The administrator has the authority to suspend a student summarily for a period not to exceed five (5) days. The superintendent has the authority to suspend any student for an additional period not to exceed ten (10) days. In an instance in which a hearing is required, the superintendent may suspend for an additional ten days, pending the hearing.
The following procedure will take place when suspending a student:
(1) The student will be given due process.
(2) The student will be given notice of the suspension together with a verbal statement as to the grounds for the suspension and the effective dates and times of the suspension.
(3) The parent will be informed of the suspension. If the parent cannot be contacted and the school day has not ended, the student will be kept in in-house suspension for the remainder of the day or until the parent is notified of the suspension. If the school day has ended, the student will be sent home. Attempts will be made to contact the parents by phone. Notice will be sent to the parents describing the reason for the suspension and the effective days of the suspension.
(4) In the event that the student’s presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or is an on-going threat or disruption of the academic process or interference with the rights of other students or school personnel, suspension may be immediate and without notice and without opportunity for presentation by the student or further inquiry. Appropriate law enforcement agencies may be called.
(5) The parents may be asked to come to school with the student for a conference with the administrator after the suspension, before the student can be readmitted.
Any student that is declared habitually disruptive shall be referred to the Board of Education for expulsion. In the event that the Board of Education contemplates expulsion, a written notice will be given to the student and his/her parents or guardian containing the basic reasons for expulsion; date, time, and place of hearing; the right to hear evidence and present evidence; and the right to counsel.
The Stratton School District does not offer an alternative to suspension program.