121 Kids and the Law SCHOOL EXCLUSION: NON-SERIOUS OFFENSES Are there other offenses that can lead to a suspension from school? Yes. Schools are permitted to suspend a student for up to 90 days for “non-se- rious” offenses. What are non-serious offenses? Non-serious offenses may be breaking the law or school rules regarding discipline matters, such as fighting, bullying, stealing, swearing, or disrupting a class. What happens when a student is charged with violating a non-serious offense at school? If a student is charged with a non-serious offense, that student may not be ex- cluded from school for more than 90 school days within a school year. The 90 days begin on the first day the student is removed from school. No long-term suspension shall extend beyond the end of the school year. Principals will provide notice of the charges to the student and the parent or guardian and the reason for exclusion in English and in the primary language spoken in the home. What rights does a student have who has been charged with violating a non-serious offense? A student charged with committing a non-serious offense will have the op- portunity to meet with the principal or designee to discuss the charges and reasons prior to being excluded from school. The principal or designee will ensure that the parent or guardian is included in the meeting. If the parent or guardian is not included, the principal or desig- nee must document their reasonable efforts to include the parent or guardian. Is there a right to appeal the principal’s decision to exclude the student? Yes. If the student is excluded for more than 10 school days for a single inci- dent or for more than a total of 10 days during the school year (even if the student has gotten in trouble more than once), the student has a right to ap- peal the decision. Legal Issues Related to School 10