|What may a student be suspended or expelled for?||Criminal behavior
|Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-277|
|What must a student be suspended or expelled for?||Drug use/possession
|Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-277.07
Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-277.08
|Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion?||Grade level: Students in prekindergarten through grade three may not be suspended for more than 3 days or expelled, with exceptions.
Length: Suspension is not more than 10 school days. Long-term suspension is not more than 45 school days.
Violation type: Students may not be suspended solely for attendance issues.
|Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-277
Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-277.04
Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-277.05
|Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion?||Alternatives to discipline: The Board of Education must establish guidelines for alternatives to suspension for consideration by local school boards, including: positive behavior incentives, mediation, peer-to-peer counseling, community service, and other interventions.||Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-16.6|
|Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled?||Yes. The Board of Education must establish a program of regional alternative education options for students who have been suspended long-term or expelled.||Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-253.13:1
Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-209.1:2
|When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline?||Not specified in statute or regulation.|
|Is corporal punishment permitted?||No.||Va. Code Ann. § 22.1-279.1|
|Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion?||Principals must report information on number of students in possession of drugs or alcohol and the number of students referred for assistance with substance abuse problems.||8 Va. Admin. Code 20-560-10|