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(8.3) Can school districts use an alternative to suspensions or expulsions?

(8.3) Can school districts use an alternative to suspensions or expulsions?

Yes. Suspension is appropriate only after other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct.  Other means of correction include, but are not limited to: a conference between school personnel and the parent, a referral for special education assessments, and a positive behavior support approach with tiered interventions.  School districts should use alternatives to suspension or expulsion to address problems of truancy, tardiness, and other absences from school activities. [Cal. Ed. Code Sec. 48900(w).]

It is within the superintendent’s discretion to use alternative methods, such as anger-management classes, instead of suspension or expulsion. [Cal. Ed. Code Sec. 48900(v).] A school district may also adopt a policy authorizing teachers to require the parent or guardian of a pupil who has been suspended to attend a portion of a school day in the classroom of his or her child or ward. [Cal. Ed. Code Sec. 48900.1.]