School Expulsions, Suspensions, & Disciplinary Actions

Guidance from Our Carmel Education Law Attorneys

One of the most stressful educational experiences a parent can face is when their child is involved in a disciplinary situation at school. These actions can range from a one day in-school suspension to permanent suspension from a school. In many situations, the parent may have to stand up to defend their child in an expulsion hearing. Depending on the situation and facts, many schools are willing to work with parents on finding a solution that favors all parties involved. It is very important for parents to be aware of their options, remain properly advised throughout the process, and have a good hold on the disciplinary system.

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Education law is unique in each state and different disciplinary procedures may be enforced depending on the Indiana district you live. At Hollingsworth & Zivitz, our team can review your case and help you make the best decision for your child’s educational future. Whatever the case, our firm is ready to review your child's disciplinary situation and advise you on how to move forward.

Handling School Disciplinary Actions

Some of the most common issues we can assist clients with include:

  • Suspension: This is a period of time ranging between 1 and 10 days where a child is removed from the general classroom setting.
  • Expulsion: This is a removal from school for longer than 10 days. Prior to the expulsion the school must conduct a hearing and if the child has special needs, must first conduct a manifestation determination and then the hearing.
  • Drugs and weapons issues: A child may be immediately removed for any injury to another student or having drugs on their person at or near the school campus. The school will then have an expulsion hearing in that matter.
  • Sports team removal: A child may be removed from a team for violating the school handbook in any way, such as underage drinking, drug use, vandalism, sexual violations, or other inappropriate behavior.

If you want to object to the suspension or sports team removal, it is crucial that you take fast legal action. Your child may still have to serve some of the suspension, but you may be able to appeal the decision or set up a meeting with the school. If your child has special needs or has not been diagnosed but you believe they do, you may be able to file for an Article 7 due process hearing prior to the expulsion hearing.

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When your child has a disciplinary action at school it is important to discuss this issue with Hollingsworth & Zivitz. Why? Our team is experienced in handling sensitive child-related issues that occur in disciplinary situations. Mostly, our team recognizes that our education clients are experiencing some of life's difficult challenges. We are dedicated to giving cost-effective advice, tailor-made for your unique issues, with the ultimate goal of getting you to the next best stage in your life.

Schedule your initial consultation with our firm today and we will begin reviewing your case.

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