PROPOSED REVISIONS TO STUDENT DISCIPLINE POLICY Jonathan Brice Executive Director Student Support and Safety September 21, 2009
Incidents that led to Suspension Reduction in the number of incidents leading to suspension of more than 5,000 since the end of SY 2006-2007 2002 – 2003 26, 057 incidents SY 2003 – 2004 26, 295 incidents SY 2004 – 2005 16,631 incidents SY 2005 – 2006 15,031 incidents SY 2006 – 2007 16,752 incidents SY 2007-2008 14,744 incidents SY 2008-2009 11,059 incidents
Increased focus on classroom management and behavioral interventions.
City Schools recognizes the need for consequences in disciplining students, monitoring student suspensions beyond 5 days is needed to reduce the number of days that students are excluded from the classroom.
Board Rule, Section 507 currently includes policy as well as procedural steps. As a result, Board approval is needed to change procedural steps.
Only the CEO or designated representative may suspend a student beyond 5 school days. Principals will have authority to suspend up to 5 days and can propose a student for more than 5 days. However, the proposal for a suspension beyond 5 days is reviewed by Office of Suspension Services and they are responsible for making a decision about the case.
Long-term suspension” will be changed to “extended suspension” to be consistent with COMAR.
Each case will be reviewed by the alternative program’s Student Support Team with written, quarterly progress reports provided to the Executive Director of Safety and Student Support.
If a student is found to have not met the reinstatement guidelines set forth in VI.G.2., the Executive Director of Safety and Student Support may administratively withdraw the student from City Schools.
If at any time the student is found noncompliant with VI.G.2.c., the case review by the Executive Director of Safety and Student Support will be immediate.
JKA-RC: Suspension or Expulsion of Students with Disabilities Who Qualify for Services under IDEA
Guidelines for suspension of student with disability for not more than 10 cumulative or consecutive school days
Guidelines for suspension of student with disability for more than 10 cumulative school days
Includes referral to IEP team
Requires principal to consult with at least one of the student’s teachers
Guidelines for suspension of student with disability for more than 10 consecutive school days
Principal must consult with at least one of the student’s teachers to determine what services should be provided
Notification to the IEP team for manifestation determination
Detailed procedures for the manifestation determination
Guidelines for possession of weapon or drugs, use or sale of controlled substance, and infliction of serious bodily injury
JKA-RD: Suspension or Expulsion of a Student with Disabilities Under Section 504.
Requires referral to 504 team for any combination of in-school, short-term, or extended suspension that totals more than 10 school days per school year
504 team, including parent, meets to review the appropriateness of student’s 504 and to make manifestation determination
Guidelines provided for manifestation determination process
Parents who disagree with 504 team’s decision may request due process hearing.
JKA-RE: Student Suspected of Having a Disability
Guidance for when City Schools had knowledge of student’s disability but student had not yet been identified
Explains how to determine if City Schools had knowledge of disability
Sets forth when City Schools will not be held to have knowledge of student’s disability
Provides for expedited evaluation of student if written referral is received while student is subject to disciplinary measures
If IEP team determines student has disability, special education and related services will be provided