Kent City Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

5610 - SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION

The following administrative guidelines should be followed to provide a fair meeting for each student charged with an offense leading to suspension or expulsion.

 

A.

Emergency Removal

   
 

A student may be removed or excluded from a classroom or a school when s/he poses a continuing danger to persons or property or represents an on-going threat of disrupting the educational process taking place in the classroom or the school premises. Such removal must be for a period of less than twenty-four (24) hours without being subject to suspension and expulsion procedures.

   
 

If a member of the school faculty removes a student, under his/her supervision, from a classroom or activity, s/he must submit to the principal written reasons for the removal the day the removal occurs.

   
 

A hearing must be held by the principal in accordance with the suspension or expulsion requirements depending on the probable outcome of the hearing. The person who caused, ordered, or requested the removal should be present.

   
 

Written notice must be provided to the student and the parent as soon as practicable prior to the hearing. If the probable outcome of the hearing is suspension, the hearing procedures applicable to a suspension must be applied. If the probable outcome is expulsion of the student, the hearing procedures applicable to an expulsion must be followed.

   
 

B.

Teacher Initiated Suspension

 
 

A teacher may suspend a student from class, subject, or activity for up to one (1) full school day for certain conduct as specified in the Code of Conduct. The teacher shall immediately send the student to the principal and specify the reason for the suspension as specified in the Student Code of Conduct. As soon as possible after the suspension, the teacher shall schedule a parent-teacher conference regarding the suspension. If feasible, the counselor shall attend the conference. The principal may attend upon request of the teacher or parent. The student shall not be returned to the class, subject, or activity that school day without the consent of both the teacher and the principal.

 
 

C.

Short-Term Suspension

 
 

The principal or designee may impose a suspension of up to ten (10) days duration, but shall attempt to notify the student's parents or guardians of the suspension by telephone, as well as send a written notification by e-mail or by regular mail. A copy of the notification shall also be sent home with the student, if practical. The written notice shall include the reasons for the suspension, the date(s) of the suspension and the rights to appeal, enclosing this policy with the suspension notice.

 
 

1.

Preliminary Hearing

 
 

No student may be suspended without a hearing unless a clear and present danger exists, or it is otherwise impossible or unreasonably difficult to hold such hearing. In such instances, the necessary notice and hearing shall follow as soon as practicable.

     
 

The principal or designee shall provide the student with an oral or written notice of the charge(s) against him/her and shall provide a hearing for the student before a suspension is ordered so that the student has a full opportunity to state why s/he should not be suspended. This preliminary hearing shall be an informal one in which the student is given a chance to respond to the charges and present any witnesses. The student's parents may be informed of the charges and the preliminary hearing if the principal so chooses. The hearing shall be held on the day of the alleged infraction or as soon thereafter as possible if an emergency prohibits an immediate hearing.

   
 

2.

Sending a Student Home

 
 

Unless the student is an immediate threat to the safety of the school, s/he should remain in school until class is dismissed for the day. If the situation indicates that the student should be removed from the premises, the principal shall attempt to reach the student's parents to request they pick up their child. If they are unable to do so, the student should remain at school until school is dismissed.

 
 

The principal may forego the previous provision in the event of mass violations of school rules or where it is not possible to keep the student(s) on school grounds and restore order or protect people on school property. In such an emergency situation, the principal shall contact the Superintendent.

     
 

3.

Responsibility for School Work

 
 

a.

For an in-school restriction, credit will be given for all classroom assignments that can be completed during the in-school restriction or as homework.

 
 

b.

No credit will be given for work missed as a result of suspension out-of-school.

 
 

c.

Credit will be given for work missed due to out-of-school suspension provided the student completes and submits all required assignments upon return to school.

 
 

Failures shall be given for any classroom work that cannot be attended such as laboratories or skill sessions.

   
 

4.

Appeal

 
 

Suspension of more than one (1) school day but not more than ten (10) school days may be appealed in writing to the principal within two (2) school days of the parents' receipt of the written suspension notice. The written appeal must contain the reason(s) that the suspension is being appealed.

 
 

a.

The student shall be reinstated during the appeal process unless it is determined that the student's attendance would jeopardize the safety of the student or of others.

 
 

b.

Upon review, the principal may uphold the suspension, establish an alternative suspension of lesser severity, or reverse the suspension in its entirety. The review may include, but not be limited to, a meeting with the parents if, in the principal's opinion, this is appropriate.

 
 

c.

The principal will reach the decision and inform the parents in writing within ten (10) school days after the receipt of the written request.

