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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 over the past few months. 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. 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. The District submitted the first draft to the plaintiffs and Special Master on August 10, 2016 to begin the review and comment process. Until the new code is finalized and adopted, the current code (Guidelines for Student Rights and Responsibilities “GSRR”) remains in effect and has been distributed to students and staff.

The following timeline demonstrates a potential scenario:

Timeline Stipulated Process (ECF 1581) Status

Wednesday, August 10

District sent the proposed plan to the Special Master and Plaintiffs (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)

November 8 (Day 52)

Plaintiffs respond in writing regarding remaining concerns with the proposed Plan's compliance with the USP and the basis for these concerns.

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

December 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

January 31

District brings final proposed Plan to the Governing Board or Superintendent as appropriate for study.

Complete

February 14

District brings final proposed Plan to the Governing Board or Superintendent as appropriate for study/action.

Complete

February 17

If not approved, the District delivers a revised projected timeline to the SMP.

 

February - March

External stakeholder review period. TUSD reviews the revised plan with external stakeholders for discussion and clarification at the following sites:

  • Sahuaro HS
  • Cholla HS
  • Catalina HS
  • Rincon HS
  • Pueblo HS
  • Palo Verde HS
 

March 28

District brings final proposed Plan to the Governing Board or Superintendent as appropriate for further study.

 

April 4

District brings final proposed Plan to the Governing Board or Superintendent as appropriate for approval.

 

April 11 or 18

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.

 

April 21 or May 1

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.

 

May 1 or 8

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

 
May 8 or 15 Per the court’s Dec 20, 2013 order (Doc. No. 1529), the parties may object to the SM’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.  
May ‐ June Court approves, rejects, or modifies the proposed plan.  

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