reason) will be recommended for expulsion.
A student may be suspended from school for no more than five (5) consecutive school days. A parent/guardian conference with the Dean of Students or the Principal’s designee is required for re-admittance to school following a suspension. All disciplinary actions are subject to the discretion of the Principal or the Principal’s designee. The total number of days a student may be suspended from school should not exceed twenty (20) days in any school year, unless for purposes of adjustment.
The following exceptions are considered:
- The student is transferred to another regular school, an opportunity class, or a continuation school, in which case a maximum of thirty (30) days is allowed.
- The District Director of Pupil Personnel Services grants an extension of the suspension pending expulsion or other disciplinary action.
Included in the following are acts that may require suspension/transfer to another school or program, or Expulsion from the Kern High School District:
VIOLATION AGAINST PERSONS:
- Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause physical injury to another person.
- Open defiance of school personnel including:
- Continued willful disobedience or continual disregard for school rules.
- Verbal abuse – the habitual use of:
- Profanity or vulgarity or disrespectful or threatening language directed at a staff member.
- Sexual harassment.
- Commit or attempt to commit a sexual assault or commit a sexual battery.
- Harass threaten or intimidate a pupil who is a witness in a school disciplinary proceeding.
VIOLATION AGAINST PROPERTY:
- Causing or attempting to cause damage to school or private property or stealing or attempting to steal school or private property.
- Forger on readmit slip, attendance notes, progress reports, or any other school document.
VIOLATION OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY:
- Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing any firearms, knives, explosives, or otherwise dangerous objects.
- Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing any controlled substance (narcotics, drugs, and marijuana), alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant, of any kind, or facsimile of it.
- Use of tobacco (including chewing tobacco).
- Unlawfully offering, arranging, or negotiating to sell drugs or drug paraphernalia.