FILE:  JDD

Cf:  IDDG, IHAD, JBC, JCD

Cf:  JCDAB, JCDAC, JD, JDE

 

SUSPENSION

 

 

The Richland Parish School Board recognizes its authority to maintain good order and discipline within the schools of the school district.  Therefore, the School Board recognizes the principal's authority to suspend a pupil for a specified period of time in accordance with statutory provisions.

 

In each case of suspension, the school principal, or his or her designee, prior to any suspension, shall advise the student of the particular misconduct of which he/she is accused as well as the basis for such accusation, and the pupil shall be given an opportunity at that time to explain his/her version of the facts.  The principal/designee shall contact the parent, tutor, or legal guardian of the pupil to notify them of the suspension, and establish a date and time for a conference with the principal or designee as a requirement for readmitting the pupil.  Notice shall be given by contacting the parent, tutor, or legal guardian by telephone at the telephone number shown on the pupil's registration card, or by sending a certified letter to the address shown on the pupil's registration card.  The principal shall promptly advise the Superintendent or designee of all such suspensions, stating the reasons for the suspensions.

 

Students suspended for more than ten (10) days shall remain under the supervision of the school system using an alternative education program designed to continue the educational process in an alternative educational placement.  The student shall be placed in an alternative school or an alternative education program and shall be required to attend and participate in such school, program, or educational services.

 

No suspended pupil shall be allowed to leave the school premises during the school day until the parent, guardian, or other proper authorities assume responsibility for him/her, unless immediate removal from school due to danger or threat of disruption to academic process is warranted.

 

If the parent, tutor, or legal guardian fails to attend the required conference within five (5) school days of notification, the truancy laws shall be effective.  On not more than one occasion each school year when the parent, tutor, or legal guardian refuses to respond to the notice, the principal may determine whether readmitting the pupil is in the best interest of the pupil.  On any subsequent occasions in the same school year, the pupil shall not be readmitted unless the parent, tutor, or legal guardian, court, or other appointed representative responds.

 

In any case where a teacher, principal, or other school employee is authorized to require the parent, tutor, or legal guardian of a pupil to attend a conference or meeting regarding the pupil's behavior and after notice, the parent, tutor, or legal guardian willfully refuses to attend, the principal or his/her designee shall file a complaint, in accordance with statutory provisions, with a court exercising juvenile jurisdiction.

 

When a pupil is suspended for a second time within one school year, the principal may require a counseling session be held with the parent and pupil by the school counselor.  If no counselor is available, the conference may be held with all the pupil's teachers and the principal or other administrator.

 

Any student, after being suspended on three (3) occasions for committing drugs or weapons offenses, shall upon committing the fourth offense, be expelled from all the public schools of the system until the beginning of the next regular school year, and the pupil's reinstatement shall be subject to the review and approval of the School Board.

 

The principal and other appropriate personnel shall be required to file written documentation of all suspensions.  Said documentation shall include the circumstances surrounding any suspension, the reason for suspension, and any other pertinent facts concerning the disciplinary action.  The principal shall file copies of his/her report with the Superintendent, other appropriate personnel and the parent or guardian and retain a copy for his/her records.

 

Upon the seizure by any teacher, principal, school security guard, or other school administrator of any firearm, knife, or other dangerous implement which could be used as a weapon or inflict injury, the principal or his or her designee shall be required to report the confiscation to appropriate law enforcement officials.

 

Appeal

 

Any parent, tutor, or legal guardian of a pupil suspended shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent or his/her designee, who shall conduct a hearing on the merits.  If the parent or legal guardian is not present for the hearing after having been properly notified, the hearing may proceed and the results of the hearing shall be mailed to the parent or legal guardian within three (3) school days by certified mail, return receipt requested.  The decision of the Superintendent on the merits of the case, as well as the term of suspension, shall be final, reserving to the Superintendent the right to remit any portion of the time of suspension.

 

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

 

Principals of participating schools shall make the decision to assign students to an alternative site in-school suspension program.  All in-school suspension programs, whether on-site or alternative site, shall follow Richland Parish School Board policy.

 

Students shall be assigned to the alternative site in-school suspension program for no more than three (3) consecutive days per referral.  A full-time assistant shall monitor the completion of classwork that has been sent by the student's teacher to the alternative site in-school suspension program.  All students under the supervision of the alternative site in-school suspension program shall be subject to the decisions of the on-site principal or his designee.  While being assigned to an in-school suspension program, a student shall not be allowed to participate in school-related activities.

 

After the second in-school suspension, all subsequent suspensions shall count toward the four suspensions which shall result in a recommendation for expulsion.  A referral of subsequent disciplinary problems may be made to the School Building Level Committee, if appropriate.

 

In each case of in-school suspension, alternative site suspension, or suspension from school, the school principal or the principal's designee shall contact the parents, tutor, or legal guardian by telephone at the number shown on the pupil's registration card or send a certified letter to the address shown on the pupil's registration card to the parent or legal guardian of the pupil giving notice of the suspension and the reasons for the action, and establishing a date and time for a conference with the principal or his designee.  This conference shall be a requirement for readmitting the pupil to school.

 

In each case of suspension from riding the bus, a letter shall be sent to the parent, tutor, or legal guardian giving notice of the suspension and the reasons for the action.  A conference with student, principal, bus driver and parent is recommended.

