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Corporal Punishment, Suspensions, Expulsions

Corporal Punishment

All area, county, and independent boards of education shall be authorized to determine and adopt policies and regulations relating to the use of corporal punishment by school principals and teachers employed by such boards (O.C.G.A. 20-2-730).

Out of School Suspension (OSS)

Out of school suspension is an exclusion from all school facilities and activities. It is used as a disciplinary action to deter inappropriate student behavior. This includes the violation of school rules, policies, and procedures.  If an offense occurs, the principal or designee will investigate the circumstances surrounding the offense. 

Before being suspended, a student has a right to a conference with the principal or his designee where the following takes place:

  • the charges against the student are explained to him/her;
  • if the student denies his/her guilt, the evidence against the student is outlined for him/her; and
  • the student is given the opportunity to tell his/her side of the story.

Parents and guardians will be notified of the consequence. Every reasonable effort shall be made to notify parents when a student is suspended.

The days of suspension shall be specified by the principal or designee and such days shall begin as soon as reasonably prudent.   

Make-up work and/or alternative assignments will be permitted.

A student who has been assigned to out of school suspension for any disciplinary reasons shall not be present on any school property for any reason, at any time during the term of the suspension except to attend student disciplinary hearings.

A student who has been assigned to out of school suspension shall not participate in or attend any school sponsored, extra-curricular activities (on or off campus) beginning with the specific time the out of school suspension is assigned (which may not be the time suspension actually begins) until the beginning of the calendar day following the last day of suspension.

A student who has been assigned to out of school suspension for any disciplinary reasons will not be allowed to attend or participate in field learning trips due to safety concerns.

Out of School Suspension-Short Term

● Suspension for 10 days or less (O.C.G.A. 20-2-751).

Out of School Suspension-Long Term

● Suspension for more than 10 school days but not beyond the current school quarter or semester (O.C.G.A. 20-2-751).

● Long-term suspension is an alternative that may be imposed by the student disciplinary hearing officer when determining punishment for a disciplinary infraction, which resulted in the student being brought to a disciplinary hearing.

In School Suspension

In school suspension is the following:

  • Temporary removal of a student from his or her regular classroom. 
  • In school suspension is a short term alternative to out of school suspension.
  • Students will not be counted absent.
  • Students will be assigned work from their classes. 
  • Students will not receive zeroes unless they fail to make up work missed in their classes. 
  • Students have the responsibility to complete missed make up work, consistent with the provisions outlined earlier in this Student Handbook
  • Students may not participate in or attend extracurricular activities during the school day.
  • Students may not participate in or attend any school sponsored activities during the official school day that the student is assigned suspension.
  • Students may participate in activities which occur entirely outside of the official school day when the student is assigned in school suspension.

Expulsion is any period of out of school suspension that is longer than a semester. 

● If a recommendation for expulsion is submitted to the Board of Education, written charges for the expulsion recommendation shall be provided to the student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) along with the expulsion proceedings information.

● The Board of Education may refer any disciplinary action to the student disciplinary hearing officer, which shall conduct a hearing of the matter consistent with the Board policy. The issues to be determined at the hearing shall be whether or not the student is guilty of the alleged violation of student regulations and, if so, what appropriate punishment shall be imposed.

● In determining the appropriate punishment to impose upon the student, the student disciplinary hearing officer shall review the specific circumstances of the incident that gave rise to the hearing, the student’s academic and disciplinary record.

● The maximum punishment that may be imposed is permanent expulsion from the school and from the Bulloch County School System.