Understanding the Error:
There are no Student Discipline (SDIS) records for this school. There should be records for:
• All non Special Education K-12 students who were suspended (in school or out of school for at least one entire school day) or expelled, due to the commission of a student offense at any time during the Report Period
• All special education students who committed a student offense regardless of the action taken
• All students who committed a firearm offense (Student offense codes 100-102, and 106) regardless of the action taken
If there are any students who met the criteria above, submit the appropriate Student Discipline records.
Updated info from Flash #153:
Carefully Review CERT071 Warnings
Many LEAs certified that schools in their district had no discipline records to report. This would have triggered CERT071 – No Discipline Data Submitted for a School. It is important that LEAs pay attention to this warning. If LEAs receive this warning, they should review certification report 7.3 – Discipline Actions – Count, and ensure that the schools reporting no discipline records (all columns have zeros), indeed have no discipline records to report. It should be noted that in 2018–19, it will be less likely for schools to have no discipline records to report, since LEAs are now required to report all incidents regardless if they resulted in a disciplinary action of suspension or expulsion. (See Flash #145 for more information.)
Appropriate Application of Disciplinary Actions
LEAs are reminded that current law prohibits students in certain grades from being suspended or expelled for certain statutory offenses. Specifically:
- California Education Code (EC) Section 48900(k)(2) prohibits students enrolled in grades K–3 from being suspended solely for willful defiance (CALPADS code 511). Current law (EC 48910), however, does allow teachers to remove students in grades K–3 from class for willful defiance, which may result in an in-school or out-of-school suspension; therefore some suspensions of K–3 students for willful defiance are allowed.
- EC Section 48900(k)(2) prohibits students in K–12 from being expelled solely for willful defiance.
- EC Section 48900.2, (sexual harassment/CALPADS code 403), EC Section 48900.3 (hate violence/CALPADS code 505), and ECSection 48900.4, (harassment, threats, or intimidation/CALPADS code 506), prohibits students in grades K–3 from being suspended or expelled solely for these offenses.
LEAs should ensure that their local discipline policies reflect current law and that students are not inappropriately suspended or expelled. Once data are submitted to CALPADS, LEAs can review the individual students who were suspended/expelled for these offenses by viewing CALPADS Report 7.5 Discipline Offenses – Student List and filtering on Student Offense codes 403, 505, 506, and 511.
It should also be noted that while EC Section 48915(c)(4) (sexual assault/CALPADS Code 401, or sexual battery/CALPADS Code 400) does not restrict the suspension or expulsion of students to certain grades, it seems unlikely that young children would have committed such offenses. Since LEAs have reported students in grades K–3 as being suspended or expelled for these offenses, LEAs may also want to review their policies and procedures to ensure that students, especially young children, are suspended for appropriate offenses. If students are found to have committed such offenses, any discipline procedures should include a discussion with legal counsel as to whether such cases should be adjudicated through the juvenile justice system prior to expulsion.
Reporting Disciplinary Actions for Students at Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Schools (NPS)
As announced in Flash #145, LEAs are required to report suspension and expulsion data for students attending Nonpublic, Nonsectarian Schools (NPS) beginning with the 2018–19 End-of-Year 3 submission. The CDE will be providing technical assistance to the NPS schools, which will include providing them the Student Discipline (SDIS) file so that they will know what to send to each district whose students they serve.