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Suspension

  • By: Linda M. Raffaele Mendez
  • In: Encyclopedia of School Psychology
  • Edited by: Steven W. Lee
  • Subject:School/Educational Psychology (general), School Psychology, Educational Psychology

Suspension is a disciplinary action that involves removal of a student from his or her usual classroom placement for a period not to exceed 10 consecutive school days. Specific definitions and criteria for determining when suspension is warranted vary from state to state and within individual school districts within each state. There are two primary forms of suspension, outof-school suspension (OSS) and in-school suspension (ISS). In most school districts, OSS prohibits a student from attending school for a maximum of 10 days at a time (with no provision of instructional services), while in-school suspension involves having the student attend an alternative setting (e.g., an in-school suspension classroom, an off-campus alternative-to-suspension site) for a minimum of 1 day (with no interruption of instructional services).

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