Serious breaches of standards of behavior may result in suspension
from school in accordance with applicable State and Federal
laws/regulations and court decisions. The principal of each school will
implement specific procedures for imposing suspensions, conferring with
parents, and readmitting and counseling suspended students.
A suspension may be imposed when a student’s behavior creates a
threat to his/her own or other’s safety such as fighting, committing an
assault on another, stealing, vandalism, (possessing weapons, explosives
or prohibited materials), making false alarms or bomb threats, lewd or
threatening behavior or language. In cases of repeated violations of
other disciplinary rules, suspension may be imposed after other attempts
have been made to resolve the problem.
Additionally, suspensions may also be imposed for the violation of
rules set forth in student handbooks reviewed and approved by the School
In cases involving possession of weapons, possession of controlled
substances or assault upon a staff member, a student may be subject to
immediate expulsion. (See Policy JKE .)
Prior to a suspension being imposed, the student facing a possible
suspension will be provided due process which includes a notice and
explanation of the suspension the right to representation, an
opportunity to present his/her own views, evidence, and witnesses for
the situation. Whenever possible, parents or guardians will be notified
by telephone prior to the suspension. Suspended students will not be
in school, on the school grounds, or at school-sponsored activities or
athletic events unless expressly permitted by the principal.
Before the above steps to impose a suspension have been completed,
the principal or his/her designee may remove the student from the school
grounds with an immediate suspension if the continued presence of the
student presents a danger to himself/herself or to other students or to
staff, or disrupts the educational process.
A student suspended for more than ten days has the right to appeal the disciplinary decision to the Superintendent.
MGL 71:37H, 71:37H.5
Goss v Lopez, 419 U.S. 565 (1975) Supreme Court
Region Voted to Approve: 8/29/06
Amherst Voted to Approve: 9/19/06
Pelham Voted to Approve: 9/7/06
Effective Date: 9/19/06