JGD/JGE STUDENT SUSPENSION/EXPULSION
J - STUDENTS
SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION OF STUDENTS
The following shall be grounds for suspension or expulsion of a child from a public school by the Board of Trustees during the school year.
- Continued willful disobedience or open defiance of the authority of school personnel;
- Willful destruction or defacing of school property during the school year or any recess or vacation;
- Any behavior which in the judgment of the Board of Trustees is clearly detrimental to the education, welfare, safety or morals of other pupils, including the use of foul, profane or abusive language, habitually disruptive behavior as defined by W.S. '21-4-306(b); or any violation of Student Conduct policy JFC or JFC-R;
- Torturing, tormenting, or abusing a pupil or in any way maltreating a pupil or a teacher with physical violence;
- Possession, use, transfer, carrying or selling a deadly weapon as defined under W. S. 6-1-104(a)(iv) within any school bus as defined by W.S. 31-7-102(1)(xi) or within the boundaries of real property used by the district primarily for the education of students in grades kindergarten through twelve (12).
The Board delegates to each principal the right to suspend a student for ten (10) school days or less on the grounds listed above. Only the Board may expel a student unless otherwise expressly provided for in Board policy. The Superintendent and Board shall be notified of all out-of-school suspensions and cases which warrant expulsion consideration.
Prior to suspending a student from school, the principal shall inform the student of the reasons for the suspension and the evidence against the student, and shall give the student a chance to present their version of the charges and to present evidence in their behalf.
However, if the student's behavior endangers persons or property or threatens to disrupt the educational program, the student may be suspended immediately. The student will then be given a chance to be heard as soon thereafter as practical, not later than seventy-two (72) hours after the suspension, not counting Saturdays and Sundays.
Administration shall make a good faith attempt to notify the student’s parents, guardians or custodians within twenty-four (24) hours of the student’s suspension or expulsion and the reasons for the suspension or expulsion, using contact information on record with the school or district. The disciplinarian shall keep a record of the efforts to provide notice under this paragraph and whether the notice was provided successfully.
No student may be suspended for more than ten (10) days or expelled without an opportunity for a hearing, if requested. The hearing shall be held in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Rules of Practice Governing Hearings and Contested Cases found in Policy BEE-R.
Suspension or expulsion from school shall not be imposed as an additional punishment for offenses punishable under the laws of the State, except where the offense was committed at a school function, against the property of the school, or is of such a nature that continuation in school would be detrimental to the welfare, safety or morals of other pupils.
No suspension or expulsion shall be for longer than one (1) year.
Any decision of the board, or of a designated superintendent, shall be considered a final decision which may be appealed to the district court of the county in which the school district is located, pursuant to provision of the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act.
LEGAL REFS: W.S. 21-4-305 through 308
CROSS REFS: BDE: Special Procedures for Conducting Hearings
JFA: Student Due Process
JFC: Student Conduct
JFCH/JFCI: Alcohol Use by Students/Student Drug Abuse
Adoption Date: 1/1/78
Revised: 04/06/98, 10/01/19