Guidelines
  1. Nothing in the Code shall prevent school personnel from protecting campus safety as appropriate.
  2. Principals and assistant principals (APs) must communicate with Student Relations immediately before suspending a student (or to review the use of ISI and abeyances).
  3. Principals and APs at the elementary level (Pre-K-5th Grade) may treat all violations, with the exception of possession of firearms or any incidence of threat to an educational institution, at one level lower than that of the actual violation but may request an elevated consequence for safety concerns.
  4. Principals and APs may apply an action that is one level higher than that listed, but only upon a showing of supporting documentation (e.g. prior varied interventions, attendance, etc.). Requests must be submitted to the Assistant Superintendent for final approval and to jointly review with the Student Relations to determine if teachers and/or principals/assistant principals attempted to effectively implement interventions to address any underlying or unresolved issues. A consequence may be elevated one level after three repeated violations in a semester (with attempted and documented interventions) or to protect campus safety. A consequence may be elevated again after two repeated violations in a school year (where it is clear that attempted, varied, and documented interventions have not worked to change the student's behavior) or to protect campus safety. After five repeated violations in a school year of "Leaving Schools Grounds without Permission" or "Unexcused Absence," the District may reassign a student to an alternative educational setting (extended-learning program on-site, Project MORE, etc.) after assessing the student's circumstances to determine the most- appropriate educational placement in conjunction with the parent or guardian.
  5. Principals and APs may request a waiver of mandatory actions for level 4 or 5 consequences through the appropriate Assistant Superintendent. Waivers may not be sought when the prescribed disciplinary action involves the possession of a firearm or the threatening of an educational institution. By state law in such a case, only the Governing Board may decide, on a case by case basis, whether to impose less than the mandatory penalty.
  6. Fighting and Drug/Alcohol Use or Possession are considered level 4 violations but are treated different than other Level 4 violations, including an automatic waiver of long term consequence for the first offense (a second fight may result in a long-term suspension if approved by Student Relations and the Assistant Superintendent). Repeated occurrences of this violation may result in increased lengths of suspension.
  7. A student who willingly assists or forces another student to commit a violation of these guidelines may be held equally accountable for the violation.
  8. All parent/guardian conferences will be made in a timely manner. Parents/guardians may participate in a conference via phone or another accessible mode of communication. Students will not be disciplined further merely because their parent/ guardian cannot participate in a conference.
  9. Attempted violations, including physical conflict, may require Actions. Principals or APs will determine the appropriate level of action for attempted violations. Actions will generally be at a lower level than the actual violation.
  10. When determining the appropriate level of action to take, Principals and APs shall consider a student's claim of self defense, defense of others or defense of property.
  11. Law Enforcement, School Resource, and School Safety Officers, and other security personnel, shall not be involved in low-level student discipline (levels 1-3). This in no way prohibits contacting School Safety during or immediately after an incident to protect student, staff, or visitor safety. A Principal/Assistant Principal must immediately notify an Assistant Superintendent and the Student Relations when law enforcement is contacted. Law Enforcement may be contacted in cases of vandalism where the District is seeking restitution for damage to school property.

Schools are divided into five regions, each supported by an Assistant Superintendent. To find your regional information go to www.tusd1.org/departments/regions, locate your school in one of the five lists, then click your region's seal at the top of the column.

Tucson Unified School District