Minnesota - Limits on Exclusionary Discipline: Prohibitions or Restrictions

Prohibitions Or Restrictions
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State law discourages district use of zero tolerance approaches andencourages school administrator discretion in determining sanctions for violations of school policy.

Minnesota Statutes 2018 Education Code, Chapter 121A Student rights, responsibilities, and behaviors 121A.575 Alternatives to pupil suspension

Notwithstanding any law to the contrary and in accordance with sections 121A.40 to 121A.56, after a school administration notifies a pupil of the grounds for suspension, the school administration may, instead of imposing the suspension, do one or more of the following:

  • (1) strongly encourage a parent or guardian of the pupil to attend school with the pupil for one day;
  • (2) assign the pupil to attend school on Saturday as supervised by the principal or the principal’s designee; and
  • (3) petition the juvenile court that the student is in need of services under chapter 260C.

Minnesota Statutes 2018 Education code, Chapter 121A Student rights, responsibilities, and behavior, 121A.55 Policies to be established.

(a) The commissioner of education shall promulgate guidelines to assist each school board. Each school board shall establish uniform criteria for dismissal and adopt written policies and rules to effectuate the purposes of sections 121A.40 to 121A.56. The policies shall emphasize preventing dismissals through early detection of problems and shall be designed to address students’ inappropriate behavior from recurring. The policies shall recognize the continuing responsibility of the school for the education of the pupil during the dismissal period. The alternative educational services, if the pupil wishes to take advantage of them, must be adequate to allow the pupil to make progress towards meeting the graduation standards adopted under section 120B.02 and help prepare the pupil for readmission.

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