Expulsion is the termination of enrollment for a period of more than ten (10)
consecutive school days. The Board may expel a student for a definite period of time
not to exceed two (2) school years as determined on a case-by-case basis.
The Superintendent or designee shall implement expulsion procedures that provide, at
a minimum, for the following:
- Before a student may be expelled, the student and his or her
parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be provided a written request to appear at a hearing
to determine whether the student should be expelled. The request shall be sent
by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested. The request shall:
- Include the time, date, and place for the hearing.
- Briefly describe what will happen during the hearing.
- Detail the specific act of gross disobedience or misconduct resulting in the
decision to recommend expulsion.
- List the student’s prior suspension(s).
- State that the School Code allows the Board of Education to expel a
student for a definite period of time not to exceed 2 calendar years, as
determined on a case-by-case basis.
- Ask that the student or parent(s)/guardian(s) or attorney inform the
Superintendent or Board of Education attorney if the student will be
represented by an attorney and, if so, the attorney’s name and contact
- Unless the student and parent(s)/guardian(s) indicate that they do not want a
hearing or fail to appear at the designated time and place, the hearing will
proceed. It shall be conducted by the Board of Education or a hearing officer
appointed by it. If a hearing officer is appointed, he or she shall report to the
Board of Education the evidence presented at the hearing and the Board shall
take such final action as it finds appropriate. Whenever there is evidence that
mental illness may be the cause for the recommended expulsion, the
Superintendent or designee shall invite a representative from the Dept. of
Human Services to consult with the Board of Education.
- During the expulsion hearing, the Board of Education or hearing officer shall
hear evidence concerning whether the student is guilty of the gross disobedience
or misconduct as charged. School officials must provide: (1) testimony of any
other interventions attempted and exhausted or of their determination that no
other appropriate and available interventions were available for the student, and
(2) evidence of the threat or substantial disruption posed by the student. The
student and his or her parent(s)/guardian(s) may be represented by counsel,
offer evidence, present witnesses, cross-examine witnesses who testified, and
otherwise present reasons why the student should not be expelled. After presentation of the evidence or receipt of the hearing officer’s report, the Board of Education shall decide the issue of guilt and take such action as it finds appropriate.
- In determining the length of the student’s expulsion, the Board of Education also
- The egregiousness of the student’s conduct;
- The history of the student’s past conduct;
- The likelihood that such conduct will affect the delivery of education for
- The severity of the punishment; and
- The student’s best interests.
- If the Board of Education acts to expel the student, its written expulsion decision shall:
- Detail the specific reason why removing the student from his or her
learning environment is in the best interest of the school.
- Provide a rationale for the specific duration of the recommended
expulsion, as well as the rationale for any suspension that preceded the
- Document how school officials determined that all behavioral and
disciplinary interventions have been exhausted by specifying which
interventions were attempted or whether school officials determined that
no other appropriate and available interventions existed for the student.
- Document how the student’s continuing presence in school would (1) pose
a threat to the safety of other students, staff, or members of the school
community, or (2) substantially disrupt, impede, or interfere with the
operation of the school.
- Document whether available and appropriate support services were
offered or provided during the suspension and, if they were not offered or
provided, document that none were available.
Upon expulsion, the District may refer the student to appropriate and available
Adopted: January 5, 1998
Adopted: November 14, 2016