Policy 502.3 - Suspension By Administrator


The superintendent, principal or assistant principal my suspend a student from school for a period of time not to exceed ten (10) days for conduct which:

• disrupts or interferes with the educational program; or
• disrupts the orderly and efficient operation of the school district or school activity; or
• disrupts the rights of other students to participate in or obtain their education; or
• is violent or destructive; or
• interrupts the maintenance of an appropriate, disciplined educational environment; or 
• violates district policy or policies and/or rules and regulations.

Prior to making the decision to suspend, the administrator shall (i) be informed of the allegations and (ii) perform an appropriate investigation; and the student shall (i) be notified, orally or in writing, of the allegations against the student and (ii) be given an opportunity to respond to the allegations.

Written notice of the administrator's decision to suspend the student and the reasons for the suspension will be sent to the student's parents within twenty-four (24) hours of the administrator's determination.

When a school administrator has suspended a student, that administrator may re-admit the student.

Administrator suspensions may include: probation; in-school suspensions; and/or out-of-school suspensions, to wit:

1. Probation. Probation includes a reprimand and a conditional suspension of another penalty (such as out-of-school suspension) for a set period of time. The student will continue to avoid the penalty as long as the student meets the terms and conditions of the probation. Failure to meet such terms and conditions shall result in immediate reinstatement of the penalty.

2. In-School Suspension. In-school suspension is the temporary isolation of a student from participation in one or more classes and/or student body activities (e.g., lunch, school assemblies) for a set number of days (up to ten consecutive school days). During the period of in-school suspension a student may make up all evaluative activities (quizzes, tests, exams) but cannot earn class participation points or grades. While on in-school suspension a student cannot represent the school or district in any athletic or other extracurricular competition.

In-school suspension is a serious disciplinary action normally utilized when student misconduct, which disruptive, was not violent or destructive and/or represents a first or minor infraction or district rules and/or regulations.

3. Out-of-School Suspension. Out-of-school suspension is the total removal of the student from the school environment and participation in any and all school extracurricular activities, other school-sponsored activities and events for a stated period of short duration (ten (10) days or fewer).

During the period of the student's removal they are not permitted in school buildings or school grounds without the written permission of the principal or superintendent. Students thus removed from the school environment may be permitted to make up tests and exams within a reasonable period of time after their return to school and may receive credit for completed course.

Adopted: Unknown
Modified: 05/22/89; 08/21/95; 07/19/99
Reviewed: 03/21/94; 08/07/95; 06/28/99; 12/07/09; 10/06/14; 12/02/19

Legal References: Gross v. Lopez, 419 U.S. 565 (1975).
Brands v. Sheldon Comm. School Dist., 671 F. Supp. 627 (N.D. Iowa 1987).
Sims v. Colfax Comm. School Dist., 307 F. Supp. 485 (Iowa 1970).
Bunger v. Iowa High School Athletic Association, 197 N.W. 2d 555 (1972).
Board of Ed. of the Ind. School Dist. of Waterloo v. Green, 259 Iowa 1260,
147 N.W. 2d 854 (1967).
Iowa Code 279.8; 282.4,.5 (1993).

Cross-References: Series 501 School Entrance and Attendance Policies
Series 502 Student Behavior and Discipline

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