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School Discipline

State Profile - Kentucky


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Assault
Defiant or disruptive behavior
Drug use/possession
Firearm/weapon possession
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
Profanity/vulgarity
Theft
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.150
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Drug use/possession
Firearm/weapon possession
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.150
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Grade level: Students in primary school may only be suspended when there are issues of safety for the child or others. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.150
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline encouraged: districts must implement Response-to-Interventions systems for grades kindergarten-3 that includes multi-tiered systems of support to address academic and behavioral needs. 704 Ky. Admin. Regs. 3:095
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. Boards of Education must ensure that expelled students are provided with educational services in an alternative program or setting. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.150
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: firearm/weapon possession, assault, sexual assault, kidnapping, drug use/possession, destruction of property Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.154
Is corporal punishment permitted? Yes. Local decision. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.444
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? The Department of Education must maintain statewide data on the number of suspensions, expulsions and corporal punishments. Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.444

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