431P - Teacher Removal of Students from Class

Teachers have the initial authority to remove students from class for disruptive behavior. "Disruptive behavior" means a violation of School Board policies or regulations issued by the Superintendent governing student conduct that interrupts or obstructs the learning environment.

Criteria for Removal
In order for a teacher to remove a student from class for disruptive behavior
  • removal of the student from the class must be necessary to restore a learning environment free from interruptions and obstructions caused by the student’s behavior,
  • interventions by the teacher and/or administrators have been attempted and failed to end the student’s disruptive behavior, and
  • notice of the student’s disruptive behavior and the opportunity to meet with the teacher and/or school administrators must have been provided to the student’s parents as described below.
When all of the above criteria have been satisfied, a teacher may remove a student from class.

Requirements for Incident Reports
Teachers shall write incident reports regarding all incidents of disruptive behavior. The reports will be filed with the school administration and provided to the student’s parents within 24 hours of the incident. The parents must be given the opportunity to meet with the teacher and/or school administrator to discuss the student’s behavior and the possible consequences if the behavior continues. The teacher will document, in writing, his or her attempts to request and encourage the parents to meet with him or her or school administrators.

A student may not be removed from class for disruptive behavior unless two written incident reports have been filed with school administrators and provided to the student’s parents concerning two prior incidents of disruptive behavior. Upon removal, the teacher shall file a “Student Removal Form” (431P, Students- Removal of Disruptive Students from Class-Appendix) with school administrators. The teacher will include any other documentation supporting the removal including, but not limited to, the previous two incident reports.

Nothing in this policy shall be construed to prohibit a teacher from seeking immediate assistance from a school administrator, counselor or behavioral specialist for a non-compliant student who threatens their personal safety or the safety of other students and/or staff in the classroom.

Procedures for Written Notification of Student and Parents
The teacher shall provide copies of any incident report and the Student Removal Form to the student and his or her parents and notify them of the opportunity to meet with the teacher and/or school administrators to discuss the behavior and the possible consequences if the behavior continues. Such notice shall be provided within 24 hours of each incident. The teacher shall document, in writing, his or her attempts to request and encourage the parents to meet with school administrators and/or the teacher. Such notice and documentation shall be required for each incident report and student removal.

Guidelines for Alternative Assignment and Instruction of Removed Students
The principal shall determine the appropriate placement of any student removed from class by a teacher. The principal may:
  • assign the student to an alternative program
  • assign the student to another class
  • send the student to the principal’s office or study hall. If the principal chooses this option, the teacher shall provide and evaluate appropriate make-up work for the student
  • suspend the student or recommend the student for expulsion. If the principal chooses this option, alternative instruction and assignment, if any, shall be provided according to School Board policy and in the case of students with disabilities, in accordance with federal law
  • return the student to class in accordance with the procedures below.
Procedure for the Student’s Return to Class
The principal shall determine, after consultation with the teacher, the duration of the student’s removal from class. The principal shall notify the teacher of the decision to return the student to class. If the teacher disagrees with the principal’s decision to return a student to the class
  • the teacher and principal shall discuss the teacher’s objection to returning the student to class and the principal’s reason for returning the student.
  • the teacher, after meeting with the principal, may appeal the principal’s decision to the Superintendent or designee within one school day. The incident reports and removal form must accompany the appeal. After discussion with the principal and teacher or receiving their written comments, the decision of the Superintendent or designee shall be final. The decision shall be made within 48 hours of the teacher’s appeal. During the appeal process, the student shall not be returned to class and the principal will determine an appropriate placement for the student.

Once the decision has been made to return the student to class, the teacher and principal shall develop a plan to address future disruptive behavior.

Other Provisions
The principal shall ensure that students removed from class under this policy continue to receive an education in accordance with School Board policies.

Application of this policy to students with disabilities shall be consistent with federal and state law and regulations as well as School Board policy regarding students with disabilities.

Teacher deficiencies in classroom management shall be addressed in teacher evaluations pursuant to Board policy.

This policy does not limit or restrict the ability of School Board employees to apply other policies, regulations or laws for maintaining order in the classroom.


Adopted: June 15, 1998
Amended: August 18, 2020