Louisiana - Alternatives to Exclusionary Discipline: Programs and Services

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

Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:416 Discipline of students; suspension; expulsion

A. (b)(i) Each teacher may take disciplinary action to correct a student who disrupts normal classroom activities, who is disrespectful to a teacher, who willfully disobeys a teacher, who uses abusive or foul language directed at a teacher or another student, who engages in bullying, who violates school rules, or who interferes with an orderly education process.

  • (ii) In addition to those procedures set forth in R.S. 17:416.13 regarding bullying, disciplinary action may include but is not limited to:

    • (aa) Oral or written reprimands.

    • (bb) Referral for a counseling session which shall include but shall not be limited to conflict resolution, social responsibility, family responsibility, peer mediation, and stress management.

    • (cc) Written notification to parents of disruptive or unacceptable behavior, a copy of which shall be provided to the principal.

    • (dd) Other disciplinary measures approved by the principal and faculty of the school and in compliance with school boarf policy.

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