The District School Board of Pasco County reserves the right to utilize change of placement as a disciplinary measure for any matter the Superintendent deems appropriate thereby preserving the learning environment, or otherwise promoting the health, safety and welfare of those in the learning environment.

A student may be recommended for Disciplinary Alternative Placement (DAP) for one of the following reasons:

  • If they were similarly placed in an alternative setting in another district (see Reciprocal Discipline policy
  • If they were formally charged by a proper prosecuting attorney with an off-campus felony that has a demonstrably adverse impact on the school campus (Adverse impact must be proven in a formal DAP hearing)
  • In lieu of expulsion
  • If the student has received 5 separate out-of-school suspensions (OSS must be consistent with discipline matrix)
  • For continuous disruptive behavior - defined as 15 or more level 2 or level 3 referrals (Skipping, tardiness, absence, leaving campus without permission or truancy will not be counted towards this requirement)
  • For certain Level II and III SESIR violations will be subject to DAP recommendation. Certain Level IV SESIR violations will be subject to DAP recommendation for the second offense that occurs in any one school year
  • For certain qualifying events will also require evidence of a lack of response to intervention (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support/MTSS) for a reasonable amount of time before the recommendation can be forwarded for consideration

Students shall not be recommended for disciplinary alternative placement due to skipping, tardiness, absence, leaving campus without permission or truancy.

Students may return to school pending the outcome of the DAP recommendation once their out-of-school suspension has been completed. Please note that we can only suspend a student from school for ten (10) days at a time per state statute. (F.S. 1103.01)

School administration recommendations for alternative placement must meet all guidelines set forth in district policy and procedure.

An administrative hearing will be held to review all DAP recommendations. Placement decisions will be based on the severity of the incident, evidence provided by the school and student/family and other mitigating factors. The hearing officer may review the file and issue a decision if the parent/guardian waives their right to appeal, refuses to participate in a hearing or fails to appear for a scheduled meeting. As mentioned below, said decision is final.

Please note that any ESE student (excluding Gifted only) or a student being considered for ESE or Child Find should not be recommended for Disciplinary Alternative Placement (DAP) and should be scheduled for a Manifestation Determination Meeting (MDM). Any such student that is brought to a DAP hearing will be returned to their school for the proper MDM proceedings.

The decision of the Superintendent’s designee will be considered final and not subject to further appeal, negotiation, or amendment, by any party.


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