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R277. Education, Administration.

Rule R277-609. Standards for LEA Discipline Plans.

As in effect on July 1, 2015

Table of Contents

R277-609-1. Definitions.

A. "Board" means the Utah State Board of Education.

B. "Discipline" means:

(1) Imposed discipline: Code of conduct prescribed for the highest welfare of the individual and of the society in which the individual lives; and

(2) Self-Discipline: A personal system of organized behavior designed to promote self-interest while contributing to the welfare of others.

C. "Disruptive student behavior" includes:

(1) the grounds for suspension or expulsion described in Section 53A-11-904; and

(2) the conduct described in Section 53A-11-908(2)(b).

D. "LEA" means a local education agency, including local school boards/public school districts, charter schools, and, for purposes of this rule, the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

E. "Plan" means a school district-wide and school-wide written model for prevention and intervention for student behavior management and discipline procedures for students who habitually disrupt school environments and processes.

F. "Policy" means standards and procedures that include the provisions of Section 53A-11-901 and additional standards, procedures, and training adopted in an open meeting by a local board of education or charter school board that defines hazing, bullying, cyber-bullying, and harassment, prohibits hazing and bullying, requires annual discussion and training designed to prevent hazing, bullying, cyber-bullying, and harassment among school employees and students, and provides for enforcement through employment action or student discipline.

G. "Qualifying minor" means a school-age minor who:

(1) is at least nine years old; or

(2) turns nine years old at any time during the school year.

H. "School" means any public elementary or secondary school or charter school.

I. "School board" means:

(1) a local school board; or

(2) a local charter board.

J. "School employee" means:

(1) school teachers;

(2) school staff;

(3) school administrators; and

(4) all others employed, directly or indirectly, by the LEA.

K. "USOE" means the Utah State Office of Education.

R277-609-2. Authority and Purpose.

A. This rule is authorized by Utah Constitution Article X, Section 3 which vests general control and supervision of public education in the Board, Section 53A-1-401(3) which allows the Board to adopt rules in accordance with its responsibilities, Section 53A-1-402(1)(b) which requires the Board to establish rules concerning discipline and control, Section 53A-15-603 which requires the Board to adopt rules that require a local school board or governing board of a charter school to enact gang prevention and intervention policies for all schools within the board's jurisdiction, and Section 53A-11-901 which directs local school boards and charter school governing boards to adopt conduct and discipline policies and directs the Board to develop model policies to assist local school boards and charter school governing boards.

B. The purpose of this rule is to outline requirements for school discipline plans and policies which LEAs shall meet.

R277-609-3. LEA Responsibility to Develop Plans.

A. Each LEA or school shall develop and implement a board approved comprehensive LEA plan or policy for student and classroom management, and school discipline. The plan shall include:

(1) the definitions of Section 53A-11-910;

(2) written standards for student behavior expectations, including school and classroom management;

(3) effective instructional practices for teaching student expectations, including self-discipline, citizenship, civic skills, and social skills;

(4) systematic methods for reinforcement of expected behaviors and uniform methods for correction of student behavior;

(5) uniform methods for at least annual school level data-based evaluations of efficiency and effectiveness;

(6) an ongoing staff development program related to development of student behavior expectations, effective instructional practices for teaching and reinforcing behavior expectations, effective intervention strategies, and effective strategies for evaluation of the efficiency and effectiveness of interventions;

(7) policies and procedures relating to the use and abuse of alcohol and controlled substances by students; and

(8) policies and procedures related to bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, hazing, and retaliation consistent with requirements of R277-613.

B. The plan shall also provide direction for dealing with bullying and disruptive students. This part of the plan shall:

(1) direct schools to determine the range of behaviors and establish the continuum of administrative procedures that may be used by school personnel to address the behavior of habitually disruptive students;

(2) provide for identification, by position(s), of individual(s) designated to issue notices of disruptive and bullying student behavior;

(3) designate to whom notices shall be provided;

(4) provide for documentation of disruptive student behavior prior to referral of disruptive students to juvenile court;

(5) include strategies to provide for necessary adult supervision;

(6) require that policies be clearly written and consistently enforced; and

(7) include administration, instruction and support staff, students, parents, community council and other community members in policy development, training and prevention implementation so as to create a community sense of participation, ownership, support and responsibility; and

(8) provide notice to employees that violation of this rule may result in employee discipline or action.

C. Plans required under R277-609-3 shall include gang prevention and intervention policies.

(1) The required plans shall account for an individual LEA's or school's unique needs or circumstances.

(2) The required plans may include the provisions of Section 53A-15-603(2).

(3) The required plans may provide for publication of notice to parents and school employees of policies by reasonable means.

R277-609-4. Implementation.

A. LEAs shall implement strategies and policies consistent with their plans.

B. LEAs shall develop, use and monitor a continuum of intervention strategies to assist students whose behavior in school falls repeatedly short of reasonable expectations, including teaching student behavior expectations, reinforcing student behavior expectations, re-teaching behavior expectations, followed by effective, evidence-based interventions matched to student needs prior to administrative referral.

C. As part of any suspension or expulsion process that results in court involvement, once an LEA receives information from the courts that disruptive student behavior will result in court action, the LEA shall provide a formal written assessment of habitually disruptive students. Assessment information shall be used to connect parents and students with supportive school and community resources.

D. Nothing in state law or this rule restricts LEAs from implementing policies to allow for suspension of students of any age consistent with due process and with all requirements of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004.

R277-609-5. Parent/Guardian Notification and Court Referral.

A. Through school administrative and juvenile court referral consequences, LEA policies shall provide procedures for qualifying minors and their parents to participate in decisions regarding consequences for disruptive student behavior.

B. Policies shall provide for notice to parents and information about resources available to assist parents in resolving school-age minors' disruptive behavior.

C. Policies shall provide for notices of disruptive behavior to be issued by schools to qualifying minor(s) and parent(s) consistent with:

(1) numbers of disruptions and timelines in accordance with Section 53A-11-910;

(2) school resources available; and

(3) cooperation from the appropriate juvenile court in accessing student school records, including attendance, grades, behavioral reports and other available student school data.

D. Policies shall provide due process procedures for minors and parents to contest allegations and citations of disruptive student behavior.

R277-609-6. USOE Model Policies.

The USOE shall develop, review regularly, and provide to LEA boards model policies to address disruptive student behavior and appropriate consequences.


disciplinary actions, disruptive students

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

October 8, 2013

Notice of Continuation

August 2, 2013

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

Art X Sec 3; 53A-1-401(3); 53A-1-402(1); 53A-15-603; 53A-11-901

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R277, please contact the promulgating agency (Education, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.