The following procedures apply to all students. However, appropriate discipline for students with
disabilities shall be in accordance with policy JGE, Discipline of Students with Disabilities.
The Board of Education believes that the right of a child to attend free public schools carries with
it the responsibility of the child to attend school regularly and to comply with the lawful policies,
rules and procedures of the school district. This observance of school policies, rules and
procedures is essential for permitting others to learn at school.
Therefore, the administration may exclude a student from school because of violation of school
rules and procedures, conduct which materially or substantially disrupts the rights of others to an
education, or conduct which endangers the student, other students or the property of the school.
Furthermore, if a student poses a threat to self or others, as evidenced by the prior conduct of such
student, the administration may immediately remove the student from school. Such actions will
be taken in accordance with due process and with due regard for the welfare of both the student
and the school.
The terms "suspension" and “removal” refer to an exclusion from school that will not exceed a
specific period of time and shall be subject to the due process procedures set forth for
"suspensions" in this policy. The term "expulsion" refers to exclusion for an indefinite period.
The district may honor suspensions and expulsions from another in-state or out-of-state school
district including a private, charter or parochial school or school district pursuant to law and
policy JEC, Student Admissions. Before making any decision to honor such suspensions or
expulsions, the superintendent or designee will consider whether the student has received the due
process required by law.
In Missouri, a principal may suspend a student for up to ten (10) school days. A superintendent
may suspend a student for up to 180 school days. Procedures for suspending a student are outlined
1. Before suspending a student, a principal or superintendent must (a) tell the student, either
orally or in writing, what misconduct he or she is accused of; (b) if the student denies the
accusation, explain, either orally or in writing, the facts that form the basis of the proposed
suspension; and (c) give the student an opportunity to present his or her version of the
2. If the principal or superintendent concludes that the student has engaged in misconduct
punishable by suspension, the procedures described below apply unless the student has a
disability as defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as amended
or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. (For students with disabilities the procedures
described in the policy dealing with the discipline of students with disabilities apply.)
3. The principal or superintendent should determine whether the student should be suspended
or whether less drastic alternative measures would be appropriate. In many cases, the
principal or superintendent may decide not to suspend a student unless conferences
(between the teacher, student and principal and/or between the parent, student and
principal) have been held and have failed to change the student's behavior.
4. If suspension is imposed, the student's parents or guardians must be promptly notified of
the suspension and the reasons for the action.
5. Any suspension by a principal must be reported, immediately and in writing, to the
superintendent, who may revoke the suspension, either part or in full, at any time.
6. Students receiving an out-of-school suspension are encouraged to remain current with class
assignments. They will not be allowed to make up any missed work for credit during the
time of the suspension except for major projects, chapter/quarter/semester tests. All work
that is allowed should be made up within the time limits of the regular absence policy or
three (3) days, whichever is shorter. Parents must provide transportation to and from
school during the suspension.
7. If a student is suspended for more than ten (10) school days, the following rules also apply:
a. The student, his or her parents, guardians or others having custodial care have a
right to appeal the superintendent's decision to the Board or a committee of the
Board appointed by the Board president.
b. If the student gives notice that he or she wishes to appeal the suspension to the
Board, the suspension shall be stayed until the Board renders its decision, unless
in the superintendent's judgment, the student's presence poses a continuing danger
to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process.
c. All notices of appeal shall be transmitted, either by the appealing party or by the
superintendent, to the secretary of the Board. Oral notices, if made to the
superintendent, shall be reduced to writing and communicated to the secretary of
d. The superintendent, when notified of an appeal, shall promptly transmit to the
Board a full written report of the facts relating to the suspension, the action taken
by the superintendent, and the reasons for the action.
e. Upon receipt of a notice of appeal, the Board will schedule a hearing and within a
reasonable time in advance of the scheduled date, will notify, by certified mail, the
appealing party of the date, time and place of the hearing and of the right to
counsel, to call witnesses, and to present evidence at the hearing.
f. Hearings of appealed suspensions will be conducted as described in the section of
this policy dealing with student disciplinary hearings.
Suspensions For More Than 180 School Days and Expulsions
Only the Board may expel a student or suspend a student for more than 180 school days. The
applicable procedures are outlined below.
