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Detention is a disciplinary measure wherein students must remain in school for a period of time outside the normal school day. Detentions are usually held in a classroom under teacher or administrator supervision on weekday afternoons (after-school detention), during the students’ lunch period (lunch detention), or during the weekend (Saturday school). Detention is considered a minor punishment, ranked in severity below suspension or expulsion, and may be administered in retribution for late or incomplete assignments, tardiness to class, dress code violations, or other minor behavioral offenses. Often, schools mandate that the student’s parent or guardian be given 24 hours’ notice before the scheduled detention in order to ensure that the student has transportation home.

A similar but distinct punishment is in-school suspension (ISS). ISS is a ...

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