Each new school year is considered a "fresh start" for students to make positive behavioral choices. In order to promote learning and behavioral change, consequences should be assigned and implemented as soon as possible after an infraction. Disciplinary actions should be assigned within the same school year that the offense occurred. In very limited cases, such as an investigation that extends into the summer, a pattern of bullying behavior that carries over from one year to the next, expulsion, alternative placement in lieu of expulsion or Disciplinary Alternative Placement (DAP), assignment of disciplinary consequences may extend into the new school year. Other disciplinary consequences will not carry over year-to-year.