Every child should have access to an education. But overuse of suspension and expulsion pushes kids out and keeps them from succeeding in school. If you have been suspended or expelled or removed because of an arrest in the community, or are the parent of student who has, give us a call. You have rights. Our attorneys can work with you and the school system to resolve the situation. Our services are free of charge.
Schools have to follow certain procedures when they suspend or expel a student, and they can only suspend students for certain reasons. If the school didn’t follow the right process or suspended your child for an inappropriate reason, you can challenge it, try to get it removed from their record, and request education services to make up for the class time missed.
When a school forces a student to transfer to an alternative school for disciplinary reasons, it counts as a suspension. Schools must follow certain procedures when they suspend a student, and they can only suspend students for certain reasons. Students also cannot be removed to an alternative school indefinitely and have the right to return to their original school. If your child’s school district didn’t follow the right process or sent your child to an alternative school for an inappropriate reason, you can challenge it and try to get your child back in their regular school.
Schools are not required to kick students out if they were arrested in the community. Schools should work with parents to determine an appropriate response.
Yes, but if the school wants to suspend a student with a disability for more than ten days in a row or more than ten days in one school year, the school has to follow special procedures to make sure they are not suspending the student for behavior caused by their disability.
In most cases, no. There are a few narrow exceptions.
Yes. For suspensions of less than ten days, schools must provide makeup work. For suspensions of more than ten days, schools must provide daily classwork or placement in an alternative school, and behavioral support services.