State law requires districts to adopt plans or policies to support studentsâ€™ return to school following suspension or expulsion.
Arizona Revised Statutes 15-841. Responsibilities of pupils; expulsion; alternative education programs; community service; placement review committee
J. Each school shall establish a placement review committee to determine the placement of a pupil if a teacher refuses to readmit the pupil to the teacher’s class and to make recommendations to the governing board regarding the readmission of expelled pupils. The process for determining the placement of a pupil in a new class or replacement in the existing class shall not exceed three business days from the date the pupil was first removed from the existing class. The principal shall not return a pupil to the classroom from which the pupil was removed without the teacher’s consent unless the committee determines that the return of the pupil to that classroom is the best or only practicable alternative. The committee shall be composed of two teachers who are employed at the school and who are selected by the faculty members of the school and one administrator who is employed by the school and who is selected by the principal. The faculty members of the school shall select a third teacher to serve as an alternate member of the committee. If the teacher who refuses to readmit the pupil is a member of the committee, that teacher shall be excused from participating in the determination of the pupil’s readmission and the alternate teacher member shall replace that teacher on the committee until the conclusion of all matters relating to that pupil’s readmission.
Arizona Revised Statutes 15-843. Pupil disciplinary proceedings
B. The governing board of any school district, in consultation with the teachers and parents of the school district, shall prescribe rules for the discipline, suspension and expulsion of pupils. The rules shall be consistent with the constitutional rights of pupils and shall include at least the following: 6. Procedures and conditions for readmission of a pupil who has been expelled or suspended for more than ten days.