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Superintendent Suspension Hearings | Lawyers & Attorneys

When a student is accused of behaving badly by being insubordinate or disorderly, endangering the health, safety and welfare of other students, or violating the school code of conduct you will likely receive a letter from the school notifying you that your child has been suspended and that a hearing is being scheduled to determine if your child should receive a lengthier suspension or other punishment. At that hearing, your student has the right to be represented by an attorney and the attorney has the right to question witnesses against your child. Your school suspension lawyer also has an opportunity to call witnesses on your child’s behalf. Your superintendent suspension hearing attorney may also examine the contents of your child’s school file. At the hearing, the school district must present sufficient evidence to sustain an allegation against your child. If an allegation is established, the hearing officer will determine the appropriate level of discipline against your child.

Frequently Asked Questions about Superintendent Suspension Hearings

Our team of attorneys and lawyers provide answers to some important questions below.

Is it lawful to suspend my child from school?2020-07-29T14:29:28+00:00

Yes, under New York’s State Education Law, schools can suspend a student who is insubordinate, disorderly, violent, disruptive, or whose conduct otherwise endangers the safety, morals, health, or welfare of others. A suspension can last anywhere from one day to more than a year. All schools have codes of conduct which must be provided to each student every year.

What is a Principal’s Suspension?2020-07-29T14:33:43+00:00

A Principal’s suspension is a suspension which can last anywhere from 1 to 5 days. A written notice must be given to the parent within twenty-four (24) hours of the decision to suspend the student.  The notice must contain the date and specific details of the conduct, as well as notify the parent of the right to request a conference with the Principal. A phone call can not substitute this required written notice.

What is a Superintendent’s Suspension?2020-07-29T14:33:27+00:00

A Superintendent’s suspension is a suspension which lasts anywhere from 6 days to 180 days. The parent must be sent a notice of the suspension explaining the charges against your child as well as the right to a hearing regarding the conduct and punishment. This notification must include a statement of rights, including your right to have legal representation.

What happens during a Superintendent’s Suspension Hearing?2020-07-29T14:33:10+00:00

There are two phases to a suspension hearing. The first is the fact-finding phase.  If it is determined that a violation was established, a dispositional phase where the specifics of the punishment are determined will take place. During the fact-finding phase, each side can present an opening statement including a summary of what the evidence will show. The school will then present its case. Next the student’s case will be presented either through a parent, advocate, or lawyer. The Hearing Officer will then determine whether the decision to suspend the student is supported by competent and substantial evidence that the student participated in the objectionable conduct. During the dispositional phase, the Hearing Officer will decide the appropriate punishment and determine if your child should be suspended and for how long. Items considered in this phase include the child’s behavioral history, academic performance, and materials submitted reflecting your child’s character in a positive light from teachers, coaches, or other community members who know your child. It should always be requested that your child be immediately reinstated, and that the suspension be expunged from your child’s record at the end of the school year.

Is a suspension appealable?2020-07-29T14:32:56+00:00

Yes, a parent or student can file a written appeal to the Board of Education within 30 days of the date of the Hearing Officer’s decision. If the Board of Education upholds the Hearing Officer’s decision, the decision may be appealed to the New York State Commissioner of Education within 30 days of the Board’s decision.

Can a student be disciplined for conduct that occurred off school grounds?2020-07-29T14:30:46+00:00

Yes. A student may be disciplined for off-campus conduct that endangers the health or safety of students or staff, creates a risk of substantial disruption to school operations or will otherwise adversely affect the educational process. Actions that have occurred off school grounds which resulted in school discipline include a criminal arrest, off campus fight, and online activity that is disruptive to school operations.

Can my child be suspended from extracurricular activities and/or athletics?2020-07-29T14:30:58+00:00

Yes. Procedures that govern suspension from extracurricular privileges need only be fair and give the student and parents an opportunity to discuss the conduct in question with the school. This punishment can occur because of actions taken off school grounds such as alcohol or drug consumption or smoking.

Can a student with a disability be suspended?2020-07-29T14:32:40+00:00

Yes. However, there are numerous protections that a student with a disability is afforded during the disciplinary process. Pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) a suspension of a student for more than ten days who is classified as having a disability or that a school district has reason to believe may have a disability, is considered a change in placement which triggers all of the parental due process rights contained in the IDEA. The ten days need not be consecutive but are counted on a year by year basis.

What is a manifestation determination?2020-07-29T14:31:19+00:00

A manifestation determination is an extra step in the disciplinary process relating to students with disabilities wherein the question must be asked whether the conduct in question was caused by or had a direct and substantial relationship to the child’s disability. Such a determination is made based on a review of all relevant information in the student’s file including the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), teacher observations, progress data, and relevant information provided by the parents. A school’s failure to implement the IEP is a factor considered in determining the cause of the conduct.

Can the school’s claim against my child be resolved without a hearing?2020-07-29T14:31:31+00:00

Yes. In some instances, an agreement can be reached with the school regarding the appropriate discipline that should be imposed against your child. In those instances, a written agreement is often signed by the school, parents and child that agree to certain terms such as a specific suspension period, an agreement to attend counseling, and/or to complete community service.

What kind of punishment can my child face because of behavioral issues at school?2020-07-29T14:32:20+00:00

If your child has violated the school code of conduct, he/she faces suspension from school and all extra-curricular activities, after school events or athletic activities he/she participated in. In some instances, counseling is appropriate to deal with issues such as anger, drugs, or alcohol. During any suspension, your student will likely be required to remain off school grounds.

Is it legal to suspend my student before the hearing is conducted?2020-07-29T14:30:11+00:00

Yes. Pursuant to the provisions of New York State Education Law §3214 your child may be suspended for a period not to exceed 5 days if misconduct is alleged. During that time, a hearing must be scheduled, and your child must be provided notice of the charged misconduct.

Should I attend the informal conference with the principal?2020-07-29T14:31:59+00:00

Yes. The informal conference with the principal allows an opportunity to present the pupil’s version of the event and to ask questions of the complaining witnesses. It is always best to speak to a lawyer who handles school hearings before deciding whether to attend the informal conference.

What if my child brings a gun/weapon to school?2020-07-29T14:30:01+00:00

Any public-school student who, after a hearing, is determined to have brought a weapon to school shall be suspended for a period of not less than one calendar year. Additionally, the child may be charged with a criminal offense and referred for a juvenile delinquency or juvenile offender proceeding. It is a class E felony to possess a weapon on school grounds. A weapon includes a rifle, shotgun, or firearm. School grounds include any buildings or grounds used for educational purposes, or on a school bus.

What is DASA?2020-07-29T14:29:50+00:00

In New York, DASA stands for the dignity for all students’ act. This anti-bullying legislation requires schools to provide students with a safe and supportive environment, free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment and bullying on school property, a school bus or at any school function. The law requires that schools take action to prevent bullying and respond appropriately to any claims of bullying.

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