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School Discipline

State Profile - Florida


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Defiant or disruptive behavior
Dress code violation
Drug use/possession
Electronic communications policy violation
Firearm/weapon possession
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
Sexual Harassment
Simulation of firearm or weapon
Violation of transportation policy
Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1006.07
Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1006.09
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession
Making a threat or false report
Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1006.07
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Violation type: Students may not be suspended for truancy or tardiness. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1006.09
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline encouraged: schools are encouraged to use alternatives to expulsion by addressing behavior through restitution, civil citation, teen court, neighborhood restorative justice or similar programs. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1006.13
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. Disruptive students may be assigned to an alternative educational program. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1006.07
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: Firearm/weapon possession Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1006.07
Is corporal punishment permitted? Yes. Local decision. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1002.20
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Principals must use State Board of Education forms to report data concerning suspension and expulsion to the Department of Education. Fla. Stat. Ann. § 1006.09

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