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Limits on Exclusionary Discipline

Limits on Exclusionary Discipline

State law requires districts to limit use of out-of-school suspension and expulsion based on factors such as student age or offense type.

Maryland Code 7-305. Suspension and expulsion

(b) Suspension and expulsion procedures for attendance-related offenses. --

  • (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a student may not be suspended or expelled from school solely for attendance-related offenses.
  • (2) Paragraph (1) of this subsection does not apply to in-school suspensions for attendance-related offenses.
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Maryland Code 7-305.1. Student enrolled in public prekindergarten program kindergarten first grade or second grade -- Suspension or expulsion prohibited; exceptions.

(c)  Intervention and support by school. --

  • (1) The school shall provide intervention and support to address the student's behavior if the student is:
  • (i) Suspended under subsection (b) of this section; or
  • (ii) Enrolled in prekindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, or second grade and:
    1. Is disruptive to the school environment; or
    1. Commits an act that would be considered an offense subject to suspension but for the student's grade.
  • (2) Intervention and support provided under paragraph (1) of this subsection includes:
  • (i) Positive behavior interventions and supports;
  • (ii) A behavior intervention plan;
  • (iii) A referral to a student support team;
  • (iv) A referral to an individualized education program team; and
  • (v) A referral for appropriate community-based services.

(d)  Remedying impact of behavior. -- The school system shall remedy the impact of a student's behavior through appropriate intervention methods that may include restorative practices.

(e)  Regulations. -- On or before May 1, 2018, the Department shall adopt regulations to carry out the requirements of this section.

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