Parents throughout Pennsylvania and the United States send their children to school so they can receive a proper education. When children break the rules or act out in some way, it disrupts their right, as well as the rights of other students, to receive a proper education. For this very reason, schools have a code of conduct in place that determines the penalties or disciplining that children will receive for their poor behavior. While this makes sense, and the system usually works, there are times where schools will act outside of the school’s code of conduct and take matters into their own hands. If you believe that your child was not disciplined, but was instead taken advantage of in some way, you are most likely wondering about your legal options going forward. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Pennsylvania student’s rights attorney to learn more about how our firm can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Where is my child’s school’s code of conduct?
The code of conduct for your child’s school should be published on the school’s website. The code of conduct informs parents and students of the rules, as well as the punishment for breaking the rules.
What types of discipline are allowed in Pennsylvania schools?
The three types of disciplinary methods used in Pennsylvania schools are in-school suspensions, out-of-school suspensions, and expulsions. In-school-suspensions are when a student has to attend school and continue their education, albeit not in the classroom setting. The student will instead have work brought to him or her and do that work in a separate room. If the suspension continues for more than 10 days, the school will have an informal hearing. Out-of-school suspensions are when a child stays out of school for a maximum of 10 days. Expulsion is when a student is removed from a school for more than 10 days. If your child received an expulsion, you have a right to request a hearing before the school board.
How do I know if a school unfairly disciplined my child?
If you believe that your child was unfairly disciplined, you should do the following:
- Speak with your child to learn more about his or her side of the story
- Ensure that you keep all correspondence you have had with the school on file (emails, phone calls, etc.)
- Ensure that you carefully read all notices you receive (do not miss scheduled hearings, meetings, etc.)
- Do not sign any documentation or agreements without the assistance of an attorney
- Do not allow your child to make a statement to the school or sign any documents before you speak with an attorney
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