Oregon - 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.

Oregon Revised Statutes 339.250 Duty of student to comply with rules; policies on discipline, suspension, expulsion, threats of violence or harm, firearms and physical force; student handbook or code of conduct; enforcement of policies.

(5)  In establishing and enforcing discipline, suspension and expulsion policies, a district school board shall ensure that the policy is designed to:

  • (a)  Protect students and school employees from harm;
  • (b)  Provide opportunities for students to learn from their mistakes;
  • (c)  Foster positive learning communities;
  • (d)  Keep students in school and attending class;
  • (e)  Impose disciplinary sanctions without bias against students from a protected class, as defined in ORS 339.351;
  • (f)  Implement a graduated set of age-appropriate responses to misconduct that are fair, nondiscriminatory and proportionate in relation to each student’s individual conduct;
  • (g)  Employ a range of strategies for prevention, intervention and discipline that take into account a student’s developmental capacities and that are proportionate to the degree and severity of the student’s misbehavior;
  • (h)  Propose, prior to a student’s expulsion or leaving school, alternative programs of instruction or instruction combined with counseling for the student that are appropriate and accessible to the student...
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