For any student, being expelled from high school can be traumatizing. As a parent, you might be wondering if your child can automatically reenter the school after the expulsion period is over. What can your child do to return? What processes are involved? How long a student determines what will occur and what a student should do to be able to enter the school campus again. An education lawyer can help give answers to these questions by reviewing the signed agreement and the related policy of the school. Also, they can guide the student through the re-entry process.
When Does the Expulsion Process End?
The Board of Education has the final say in student expulsion cases. Their decision comes following an expulsion hearing at school or after their approval of an agreement the parents of the student signed. The expulsion process ends when the Board makes a decision or when an agreement is signed.
Following the expulsion, a student can return to a regular school environment once the expulsion term has ended. Also, this depends on the compliance of the student with the terms of the expulsion agreement. In addition, the term of the expulsion depends on the severity of the offense.
A student can be expelled for up to a year for committing acts such as selling a controlled substance, committing a sexual assault, or possessing a firearm. Serious offenses such as causing serious physical harm to another person, robbery, or assault can result in the student being no longer allowed to enroll in another school or school district while still under expulsion.
Readmitting a student expelled due to a less serious offense requires the Board to hold a hearing where they determine if the student poses a danger to the district’s employees or students. When the school makes a positive determination, they may deny enrolment to the student.
Getting Back to School Following Expulsion
In all cases, schools and school districts must consider their goals for suspending or expelling a student. For instance, they must think about what they hope the student can learn from the discipline or what safety concerns they have when the student has to return to school.
If you are concerned about your child’s expulsion, you can explore options to challenge the decision. These options include having an informal conference with the school principal, requesting a disciplinary appeal hearing, filing a petition for readmission, and others. Also, you can request to transfer your child to another school in the same school district.