YCTA - New access on abi

posted Dec 15, 2011, 10:48 AM by Yuba City Teachers Association   [ updated Apr 22, 2013, 6:26 PM ]

Hello.

 

YCTA has been working with the District to find an effective means of communication regarding student discipline as it relates to both teacher and student safety.  You have a right and need to know about the suspend-able offenses of your students and the District has an obligation to inform you.  Both Ed Code (49079) and our Contract  (Article 24: Safety) require the District to inform you about the students in your class who have committed or are reasonabley suspected to have committed offenses that are grounds for suspension (Ed Code 48900 - the grounds for suspension).

 

Effective this Friday, you should have access to these records through ABI.  In the attendance taking menu when you view the students on your roster - students who have been suspended within the last three years will be noted with a red asterisk.  We had hoped that the asterisk might be color coded to show the more dangerous offenses (such as weapons, violence, or drugs), however this was apparently not within the scope of the system. A new tab will appear across the top, if you click there you will find the discipline record for that student.

 

Please note that this new access comes with some important cautions regarding the confidentiality of the information.  Please do not allow students any access to the screen views including taking attendance on the smartboard, where they may view which students have asterisks next to their names.

 

Finally in closing, YCTA would like to thank Doreen and IS for their work and cooperation in this effort to better inform teachers.  (It is my understanding that nurses, counselors, and psychologists already have access to this information.)

 

You can access the contract and excerpts of relevant Ed Code on ycta.net use this link

          and specifically grounds for student suspension use this link

 

YCTA/YCUSD Contract  ARTICLE 24:  TEACHER SAFETY

 

24.5     Notice Regarding Student Offenses

 

The District shall inform the teacher of every student in his/her class who has engaged in, or is reasonably suspected of, any act during the previous three (3) years which could constitute grounds for suspension or expulsion under Education Code 48900, with the exception of the possession or use of tobacco products.  This information shall be based upon written District records or records received from a law enforcement agency.  This information shall be kept confidential.

 

 

Ed Code  49079.  (a) A school district shall inform the teacher of each pupil who has engaged in, or is reasonably suspected to have engaged in, any of the acts described in any of the subdivisions, except subdivision (h), of Section 48900 or in Section 48900.2, 48900.3, 48900.4, or 48900.7 that the pupil engaged in, or is reasonably suspected to have engaged in, those acts. The district shall provide the information to the teacher based upon any records that the district maintains in its ordinary course of business, or receives

from a law enforcement agency, regarding a pupil described in this section.

   (b) A school district, or school district officer or employee, is not civilly or criminally liable for providing information under this section unless it is proven that the information was false and that the district or district officer or employee knew or should have known that the information was false, or the information was provided with a reckless disregard for its truth or falsity.

   (c) An officer or employee of a school district who knowingly fails to provide information about a pupil who has engaged in, or who is reasonably suspected to have engaged in, the acts referred to in subdivision (a) is guilty of a misdemeanor, which is punishable by confinement in the county jail for a period not to exceed six months, or by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both.

   (d) For the 1994-95 school year, the information provided shall be from the previous two school years. For the 1996-97 school year and each school year thereafter, the information provided shall be from the previous three school years.

   (e) Any information received by a teacher pursuant to this section shall be received in confidence for the limited purpose for which it was provided and shall not be further disseminated by the teacher.

 

I wish you all a wonderful winter break and happy new year.
May your break bring you all the joy, rest and rejuvenation you need at this busy time of year.


Dina Luetgens

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