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

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

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

Minnesota Statutes 2018 Education Code, Chapter 121A Student rights, responsibilities, and behaviors 121A.47 Exclusion and expulsion procedures

Subd. 14.  Admission or readmission plan.
(a) A school administrator shall prepare and enforce an admission or readmission plan for any pupil who is excluded or expelled from school. The plan may include measures to improve the pupil’s behavior, including completing a character education program, consistent with section 120B.232, subdivision 1, and require parental involvement in the admission or readmission process, and may indicate the consequences to the pupil of not improving the pupil’s behavior.
(b) The definition of suspension under section 121A.41, subdivision 10, does not apply to a student’s dismissal from school for one school day or less, except as provided under federal law for a student with a disability. Each suspension action may include a readmission plan. A readmission plan must provide, where appropriate, alternative education services, which must not be used to extend the student’s current suspension period. Consistent with section 125A.091, subdivision 5, a readmission plan must not obligate a parent or guardian to provide psychotropic drugs to their student as a condition of readmission. School officials must not use the refusal of a parent or guardian to consent to the administration of psychotropic drugs to their student or to consent to a psychiatric evaluation, screening or examination of the student as a ground, by itself, to prohibit the student from attending class or participating in a school-related activity, or as a basis of a charge of child abuse, child neglect or medical or educational neglect.


Minnesota Statutes 2018 Education Code, Chapter 121A Student rights, responsibilities, and behaviors 121A.61 Discipline and removal of students from class

Subd. 3. Policy components. The policy must include at least the following components:

  • (a) rules governing student conduct and procedures for informing students of the rules;
  • (b) the grounds for removal of a student from a class;
  • (c) the authority of the classroom teacher to remove students from the classroom pursuant to procedures and rules established in the district’s policy;
  • (d) the procedures for removal of a student from a class by a teacher, school administrator, or other school district employee;
  • (e) the period of time for which a student may be removed from a class, which may not exceed five class periods for a violation of a rule of conduct;
  • (f) provisions relating to the responsibility for and custody of a student removed from a class;
  • (g) the procedures for return of a student to the specified class from which the student has been removed;
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