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Discipline and Student Conduct Policy

2018 – 2019 School Year

Discipline and Student Conduct Policy


Emelita Elementary School provides for a highly structured and academically rigorous program dedicated to mastery of the Common Core State Standards for basic subjects in a sequential manner.  Positive Discipline and classroom conduct is an essential element of the total instructional program for our students.  The teachers, staff, parents and students must adhere to all rules and codes of conduct established by the joint efforts of the Emelita Elementary School Site Council (SSC) composed of parents, teachers, staff and administration.  The teacher is the dominant figure in the implementation of the Discipline and Student Conduct Policy; the parents are responsible for supporting the teacher by reviewing the Discipline and Student Conduct Policy with their child, stress the importance of respect for the teacher, staff, parents, and other students at school.


The primary goal of the Discipline and Student Conduct Policy for the school is to create a respect for authority, high moral standards and character education within the context of a

challenging academic program.


The acceptance of our Discipline and Student Conduct Policy by parents and students will be important to our common goal of excellence.  At the back of this pamphlet is a contract for each student and parent to sign and return to school as a pledge of their willingness to follow Emelita Elementary School guidelines.  A partnership of cooperation and support for the work of our teachers is basic to the success of your child at Emelita Elementary School.




Every student is expected to:

  • Attend school daily and arrive punctually before class begins.

  • Respect school property and the property of others.

  • Show courtesy and respect towards teachers, parents, other students, staff members and administration.

  • Refrain from the use of obscene and profane language in the classroom and on the playground.

  • Not deface or destroy school property such as buildings, bathrooms, equipment, furniture or textbooks.

  • Help keep the classroom and school campus clean and free of litter, graffiti and vandalism.

  • Play in designated and supervised areas on the playground.

  • Not chew gum in the classroom or on the playground.

  • Adhere to classroom order and safety.

  • Not bring toys, electronic games or electronic devices to school.



Every student is expected to:

  • Arrive on time daily prepared with school supplies, completed homework and classroom assignments.

  • Bring a note from a parent/guardian verifying all absences.

  • Follow teacher’s classroom rules for order and safety.

  • Show respect and courtesy for adults and students.

  • Always do your best.



Every student is expected to:

  • Remain in assigned play areas during recess and lunch time.

  • Eat only in the designated areas:  lunch pavilions or auditorium.

  • Walk to and from the designated eating areas to the playground.

  • Walk from the play areas to classroom lines when the bell rings signaling an end to recess or lunch.

  • NOT play in the restrooms or in any unassigned play area on the playground.

  • Keep school property free from vandalism, graffiti and litter.



Every student is expected to:

  • Respect private property and personal belongings.

  • Come directly to school daily.

  • Leave school at dismissal and go directly home unless prior permission has been given by the parent/guardian to remain with Youth Services or other school-sponsored activities on campus.




Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children are dressed properly for school, including wearing appropriate clothing in the event of inclement weather or excessive heat.


Students are required to show proper attention to personal cleanliness, health, neatness, safety and suitability of clothing and appearance for school activities.  In every case the dress attire and grooming of the student shall be clean and shall not:


  1. cause actual distraction from or disturbance in any school activity or interfere with the participation of a student in any school activity;

  2. create a hazard to the safety of him/herself or others;

  3. create a health hazard.



  • Shoes for recess, lunch and physical education must be appropriate for running and kicking.  Shoes must have closed toes and worn with socks for health purposes.


  • For safety purposes, students are not to wear “chunky heels”, platform shoes, skate wheels, open toes and/or open backs.


  • Mini skirts or below the waist jeans are not allowed.  Shorts should be no higher than mid-thigh in length.


  • All shoes are to be laced and tied to prevent student injury from tripping while walking and/or running.


  • Midriffs must be completely covered with an appropriate blouse, shirt or sweatshirt.

      Haltertops, “spaghetti straps”, and low-cut necklines are not permitted.


  • Cosmetics, hair spray, long nails, fake/press on nails, and fragrances are not allowed.


  • Non-prescription glasses are not allowed.


