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School Discipline

State Profile - Missouri


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Defiant or disruptive behavior
Felony conviction
Membership in a fraternity, sorority or secret organization
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
Mo. Ann. Stat. § 167.161
Mo. Ann. Stat. § 171.141
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession Mo. Ann. Stat. § 160.261
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Length: Suspension is 10 school days or less. Superintendent may suspend a sutdent for 180 school days or less.
Violation type: Students may not be suspended or expelled solely for prior disciplinary action.
Mo. Ann. Stat. § 167.161
Mo. Ann. Stat. § 167.171
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline encouraged: Districts are encouraged to use in-school suspension systems and discipline alternatives prior to suspending students for more than 10 days. Mo. Ann. Stat. § 167.164
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. School districts must pay toward per pupil costs for alternative education programs. Mo. Ann. Stat. § 167.164
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: criminal behavior Mo. Ann. Stat. § 160.261
Is corporal punishment permitted? Yes. Local decision. Mo. Ann. Stat. § 160.261
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Districts must report violent criminal offenses to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 5 Mo. Code Regs. Ann. 20-100.210

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