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School Discipline

State Profile - Connecticut


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Defiant or disruptive behavior
Endangerment
Conn. Gen. State. Ann. § 10-233c
Conn. Gen. State. Ann. § 10-233d
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Drug sale/possession
Firearm/weapon possession
Conn. Gen. State. Ann. § 10-233d
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Grade level: Students in prekindergarten-2 may not receive out of school suspensions, with exceptions.
Length: No student may be placed in in-school suspension more than 15 times or more than 50 days total in one school year. Suspension is for no more than 10 consecutive days. Expulsion is for no more than one year.
Conn. Gen. State. Ann. § 10-233c
Conn. Gen. State. Ann. § 10-233a
Conn. Gen. State. Ann. § 10-233f
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline: completion of an administration-specified program could result in waiving a suspension for students who are suspended for the first time. Conn. Gen. State. Ann. § 10-233c
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. Expelled students under 16 years old must be offered an alternative educational opportunity. Suspended students must be given the opportunity to complete classwork. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-233d
Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10-233c
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: assault on a school employee Conn. Gen. State. Ann. § 10-233g
Is corporal punishment permitted? Not specified in statute or regulation.
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Local and Regional Boards of Education must submit information on in-school and out-of-school suspensions, expulsions and school-based arrests to the Commissioner of Education as part of the strategic school profile. The Department of Education must examine and disaggregate the data by school, race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability status, socio-economic status, disability status, and violation type. The Department of Education must submit a report to the State Board of Education regarding the data. Conn. Gen. State. Ann. § 10-220
Conn. Gen. State. Ann. § 10-233n

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