Expulsion is the termination of enrollment for a period of more than ten (10) 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. Such expulsions shall take place only after a review hearing by the Board of Education or the Board has taken action upon findings submitted by a hearing officer appointed by the Board. Expulsion shall be exercised only through formal action of the Board. At the time of expulsion, the Board shall set the duration of the expulsion. Action of the Board will be necessary for any possible readmission to school. Actions in the expelling of a pupil shall be preceded by internal school procedures reflecting “due process” supported by defensible records and procedures.
A student may be expelled only by formal action of the Board.
The following are expulsion procedures:
The student and parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student shall be notified in writing of the following:
- The reason(s) for expulsion, including a copy of specific rules and regulations allegedly violated by the student; and
- The time, place, and date of the hearing.
Review Hearing Procedures
- The hearing shall be held in executive session at the request of the parent(s)/guardian(s) or the school administrators.
- The student shall be offered the following:
- the right to be represented by counsel (at the expense of the student or parent(s)/guardian(s);
- the right to present evidence and call witnesses; and
- the right to cross-examine the opposing witnesses.
- A written decision shall be issued to the student and the parent(s)/ guardian(s) within ten (10) school days after a review hearing conducted by a hearing officer appointed by the Board of Education. It shall contain a statement of facts and the basis for the decision.
- In the written decision, the parent(s)/guardian(s) and student shall be notified that an appeal of the decision lies to the Educational Service Region Superintendent and then to the State Superintendent of Education, as outlined in ILCS 5/3-10 and ILCS 5/2-3.7.
Adopted: January 5, 1998