Students in sixth grade and above cannot be suspended for more than five
consecutive days and no more than ten in a school year.
Exceptions to these policies can be made in exigent or emergency circumstances
involving school safety with justification and approval by the Superintendent or a
For children in preschool, long-term suspensions and expulsions are prohibited
without exception. Suspensions of three days or less can be used only as a last resort
in extraordinary circumstances where there is a determination of a serious safety
threat that cannot otherwise be reduced or eliminated by the provision of reasonable
151 A mental health consultant or school-based mental health
professional with early childhood experience must be engaged to advise on this
determination and provide support when needed.
Have school staff considered whether the student has a disability and provided all
required procedural protections?
If a student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), Section 504 plan, or is
currently being evaluated, follow the procedural protections for students with
If the student does not yet have an IEP or a Section 504 plan, school staff should
discuss whether there are academic, behavioral or other grounds that reasonably
give rise to a concern that a student may have a disability. This is required by the
Child Find provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
School staff must invite the Department of Human Services to consult on
suspensions or expulsions when mental illness might be a factor in the behavior.
See Section 6 below on Procedural Guidelines for Discipline of Students with Disabilities.