Students who are not present at school cannot benefit from the educational opportunities the school environment affords. Administrators, therefore, shall strive to find ways to keep students in school as participants in the educational process. There are instances, however, when the needs of the other students or the interests of the orderly learning environment require the removal of a student from school. The Board authorizes school principals or their designees to suspend students for disciplinary reasons for a period of time not to exceed ten (10) school days, including the day upon which the suspension is imposed. The suspension may be in school or out of school. Students are responsible for their conduct that occurs:
A student may be suspended for behavior including, but not limited to, that which:
Out-of-school suspension (OSS) shall not be used to discipline a student in kindergarten through fifth (5th) grade unless the student's behavior:
OSS not be used to discipline a student for skipping class, excessive absences, or other forms of truancy.
The school principal or designee shall proceed as follows in deciding whether or not to suspend a student:
When possible, notice of the suspension, its duration, and any stipulations for the student’s re-admittance to class will be given to the parent(s), legal guardian(s), or to the student if age eighteen (18) or older prior to the suspension. Such notice shall be handed to the parent(s), legal guardian(s), or to the student if age eighteen (18) or older or mailed to the last address reflected in the records of the school district.
Generally, notice and hearing should precede the student's removal from school, but if prior notice and hearing are not feasible, as where the student's presence endangers persons or property or threatens disruption of the academic process, thus justifying immediate removal from school, the necessary notice and hearing should follow as soon as practicable.
It is the parents’ or legal guardians’ responsibility to provide current contact information to the district, which the school shall use to immediately notify the parent or legal guardian upon the suspension of a student. The notification shall be by one of the following means, listed in order of priority:
The district shall keep a log of contacts attempted and made to the parent or legal guardian.
During the period of their suspension, students serving OSS are not permitted on campus except to attend a student/parent/administrator conference.
During the period of their suspension, students serving in-school suspension shall not attend or participate in any school-sponsored activities during the imposed suspension.
Suspensions initiated by the principal or his/her designee may be appealed to the Superintendent, but not to the Board.
Suspensions initiated by the Superintendent may be appealed to the Board.
Cross Reference: 4.7—ABSENCES
Date Adopted: 10/10/72
Last Revised: 10/16/17