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  • Charley Cowens
    Tammy- I wasn t ignoring the other contributors to a safe orderly school environment. I just feel that the central role of an effective principal in producing
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      Tammy-

      I wasn't ignoring the other contributors to a safe orderly school
      environment. I just feel that the central role of an effective
      principal in producing this kind of environment is almost always
      ignored.

      Charley Cowens

      On 1/29/06, Tammera Campbell <tammeracampbell@...> wrote:
      > As important as the principal is to discipline on the campus, we must not forget classroom managment and parent involvement. We need all three components for a disciplined campus. Putting everything on the administration is short sighted. It takes the student, the teacher, the parent and the administration to make sure the child is getting the education. If we fail in one part of the equation we fail as a whole. So if we are to evaluate the principal on their role, we must evaluate the teacher on classroom management, we must evaluate the parent on following through with the child and we must hold the student accountable for their behavior and academics. If we fall short on this equation, we will help no one and allienate many.
      > Tammy Campbel
      >
      > Charley Cowens <charley.cowens@...> wrote: Vanessa,
      >
      > You're right that principals are the key to discipline and safety at
      > the school, so I like your idea of making disipline and safety a
      > formal part of how principals are evaluated. I would add in some sort
      > of cap on how much time principals spend off-site. Remember though
      > that principals are unionized employees in WCCUSD, so the principal's
      > union will need need to be bargained with about such things.
      >
      > Anyway, there is a District safety forum on 1/23 at 7:30 pm. I don't
      > remember if this has gone out on wccusdtalk, so here is the whole
      > email about it:
      >
      > There have been many questions regarding our policies
      > and practices regarding discipline, especially in our
      > secondary schools. I hope that the panel discussion I
      > have arranged will help to answer some of these and
      > provide an opportunity for discussion.
      >
      > I have attached a "flyer" about this and ask that you
      > to publicize this event.
      >
      > If you cannot open the attachment, here is the text:
      >
      > "A Panel Discussion on: Discipline in WCCUSD
      > Jan. 23, 2006, 7:30 pm
      > At Lovonya De Jean Middle School
      > 3400 MacDonald Avenue
      > Richmond, Ca.
      > Panelists: Sylvester Greenwood,
      > Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services
      > Vince Killmartin
      > Associate Superintendent for Operations
      > Alan Hersh
      > General Legal Council
      > Dr. Howard Cohen
      > Regional Superintendent, Secondary
      > Education
      > ….and others….
      >
      > To be sure that your questions are answered, you may
      > submit them in advance to Karen Pfeifer, Board Member
      > at karenepfeifer@..."
      >
      >
      > Please call if you have questions.
      >
      > Thanks,
      >
      > Karen
      >
      > Karen Pfeifer
      > WCCUSD School Board Member
      > 510-417-5896
      >
      > Charley Cowens
      >
      > On 1/17/06, involved_parent4all wrote:
      > > Reached the limit with messages,
      > > seems to me the district has known for quite some time
      > > about the lack of a real discipline policy.
      > > Please someone save this important information the
      > > teacher posted.
      > > This input is valuable.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > WHAT'S THE SOLUTION?
      > >
      > > Even before receiving training in Classroom Management and
      > > Behavior Modification, I knew the formula that works with
      > > children and adults. It's very simple and it works if all the steps
      > > are followed:
      > >
      > > (1) Set the Expectations (these are established rules, policies,
      > > or laws).
      > >
      > > (2) Define what the consequences will be for not meeting
      > > expectations.
      > >
      > > (3) Define what the rewards will be for meeting expectations.
      > >
      > > (4) Carry through with the consequences or rewards.
      > >
      > > At the elementary school level WCCUSD needs a uniform discipline
      > > policy and principals need to be held accountable for following
      > > that policy. As far as I've observed, neither condition exists.
      > > ---------------
      > >
      > > I propose that each school be required to support teachers
      > > (full-time, part-time, substitute, and student teachers in
      > > training) when they attempt to follow the letter of the law (as
      > > defined in the Ed Codes listed below). To do this, each school
      > > should establish:
      > >
      > > (1) A detention room where disruptive children can be sent during
      > > the day so they do not interefere with classroom education. This
      > > detention room should be supervised by someone who has training
      > > in classroom management, and the children should be taught good
      > > manners and appropriate classroom behavior.
      > >
      > > (2) After school detention for those students who are continual
      > > problems (if a child realizes they cannot play after school if
      > > they don't learn to behave during school, their behavior will
      > > improve most rapidly).
      > >
      > > (3) A vice principal who is required to manage discipline issues
      > > (this should be part of their job description).
