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School Discipline

State Profile - Rhode Island


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Bullying
Defiant or disruptive behavior
Drug use/possession
Violating school rules
R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-2-17
R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-21-21.1
R.I. Code R. 21-2-61:7
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-21-18
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Violation type: Students may not be suspended out-of-school solely for attendance issues. Drug use/possession and weapon possession (other than than firearm) must be imposed considering context. Firearm/weapon possession does not apply to weapons instruction/approved courses. R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-19-1
R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-21-21.1
R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 11-47-60.2
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline encouraged: Local Education Agencies are required to develop discipline strategies that promote positive behavioral choices and ensure the fair administration of discipline. R.I. Code R. 21-2-53:G-14-2
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. School districts must adopt plans to ensure continued education of students who are removed from the classroom for more than 10 days or who are chronically truant. R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-21-27
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: Firearm/weapon possession, possession of an imitation firearm/weapon or assault. R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 11-47-60.2
Is corporal punishment permitted? No. R.I. Code R. 21-2-39:3.0
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? School superintendents must review district disipline data to determine whether there has been a disproportionate impact on students based on race, ethnicity or disability status. R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-2-17

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