     
 

d.

The decision of the principal may be appealed in writing to the Superintendent within two (2) school days of the parents' receipt of the decision. The Superintendent will reach a decision and inform the parents in writing within ten (10) school days after the receipt of the written request.

 
 

e.

The Superintendent's decision shall be considered final. The parents may appeal to the Board only in cases of alleged violation of due process (Policy 5611) by the Superintendent. In such cases, the appeal shall be made in writing to the Board President within two (2) school days after the parents' receipt of the decision and shall include a statement of the alleged violation of the policy. The Board shall notify the parents of its decision within ten (10) school days of receipt of the written request.

   
 

D.

Long-Term Suspension and Expulsion

 
 

If, in the principal's opinion or as required by statute, the alleged infraction warrants a long-term suspension or expulsion, s/he shall refer the case to the Superintendent and submit the following documentation.

 
 

1.

the rule(s) alleged to have been violated

 
 

2.

the charges against the student

 
 

3.

approximate date of the violation

 
 

4.

recommendation(s) for long-term suspension or expulsion

 
 

5.

copy of suspension

 
 

6.

chronology of disciplinary/corrective actions and witness statements

 
 

Upon request, the principal shall also submit:

 
 

1.

transcript of grades

     
 

2.

attendance records

 
 

3.

letter to parents

 
 

4.

statements from professional staff regarding student's efforts, attitudes, or particular problems

 
 

5.

statement from counselor regarding help to student, attempts at remediation or correction, etc.

 
 

6.

memo requesting a Board hearing

   
 

The Superintendent shall review the documents for accuracy and completeness and schedule a hearing with the Board.

 
 

Notice of Hearing

 
 

The notice must be provided to the student and the student's parent and shall contain:

 
 

1.

the rule(s) alleged to have been violated;

 
 

2.

the charges against the student;

 
 

3.

approximate date of the violation;

 
 

4.

the time and place for the hearing;

 
 

5.

a statement of the student's and parents' prehearing rights:

 
 

a.

to review written statements about the alleged misconduct,

 
 

b.

to review the student's records, and

 
 

c.

to request a delay in the hearing of up to ten (10) school days;

 
 

6.

the length of time the administration is recommending the student be denied enrollment;

     
 

7.

a statement of the student's hearing rights to:

 
 

a.

counsel;

 
 

b.

a translator;

 
 

c.

appear in his/her own behalf and for parents or guardians to appear;

 
 

d.

produce witnesses and present evidence on his/her behalf;

 
 

e.

confront and to cross-examine anyone who may have evidence against him/her;

 

f.

a transcript of the hearing upon student's or parent's request, and Board/hearing officer approval.

 
 

Cost of transcript may be the responsibility of the student/parent.

   
 

8.

The Board of Education must conduct the hearing in compliance with the Open Meetings Act. The parents may appeal the expulsion to the Board, in writing, after receipt of the notice. The parents shall state in the appeal the reasons they think the Superintendent's decision is not justified and provide any extenuating circumstances they wish the Board to consider. The Board may conduct a hearing or respond with its decision in writing within thirty (30) days after it receives the appeal.

 
 

Notice of expulsion will be sent to the Juvenile Division of the Probate Court for students at ages six (6) through fifteen (15). The court should be informed that the Board has expelled the student and provided the reason for expulsion.

 
 

Notice may be sent to the Juvenile Division of the Probate Court for students, ages sixteen (16) and seventeen (17), where the District believes that the court should review the circumstances surrounding the expulsion. The District may provide a copy of the public record to the court.

     
 

E.

Disabled Students

   
 

In accordance with Board Policy 5605, a student in Special Education must be referred to the I.E.P.C. and those disabled under 504 must be referred to the Special Education Director to determine if the behavior is related to the disability. Its decision will determine the appropriate next steps.

   
 

F.

Student's Record

   
 

A record of a student's suspension or expulsion is to be made a part of his/her permanent record until s/he leaves the school and released in accordance with AG 8330 - Student Records. Days of absence shall be noted in the student's permanent attendance record as an unexcused absence because of suspension or expulsion.

   
 

G.

Waiver

   
 

It is the student's prerogative to waive his/her right to a formal hearing. This waiver is to be in writing and signed by both student and parents or guardian. The signatures should be witnessed. Additionally, the student can constructively waive the hearing by simply not availing himself/herself of the opportunity for it, but such waiver cannot be construed before the passage of a considerable period of time, since it operates to close off the student's rights.

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