State law requires districts to limit use of out-of-school suspension and expulsion based on factors such as student age or offense type.
Arkansas Code 6-18-507. Suspension -- Expulsion -- Definitions
- (1) The board of directors of a school district may suspend or expel any student from school for violation of the school district's written discipline policies, except that a school district shall not use out-of-school suspension as a discipline measure for truancy.
- (2) The school district shall not use out-of-school suspension or expulsion for a student in kindergarten through grade five (K-5) except in cases when a student's behavior:
- (A) Poses a physical risk to himself or herself or to others; or
- (B) Causes a serious disruption that cannot be addressed through other means.