6.2.5 Matrix for Behavior Requiring Intensive Intervention

Matrix for Behavior Requiring Intensive Intervention

The SAP Team will convene as soon as possible after an incident to create a long term plan based on data review and utilizing research-based interventions.  Some of these offenses require Required suspension and expulsion referral.  These include possession of a firearm or explosive, brandishing a knife, selling drugs or sexual battery or sexual assault.  (CA Education Code 48915(c)). 

Principal Determination of Safety: Additionally, if the principal determines that there is a danger to persons, s/he may suspend on a first offense.   Notwithstanding suspension or expulsion referral, the school or county community school serving the student should still refer to this guide to identify appropriate interventions and supports. 

CA Education Code 48915(a) (causing serious physical injury, possession of knife or other dangerous object, robbery or extortion, assault or battery of a school employee); CA Education Code 48900 (b) (possession, use or sale of firearm, knife or other dangerous object), (c) (drug sales); (n) (sexual assault/battery); (q) (hazing), CA Education Code 48900.3 (hate violence); or CA Education Code 48900.7 (terroristic threats).  The principal must use their discretion to determine whether a particular offense that does not require Required suspension (such as hazing, robbery or extortion or possession of knife or other dangerous object) is an actual safety risk that requires intensive intervention, or can be handled under the Primary Matrix, depending on the particular circumstances.

First Time Out of Class Referral

Restorative in person conversation with Parent/Guardian and SAP Coordinator. SAP Team to select at least 2 interventions from the columns to the right on this same row and document in BASIS.

Social-Emotional Supports

Behavioral Response to Intervention (RTI) and Restorative Practices (RP)


  • Intensive skills group
  • Individual counseling
  • Contact DPH for wrap around services or TBS
  • Mentor with progress monitoring
  • Home visit
  • Peer mediation (6-12 Grade)
  • Onsite or outside School Social Worker to coordinate multiple student and family services.
  • Direct teaching and practice of functionally equivalent replacement behavior
  • Check fidelity of intervention implementation and consider a modification or change
  • Behavior Intervention Plan
  • Corrective feedback
  • Restorative practices conference with family/families and outside agencies
  • Saturday School
  • Environmental Observation
  • Teacher coaching
  • Consider change of classroom placement.

For special populations (special education, probation, foster/homeless, English learner, African American or other most disproportionately disciplined): See chapter 6.2.6.

This page was last updated on November 3, 2020