File JKD: Suspension of Students


The Board delegates to the principals the authority to suspend disobedient and disorderly students (those who have violated Law, school policies or regulations) for a period not to exceed 10 (ten) school days for any one (1) offense. Suspension may be in-school or out-of-school at the discretion of the principal. Suspension longer than 10 (ten) days may be imposed by the Board.
Prior to the suspension, except as hereinafter provided:
A. The student shall be given oral or written notice of the charge(s) against him/her;
B. The student shall be given an explanation of the evidence forming the basis for the charge(s); and
C. The student shall be given an opportunity to present his/her version of the incident.
However, students whose presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting the instructional process may be immediately removed from school. In such cases, the notice of charges, explanation of evidence, and the student’s opportunity to present his/her version of the incident shall be arranged as soon as practicable after removal of the student from school.
The student’s parents/guardians shall be notified of any suspension, including in-school suspension as soon as practicable by telephone (if possible) and by written notice sent by mail.
Students are not allowed on school property during any out-of-school suspension except with the prior authorization of the principal or Superintendent.
The parents/guardians and the student may be required to schedule a conference with the building administrator/designee within the suspension period and prior to readmittance to school or returning to regular class.
Students shall be responsible for any schoolwork missed during their suspension. After readmittance, they shall be permitted to take tests, quizzes or any other form of evaluation affecting their grades.
Students serving in-school suspension shall not be permitted to participate in extracurricular activities except with the prior authorization of the principal or Superintendent.
Legal Reference:                        20-A MRSA §§ 1001 (9), (15-A) (D)
Cross Reference:                    JIC – Student Code of Conduct
                                                JICIA – Weapons, Violence and School Safety
                                                JICK – Bullying
                                                JK – Student Discipline
                                                JKE – Expulsion of Students
                                                JKF – Suspension/Expulsion of Students with Disabilities
FIRST READING:                 December 13, 2012
 SECOND READING:           January 10, 2013
 ADOPTED:                           January 10, 2013

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