Long-Term Suspensions & Expulsions



Before administering a long-term suspension or an expulsion, district personnel must consider
other forms of discipline to support the student in meeting behavioral expectations. The district must also consider the other general conditions and limitations listed above. Unless otherwise required by law, the district is not required to impose long-term suspension or expulsion and may impose long-term suspension or expulsion only for specify misconduct. In general, the district strives to keep students in school, learning in a safe and appropriate environment.

Behavior Agreements


The district authorizes staff to enter into behavior agreements with students and parents in response to behavioral violations, including agreements to reduce the length of a suspension conditioned on the participation in treatment services, agreements in lieu of suspension or expulsion, or agreements holding a suspension or expulsion in abeyance. Behavior agreements will also describe district actions planned to support behavior changes by the students. The district will provide any behavior agreement in a language and form the student and parents understand. A behavior agreement does not waive a student’s opportunity to participate in a reengagement meeting or to receive educational services. The duration of a behavior agreement must not exceed the length of an academic term. A behavior agreement does not preclude the district from administering discipline for behavioral violations that occur after the district enters into an agreement with the student and parents.

Informal Meeting (Initial Hearing)


After investigating but before administering any suspension or expulsion, the district will attempt to notify the student’s parent(s) as soon as reasonably possible regarding the behavioral violation. Additionally, the principal or designee must conduct an informal meeting with the student to hear the student’s perspective. The principal or designee must make a reasonable attempt to contact the student’s parents and provide an opportunity for the parents to participate in the informal meeting in person or by telephone. The district must hold the informal meeting in a language the parent and student understand. At the informal meeting, the principal or designee will provide the student:

  • Notice of the student’s violation of this policy;
  • An explanation of the evidence regarding the behavioral violation;
  • An explanation of the discipline that may be administered; and
  • An opportunity for the student to share his or her perspective and provide explanation regarding the behavioral violation.

Following the informal meeting, the principal or designee must inform the student of the disciplinary decision regarding the behavioral violation, including the date when any suspension or expulsion will begin and end.


No later than one (1) school business day following the informal meeting with the student, the district will provide written notice of the suspension or expulsion to the student and parents in person, by mail, or by email. If the parent cannot read any language, the district will provide language assistance. The written notice must include:

  • A description of the student’s behavior and how the behavior violated this policy;
  • The duration and conditions of the suspension or expulsion, including the dates on which the suspension or expulsion will begin and end;
  • The other forms of discipline that the district considered or attempted, and an explanation of the district’s decision to administer the suspension or expulsion;
  • The opportunity to receive educational services during the suspension or expulsion;
  • The right of the student and parent(s) to an informal conference with the principal or designee;
  • The right of the student and parent(s) to appeal the suspension or expulsion; and
  • For any long-term suspension or expulsion, the opportunity for the student and parents to participate in a reengagement meeting.

Other than for the firearm exception under WAC 392-400-820, the district will not impose a long-term suspension or an expulsion for any student in kindergarten through fourth grade. If a long-term suspension or expulsion may exceed ten (10) days, the district will consider whether the student is currently eligible or might be deemed eligible for special education services. If so, the principal will notify relevant special education staff of the suspension or expulsion so that the district can ensure it follows its special education discipline procedures as well as its general education discipline procedures.