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School Discipline

State Profile - Georgia


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Physical harm or threat of physical harm Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-751.6
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession
Physical harm
Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-751.6
Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-751.1
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Grade level: Students in prekindergarten-3 may not be expelled or suspended for more than 5 days during a school year without previous non-punitive intervention, with exceptions. Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-742
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline encouraged: Multi-tiered Systems of Support and Response-to-Intervention programs are required for students in prekindergarten-3. Local boards of education are encouraged to implement Response-to-Intervention and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in their schools and the State Board of Education is authorized to provide funds to support those programs. Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-742
Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-741
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. State policy suggests that alternative setting assignment is preferred to exclusionary discipline. Each local education agency is required to provide an alternative education opportunity for students who have been suspended in grades 6-12. Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-751.1
Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 160-4-8-.12
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: Firearm/weapon possession Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-1184
Is corporal punishment permitted? Yes. Local decision. Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-730
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Local Boards of Education must report to the State Department of Education regarding disciplinary actions. The repot must include information on suspension and expulsion, disaggregated by race, grade level, gender, and socioeconomic status. The State Department of Education analyzes the data to determine trends. Ga. Code Ann. § 20-2-740

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