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When May a School Discipline a Student?

It can often be a confusing thing for both students and parents to understand; when is a student considered to be "at school" for disciplinary purposes? A quick exploration of the California Education Code can lend some assistance in answering this question.

According to California Education Code Section 48900(s): A pupil shall not be suspended or expelled for any reason unless the action in question is related to a school activity or school attendance occurring within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent of the school district or principal or occurring within any other school district.

A pupil may be suspended or expelled for acts related to a school activity or school attendance that occur at any time, including, but not limited to, any of the following:

(1) While on school grounds;

(2) While going to or coming from school;

(3) During the lunch period whether on or off the campus;

(4) During, or while going to or coming from, a school-sponsored activity.

Following review of that specific law, it is clear to see that the state government has provided school districts with a very wide definition of when a student may considered to be "at school" for disciplinary purposes. This is something that is very important for all parents and students to keep in mind during all school related activities.

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