Illinois - Alternatives to Exclusionary Discipline: Programs and Services

Area: 
Programs And Services
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to use alternatives to out-of-school suspension or expulsion, such as, in-school suspension, behavioral interventions, or restorative practices.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-10-22.6 Suspension of expulsion of pupils; school searches.

(b-5) Among the many possible disciplinary interventions and consequences available to school officials, school exclusions, such as out-of-school suspensions and expulsions, are the most serious. School officials shall limit the number and duration of expulsions and suspensions to the greatest extent practicable, and it is recommended that they use them only for legitimate educational purposes. To ensure that students are not excluded from school unnecessarily, it is recommended that school officials consider forms of non-exclusionary discipline prior to using out-of-school suspensions or expulsions.


Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-10-22.6 Suspension of expulsion of pupils; school searches.

(b-20) Unless otherwise required by this Code, out-of-school suspensions of longer than 3 days, expulsions, and disciplinary removals to alternative schools may be used only if other appropriate and available behavioral and disciplinary interventions have been exhausted and the student’s continuing presence in school would either (i) pose a threat to the safety of other students, staff, or members of the school community or (ii) substantially disrupt, impede, or interfere with the operation of the school. For purposes of this subsection (b-20), “threat to the safety of other students, staff, or members of the school community” and “substantially disrupt, impede, or interfere with the operation of the school” shall be determined on a case-by-case basis by school officials. For purposes of this subsection (b-20), the determination of whether “appropriate and available behavioral and disciplinary interventions have been exhausted” shall be made by school officials. School officials shall make all reasonable efforts to resolve such threats, address such disruptions, and minimize the length of student exclusions to the greatest extent practicable. Within the suspension decision described in subsection (b) of this Section or the expulsion decision described in subsection (a) of this Section, it shall be documented whether other interventions were attempted or whether it was determined that there were no other appropriate and available interventions.


Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-10-22.6 Suspension of expulsion of pupils; school searches.

(b-30) A school district shall create a policy by which suspended pupils, including those pupils suspended from the school bus who do not have alternate transportation to school, shall have the opportunity to make up work for equivalent academic credit. It shall be the responsibility of a pupil’s parent or guardian to notify school officials that a pupil suspended from the school bus does not have alternate transportation to school.

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