Student Behavioral Expectations


    Creating a safe, positive learning environment for our students is a priority at Paloma.  Our knowledge and experience tell us that children learn best in an orderly environment where concerned staff members reinforce concepts of courtesy, cooperation, school pride, and mutual respect.  Student behavior is an integral component of this goal.

    In an effort to maintain a positive, friendly, and productive learning environment where every child has the right to learn and every teacher has the right to teach, we adhere to a school-wide behavior plan.  We believe in teaching students how to behave, holding them accountable for their behavior, providing reinforcements for positive behavior, and issuing progressive discipline and consequences when students struggle.  Individual students are at the center of every component of behavior.


    • Is it safe?
    • Is it courteous?
    • Is it responsible?
    • Would it be fair if everyone did it?


    • Praise
    • Panther Pats
    • Awards Assemblies
    • Visits to the Principal’s Office
    • Giant Panther Pats
    • Classroom Rewards
    • Most importantly, intrinsic motivation to continue to do your best!


    • Warning
    • Redirection
    • Loss of Privileges
    • Note / Phone Call home
    • Disciplinary / Office Referral
    • Suspension / Expulsion


    Education Code 48900

    A student can be suspended from school by the school administrator if it has been determined that the student, while on school grounds or during an activity off school grounds related to school attendance, has:

    1. Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another
    2. Possessed, sold or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object
    3. Possessed, used, sold or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of, any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind
    4. Offered or arranged or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant of any kind, and then 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
    5. Committed robbery or extortion
    6. Cause or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property
    7. Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property
    8. Possessed or used tobacco
    9. Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity
    10. Unlawful possession of or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia
    11. Disrupted school activities, or willfully defied the authority of school personnel
    12. Knowingly received stolen school property or private property
    13. Possessed an imitation firearm (reasonable persons conclude replica is a firearm)

    The following offenses only apply to students in grades 4-12:

    • Education Code 48900.2 - Committed Sexual Harassment

    Sexual harassment can be defined as when a person uses sexual words and actions that make another person feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

    • Education Code 48900.3 – Caused or attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence
    • Education Code 48900.4 – Intentionally engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation directed against a pupil or group of pupils

    Any disciplinary referral may result in: a warning, a conference with school personnel, a phone call or note home, detention, appropriate work assignment, loss of a privilege, restriction from school activities, in school or home suspension, or other appropriate consequences based on the incident, the infraction, and the individual student.  Progressive discipline strategies are utilized and implemented for all students.