Policy JKD: Student Suspension

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 Committee.

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


Policy JKE

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
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