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Short-Term Suspension

Except in an emergency, a short-term suspension (not exceeding ten school days) must be preceded by oral or written notice of the charges to the student and an informal hearing. If a hearing is not held prior to the suspension, an informal hearing shall be provided no later than seventy-two (72) hours after imposition of a short-term suspension. Written notice of any short-term suspension, including the reason for the suspension, shall be given to the student and the student’s parents or guardians within 24 hours after the suspension has been imposed. At the formal hearing, the student shall be notified of the following:


  • The right to be present at the hearing

  • To be informed of the charges

  • To be informed of the basis of the accusation

  • To make statements in defense of or in mitigation of the charges or accusations.

When a suspension is imposed during the school day, the student shall not be removed from school until a parent has been notified. If a parent cannot be notified during regular school hours, the student shall remain at school until the regular dismissal time.


The principal may establish appropriate requirements relating to the students’ future behavior at school and may place the student on probation.

Long-Term Suspension or Expulsion

Before a student is subject to long-term suspension (not to exceed 90 school days) or expulsion (not to exceed 186 school days), a hearing shall be conducted by a hearing officer who has authority to suspend or expel. The principal shall designate a hearing office from a list approved by the Board. The person conducting the hearing shall explain that the purpose of the administrative hearing is to review the charges and incidents upon which the proposed long-term suspension or expulsion is based, and to provide an opportunity for the student, the student’s parents or guardians, counsel and witnesses to present information pertinent to the case.

Long-Term Suspension or Expulsion Hearings


Formal hearings shall be conducted according to procedures outlined in current Kansas Law. The student and parents or guardians shall be given written notice of the date, time, and place of the hearing. The notice shall include copies of the suspension/expulsion law, and appropriate board policies, regulations and handbooks. The hearings may be conducted by a certified employee or committee of certified employees. At the conclusion of the hearings, a written report and the findings will be prepared by the person or committee conducting the hearing. Records of the hearing shall be available to students and parents or guardians according to Kansas law. Any student suspended for more than ten (10) days or expelled from school shall be provided with information concerning services or programs offered by public or private agencies which provide services to improve the student’s attitude and behavior. Failure of the student and the student’s parents to attend the hearing shall result in a waiver of the student’s opportunity for the hearing.

Students’ Rights during the Hearing

The student shall have the right:

1. To counsel of his/her own choice;

2. For parents or guardians to be present;

3. To hear or read a full report of testimony of witnesses;

4. To confront and cross-examine witnesses who appear in person at the hearing;

5. To present his or her own witness;

6. To testify in his or her own behalf and to give reasons for his or her conduct;

7. To an orderly hearing; and

8. To a fair and impartial decision based on substantial evidence.

Students who are suspended for more than 10 days or expelled from school may appeal to the Board within 10 days of receiving written notice of the hearing results.

Special Education Suspension and Expulsion Procedures


See State Plan

OFFENSES AND CONSEQUENCES


  • Two detentions in a week will receive an ISS, two ISS in a nine-week period will receive an OSS, two OSS in a nine-week period could result in an expulsion hearing. The building principal has the option of following any step in the disciplinary guidelines or administering some other disciplinary action circumstances warrant.

  • Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco – being under the influence of and/or the use, possession, distribution of, sale of…

1st 2nd 3rd

As per handbook



  • Malicious Destruction of School Property – stealing, marking or defacing school property, improper care of school and materials.

1st 2nd 3rd

3 days ISS 3 days OSS OSS/Hearing

Financial restitution in all cases


  • Open defiance toward a member of school staff – refusal to obey school rules – or to comply with a reasonable request. Deliberate profane remarks to any school personnel.

1st 2nd 3rd

3 days OSS 5 days OSS OSS/Hearing



  • Fighting (both parties contributing) Provoking – Add ONE day)

1st 2nd 3rd

2 days OSS 4 days OSS OSS/Hearing


  • Cheating – wrongly securing and/or using information – or assisting another to copy the work of others (computers included) Plagiarism – copying the work of others and submitting it as one’s own work.


1st 2nd 3rd

ISS OSS OSS/Hearing



  • Arson – fire alarm – dialing 911 – bomb threat – making written or oral threats toward staff/students

1st 2nd 3rd

Min. OSS OSS/Hearing OSS/Hearing



  • Cafeteria Misconduct – classroom disturbance – disorderly conduct - dress code violation – public display of affection (PDA)

1st 2nd 3rd

Min. parent conference

Max. OSS


1st 2nd 3rd

Min. ISS OSS OSS/Hearing

Max. OSS


  • Extortion

1st 2nd 3rd

ISS 5 days OSS OSS/Hearing



  • Forgery – writing or using the signature of another person

1st 2nd 3rd

Min. parent involvement Long-term suspension

Restitution in all cases


  • Gambling – participating in games of chance for the purpose of exchanging money or goods

1st 2nd 3rd

Min. parent conference

Max. OSS


  • Inappropriate items at school (cell phones, pagers, CD’s, silly string, sunflower seeds, etc.)

1st 2nd 3rd

Confiscate ISS ISS

and detention

Parent involvement



  • Lying – making untrue statements with intent to deceive

1st 2nd 3rd

Parent involvement ISS OSS


  • Physical Assault – includes physical attack or recklessly causing any physical injury to another person. Intentionally putting another person in reasonable fear of personal injury, knowingly touching another person with intent to injure, insult or provoke.


1st 2nd 3rd

OSS OSS/Hearing



1st 2nd 3rd

Min. ISS Max. OSS OSS/Hearing



  • Sexual Misconduct – including, but not limited to, indecent exposure (mooning), “depantsing” or attempting to depants or remove clothing from another person, inappropriate touching of others, etc.

1st 2nd 3rd

OSS OSS/Hearing



  • Sexual Harassment – includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors

1st 2nd 3rd

OSS OSS/Hearing




  • Tardiness to School – two (2) per nine weeks. Following the second, ISS before or after school to make up time.

1st 2nd 3rd

Parent conference after 2



1st 2nd 3rd

Min. ISS OSS OSS/Hearing

Restitution in all cases


  • Truancy/unexcused absences – any absence which has not been excused by a parent or guardian (in advance) and approved by a school official (includes leaving the building, classroom, or school grounds without permission).

1st 2nd 3rd

ISS OSS OSS/Hearing



  • Weapons

1st 2nd 3rd

As per handbook guidelines.



  • Knife not used as a weapon

1st 2nd 3rd

3 days OSS 5 days OSS OSS/Hearing


  • Violations of Acceptable Use Policy (playing games, using e-mail, etc.)

1st – Warning 2nd 3rd 4th

20 calendar days One calendar year Suspended from network

suspended from network suspended from network use for the remainder of

use. Any network use use. Any network use time the student is

(such as loggin in on (such as logging in on enrolled at Ell-Saline

another student’s another student’s MS/HS

password or user ID or password or user ID or

finding a work station finding a work station

open) during that time open) during that time

will be considered the will be considered the

second or third offense. third offense.




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