Standards of Conduct

  • Discipline

    Standards of Conduct

    To encourage a consistent, firm, and fair culture of discipline that affirms positive behavior, the Pasadena Unified School District has adopted a district-wide standard of conduct that includes the rights and responsibilities of students, a student code of conduct, interventions for specific disruptive behaviors, and appropriate consequences. Schools may personalize campus rules, but must be consistent with the district-wide standards.  To find out more, visit the webpage of the Office of Child Welfare, Attendance & Safety.

    Encouraged and Expected Student Behaviors

    All PUSD students will:

    1.    Attend school daily, on time, and actively participate in all classes
    2.    Produce quality work that meets the highest classroom standards
    3.    Bring all necessary materials to class, including completed assignments and homework
    4.    Set aside time every day to complete homework
    5.    Limit television viewing. Read daily
    6.    Know and follow all school and class rules
    7.    Respect themselves, the school, classmates, staff, family, and the community
    8.    Use appropriate language at all times when communicating with others
    9.    Avoid negative peer pressure and activities
    10.  Regularly communicate with parents and teachers about their progress in school
    11.  Commit to remain in school with the objective of graduating on time
    12.  Believe that they can and will learn.

    The Role of Parents and Guardians

    School rules are designed to teach children to be responsible, respectful, and safe. Parents and guardians have a key role in maintaining welcoming, safe campus environments that are conducive to learning. 

    Parents and guardians are urged to review district and school standards of conduct and rules with their children at the start of each school year, with special emphasis during critical transitional years when children move from elementary to middle school, and from middle to high school. Reinforcing positive behavior and acknowledging children for demonstrating appropriate conduct is important. If parents or guardians spot a behavior problem, they should contact school staff, who will partner with them to find solutions.  Parent/student handbooks are available online in English and Spanish.
    The Pasadena Unified School District is committed to strong partnerships between home and school to establish and enforce appropriate standards of conduct for students.  In the event of student misconduct, teachers, school or district personnel will contact parents first, unless the infraction is so serious that police notification is mandated.  
    Assistance is available for parents or guardians who are dealing with difficult or out-of-control children. Parents are given tools to empower them as they work toward modifying the behavior of their difficult children. To find out more, visit the webpage of the Office of Child Welfare, Attendance & Safety.

    Progressive Discipline

    The Pasadena Unified School District has a defined and progressive set of interventions, remediations, and consequences that schools follow when a student misbehaves: 

    A.   Parent Contact – verbal or written communication with the parent or guardian
    B.   Counseling – individual or group meetings of the student. Schools convene Student Success Teams (SST), which consist of teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, and the student to address the behavior issue and develop a plan of action to correct the student’s behavior. 
    C.   Personal Responsibility – students participate in directed activities such as written apologies, restitution, school/community service, conflict resolution skills
    D.   Detention – Students participate in behavior modification for a period of 30 minutes to two hours during non-instructional time
    E.   Campus Beautification – remediation work such as graffiti removal, cleaning and paper pick up, and other appropriate activities
    F.    Parent Conference – a formal meeting between the parents or guardians and school personnel to discuss the student’s needs
    G.   In-School Suspension – assignment of student to separate supervised activity during the school day with the intent of correcting inappropriate activity.

    To find out more, visit the webpage of the Office of Child Welfare, Attendance & Safety.

    Grounds for Suspension and Expulsion

    According to the California Education Code §48900, students can be suspended from school or recommended for suspension or expulsion for acts committed on school grounds, while traveling to or from school, during lunch period whether on or off campus, during or while traveling to a school sponsored activity.
    Acts that may lead to suspension or expulsion include threats; violence; damage or theft of school or private property; possession or use of tobacco, drugs and weapons; hate violence; sexual harassment; and hazing.  In the interests of maintaining safe school environments, locker searches, canine detection, and metal detection may occur as needed.


    School suspension is the removal of a student, for disciplinary reasons, from the school. The school principal, or principal’s designee, may suspend a student from the school for no more than five consecutive schooldays or up to 30 days in a school year.
    Because school suspension often means that students stay home from school, unsupervised, it is a last resort when students engage in misconduct, unless the infraction mandates school suspension, according to state law and district policy. School administrators utilize a progressive series of positive interventions/corrections to resolve disciplinary issues before moving to suspension. If misconduct continues, students may be placed on suspension. To find out more, visit the webpage of the Office of Child Welfare, Attendance & Safety.


    Expulsion from school is mandatory when a student for serious criminal offenses such as causing serious physical injury to another person, possession of weapons or drugs, robbery, and assault. Students are immediately suspended and recommended for expulsion. After a series of disciplinary and appeal hearings, the Board of Education authorizes the expulsion during its regularly scheduled meeting.
    Expelled students are still subject to compulsory education in California and are placed at alternative school sites.
    For more information, visit the webpage of the Office of Child Welfare, Attendance & Safety.