      > >
      > > (4) Requiring parents of disruptive children to either sit with
      > > the disruptive child during the day to control him/her, or out of
      > > school suspension and possibly expulsion. Parents who are
      > > required to take responsibility for their children's behavior at
      > > the expense of their own time will quickly learn to work with
      > > school teachers and administrators to learn how to control their
      > > children.
      > > ----------------
      > >
      > > I propose that principals be held accountable for their lack of
      > > discipline support and rewarded for good support. To accomplish
      > > this, there needs to be
      > >
      > > (1) A system by which the a way that the teachers in the school
      > > can report a principal's misdeeds without running the risk of
      > > reprisal (which should fall under whistle-blowing statutes).
      > >
      > > (2) A system of bottom-up management review in which the teachers
      > > evaluate a principal's performance in key areas, and those
      > > evaluations carry some weight -- as it stands now, the only
      > > evaluations principals receive come from their superintendent and
      > > cronyism is often at play when it comes to evaluations. Principals
      > > who score highly in teacher reviews should be rewarded. Principals
      > > who score low should be sanctioned and even possibly removed from
      > > their positions.
      > >
      > > (3) A system of peer review whereby teachers evaluate each
      > > other's performance -- this would prevent a principal (currently
      > > the sole evaluator of a teacher's performance) from issuing an
      > > unfair bad report about a teacher and ruining the teacher's
      > > career. If the other teachers give glowing reports about a
      > > teacher and the principal does not, peer reviews can be used to
      > > offset the principal's ego-laden evaluation.
      > >
      > > The laws are there. WCCUSD just doesn't enforce them.
      > >
      > > Thank you for listening,
      > >
      > > Ms. Ott
      > >
      > > -------------------------------------
      > > FULL TEXT OF CA EDUCATION CODES: 48900, 48900.1., 48910
      > > ----------------------
      > >
      > > 48900.
      > >
      > > A pupil may not be suspended from school or recommended for
      > > expulsion, unless the superintendent or the principal of the
      > > school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has
      > > committed an act as defined pursuant to any of subdivisions (a)
      > > to (q), inclusive:
      > >
      > > (a)
      > >
      > > (1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause
      > > physical injury to another person.
      > >
      > > (2) Willfully used force or violence upon the person of
      > > another, except in self-defense.
      > >
      > > (b) Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm,
      > > knife, explosive, or other dangerous object, unless, in the case
      > > of possession of any object of this type, the pupil had obtained
      > > written permission to possess the item from a certificated school
      > > employee, which is concurred in by the principal or the designee
      > > of the principal.
      > >
      > > (c) Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished,
      > > or been under the influence of, any controlled substance listed
      > > in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of
      > > the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an
      > > intoxicant of any kind.
      > >
      > > (d) Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any
      > > controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section
      > > 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic
      > > beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, and either sold,
      > > delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid,
      > > substance, or material and represented the liquid, substance, or
      > > material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or
      > > intoxicant.
      > >
      > > (e) Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
      > >
      > > (f) Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or
      > > private property.
      > >
      > > (g) Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private
      > > property.
      > >
      > > (h) Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing
      > > tobacco or nicotine products, including, but not limited to,
      > > cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless
      > > tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel. However, this section
      > > does not prohibit use or possession by a pupil of his or her own
      > > prescription products.
      > >
      > > (i) Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity
      > > or vulgarity.
      > >
      > > (j) Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or
      > > negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section
      > > 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
      > >
      > > (k) Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied
      > > the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators,
      > > school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the
      > > performance of their duties.
      > >
      > > (l) Knowingly received stolen school property or private
      > > property.
      > >
      > > (m) Possessed an imitation firearm. As used in this section,
      > > "imitation firearm" means a replica of a firearm that is so
      > > substantially similar in physical properties to an existing
      > > firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the
      > > replica is a firearm.
      > >
      > > (n) Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault as
      > > defined in Section 261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a, or 289 of the Penal
      > > Code or committed a sexual battery as defined in Section 243.4 of
      > > the Penal Code.
      > >
      > > (o) Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a
      > > complaining witness or a witness in a school disciplinary
      > > proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from
      > > being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a
      > > witness, or both.
      > >
      > > (p) Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell,
      > > or sold the prescription drug Soma.
      > >
      > > (q) Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing as defined
      > > in Section 32050.
      > >
      > > (r) A pupil may not be suspended or expelled for any of the
      > > acts enumerated in this section, unless that act is related to
      > > school activity or school attendance occurring within a school
      > > under the jurisdiction of the superintendent or principal or
      > > occurring within any other school district. A pupil may be
      > > suspended or expelled for acts that are enumerated in this
      > > section and related to school activity or 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.
