State law encourages districts to use alternatives to out-of-school suspension or expulsion, such as in-school suspension, behavioral interventions, or restorative practices.
Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 1949 Act 13. Section 1306-B. School safety and security grant program
(j) Specific purposes. The committee shall provide grants to school entities for programs that address safety and security, including: (2) Conflict resolution or dispute management, including restorative justice strategies.
Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes 1949 Act 14. Article XIII-A. Safe Schools. Section 1302-A. Office for Safe Schools.
(c) In addition to the powers and duties set forth under subsection (b), the office is authorized to make targeted grants to school entities, and to intermediate units on behalf of nonpublic schools, to fund programs which address school violence, including: (1) Conflict resolution or dispute management, including restorative justice strategies.
The Pennsylvania Code § 12.7. Exclusion from classes—in-school suspension.
(a) A student may not receive an in-school suspension unless the student has been informed of the reasons for the suspension and has been given an opportunity to respond before the suspension becomes effective. (b) Communication to the parents or guardian shall follow the suspension action taken by the school. (c) When the in-school suspension exceeds 10 consecutive school days, an informal hearing with the principal shall be offered to the student and the student's parent or guardian prior to the 11th school day in accordance with the procedures in § 12.8 (relating to hearings). (d) The student's school entity has the responsibility to make provision for the student's education during the period of the in-school suspension.