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BP 5136




The San Benito County Office of Education (SBCOE) desires to keep SBCOE schools free from the threats or harmful influence of any groups or gangs which exhibit drug use, violence or disruptive behavior.  The Superintendent or designee shall take steps to deter gang intimidation of students and staff and confrontations between members of different gangs.  He/she shall exchange information and establish mutually supportive efforts with local law enforcement authorities.


The Superintendent or designee shall provide inservice training which helps staff to identify gangs and gang symbols, recognize early manifestations of disruptive activities, and respond appropriately to gang behavior.  Staff shall be informed about conflict management techniques and alerted to intervention measures and community resources.


The SBCOE realizes that students become involved in gangs for many reasons, such as peer pressure, the need for a sense of belonging, and lack of refusal skills.


To further discourage the influence of gangs, the Superintendent or designee shall ensure that school rules of conduct and any school dress code prohibiting gang-related apparel are enforced consistently.  If a student exhibits signs of gang affiliation, staff shall so inform the parent/guardian.





Legal Reference:


35183  Gang-related apparel

32282 School safety plans

48907  Student exercise of free expression

51264  Educational inservice training; CDE guidelines

51265  Gang violence and drug and alcohol abuse prevention inservice training

51266-51266.5  Model gang and substance abuse prevention curriculum


186.22  Participation in criminal street gang

13826-13826.7  Gang violence suppression


7101-7184 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act


Policy Adopted: 5-10-18