State law encourages districts to operate alternative school programs or to ensure access to educational services to expelled students in an alternative setting.
Administrative Rules of South Dakota 24:05:26:08.01. Authority of school personnel--Weapons, drugs, and serious bodily injury.
School personnel may remove a student to an appropriate interim alternative setting for not more than 45 school days, without regard to whether the behavior is determined to be a manifestation of the student's disability, if:
- (1) The student carries a weapon to or possesses a weapon at school, on school premises, or at school or to a school function under the jurisdiction of a state or local education agency;
- (2) The student knowingly possesses or uses illegal drugs or sells or solicits the sale of a controlled substance while at school, on school premises, or at a school function under the jurisdiction of a state or local educational agency; or
- (3) The student has inflicted serious bodily injury upon another person while at school, on school premises, or at a school function under the jurisdiction of the state education agency or a school district.
Administrative Rules of South Dakota 24:55:01:01. Definitions
(3) "Alternative school," programs outside of the traditional setting whereby students receive instruction as an extension of the regular or traditional school environment;