  • No body tattoos.


  • Vulgar, obscene or profane language and/or illustrations on items of clothing are not allowed.


  • Dangling and looped earrings are a serious safety hazard for all students and are not allowed.


  • Students may be sent to the office to call home for a change of clothing in the event that the student dress code is violated.




Every effort will be made to address student disruptive behavior and non-compliant actions in a positive and pro-active manner between the teacher, parent and/or administrator.  However, in the event that the student’s classroom and playground behavior results in violating the teacher’s general classroom rules or the Discipline and Student Conduct  Policy for Emelita Elementary School, the following six steps will be taken:



  • The student is reminded of the Discipline and Student Conduct Policy and/or general classroom rules.



  • The student may lose classroom privileges or participation in classroom activities.

  • Students may be sent to another classroom or main office for “Time Out.”



  • The teacher will contact the parent/guardian concerning violation of the Discipline and Student Conduct Policy.



  • The teacher will arrange for a parent-teacher conference (or parent-teacher-administrator conference if warranted) to discuss the student’s disruptive or non-compliant behavior and/or actions.



  • If the student continues to be disruptive and exhibits non-compliant behaviors or actions, attempts to cause physical injury to others or poses a safety threat to others, the student may be suspended from the classroom and/or school.  The parent/guardian will receive notification from the administrator by telephone and in writing of such suspension and the duration of the suspension.

  • Parents are required to attend a conference with the administrator and/or teacher after suspension in order to return to the classroom.

  • Parents may be required to observe and visit their child’s classroom after their child’s suspension from school.



  • If disruptive and non-compliant behaviors or a threat to the safety of adults and students continues after Steps 1 – 5, the parent/guardian will be required to attend a conference with the teacher and administrator to determine alternative placement options for the student.




Education Code 48925 defines suspension as “removal of a pupil from ongoing instruction for adjustment purposes.” Education Code Section 48900 et. seq., identify the grounds for suspension and expulsion.  A student may not be suspended from school or recommend for

expulsion unless the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the student is enrolled determines that the student has:


A.        Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person; willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.


B.        Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished a firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object unless, in the case of possession of any object of this type, the student had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, which is        concurred by the principal/designee.


C.        Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of, any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.


D.        Unlawfully offered, arranged or negotiated to sell any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, and then either sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material and presented 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 or private property.


G.        Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property.


H.        Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel. 


I.          Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in the Health and Safety Code.


J.         Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.



K.        Knowingly received stolen property or private property.



L.         Possessed an imitation firearm.  As used in this section, “imitation firearm” means a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm.


M.       Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or battery.


N.        Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a student who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing the student from being a witness or retaliating against that student for being a witness, or both.  


O.        Committed sexual harassment as defined in Education Code 212.5.  It must be considered by a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to have a negative impact upon the individual’s academic performance or to       create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.  This section does not apply to students enrolled in kindergarten and grades 1-3, inclusive.


P.         Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence, as defined in Section 33023.5.  This applies to students in grades 4-12, inclusive.


Q.        Intentionally engaged in harassment, threaten, or intimidation, directed against a student    or group of students, that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to have actual and reasonably expected effect of materially disrupting class work, creating substantial disorder, an           invading the rights of that student or group of students by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment.  This applies to students in grade 4-12, inclusive.


R.        Made terrorist threats against school officials, or school property, or both.



A student may not be suspended or expelled for any of the acts listed unless that act is related to school activity or school attendance occurring within a school under the jurisdiction of the principal or occurring within any other school district.  A student may be suspended or expelled for acts that are listed in this section and related to school activity or attendance that occur at any time, including, but not limited to, any of the following:

  • While on school grounds.

  • While going to and coming from school.

  • During the lunch period.

  • During, or while going to, or coming from, a school sponsored event.






2018 – 2019 School Year

Please click this link to print out the DISCIPLINE AND STUDENT CONDUCT POLICY form


Every student must return this page signed by his/her parent or guardian to the classroom teacher verifying that the parent or guardian has reviewed the entire contents with the student.