Outline of the state of Oregon

Alternatives to Exclusionary Discipline

Alternatives to Exclusionary Discipline

State law requires districts to use alternatives to out-of-school suspension or expulsion, such as in-school suspension, behavioral interventions, or restorative practices.

Oregon Revised Statutes 339.250 Duty of student to comply with rules; policies on discipline suspension expulsion threats of violence or harm firearms and physical force; student handbook or code of conduct; enforcement of policies

(5) In establishing and enforcing discipline, suspension and expulsion policies, a district school board shall ensure that the policy is designed to: (a) Protect students and school employees from harm; (b) Provide opportunities for students to learn from their mistakes; (c) Foster positive learning communities; (d) Keep students in school and attending class; (e) Impose disciplinary sanctions without bias against students from a protected class, as defined in ORS 339.351; (f) Implement a graduated set of age-appropriate responses to misconduct that are fair, nondiscriminatory and proportionate in relation to each student’s individual conduct; (g) Employ a range of strategies for prevention, intervention and discipline that take into account a student’s developmental capacities and that are proportionate to the degree and severity of the student’s misbehavior; (h) Propose, prior to a student’s expulsion or leaving school, alternative programs of instruction or instruction combined with counseling for the student that are appropriate and accessible to the student in the following circumstances:

  • (A) Following a second or subsequent occurrence within any three-year period of a severe disciplinary problem with the student; or
  • (B) When a parent or legal guardian applies for the student’s exemption from compulsory attendance on a semiannual basis as provided in ORS 339.030 (2);
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