1. Before recommending to the Board that a student be expelled or suspended for more than
180 school days, the superintendent must (a) tell the student, either orally or in writing,
what misconduct he or she is accused of; (b) if the student denies the accusation, explain,
either orally or in writing, the facts that form the basis of the proposed
suspension/expulsion; and (c) give the student an opportunity to present his or her version
of the incident.
2. If the superintendent concludes that the student has engaged in misconduct and should be
expelled or suspended for more than 180 school days, the procedures described below
apply unless the student has a disability. (In the case of a student with a disability, the
procedures described in the policy dealing with the discipline of students with disabilities
a. The superintendent will recommend to the Board that the student be expelled or
suspended for more than 180 school days. The superintendent may also
immediately suspend the student for up to 180 school days.
b. Upon receipt of the superintendent's recommendation, the Board will follow the
procedures described in the section of this policy dealing with student disciplinary
3. If the student is expelled, he or she may later apply to the Board for readmission. Only
the Board can readmit an expelled student.
Student Discipline Hearings
The Board of Education may originate student discipline hearings upon recommendation of the
superintendent. In such cases, the Board of Education will review the superintendent's report and
determine whether to conduct a discipline hearing. In addition, student discipline hearings also
will be held upon written request of the student or the student's parents, to consider appeals from
student suspensions in excess of ten (10) school days. A discipline hearing will always be held
in cases of suspensions in excess of 180 school days or expulsions, unless after meeting with the
superintendent or designee, the parent or guardian waives, in writing, the right to an expulsion
In all hearings, whether initiated by the Board of Education or by appeal, the following procedures
will be adhered to:
1. The student and the parents/guardians will be advised of the charges against the student;
their right to a Board hearing; the date, time and place of the hearing; their right to
counsel; and their procedural rights to call witnesses, enter exhibits and cross-examine
adverse witnesses. All such notifications will be made by certified mail, addressed to the
student's parents or guardians. The Board shall make a good-faith effort to have the
parents or guardians present at the hearing.
2. Prior to the Board hearing, the student and the student's parents/guardians will be advised
of the identity of the witnesses to be called by the administration and advised of the nature
of their testimony. In addition, the student and the student's parents/guardians will be
provided with copies of the documents to be introduced at the hearing by the
3. The hearing will be closed unless the Board decides otherwise. The hearing will only be
open with parental consent. At the hearing, the administration or their counsel will present
the charges and such testimony and evidence to support such charges. The student, his or
her parents/guardians or their counsel shall have the right to present witnesses, introduce
exhibits, and to cross-examine witnesses called in support of the charges.
4. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board of Education shall deliberate in executive
session and shall render a decision to dismiss the charges; to suspend the student for a
specified period of time; or to expel the student from the schools of the district. The
administration or its counsel, by direction of the Board of Education, shall promptly
prepare and transmit to the parents/guardians written notice of the decision.
Prior to the readmission or enrollment of any student who has been suspended out of school or
expelled in accordance with this policy, for any "act of school violence" as defined in § 160.261.2,
RSMo., and Board policy JGF, a conference must be held to review the student’s conduct that
resulted in the suspension or expulsion and any remedial actions needed to prevent future
occurrences of such conduct or related conduct. The conference shall include the appropriate
school officials including any teacher directly involved with the conduct that resulted in the
suspension or expulsion, the student, and the parent or guardian of the student or any agency
having legal jurisdiction, care, custody or control of the student. The Board of Education shall
notify, in writing, the parents or guardians and all other parties of the time, place and agenda of
any such conference. Failure of any party to attend this conference shall not preclude holding the
conference. This requirement applies to enrolling students transferring from another school as
well, regardless of whether the "act of school violence" was committed at a public school or at a
private school in Missouri, provided that such act shall have resulted in the suspension or
expulsion of such student in the case of a private school.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this
section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures
and/or forms for related information.
Revised: 12/15/2003; 05/15/2006
Cross Refs: ECA, Building and Grounds Security
Legal Refs §§ 160.261, 162.955 - .963, 167.161 - .171, RSMo.
Chapter 536, RSMo.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as amended, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1400 -
Dunklin R-5 School District, Herculaneum, Missouri
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