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School Discipline

State Profile - Pennsylvania


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Defiant or disruptive behavior 24 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 13-1318
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession 24 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 13-1317.2
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Violation type: Firearm/weapon possession does not apply to weapons instruction/approved courses. 24 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 13-1317.2
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Non-punitive supports may be available: Office for Safe Schools may make grants to address school violence, including school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports and restorative justice. 24 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 13-1302-A
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Alternative educaton programs may be available for disruptive students. 24 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 19-1901-C
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Firearm/weapon possession 24 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 13-1317.2
Is corporal punishment permitted? No. 22 Pa. Code § 12.5
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? School superintendents must report information on expulsions for firearm/weapon possession to the Department of Education. 24 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 13-1317.2

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