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PDFWAC 392-400-430

Suspensions and expulsionsGeneral conditions and limitations.

A school district may administer suspensions and expulsions for behavioral violations, subject to the following requirements:
(1) Parent involvement. A school district must:
(a) Provide for early involvement of parents in efforts to support students in meeting behavioral expectations; and
(b) Must make every reasonable attempt to involve the student and parents in the resolution of behavioral violations.
(2) Considerations. Before administering any suspension or expulsion, a school district must consider the student's individual circumstances and the nature and circumstances of the behavioral violation to determine whether the suspension or expulsion, and the length of the exclusion, is warranted.
(3) Opportunity to receive educational services. A school district must provide an opportunity for students to receive educational services during a suspension or expulsion under WAC 392-400-610.
(4) Reporting. The principal or designee must report all suspensions and expulsions, and the behavioral violation that led to each suspension or expulsion, to the school district superintendent or designee within twenty-four hours after the administration of the suspension or expulsion.
(5) Reentry. After suspending or expelling a student, a school district must:
(a) Make reasonable efforts to return the student to the student's regular educational setting as soon as possible.
(b) Allow the student to petition for readmission at any time.
(6) Absences and tardiness. A school district may not suspend or expel a student from school for absences or tardiness.
(7) Access to school district property. When administering a suspension or expulsion, a school district may deny a student admission to, or entry upon, real and personal property that is owned, leased, rented, or controlled by the district.
(8) End date.
(a) An expulsion or suspension of a student may not be for an indefinite period of time and must have an end date.
(b) If a school district enrolls a student in another program or course of study during a suspension or expulsion, the district may not preclude the student from returning to the student's regular educational setting following the end date of the suspension or expulsion, unless:
(i) The school district superintendent or designee grants a petition to extend a student's expulsion under WAC 392-400-480;
(ii) The student is excluded from the student's regular educational setting in accordance with WAC 392-400-810; or
(iii) The student is otherwise precluded under law from returning to the student's regular educational setting.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.600.015 and, 28A.600.020. WSR 19-12-050, § 392-400-430, filed 5/31/19, effective 7/1/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.600.015, 28A.600.020 and 28A.600.010 through 28A.600.022, 28A.320.211. WSR 18-16-081, § 392-400-430, filed 7/30/18, effective 7/1/19.]
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