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Administrative Regulation
Descriptor Code: JCDA-R
Student Behavior Code  
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                    PROCEDURES FOR REMOVAL OF DISRUPTIVE STUDENT FROM CLASS

It is the policy of the Dougherty County School System that a teacher shall have the authority to manage his or her classroom, discipline students and refer a student to the principal or the principal's designee to maintain discipline in the classroom.  The principal or the principal's designee shall respond when a teacher refers a student by employing appropriate discipline management techniques that are consistent with the policies of the Dougherty County Board of Education.

A teacher shall have the right to remove from his or her class a student who repeatedly or substantially interferes with the teacher's ability to communicate effectively with the students in the class or with the ability of the student's classmates to learn, where the student's behavior is in violation of the student code of conduct, provided that the teacher has previously filed a report with the principal or the principal's designee or provided that the teacher determines that such behavior of the student poses an immediate threat to the safety of the student's classmates or the teacher.

The teacher shall file a report with the principal or the principal's designee describing the student's behavior, in one page or less, by the end of the school day on which such removal occurs or at the beginning of the next school day.  The principal or the principal's designee shall, within one school day after the student's removal from class, send to the student's parents or guardian written notification:

  • That the student was removed from class,

  • A copy of the report filed by the teacher, and

  • Information regarding how the student's parents or guardian may contact the principal or the principal's designee.

If a teacher removes a student from class, the principal or the principal's designee shall discuss the matter with the teacher and the student by the end of the school day on which such removal occurs or at the beginning of the next school day.  The principal or the principal's designee shall give the student oral or written notice of the grounds for his or her removal from class and, if the student denies engaging in such conduct, the principal or the principals designee shall explain the evidence which supports his or her removal from class and give the student an opportunity to present his or her explanation of the situation.  If, after such discussions, the principal or the principal's designee seeks to return the student to the teacher's class and the teacher gives his or her consent, the student shall be returned to the class, and principal or the principal's designee may take action to discipline the student, as may be warranted.  If, after such discussions, the principal or the principal's designee seeks to return the student to the teacher's class and the teacher withholds his or her consent to the student's return to his or her class, the principal or the principal's designee shall determine an appropriate temporary placement for the student by the end of the first school day following such removal and shall also take steps to convene a meeting of a placement review committee. The placement review committee shall convene by the end of the second school day following such removal by the teacher and shall issue a decision by the end of the third school day following such removal by the teacher.  An appropriate temporary placement for the student shall be a placement that, in the judgment of the principal or the principal's designee, provides the least interruption to the student's education and reflects other relevant factors, including but not limited to, the severity of the behavior that was the basis for the removal, the student's behavioral history, the student's need for support services, and the available education settings; provided, however that the student shall not be returned to the class of the teacher who removed him or her, as a appropriate temporary placement, unless the teacher giver his or her consent. The temporary placement shall be in effect from the time of removal until the decision of the placement review committee is issued, or if applicable, a placement determination is made.

There shall be established at each school one or more placement review committees, each of which is to be composed of three members, to determine the placement of a student when a teacher withholds his or her consent to the return of a student to the teacher's class.  For each committee established, the faculty shall choose two teachers to serve as members and one teacher to serve as an alternate member, and the principal shall choose one member of the professional staff of the school to serve as a member.  The teacher withholding consent to readmit the student may not serve on the committee. The placement review committee shall have the authority to:  (1) return the student to the teacher's class upon determining that such placement is the best alternative or the only available alternative, or (2) refer the student to the principal or the principal's designee for appropriate action.  The decision of the placement review committee shall be in writing and shall be made within three school days after the teacher withholds consent to the return of a student.

The Dougherty County Board of Education shall provide training for members of placement review committees regarding the provisions of the law, including procedural requirements local board policies relating to student discipline, and the student code of conduct that is applicable to the school.

If a placement review committee decides to return a student to a class from which he or she was removed, the principal or the principal's designee shall implement such decision of the placement review committee.  In addition, the principal or the principal's designee may, consistent with any applicable procedural requirements of the Constitution of the United States and this state and after considering the use of any appropriate student support services, take any of the following actions which are authorize as a response to the alleged violation of the student code of conduct by local board policies pursuant to O.C.G.A. 20-2-735:

  1. Place the student in in-school suspension;

  2. Impose out-of-school suspension for not more than 10 school days, including any time during which the student was subject to out-of -school suspension after his or her removal from class; or

  3. Make another disciplinary decision recommendation consistent with local board policy.

If a placement review committee decides not to return a student to a class from which he or she was removed, the principal or the principal's designee shall implement such decision of the placement review committee.  In addition, the principal or the principal's designee shall determine an appropriate placement for the student and may take action to discipline the student in a manner consistent with any applicable procedural requirements of the Constitution of the United States and this state and after considering the use of any appropriate student support services, as follows, provided that the placement or disciplinary action is authorized as a response to the alleged violation of the student code of conduct by Board of Education policy:

  1. Place the student into another appropriate classroom, in-school suspension, or an alternative education program;

  2. Impose out-of-school suspension for not more than 10 school days, including any time during which the student was subject to out-of-school suspension after his or her removal from class;

  3. Make another placement or disciplinary decision or recommendation consistent with local board policy; or

  4. Implement or recommend any appropriate combination of the above and return the student to the class from which he or she was removed upon the completion of any disciplinary or placement action taken.

Within one school day of taking action, the principal or the principal's designee shall send written notification of such action to the teacher and the parents or guardian of the student and shall make a reasonable attempt to confirm that such written notification has been received by the student�s parents or guardian.

Parents or guardian of a student who has been removed from class pursuant to the law may be required to participate in conferences that may be requested by the principal or the principal's designee; provided, however that a student may not be penalized for the failure of his or her parents or guardian to attend such a conference.

 

Dougherty County Schools
Date Issued:  5/24/2000