|Gail Atlansky, Principal|
|Derek Kendall, Assistant Principal – Counseling|
|Craig Miller, Assistant Principal - Student Services/Security/Safety/Discipline|
|Stu Walters, Athletic Director|
|Viyada Weng, Administrative Assistant|
|Cheryl Walton, Assistant Principal Secretary-Student Services|
|SCCS Discipline Policy|
Santa Cruz City Schools
Secondary School (Grades 6-12) Behavior Expectations and Consequences
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The Santa Cruz City Secondary Schools maintain a safe environment conducive to learning. We believe that our first responsibility as educators is to support students in becoming safe and responsible adolsescents and young adults.
We expect all students to act responsibly and respectfully and to conduct themselves in a healthy, self valuing manner as they work to achieve their academic and career goals. We expect our schools to be free of put downs, slurs, harrassment, intimidation and bullying including cyber bullying.
We believe it is important for students and parents to understand the expectations of the staff in regards to behavior. We believe the goal of discipline is to change behavior, not to punish. To that end, when a student engages in the behaviors listed below, our first response will be to educate students on the repercussions of their behavior and work with them to avoid such behavior in the future. Consequences for repeated behaviors or moderate to severe behaviors which interfere with the safe, learning environment for all students are detailed below. Suspension from school is employed as a consequence only when other means of intervention have not been successful and/or when an unsafe condition has been created by the student’s behavior. There are incidences in which the schools are mandated by California Education Code Section 48900 to recommend expulsion from the Santa Cruz City Schools. These are noted below.
In addition, the Santa Cruz City Schools appreciates the relationship and support we receive from our law enforcement partners, the Santa Cruz Police Department and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. Our School Resource Officers are welcome members of our school community contributing to the safe learning environment we want for all students.
In matters of student discipline, we are obligated by law to call law enforcement whenever a student is engaged in assault leading to physical harm of another student, staff member or visitor. We will also call law enforcement if a student brandishes a knife, is in possession of a firearm or explosive device, or engages in sexual assault or battery. We may call law enforcement to investigate vandalism and theft, possession of a weapon, and to assist us in determining if a student is under the influence of a controlled substance.
We are required by law to notify law enforcement with in one school day when a student is under the influence, in possession of a controlled substance or involved in distribution or sales of a controlled substance.
Each school will maintain a log of contacts with law enforcement in matters of student discipline.