Policy 4362

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REQUESTS FOR READMISSION OF STUDENTS SUSPENDED FOR 365 DAYS OR EXPELLED   Policy Code:   4362

All requests for readmission of students who have been suspended for 365 days or expelled will be considered in accordance with the procedures set out below.

Contents

A. REQUESTS BY STUDENTS SUSPENDED FOR 365 DAYS

A student who is serving a 365-day suspension may submit a request to the superintendent for readmission any time after the 180th calendar day of his or her suspension. Upon receipt of the request, the superintendent or designee shall offer the student an opportunity for an in-person meeting to be held within five days. The student may provide documents in support of the request, such as signed statements from individuals knowledgeable about the student or documents verifying that the student is participating in or has completed counseling or rehabilitation programs. If the student demonstrates to the satisfaction of the superintendent or designee that the student’s presence in school no longer constitutes a threat to the safety of other students or employees, the superintendent must readmit the student.

Within 30 days of the student’s request, the superintendent or designee shall provide written notice of his or her decision to the student, the student’s parents and the board. If the superintendent or designee decides to readmit the student, the notice will include the date of readmission, the school or program to which the student will be assigned and any reasonable restrictions placed on the readmission. If the superintendent or designee rejects the request for readmission, the notice will advise the parents of the right to appeal the decision to the board. Any appeal to the board must be made in writing within five days of receipt of the superintendent’s or designee’s decision. The superintendent or designee shall inform the board chairperson of the request for an appeal and arrange in a timely manner a hearing before the board. The hearing will be conducted in accordance with policy 2500, Hearings Before the Board. The board will provide to the student, the student’s parent and the superintendent or designee written notice of its decision within 30 days of receiving the appeal of the superintendent’s or designee’s decision.

If the request for readmission is denied, no subsequent requests from that student will be considered during that 365-day suspension.

B. REQUESTS BY EXPELLED STUDENTS

A student who has been expelled may submit a request to the board for readmission any time after 180 calendar days from the start date of the student’s expulsion. The board chairperson immediately will forward the request to the superintendent, who shall arrange in a timely manner a hearing before the board. The hearing will be conducted in accordance with policy 2500. After considering the student’s request and the superintendent’s or designee’s recommendation regarding readmission, if the board determines that the student has satisfactorily demonstrated that his or her presence in school no longer constitutes a clear threat to the safety of other students or employees, the board will readmit the student. The board will notify the student, the student’s parents and the superintendent in writing of its decision within 30 days of the submission of the request for readmission.

If the board decides to readmit the student, the notice will include the date of readmission, the school or program to which the student will be assigned and any reasonable restrictions placed on the readmission. If the student was expelled as a result of assaulting or injuring a teacher, the student will not be returned to that teacher’s classroom following readmission without the teacher’s consent.

If the expelled student’s request for readmission is denied, the board will not consider a subsequent request for readmission of that student until six months after the submission of the previous request.


Legal References: G.S. 115C-47, -390.1, -390.12

Cross References: Hearings Before the Board (policy 2500), Long-Term Suspension, 365-Day Suspension, Expulsion (policy 4353)

Adopted: August 8, 2011

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