South-Western City School District
Bylaws & Policies
 

5610.05 - STUDENT SUSPENSION

The Superintendent, principal, assistant principal or other administrator may suspend a student from school for a period of up to ten (10) school days for violating the Student Code of Conduct. Suspensions may extend beyond the current school year if, at the time the suspension is imposed, fewer than ten (10) school days remain in the school year. The Superintendent may apply any or all of the period of suspension to the following school year.

With the exception of in-school suspensions, the following procedures apply to the suspension of students from school.

 A.Present the student with the "Notice of Intended Suspension" form. The notice must advise the student of the potential suspension and the reasons for the proposed action. If the offense is one for which the District may seek permanent exclusion, the notice will contain this information.

  1.Have the student sign this form.

  2.If the student refuses to sign, have a witness sign to this effect.

 B.An informal hearing shall be held with the student to allow the student to challenge the reason for the intended suspension and/or explain his/her actions.

  1.Explain the charges and evidence of misconduct to the student.

  2.Provide the opportunity for the student to challenge the reasons for the intended suspension or otherwise explain his/her actions.

 C.If it is determined that the student is suspended the principal shall, within one (1) school day of the suspension, notify the parent, guardian or custodian and Treasurer of the suspension. The notice of suspension shall include: the reason for the suspension, notification of the right of the student, parent, guardian or custodian to appeal a suspension to the Board of Educationís designated hearing officer and to be represented in all appeal proceedings.

  1.The principal, assistant principal or other administrator of the school may sign the suspension notice.

  2.A file will be maintained by the Treasurer of the Board.

 D.Appeal Procedure
  A student, parent, guardian or custodian may appeal the suspension to the Board of Education or its designee.

  1.The appeal must be made within fourteen (14) calendar days beginning with the first day of the suspension.

  2.A verbatim record of this hearing is required.

  3.Notification to affirm, rescind or modify the disciplinary action must be provided in written form to the student and/or parent, guardian or custodian.

  4.Pending the appeal, the suspension will be enforced.

 E.Appeal to the Court
  Under Ohio law appeal of the Board's or its designeeís decision may be made to the Court of Common Pleas.

 F.Out-of-School Suspension and Credit
  Intermediate School
  Intermediate school students will receive credit for work completed during an out-of-school suspension.
  Middle School
  Middle school students will receive credit for work completed during an out-of-school suspension.
  High School
  High school students will receive credit for work completed during an out-of-school suspension.

 G.Special Education Students
  The District will comply with all requirements of State and Federal law regarding the discipline of disabled students.

Adopted 8/14/95
Revised 9/13/99
Revised 5/14/01
Revised 8/13/01
Revised 5/12/03
Revised 9/10/07
Revised 7/13/15

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