Removal from the Classroom
A student may be immediately removed from a classroom by the teacher and placed in the custody of the principal or designee if the student's behavior prevents the orderly instruction of other students or poses an immediate threat to the safety or physical well-being of students or the teacher or when a student violates the school’s code of conduct.
Upon the student being removed from class and sent to the principal's office, the principal or designee shall advise the student of the misconduct of which he or she is accused as well as the basis for such accusation, and the student shall be given an opportunity at that time to explain his or her version of the facts.
The principal shall conduct a counseling session with the student as may be appropriate to establish a course of action, consistent with School Board Policy to identify and correct the behavior for which the student is being disciplined.
Any student removed from class in kindergarten through grade 6 shall not be permitted to return to class for at least thirty (30) minutes unless agreed to by the teacher.
A student removed from class in grades 7 through 12 shall not be permitted to return to class during the same class period, unless agreed to by the teacher initiating the disciplinary action.
A student removed from the classroom shall be assigned academic assignments missed and shall receive either partial or full credit for such work, upon the recommendation of the student’s teacher, if it is completed satisfactorily and timely as determined by the principal or his/her designee.
Once removed, the student shall not be readmitted to the classroom until the principal has implemented at least one or more of the following disciplinary measures:
- Conferencing with the principal.
- Referral to counseling.
- Peer mediation.
- Referral to the school building level committee.
- Restorative justice practices.
- Loss of privileges.
- In-school suspension.
- Out-of-school suspension.
- Initiation of expulsion hearings.
- Referral for assignment to an alternative school setting.
- Requiring the completion of all assigned school and homework that would have been assigned and completed by the student during the period of suspension.
- Any other disciplinary measure authorized by the principal with the concurrence of the teacher or the school building level committee pursuant to law and school board policy.
The principal shall provide oral or written notification to the parent or legal guardian of any student removed from the classroom. Such notification shall include a description of any disciplinary action taken.
When a student has been removed from a classroom, the teacher may require the parent(s), or legal guardian(s) of the student to have a conference with the teacher or the principal. Conferences with parents may be held by telephone or virtual means. The student should not be kept out of the classroom past the suspension period assigned by the principal.
Upon the student's third removal from the same classroom, the teacher and principal shall discuss the student's disruptive behavior patterns and the potentially appropriate disciplinary measures to be taken before the principal implements such measures.
In addition, a conference between the teacher or other appropriate school employee(s) and the student's parent(s), or legal guardian(s) shall be required prior to the student being readmitted to that same classroom. The conference may be in person or by telephone or other virtual means. If such a conference is required by the school, the school shall give written notice to the parents. If the disruptive behavior persists, the teacher may request that the principal transfer the student into another setting.