 

In-school suspensions, alternative site suspensions, which are counted by the principal as regular suspensions, or suspensions from school shall be reported to the Superintendent and to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.  All suspensions from riding the bus shall be reported to the Supervisor of Transportation.

 

MANDATORY SUSPENSION

 

Firearms, Knives, Other Dangerous Instrumentalities, Drugs

 

The principal shall be required to suspend a pupil who:

 

  1. is found carrying or possessing a firearm or a knife with a blade two (2) inches or longer, or another dangerous instrumentality, except as provided below under the section entitled Suspension Not Applicable; or

  2. possesses, distributes, sells, gives, or loans any controlled dangerous substance governed by state law, in any form.

 

Additionally, the principal shall immediately recommend the pupil's expulsion to the Superintendent, for the above offenses, except in the case of a student less than eleven (11) years of age in pre-kindergarten through grade 5 who is found carrying or possessing a knife with a blade two (2) inches or longer, the principal may, but shall not be required to recommend the student's expulsion.  A student found carrying or possessing a knife with a blade less than two (2) inches in length may be suspended by the school principal, but, in appropriate cases, at a minimum, shall be placed in in-school suspension.

 

Assault or Battery of School Employees

 

Whenever a pupil is formally accused of violating state law or school disciplinary regulations, or both, by committing assault or battery on any school employee, the principal shall suspend the pupil from school immediately and the pupil shall be removed immediately from the school premises without the benefit of required procedures, provided, however, that such procedures shall follow as soon as practicable.  The student shall not be readmitted to the school to which the employee is assigned until all hearings and appeals associated with the alleged violation have been exhausted.

 

DAMAGE TO PROPERTY

 

A student suspended for damage to any property belonging to the Richland Parish School Board or to property contracted to the Richland Parish School Board shall not be readmitted until payment in full has been made for such damage or until directed by the Superintendent.  If the property damaged is a school bus owned by, contracted to, or jointly owned by the Richland Parish School Board, a pupil suspended for such damage shall not be permitted to enter or ride any school bus owned by, contracted to, or jointly owned by the Richland Parish School Board until payment has been made in full for such damage or until directed by the Superintendent.

 

SUSPENSION NOT APPLICABLE

 

Suspension of a student shall not apply to the following:

 

  1. A student carrying or possessing a firearm or knife for purposes of involvement in a school class, course, or school approved co-curricular or extracurricular activity or any other activity approved by appropriate school officials.

  2. A student possessing any controlled dangerous substance that has been obtained directly or due to a valid prescription or order from a licensed physician.  However, such student shall carry evidence of that prescription or physician's order on his/her person at all times when in possession of any controlled dangerous substance which shall be subject to verification.

 

In addition, school officials, in accordance with statutory provisions, shall have total discretion and shall exercise such discretion in imposing on a pupil any disciplinary actions authorized by state law for possession by a pupil of a firearm or knife on school property when such firearm or knife is stored in a motor vehicle and there is no evidence of the pupil's intent to use the firearm or knife in a criminal manner.

 

DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS

 

A student enrolled in grades prekindergarten through five shall not be suspended from school or suspended from riding on any school bus for a uniform violation that is not tied to willful disregard of school policies.

 

CREDIT FOR SCHOOL WORK MISSED

 

A student who is suspended for ten (10) days or fewer shall be assigned school work missed while he/she is suspended and shall receive either partial or full credit for such work if it is completed satisfactorily and timely as determined by the principal or his/her designee, upon the recommendation of the student’s teacher.

 

A student who is suspended for more than ten (10) days and receives educational services at an alternative school site, shall be assigned work by a certified teacher and shall receive credit for school work if it is completed satisfactorily and timely as determined by the teacher.  Such work shall be aligned with the curriculum used at the school from which the student is suspended.

 

RECUSAL OF ADMINISTRATOR IN DISCIPLINE MATTERS

 

Any school administrator or administrator's designee who is required to make a recommendation, decide an issue, or take action in a matter involving the discipline of a student shall recuse himself/herself whenever a member of the immediate family of the administrator or administrator's designee is involved in any manner in the discipline matter.  In case of recusal, the action to be taken shall be done so by the Superintendent or an impartial designee of the Superintendent.  Immediate family means the individual's children, brothers, sisters, parents, and spouse and the children, brothers, sisters, and parents of the spouse.

 

SUSPENSION OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

 

Suspension of students with disabilities shall be in accordance with applicable state or federal law and regulations.

 

Revised:  September, 1997 Revised:  November 10, 2009
Revised:  October 5, 1999 Revised:  January 8, 2013
Revised:  August, 2003 Revised:  July 9, 2013
Revised:  November 8, 2005 Revised:  October 13, 2015
Revised:  December 12, 2006 Revised:  December 8, 2015
Revised:  September 11, 2007  

 

 

Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:223, 17:416, 17:416.1, 17:416.2, 17:416.3

Goss v. Lopez, 95 S.Ct. 729 (1973)

Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, Bulletin 741, Louisiana Department of Education

Regulations for Implementation of the Exceptional Children's Act, Bulletin 1706, Louisiana Department of Education

Board minutes, 11-8-05, 12-12-06, 9-11-07, 11-10-09, 1-8-13, 7-9-13, 10-13-15, 12-8-15

 

Richland Parish School Board