CONSULTATION: After consulting with the Coordinator of Progressive Discipline (CPD), the Principal documents a level five (5) Behavior Response with up to five (5) out-of-school suspension days and a recommendation for expulsion.
FAMILY NOTIFICATION: School-based administrator contacts Student’s family to inform them that their student is recommended for expulsion.
RECOMMENDATION: Following the behavior investigation, the principal submits the following documents to the CPD: expulsion cover letter, expulsion memorandum, student and parent/guardian suspension letters, any evidence collected during the investigation.
ERT MEETING: Expulsion Review Team reviews the Expulsion recommendation and determines if the behavior meets criteria to move forward.
If the recommendation is denied, the process ends here and the student may return to school after their suspension days are over.
If the recommendation is approved continue to step - FAMILY COMMUNICATION.
FAMILY COMMUNICATION: The CPD will contact the student and their family to explain the expulsion process and inform them of the ERT’s decision to proceed to the next stage of the expulsion process.
SUSPENSION EXTENSION: Up to ten (10) OSS days are added to the student’s suspension.
EXPULSION HEARING SCHEDULED: An expulsion hearing is scheduled and a hearing notice is emailed to the parent/guardian at the student’s home address as well as sent certified mail.
K/S MEETING: For regular education students, prior to the expulsion hearing, a Knowledge and Suspicion meeting is held to determine if there was prior knowledge or suspicion that the student is a student with a disability. If knowledge or suspicion is found, then an expedited special education evaluation is initiated with a 45 day deadline. If the evaluation determines the student has a disability then a Manifestation Determination meeting is held.
MD MEETING: If the student is a student with a disability then a Manifestation Determination (MD) meeting must be held to determine if the behavior that was recommended for expulsion was a manifestation of the student’s disability.
If the behavior is found to be related to the disability, then the expulsion recommendation is dismissed.
If the behavior is found to be unrelated to the disability proceed the expulsion process continues
VRA: One last thing must be completed prior to the expulsion hearing, a Violence Risk Assessment (VRA). A VRA is a set of tools and procedures to determine whether or not a student may pose a risk to the safety of others. See the VRA section for more information.
If a risk of violence is not found or is able to be mitigated with a safety plan student may participate in the RESTORE abeyance program.
If a risk of violence is found that cannot be mitigated with a safety plan then an expulsion hearing is held
RESTORE is a voluntary program that temporarily halts the expulsion process. Upon successful completion of RESTORE, the recommendation for expulsion is withdrawn and students shall be permitted to return to their home school and/or an alternative program that best fits their needs.
EXPULSION HEARING: The expulsion hearing is attended by the student, parents/guardian, student’s legal council if applicable, school principal, Coordinator of Progressive Discipline, an independent hearing officer, and any other witnesses. Both the student and the district are able to present their cases to the hearing officer. It is the district’s job to prove that the student engaged in conduct while at school or while under the supervision of a school authority which endangered the property, health, or safety of others.