PA 07-66—sHB 7350

Education Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSIONS

SUMMARY: This act generally prohibits out-of-school suspensions and extends, from five to 10 days, the maximum length of in-school suspensions. The law allows a student to be suspended for conduct (1) that violates a publicized board policy or seriously disrupts the educational process or (2) on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity that endangers persons or property. It defines suspension as exclusion from school privileges, or from transportation services only, for up to 10 consecutive school days.

The act requires suspensions to be in-school suspensions unless the school administration determines, at the required informal suspension hearing, that the student must serve the suspension outside of school because he or she (1) poses such a danger to persons or property or (2) is so disruptive of the educational process. Prior law defined in-school suspension as exclusion from classroom activity, but not from school, for up to five consecutive days. The act extends this to a maximum of 10 consecutive days. An exclusion from school privileges for more than 10 days constitutes an expulsion under existing law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2008

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