State law encourages districts to operate alternative school programs or to ensure access to educational services to expelled students in an alternative setting.
Arizona Revised Statutes 15-342 Discretionary powers
- Establish alternative educational programs that are consistent with the laws of this state to educate pupils, including pupils who have been reassigned pursuant to section 15-841, subsection E or F.
Arizona Revised Statutes 15-841. Responsiblities of pupils; expulsion; alternative education programs; community service; placement review committee
G. A school district or charter school shall expel from school for a period of not less than one year a pupil who is determined to have brought a firearm to a school within the jurisdiction of the school district or the charter school, except that the school district or charter school may modify this expulsion requirement for a pupil on a case by case basis. This subsection shall be construed consistently with the requirements of the individuals with disabilities education act (20 United States Code sections 1400 through 1420). For the purposes of this subsection:
- “Expel” may include removing a pupil from a regular school setting and providing educational services in an alternative setting.
- “Firearm” means a firearm as defined in 18 United States Code section 921.