If your child is suspended for a period of four (4) to 10 days, you have the right to an informal hearing within five (5) days of the suspension. This allows your family to meet with school officials to explain your side of the story, hear from others involved in the incident, and discuss ways to avoid suspension in the future. The student can speak during the hearing, invite others to support his or her story, and ask questions.
The school must hold a formal hearing before any expulsion. The school must give three (3) days notice of the time and place of the hearing. You may ask to reschedule this hearing if you can show good reason. The hearing must be held before the school board, before a committee, or before a hearing officer appointed by the board.
In the time leading up to the formal hearing, a student will remain in his or her regular class schedule, unless he or she has been identified as a “threat.” At the formal hearing, parents and families have the right to:
- Hire a lawyer.
- Explain your side of the story.
- Invite others to support your story.
- Ask questions of the school or anyone representing the school.
Formal hearings must be recorded, and a decision must be approved by the majority vote of the school’ board. Families and students then have thirty days to appeal to the local Court of Common Pleas. Please note, if you waive the hearing and your child is expelled, that decision cannot be appealed.
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