DISCIPLINARY PROTOCOLS

DISCIPLINARY PROTOCOLS

Suspension is the time that a student’s right to attend school is temporarily revoked. All suspensions are served externally.
  • Students suspended from school for disciplinary reasons will be given the opportunity to make-up all academic work such as papers, quizzes, tests, readings.  

  • Students suspended from school for disciplinary reasons and who miss labs or other work unique to the classroom experience may be given readings or other independent assignments as a substitute for the classroom learning.  

  • Students suspended from school for disciplinary reasons may not participate in or attend any school-sponsored activity (e.g., athletic practice or event, club meeting, rehearsal or performance) during the term of suspension.

  • Students suspended from school for disciplinary reasons may not be on the grounds of any of the Amherst-Pelham schools unless participating in a scheduled administrative appointment.

  • A suspension which begins prior to the lunch block will be counted as beginning that day; a suspension which begins during or after the lunch block will be counted as beginning the next school day.  Snow days or other school cancelations will not count toward serving a suspension.

Dean/administrator responsibilities in cases involving suspension:
  • Follow due process procedures

  • Contact parent/guardian regarding disciplinary consequences

  • Process referral form and re-entry plan

  • Notification of student’s guidance counselor, teachers, administrators, liaison, athletic director or club advisor as necessary regarding the terms of the suspension

  • Request that academic assignments be forwarded to the main office for parent/guardian to pick-up in cases of external suspension.

  • Schedule a re-entry meeting to include student, parent/guardian, dean, guidance counselor and other appropriate staff

  • Arrange for translation at meetings for students and/or parents/guardians whose primary language is not English.

Guidance counselor responsibilities in cases involving suspension:

  • Follow up with teachers to verify that assignments have been brought to the main office or Dean’s Office

  • Notify parent/guardian regarding availability of assignments in cases of external suspension.

  • Participate in re-entry meetings

Teacher responsibilities in cases involving suspension:

  • Promptly provide academic assignments to the main office for parent/guardian to pick-up in cases of external suspension.

Suspension re-entry procedures:

  • Upon their return to school, students who have been suspended may be required to have a re-entry meeting before being re-admitted.

  • Students returning from suspension may also be required to participate in monitoring meetings, counseling, community service and/or other activities related to improving behavior and becoming contributing members of the school community.


Expulsion: permanent exclusion from school.

  • A student found to have been in possession of a controlled substance or a dangerous weapon, or to have assaulted a member of the school staff may be subject to long-term suspension and/or expulsion (see the text of MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H in the District section of handbook).

  • A student charged with a felony which occurred off school grounds may be subject to long-term suspension and/or expulsion if the principal determines that “the student’s continued presence in school would have a substantial detrimental effect on the general welfare of the school” (see the text of MGL Chapter 71, Section 37H1/2 in the District section of handbook).  
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