• School discipline is the system of rules, consequences, and behavioral strategies appropriate to the regulation of students and the maintenance of order in schools. It is the intent of the Turlock Unified School District to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment to facilitate student academic success. Should a student exhibit undesirable behaviors, the district will make use of suspensions and expulsions as a matter of last resort. Rather, the district will use "Other Means of Correction" to ensure the student receives appropriate interventions to correct the behaviors. These may include:

    • A conference between school personnel, the student's parent or guardian, and the student.
    • Referrals to the school counselor, psychologist, social worker, child welfare attendance personnel, or other school support services personnel for case management and counseling.
    • Study teams, guidance teams, resource panel teams, or other intervention-related teams that assess the behavior, and develop and implement individualized plans to address the behavior in partnership with the student and his or her parents.
    • Enrollment in a program for parent education or drug/alcohol prevention.
    • Participation in social skills training or bullying prevention.
    • A positive behavior support approach that occurs during the school day on campus.
    • Alternative-school programs that address social-emotional issues.
    • School and/or community service.

School Discipline

  • Custodial Interrogation Juveniles (SB 395)

  • Due Process

  • After School Detention of Students

  • Suspension Due Process

  • Grounds for Suspension/Expulsion (E.C. 48900)

  • Teacher Suspension of Student

  • Suspension Alternatives

  • Suspension (Home and In-School) Assignment Make-Up

  • Suspension Appeal Procedures

  • Expulsion

  • Involuntary Transfer to Continuation School

  • Discipline Investigations

  • Homework Policy for 2+ Day Suspensions

Board Policies and Administrative Regulations

Common Parent Questions About School Discipline

  • What happened to the other child that was involved (in an incident)?

  • Can I talk to the other child that was involved?

  • Does my child have the right to defend himself if he is hit first?

  • Isn’t it the school’s responsibility to handle discipline at school? My child is good at home. Why do I have to be called?

  • Why can’t my child stay in the office all day?

  • The teacher does not like my child. Why are teachers always writing referrals on my kid and missing the other kids?