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School Discipline

State Profile - Washington


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Arson
Gang activity
Harassment
Kidnapping
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.600.455
Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.600.460
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Firearm/weapon possession Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.600.420
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Grade-level: Students in kindergarten through grade four may not be subject to short-term suspensions for more than 10 days during any single semester/trimester. Students in grade five may not be subject to short-term suspension for more than 15 days during any single semester or 10 days in any trimester.
Length: Short-term suspension is up to 10 consecutive school days. Expulsions may not last longer than the academic term.
Violation type: Firearm/weapon possession does not apply to weapons instruction/approved courses.
Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.600.015
Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.600.420
Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.600.020
Wash. Admin. Code 392-400-245
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Alternatives to discipline encouraged: School districts are encouraged to use alternative disciplinary actions in place of suspension for certain offenses. School districts are encouraged to reduce the length of suspensions with the commencement of couseling or other treatment services. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.600.015
Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.600.410
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Yes. School districts must provide an opportunity for a student to receive educational service during a period of suspension. Students must be allowed to make-up important schoolwork. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.600.015
Wash. Admin. Code 392-400-245
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Not specified in statute or regulation.
Is corporal punishment permitted? No. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.150.300
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Districts must collect and record data on disciplinary actions taken in schools in the statewide student data system. De-identified information must be made publicly available. Districts must report incidents involving firearm/weapon possession to the Superintendent of Public Instruction each year. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.600.460
Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28A.320.130

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