In order to maintain safe and orderly schools, the State of California authorizes school districts to suspend or expel students for the commission of serious offenses. Suspension is defined as exclusion from school and all school activities for a period of one to five days. Expulsion is defined as removal of the student from all schools in the Panama-Buena Vista School District for an extended period of time. In some instances, the period of expulsion may cover one school year. Students considered for expulsion are brought before the District's Administrative Hearing Panel where the facts of the case are presented. The District's Board of Trustees reviews the panel's finding and determines whether or not to issue an expulsion order.
In accordance with Education Code 48900, school districts are granted the authority to suspend, and MAY recommend expulsion proceedings, students who have committed any of the following acts:
Students shall be recommend for expulsion proceedings for any of the following acts as per Ed Code 48915 (a)(c):
- Weapon or dangerous object
- Possession of use of drugs or alcohol
- Sale of drugs or alcohol
- Robbery or extortion
- Property damage
- Possession of use of tobacco
- Obscene acts or habitual profanity
- Drug paraphernalia
- Disruptions and/or defiance
- Receiving stolen property
- Imitation firearm
- Sexual assault or sexual battery
- Witness harassment or intimidation
- Aiding or abetting the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury
- (.2) Sexual harassment
- (.3) Hate violence
- (.4) Harassment, threats, or intimidation, including personal or via electronic devices
- (.7) Terroristic threats against school officials and/or school property
The junior high student is considered responsible for his/her behavior and actions. The school rules are simple and apply to all students equally. The student is considered responsible for knowing what these rules are as well as those that each teacher may establish for their classroom. Failure to comply will result in various disciplinary consequences. Behaving in an acceptable and responsible manner will make the student's life at school more productive and enjoyable.
- Causing serious physical injury to another person.
- Possession of any knife or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the pupil.
- Unlawful possession of any controlled substance.
- Robbery or extortion.
- Assault of battery, upon any school employee.
- Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing a firearm.
- Brandishing a knife at another person.
- Unlawfully selling a controlled substance.
- Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault or committing a sexual battery.
- Possession of an explosive.