School Level Appeal Process for Out-of-School (OSS) Suspension and Bus Suspensions

  • If a student or parent/guardian believes a proposed disciplinary action is unfair or that the allegations are unfounded, the student or parent/guardian may request a formal appeal.  The formal appeal may be initiated verbally or in writing and presented to the principal within three (3) school days of the discipline decision.  Verbal requests for appeals must be followed up in writing.  The written appeal should:
    • Briefly state the facts involved
    • State a proposed solution to the problem
    • Be copied to the school staff member(s) involved
  • The student will return to school or resume bus transportation pending the school level OSS or bus suspension appeal.
  • The Superintendent or designee may only ban a student from campus or the bus during formal appeal if the student’s presence poses an imminent threat of danger or risk of a major campus disruption as defined elsewhere in this document. In such cases, the appeal shall be expedited.
  • Suspension of extracurricular activities will remain in effect during the appeal process.
  • Requests for formal appeals must be received within three (3) days of being notified of the proposed suspension. If not appealed within that time frame, the discipline will be implemented and the parent/guardian will have no further right to appeal.
  • The principal or designee will review the grievance and meet with the student and parent/guardian for the appeal. Upon principal discretion, a neighboring principal or other administrator may hear the appeal if the building principal assigns the original referral.
  • The person hearing the case cannot have been a witness to, have assigned the original consequence or have been otherwise involved in the incident that resulted in the proposed discipline.
  • For suspensions of one (1) to five (5) days, the principal’s decision regarding the appeal shall be final.  In the case of six (6) to ten (10) days of OSS, the principal’s decision may be further appealed to the Superintendent or designee.
  • The recording of a non-public meeting involving students (including an EP or IEP Team meeting) is prohibited unless a parent, authorized representative of a parent, or team member, is unable to understand or meaningfully participate in the process or the planning of the relevant student’s education due to a disability, language barrier, or some other impairment. (DSBPC 2461)

* See also sections on OSS and School Bus Rules