student and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) should also be included in this
Our district or school refers students to the appropriate services where the behavior
Family situations, trauma, or grief,
Addiction, mental illness, or substance abuse, and/or
Bullying, abuse, or self-defense.
If prior interventions were NOT successful, school staff must consider whether other
interventions are available and appropriate. School staff should also consider
whether there are academic, behavioral or other grounds that suggest the student
may have a disability, and, if so, refer the student for a special education screening
If prior interventions were attempted with moderate success, school staff should
consider whether the interventions can be enhanced or applied with greater
If interventions to address the student’s conduct have not been attempted, then the
team should determine the appropriate interventions to be attempted and a process
for documenting them.
Has the student previously violated the school code?
A suspension of more than three days or expulsion cannot be imposed for a first-time offense. The district and school must have first implemented other behavioral
interventions and followed the district and school process for documenting when
these interventions have been “exhausted.”
Exceptions to these policies can be made in exigent or emergency circumstances
involving school safety with justification and approval by the Superintendent or a
designee, together with a showing that there were no appropriate and available
Is suspension or expulsion appropriate given the student’s grade?
Students in preschool and in kindergarten through third grade may not be suspended
Students in fourth and fifth grades cannot be suspended for more than three