Suspension Information for Youths
If you find yourself in a situation where you get suspended, think about your next step before you act. You don’t want to make the situation worse, get in more trouble or involve more people. Think about your actions and what led to the suspension. If you think you were treated unfairly, then find out your rights.If you could rewind the situation, would you have handled it differently?
Remember that administrators have to think about the safety of the school and consider all the students. Sometimes, they have to take action right away, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t talk to them about what happened.When you speak with the administrator, be respectful. you don't want to yell and escalate the situation. Remember that you have something to say and you want the administrator to hear you.Ask why you were suspended.Ask if there is anything else you can do to make it better.Offer to write a letter of apology if appropriate.Ask if you can do community service on campus.Ask if you could have a mediation or meeting with the other student to address any issues.
If you get suspended:
- The school will have to let you know why you were suspended.
- Someone has to let your parent(s) know that you were suspended.
- You and your parent have a right to ask for a meeting with the administrator within three days If you were emergency expelled, the school has 10 days to investigate the incident and make a decision to have you back in school or roll it over into a long term suspension up to 30 days.
- Find and review your school policies. This information should be in your student handbook or on the internet.
- Expulsions cannot last more than one year.
Parents can ask for additional services from the schools.Here are some ideas:
- Ask if the school counselor can meet with your child on a regular basis. This can be for ongoing counseling to address a specific behavior or issue, or it can be a casual check in to discuss progress.
- Ask for testing or an assessment for learning disabilities.
- Ask for mentoring opportunities for your student. Some schools have programs in place, or you can look into community agencies that match youth with a mentor.
- Ask about peer mediation programs. This is where the involved students can meet and discuss the issues or conflicts with an adult in the room to help control the conversation.
- Ask for tutoring help from a teacher.
- Get information about drug counseling if you have any concerns.
- Get information for mental health services to address issues such as anger management, social skills, conflict resolution, etc.
- Ask about any activities that your child can get involved in, such as sports, leadership activities, after school programs or community service activities. If there aren't enough options at the school - consider creating something through your local programs or church.