Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines


In-school suspension and/or detention are progressive discipline options that the principal may use to improve attendance and/or to modify student behavior and to monitor the student's behavior during the disciplinary process.

Students who have violated any section of the Code of Conduct may be assigned to in-school suspension or detention.


After-School Detention

The principal (or faculty member) may require a student to come to school early or remain after school providing the parents have been given at least one (1) day's notice and have agreed to be responsible for their child's transportation at the end of the detention period. If the student is a bus rider and the principal cannot verify that the parents agree to be responsible for the student's transportation, after-school detention should not be used. Early arrival and after-school detention should not be used for students who have transportation listed as a related service in their IEP unless alternative transportation is provided. The principal also shall ensure that there is adequate supervision of the student until such time as transportation arrives and during an early arrival. The student is to be given definite assignments or duties to complete during the detention period. Failure to report for or to complete the detention may result in an out-of-school suspension.

In-School Suspension/Saturday School

Assignment to in-school suspension means that the student is removed from the classroom but not from the educational program. S/He will report to the assigned location where the student will work on classroom tasks assigned by the teacher(s) all of which are related to a course of study in which the student is currently enrolled. When completed, the assignments are to be turned in to the teacher(s) for review and grading. Thus, the student continues his/her academic program albeit in a different setting and receives full credit for the completed work.

Attendance is to be taken from the attendance sheet and recorded by the supervising personnel. Any discrepancy noted should be promptly reported to the administrative personnel.

A student with an IEP may be placed in Saturday school without a change in placement. If the student is assigned to in-school suspension, it will not count toward the allowable ten (10) cumulative days of suspension in a school year if the following criteria are met:



Services are provided to allow the student to make progress in the general education curriculum.



The student receives the special education services in his/her IEP.



The student participates with non-disabled students as in his/her current placement.

See AG 5605A.

If the student fails to obey the rules established for in-school suspension/Saturday school or to fulfill the assignments properly, s/he may be assigned to out-of-school suspension.

Any assignment to out-of-school suspension or an alternative program requires that due process (notification, hearing, suspension or assignment notice, appeal) be followed. All due process rights accorded to students with IEPs and students with Section 504 plans must be provided before out-of-school suspension or an alternative program can be assigned. See AG 5605A and AG 5605B.

Revised 8/12/15

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