Definitions

  • Alternative to Suspension: Responses to student behavior that help direct or redirect the student without resorting to suspension.

    Discipline: All forms of corrective action other than suspension or expulsion. It shall include, but not be limited to, the removal of a student from a class or activity by a teacher or administrator for not longer than the balance of the immediate class or activity. All discipline must be documented.

    Emergency Expulsion: The immediate denial of the right of school attendance because the student is either an immediate and continuing danger to himself, other students, or school personnel, or poses a threat of substantial disruption of the educational process. An emergency expulsion must be converted to another form of discipline (usually short- or long-term suspension) within 10 school days.

    Expulsion: The denial of attendance at any single class, or any full schedule of classes, or any other activity conducted on or by the school district for up to one calendar year from the date of the incident.

    In-School Suspension (ISS): Disciplinary action that may be used in schools, in which students continue their classwork at school but not necessarily in their regular classroom.

    Intervention: Interventions are responses designed to modify or correct student actions or conduct while keeping the student in school and learning. The continuum of interventions can range from a quick check-in at the start of the day to stronger actions such as providing a student with an in-school suspension. Interventions should be documented to ensure that trends can be tracked and successful interventions can be transferred to other schools.

    School Business Day: Any calendar day, exclusive of Saturdays and Sundays, and any federal or school holidays, upon which the office of the superintendent is open to the public for the conducting of business.

    Suspension: The denial of the right of attendance at any single class, or any full schedule of classes, or at any other activity conducted on or by the school district for a finite period of time.

    Out-of-School Long-term Suspension: A suspension that exceeds 10 consecutive school days and where the student is not allowed on school district property.

    Out-of-School Short-term Suspension: A suspension for all or any portion of a school day up to but not exceeding 10 consecutive school days and where the student is not allowed on school district property.

    Continuation of Educational Services: Students who have been short-term suspended are eligible to continue with their regular coursework, although if the suspension is an out-of-school suspension the student will have to complete coursework off campus.  Students who have been short-term suspended must be allowed to turn work in and not have their grades penalized solely for missing class because of a suspension.

    Students who have been long-term suspended or expelled will be allowed to continue to receive educational services, although such services will be offered in an alternative setting.  Generally students who have been long-term suspended or expelled will be referred to the Connections Center for placement.  Other opportunities may include tutoring or online services.

    Students who qualify for an Individual Education Plan or a Section 504 plan will be afforded the opportunity to continue to receive educational services under any type of suspension.

    Long-Term Suspensions and Expulsions: Recent state law changes mean that students can only be long-term suspended or expelled for specific actions outlined by the law.  Procedure 3240 outlines the specific things that students can be long-term suspended or expelled for.

    Recent changes also limited long-term suspensions and most expulsions to a maximum of 90 school days.  The exception to that is bringing a firearm or gun to school.  Students who possess a firearm or gun on school grounds, on school district transportation, or at a school district event are required to be expelled for one calendar year.

    Schools that believe a 90-day expulsion is insufficient may follow the process outlined in Procedure 3240 to petition the Superintendent to extend the expulsion.