SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 38
March 6, 1998
|FROM:||Jo Lynne Demary
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Board of Education Criteria for Teacher Removal of Disruptive Students from Class|
The 1997 General Assembly passed House Bill 1877 addressing the initial removal of a student for disruptive behavior from a class by the teacher [See: Attachment 1 for a copy of the enrolled bill]. Specifically the legislation accomplished the following: establishes the initial authority of the teacher to remove a student for disruptive behavior from a class, with disruptive behavior defined as "a violation of school board regulations governing student conduct that interrupts or obstructs the learning environment"; requires the Board of Education to amend the Student Conduct Policy Guidelines to incorporate criteria for the removal of students by teachers; and requires local school boards, by July 1, 1998, to establish within their regulations governing student conduct criteria for teachers to remove disruptive students from class, in accordance with the requirements set out in 22.1-276.2 of the Code of Virginia. Local policy is to be consistent with, but may be more stringent than, the Board of Education criteria. The Board of Education, at its meeting on February 26, 1998, adopted Criteria for Teachers to Remove Students from Class for Disruptive Behavior, as an addendum to the 1994 Student Conduct Policy Guidelines [See : Attachment 2 for a copy of the criteria]. As noted above, local policy should be based on this criteria. These Guidelines are currently undergoing revision to incorporate not only these criteria, but other legislative changes since the Guidelines were originally adopted in 1994. Questions about these requirements or the Board's Student Conduct Policy Guidelines may be addressed to Marsha O. Hubbard, Specialist for Safe Schools, at (804) 225-2923. JLD/hdc Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments will be sent to the superintendent's office.