The following procedures apply to all students. However, additional procedures for discipline for
students with disabilities are sometimes required, as discussed in policy JGE, Discipline of Students
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
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
A building principal, for the well-being of a student or of the school environment, may suspend a
student from school for a period of no more than ten (10) days. The student will be afforded the
opportunity of an informal hearing. The notice and informal hearing should precede removal of the
student from school. There need be no delay between the time notice is given and the time of
hearing. Notice of an informal hearing need not be given prior to removal from school when a
student's presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or threatens disruption of the
academic process. The principal will notify the student's parent(s) or guardian of his or her decision.
The superintendent has the authority to extend the suspension up to 180 school days or to revoke the
suspension if he or she desires. Suspension will generally be used for the chronic and more serious
types of offenses.
Actions or behavior that may result in a student's suspension from school include violation of Board
policy IGDB, JEA, JED, JEDA, JFC, JFCA, JFCG, JFCH, JFG, JG, JG-R1, JG-R2, JGA, JGB,
JHCD and JHFD.
Procedures for suspending a student are outlined below.
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. If the student has a
disability as defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as amended
or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, additional procedural safeguards 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. Any disciplinary action over ten (10) days may be appealed to a higher authority. The
grievance should be first taken up at the level at which it was instituted.
a. Teacher or staff personnel
b. Assistant Principal
d. Superintendent/Superintendent's designee
e. Board of Education
7. Students under suspension are not allowed to be on or around the school campus unless:
a. The parent/guardian calls and makes arrangements through a principal.
b. The parent/guardian accompanies the student to the campus.
8. Students under suspension are not allowed to participate in or attend any extracurricular
activities sponsored by the school until they have attended classes on the first day after the
suspension. Such activities include: basketball games, football games, dances, wrestling
matches, concerts, club meetings and other school-sponsored activities.
9. Student suspensions may extend into the next school year at the discretion of the assistant
10. 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 the
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.
g. Students who are on long-term suspension and choose to serve their suspension
receiving academic services in the Re-Entry School (RES) will, by selecting the RES
option, forfeit their right to appeal the suspension to the Board. Students on long-term suspension not receiving RES services retain that option.
Suspensions For More Than 180 School Days and Expulsions
Action taken to permanently deprive a student of the privilege of attending school shall be
considered expulsion. Only the Board may expel a student or suspend a student for more than 180
school days. However, the building principal will be empowered to handle pupil violations of school
regulations in a manner that will support the maintenance of school discipline and school morale.
If a pupil consistently refuses to conform to school policies and regulations, or is responsible for any
behavior that endangers other students or substantially disrupts the educational process, the principal
may recommend to the superintendent that the pupil be expelled from school. The superintendent
will, in turn, notify the Board if he or she is in agreement with the proposal. The Board will be
notified and will, in turn, set a date for the hearing. The parents will be notified as well as the pupil.
The Board will expect the principal in each case to be present and make oral and written reports and
statements concerning the pupil's misconduct. The number of previous suspensions of the pupil may
be a major factor in the Board's decision to expel or in the principal's or superintendent's decision
to recommend expulsion. 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 shall apply.)
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 hearing.
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 administration.
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 review administrative procedures and/or forms for related
information in support of this policy area.
Revised: 04/14/1998; 06/08/2000; 02/19/2004; 05/13/2004; 07/14/2011; 03/14/2013
Legal Refs §§ 160.261, 162.955 - .963, 167.161 - .171, RSMo
Chapter 536, RSMo
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1400 - 1487
St. Charles School District, St. Charles, Missouri
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