EXCLUSION FROM SCHOOL AND DUE PROCESS RIGHTS
Students have the RIGHT:
- To be presented with a verbal or written statement of the rule violations.
- To be given the opportunity to be heard and to respectfully present his/her view of the occurrence.
- To all due process guarantees contained in the school district's procedures for suspension and/or expulsion.
Students have the RESPONSIBILITY:
- To comply with school rules and regulations at school and at all school-related activities as outlined in this handbook.
- To obey all federal, state and local laws.
- To submit to the lawful authority of school personnel and to respond appropriately to any district-recognized adult requests.
- To conduct themselves individually and collectively in an orderly fashion.
Suspension temporarily removes the privilege and duty of a student to attend school or school activities for a period of time determined by the administration. The administration may suspend students, and in issuing the suspension will take into account the severity of the act and the previous behavior of the student. Suspension periods are not to exceed ten consecutive school days. Temporary suspension may be necessary while officials review evidence and possibly take further action. In the case of a suspension, the student is informed of the suspension charges by the administration and asked to explain his/her view of the event. When the decision to suspend is made, parents are notified and a procedure for reinstatement is explained. When a student with an IEP is being considered for suspension or expulsion from school, all procedures mandated by IDEA will be addressed. A conference may be required for the student and/or the student's parents before reinstatement takes place. Students have the right to make up all daily work missed (or its equivalent) during the time of a suspension.
Expulsion means that a student is removed from school and all school-related activities for an extended period of time. Expulsions are recommended by a school administrator to the district Superintendent. Expulsion is used in cases of extreme severity or for repeated serious violation of school rules or District regulations. District procedure provides for written notification to the student's parents, identification of alternative education options, the right to a hearing, all rights guaranteed by due process and rights unique to certified handicapped students.
DUE PROCESS RIGHTS
In all disciplinary cases, students have due process rights, which will, at a minimum, guarantee them a right to hear the charges, respond to the charges, and request a hearing to appeal an administrator's decision. Appeals must first be made to the building principal, then to the superintendent or his designee. For cases of expulsion, the due process rights are fully explained in the district's expulsion policy (District Policy: JGE). A copy of this policy will be given to students for whom a recommendation for expulsion is a possibility.