State Profile

School Discipline

State Profile - West Virginia


School Discipline
What may a student be suspended or expelled for? Defiant or disruptive behavior
Destruction of property
Drug use/possession
Physical harm or threat of physical harm
Profanity/vulgarity
Violating school rules
W. Va. Code Ann. § 18A-5-1a
What must a student be suspended or expelled for? Assault
Criminal behavior
Drug sale/possession
Firearm/weapon possession
W. Va. Code Ann. § 18A-5-1a
W. Va. Code Ann. § 61-2-15
W. Va. Code Ann. § 61-7-11a
Are there limitations placed on suspension or expulsion? Length: Suspension is not more than 10 school days. Expulsion is not more than one year.
Violation type: Students may not be suspended solely for attendance issues.
W. Va. Code Ann. § 18A-5-1a
W. Va. Code Ann. § 18A-5-1
Are there non-punitive approaches outlined as alternatives to suspension or expulsion? Non-punitive supports may include: student involvement programs, peer mediation W. Va. Code Ann. § 18-5A-2
Are there alternative schooling options available for students who are suspended or expelled? Alternative education programs may be available for disruptive students. W. Va. Code Ann. § 18A-5-1a
W. Va. Code Ann. § 18-2-6
When is a school required to involve law enforcement in student discipline? Violations concerning: firearm/weapon possession W. Va. Code Ann. § 61-7-11a
Is corporal punishment permitted? No. W. Va. Code Ann. § 18A-5-1
Does the state outline reporting requirements for suspension and expulsion? Principals must report to the State Superintendent of Schools on violations of the firearm/weapon possession policy. W. Va. Code Ann. § 61-7-11a

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