Principals and their designees may suspend a student for violating the Student Code of Conduct as indicated on the Discipline Matrix. Students shall not be suspended for skipping, tardiness, absence, leaving campus without permission or truancy.  (F.S. 1006.09)

School personnel shall not be held legally responsible for suspensions and recommendations for expulsion made in good faith.

Suspension Guidelines
The principal or principal’s designee shall do the following when considering suspension: (F.S. 1006.09)

  • Provide verbal notice to the student of the charges and an explanation of the evidence against him or her prior to assigning a suspension.
  • Give each student an opportunity to present his or her side of the story and present a written statement.
  • Make a good faith effort to immediately inform the student’s parents by telephone of the violation(s), and the potential for the student’s suspension. 
  • Make a good faith effort to employ parental assistance or other alternative measures prior to suspension, except in the case of emergency or disruptive conditions requiring immediate suspension, or in the case of a serious breach of the Code of Conduct.
  • Document each suspension and the reason for the suspension on the Student Event and Discipline Report (MIS 413) and provide a copy to the parent within 24 hours.  This must be done in person or by U.S. mail.  
  • Parent notification must:
    • Be in the parent/guardian’s primary language, to the extent feasible
    • Explain the alleged misconduct and the school district rule(s) alleged to have been violated
    • Identify the corrective action or discipline being proposed
    • Explain that students who are suspended from school shall be allowed to make up work for full credit and the process they should follow to make up any work
    • Explain the rights of the student and/or his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) to appeal the allegation(s) and the proposed action, and tell them how to make an appeal
    • Explain that the appeal must be in writing and received by the principal within three (3) days
  • Students who are serving out-of-school suspension shall be excluded from all District or school sponsored activities taking place at any District School Board of Pasco County school or campus, at any school function or on any school sponsored transportation, including but not limited to extracurricular, co-curricular, student organizations, graduation ceremonies, dances, and other events. Suspended students may not be on the campus of the zoned school or any Pasco County school at any time for any reason, unless accompanied by a parent for a scheduled meeting with school staff.
  • Pasco County Ordinance sec. 66-153(2)(b) provides that a minor who has been suspended or expelled from school may not be or remain in a public place, in any establishment, or within 1,000 feet of a school during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during any school day.
  • Students who have been assigned out-of-school suspension (OSS) may make up all missed assignments and tests for full credit.
  • A student may only be suspended out-of-school for ten (10) days at a time per state statute. (F.S. 1103.01)
  • Expulsion or Disciplinary Alternative Placement (DAP) recommendations will override any school based OSS appeals. The OSS will be considered at the district level appeal for the expulsion or DAP.

For students with disabilities (Section 504 and IDEA, excluding gifted only), a Manifestation Determination Meeting (MDM) must convene within ten (10) days of any decision to change placement and prior to the 11th day of removal of the student from his or her current educational placement.  See the Discipline of Students with Disabilities section for more information regarding special considerations for this class of student.

* See pages 27-29 for additional appeal information