Out-of-School Suspension: Definition & Rules

Instructor: Dori Starnes

Dori has taught college and high school English courses, and has Masters degrees in both literature and education.

We all know someone who has been suspended from school before. What you might not know are the laws, offenses, and outcomes of such a suspension, and the effect it can have on the future of the suspended child.

Out-of-School Suspension: Definition

Anyone who has ever been suspended knows how mortifying it is. But newer studies have shown that, not only is it embarrassing for the child, it can have long-term effects on his or her academic progress. This lesson will focus on the definition and rules surrounding out-of-school suspension.

Out-of-school suspension is defined as a temporary, complete exclusion from school and activities. In other words, a student is banned from being on school property. A typical out-of-school suspension lasts a few days, though it can range from a few hours to weeks long. This penalty is one of the most severe a school district can enforce and stops short only of expulsion, or being completely kicked out.

Laws about out-of-school suspension

All you need to do is a Google search, and you'll find thousands of results, and differing laws, about out-of-school suspension. Each state has its own law, and many of the districts within that state have clarified it. What most laws have in common is that the length of such a suspension is limited, usually to ten days or two weeks, and that after a certain amount of time, a student needs to be offered a chance to appeal the sentence, an alternative education, or be completely expelled, depending on the severity of the offense.

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