Maine - Reengagement Plans for Suspended or Expelled Students: Policy or Plan Requirements

Area: 
Policy Or Plan Requirements
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law encourages districts to adopt plans or policies to support students’ return to school following suspension or expulsion.

Maine Revised Statutes Title 20-A Education Part 2 School Organization Chapter 101 General Provisions Subchapter 1 School Boards 1001. Duties of school boards

9-C. Reentry for students after expulsion.
Upon making a decision to expel a student in accordance with procedures set forth in subsections 8-A and 9, a school board may exercise one of the following options in expelling a student:

  • A. The school board may expel the student for a specific period of time not to exceed the total number of instructional days approved by the school board for the current school year; or
  • B. The school board may expel the student for an unspecified period of time and authorize the superintendent to provide the expelled student with a reentry plan that specifies the conditions that must be met in order for the student to be readmitted to school after the expulsion. If a school board authorizes the superintendent to provide the expelled student with a reentry plan, the school board shall ensure that the student who has been expelled is provided with a reentry plan in accordance with this paragraph.
    • 1) The reentry plan must be developed by the superintendent or the superintendent's designee in consultation with the student and the student's parents to provide guidance that helps the student understand what the student must do to establish satisfactory evidence that the behavior that resulted in the expulsion will not likely recur.
    • 2) The superintendent or the superintendent's designee shall send a certified letter, return receipt requested, or hand deliver a letter to the parents of the expelled student giving notice of the date, time and location of a meeting to develop a reentry plan for the student.
    • 3) If the student and the student's parents do not attend the meeting under subparagraph (2), the reentry plan must be developed by school staff.
    • 4) The reentry plan must be provided to the parents and the student in writing.
    • 5) The superintendent shall designate a school employee to review the student's progress with the reentry plan at intervals of one month, 3 months and 6 months after the meeting and at other times as determined necessary by the designated school employee.
    • 6) The reentry plan may require the student to take reasonable measures determined by the superintendent to be helpful to establish the student's readiness to return to school. Professional services determined to be necessary by the superintendent must be provided at the expense of the student and the student's parents.
    • 7) The superintendent may, as appropriate, notify an individualized education program team for a child with a disability who has been expelled by a school board.
    • 8) The superintendent shall annually report data on the number of students who are expelled from school and the number of students who are readmitted to school after expulsion to the commissioner's consultant on truancy, dropouts and alternative education under section 5151.
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