Code No. 503.1R1
An administrator may impose an in-school or out-of-school suspension for a period of time not to exceed ten (10) consecutive school days. The student shall be told orally and/or in writing of the charges against the student. If the student denies the charges, the student shall be given an opportunity to explain his/her side of the story and shall be given an explanation of the evidence against the student. If the administrator finds it advisable, the student may be allowed to confront witnesses against the student and/or call witnesses on behalf of the student; however, the administrator shall not be obligated to compel persons to give statements.
There need be no delay between the time of notice of the charges and the student's opportunity to respond. The notice to the student and the informal hearing must generally precede the imposition of the suspension. However, students whose presence poses an immediate or continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting school may be immediately removed from school with the above procedures to be followed as soon as practicable.
A written notice of the suspension shall be mailed or personally delivered to the student's parent or guardian no later than the end of the school day following suspension, if practicable. Otherwise, as soon thereafter as reasonably possible.
If a student who requires special education has been suspended (either in-school or out-of-school if provision of services is not provided), for ten (10) days on a cumulative basis in one school year, the student shall be offered alternative services for any further days of exclusion during that school year. The IEP team shall determine if a functional behavioral analysis and the implementation of a behavior intervention plan, is appropriate.
Date of Last Review: June 2013
Date of Revision: July 15, 2013
DECORAH COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD OF DIRECTORS