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School Discipline

State Profile - Minnesota

School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Defiant or disruptive behavior
Membership in fraternity, sorority or secret organization
Violation of school rules
Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.45
Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.70
Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.69
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.44
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Length: Students may not be excluded more than 5 periods for violation of rule of conduct. Suspension is no more than 10 school days. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.41
Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.61
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline: parent/guardian attendance at school for one day, Saturday school.
Alternatives to discipline encouraged: Districts are encouraged to establish schoolwide systems of positive behavior interventions and supports.
Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.575
Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.0942
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. Schools must attempt to provide educational services to dismissed students. Each suspension may include a readmission plan with provisions for implementing alternative education services. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.45
Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.41
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: Firearm/weapon possession Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.05
Is corporal punishment permitted? No. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.58
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? School boards must report exclusions, expulsions and physical assault--including a statements of alternative educational services or other responses to the assault. Reports must include age, grade, gender, race and special education status of students. Incidents of firearm/weapon possession must be reported to the Commissioner of Education. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.06
Minn. Stat. Ann. § 121A.53

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