State Law Changes on Student Discipline

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There have been some changes in the law as a result of SB393 and SB114. District officers are no longer able to write citations for school misbehavior. This includes inappropriate language, fighting violations, and class disruptions. The law effected all Class C misdemeanors.

The responsibility for handling these types of discipline problems are the responsibility of the principal. Employees should still write students up for these types of offenses using the discipline referral. However, the principal will handle it as a discipline referral.

Do not forget that under state law, a teacher has a right to send a student to the office with a discipline referral.  Texas Education Code 37.002(a) states: “A teacher may send a student to the principal’s office to maintain effective discipline in the classroom. The principal shall respond by employing appropriate discipline management techniques consistent with the student code of conduct . . . .” According to the SAISD Student code of Conduct, “When a teacher believes a student has committed a violation of this Student Code of Conduct, the teacher is required by Texas law to submit a written description of the student’s actions to the principal or administrator.”

The following guidelines are important with regard to the SAISD Discipline Referral form, these guidelines are included in SAISD Administrative Procedure F11:

  • Principals shall accept discipline referrals for violations of the SAISD Student Code of Conduct whether or not the “Previous Action Taken by Teacher/Staff” section of the referral is completed since that section is optional on the part of the teacher.
  • Principals shall provide appropriate consequences from the SAISD Student Code of Conduct to students who commit an offense from any level of the SAISD Student Code of Conduct.
  • Principals shall return the completed discipline referral form to the teacher within five working days.

Any Alliance member needing assistance with concerns related to discipline referrals may contact the Alliance office at 225-7174.