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Update on Student Code of Conduct

We are now ready for your feedback on the draft code of conduct!

At Tucson Unified School District, the safety of our students has been and remains a top priority. For this reason we have been working with an expert, central staff, and stakeholders (parents, students, community members, teachers, principals, etc.) to develop a revised code of conduct. Generally, this type of process can take one to three years in a district our size. Over the past few years, a committee made up of Tucson Unified staff, students, parents, and other stakeholders have met annually to review, revise, and update the ""student handbook PDF. Because of this ongoing review and assessment, the process to develop a revised handbook will not take an entire year. Still, by federal court order, the District's code revisions are subject to a comment and review process with parties to our desegregation case. So, where most districts would just roll out a new code once completed, we must submit it to the Special Master and plaintiffs to solicit their input before we begin implementation. Currently, the District is working towards submission of the draft code to the Special Master and plaintiffs by the start of the school year.

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The following timeline demonstrates a potential scenario:
Timeline  Stipulated Process (ECF 1581)  Status 
 Wednesday, August 10  District sends the proposed plan to the SMP  Complete
 Extend deadline for the SMP
comments until Sept. 30 (Day 30)
 Plaintiffs and SM may provide comments to the District.  Complete
 Days 31-60: Voluntary Resolution Period
 October 24 (Day 45)  TUSD responds in writing to comments (may include revised version of the proposed Plan)  Complete
 November 1 (Day 52)  Plaintiffs respond in writing regarding remaining concerns with the proposed Plan's compliance with the USP and the basis for these concerns.  Complete
 November 8 (Day 52)  Plaintiffs requested calls to clarify remaining points of concern but did not submit written comments by November 1.  Complete
 November 9 (Day 60)
*Longer if resolution
period is extended
 All parties use whatever means appropriate to attempt to resolve any remaining issues.
*Resolution period can be extended in writing. The District has initiated discussions with the Plaintiffs to clarify remaining points of concern. Thus, Plaintiffs’ written comments will be received some time after November 1. As a result, the final version will not be completed in time for presentation to the Governing Board on November 15.
 Complete
 November 16  Plaintiffs respond in writing regarding remaining concerns with the proposed Plan's compliance with the USP and the basis for these concerns.  Complete
 December - January
(This is not part of the
formal comment and review process)
Internal stakeholder review period. TUSD reviews the revised plan with internal stakeholders for discussion and clarification.

Plan was finalized on Dec. 15 
Complete 
 Day 61 and Beyond: Report and Recommendation Period
 Dec. 16  The District submits the final proposed version to the SMP.  Complete
 December 23 (Day 61)  SMP exchange emails memorializing whether any plaintiff requests a Report and Recommendation (R&R).  Complete
 Januar 17 31  District brings final proposed Plan to the Governing Board or Superintendent as appropriate for study approval and implementation.  
 February 14  District brings final proposed Plan to the Governing Board or Superintendent as appropriate for approval and implementation.  
 February 15  If approved, the District delivers the adopted Plan to the SMP (if the Board recommends changes this will occur approximately one week later).  
January 25 or February 2 February 22 or March 1  If there are no changes to the Plan by the Governing Board, within 7 days of receipt, Plaintiffs may make a request for Report and Recommendation (R&R) and must explain the objection(s) and identify the record relevant to the objection(s) in the form directed by the Court. If the Governing Board amends the Plan, within 15 days of receipt Plaintiffs may make a request for an R&R and must explain the objection(s) and identify the record relevant to the objection(s) in the form directed by the Court.  
 February 4 or February 12
(weekend dates are due the following Monday)
 SM shares R&R ten days prior to it submission to the Court to allow TUSD to align its position with the recommendations of the R&R should it wish to do so.

District will begin implementing preliminary training.
 
 February 14 or February 22  SM prepares the R&R within 20 days of receipt of the request, explaining the disagreement between the parties and providing his recommendation for resolution.  
 March 1  Per the court's December 20, 2013 order (Doc. No. 1529), the parties may object to the Special Master's R&R within seven days of the filing of the R&R. Per that order, there are no replies unless the court so orders.  
 March-April  Court approves, rejects, or modifies the proposed plan.