      > >
      > > (s) A pupil who aids or abets, as defined in Section 31 of the
      > > Penal Code, the infliction or attempted infliction of physical
      > > injury to another person may suffer suspension, but not
      > > expulsion, pursuant to this section, except that a pupil who has
      > > been adjudged by a juvenile court to have committed, as an aider
      > > and abettor, a crime of physical violence in which the victim
      > > suffered great bodily injury or serious bodily injury shall be
      > > subject to discipline pursuant to subdivision (a).
      > >
      > > (t) As used in this section, "school property" includes, but
      > > is not limited to, electronic files and databases.
      > >
      > > (u) A superintendent or principal may use his or her
      > > discretion to provide alternatives to suspension or expulsion,
      > > including, but not limited to, counseling and an anger management
      > > program, for a pupil subject to discipline under this section.
      > >
      > > (v) It is the intent of the Legislature that alternatives to
      > > suspension or expulsion be imposed against any pupil who is
      > > truant, tardy, or otherwise absent from school activities.
      > >
      > > ----------------------
      > > 48900.1.
      > >
      > > (a) The governing board of each school district may adopt
      > > a policy authorizing teachers to require the parent or guardian
      > > of a pupil who has been suspended by a teacher pursuant to
      > > Section 48910 for reasons specified in subdivision (i) or (k) of
      > > Section 48900, to attend a portion of a schoolday in the
      > > classroom of his or her child or ward. The policy shall take
      > > into account reasonable factors that may prevent compliance with
      > > a notice to attend. The attendance of the parent or guardian
      > > shall be limited to the class from which the pupil was suspended.
      > >
      > > (b) The policy shall be adopted pursuant to the procedures set
      > > forth in Sections 35291 and 35291.5. Parents and guardians shall
      > > be notified of this policy prior to its implementation. A
      > > teacher shall apply any policy adopted pursuant to this section
      > > uniformly to all pupils within the classroom.
      > >
      > > The adopted policy shall include the procedures that the
      > > district will follow to accomplish the following:
      > >
      > > (1) Ensure that parents or guardians who attend school for the
      > > purposes of this section meet with the school administrator or
      > > his or her designee after completing the classroom visitation and
      > > before leaving the schoolsite.
      > >
      > > (2) Contact parents or guardians who do not respond to the
      > > request to attend school pursuant to this section.
      > >
      > >
      > > (c) If a teacher imposes the procedure pursuant to subdivision
      > > (a), the principal shall send a written notice to the parent or
      > > guardian stating that attendance by the parent or guardian is
      > > pursuant to law. This section shall apply only to a parent or
      > > guardian who is actually living with the pupil.
      > >
      > > (d) A parent or guardian who has received a written notice
      > > pursuant to subdivision (c) shall attend class as specified in
      > > the written notice. The notice may specify that the attendance
      > > of the parent or guardian be on the day the pupil is scheduled to
      > > return to class, or within a reasonable period of time
      > > thereafter, as established by the policy of the board adopted
      > > pursuant to subdivision (a).
      > >
      > > ----------------------
      > > 48910.
      > >
      > > (a) A teacher may suspend any pupil from class, for any of
      > > the acts enumerated in Section 48900, for the day of the
      > > suspension and the day following. The teacher shall immediately
      > > report the suspension to the principal of the school and send the
      > > pupil to the principal or the designee of the principal for
      > > appropriate action. If that action requires the continued
      > > presence of the pupil at the schoolsite, the pupil shall be under
      > > appropriate supervision, as defined in policies and related
      > > regulations adopted by the governing board of the school
      > > district. As soon as possible, the teacher shall ask the parent
      > > or guardian of the pupil to attend a parent-teacher conference
      > > regarding the suspension. If practicable, a school counselor or
      > > a school psychologist may attend the conference. A school
      > > administrator shall attend the conference if the teacher or the
      > > parent or guardian so requests. The pupil shall not be returned
      > > to the class from which he or she was suspended, during the
      > > period of the suspension, without the concurrence of the teacher
      > > of the class and the principal.
      > >
      > > (b) A pupil suspended from a class shall not be placed in
      > > another regular class during the period of suspension. However,
      > > if the pupil is assigned to more than one class per day this
      > > subdivision shall apply only to other regular classes scheduled
      > > at the same time as the class from which the pupil was suspended.
      > >
      > > (c) A teacher may also refer a pupil, for any of the acts
      > > enumerated in Section 48900, to the principal or the designee of
      > > the principal for consideration of a suspension from the school.
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