Nevada School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Alternatives to Suspension

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Nevada School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Alternatives to Suspension

Category: In-School Discipline
Subcategory: Alternatives to Suspension
State: Nevada

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LAWS

NRS 388.133. Policy by Department concerning safe and respectful learning environment.

1. The Department shall, in consultation with the governing bodies, educational personnel, local associations and organizations of parents whose children are enrolled in schools throughout this State, and individual parents and legal guardians whose children are enrolled in schools throughout this State, prescribe by regulation a policy for all school districts and schools to provide a safe and respectful learning environment that is free of discrimination based on race, bullying and cyber-bullying.

2. The policy must include, without limitation:

(c) Requirements and methods for restorative disciplinary practices that align with the statewide framework for restorative justice if such a framework is developed pursuant to section 2 of this act.

NRS 392.4644. Plan for restorative discipline and on-site review of disciplinary decisions; annual review and revision of plan; posting and distribution of plan; written reports by board of trustees concerning compliance with section.

1. The board of trustees of each school district shall establish a plan to provide for the restorative discipline of pupils and on-site review of disciplinary decisions. The plan must:

(a) Be developed with the input and participation of teachers, school administrators and other educational personnel and support personnel who are employed by the school district, pupils who are enrolled in schools within the school district and the parents and guardians of pupils who are enrolled in schools within the school district.

(b) Be consistent with the written rules of behavior prescribed in accordance with NRS 392.463.

(c) Include, without limitation, provisions designed to address the specific disciplinary needs and concerns of each school within the school district.

(d) Provide restorative disciplinary practices which include, without limitation:

(1) Holding a pupil accountable for his or her behavior;

(2) Restoration or remedies related to the behavior of the pupil;

(3) Relief for any victim of the pupil; and

(4) Changing the behavior of the pupil.

(e) Provide for the temporary removal of a pupil from a classroom or other premises of a public school in accordance with NRS 392.4645.

(f) Provide for the placement of a pupil in a different school within the school district in accordance with NRS 392.466.

(g) Include the names of any members of a committee to review the temporary alternative placement of pupils required by NRS 392.4647.

(h) Be in accordance with the statewide framework for restorative justice developed pursuant to section 2 of this act, including, without limitation, by addressing the occurrences of the suspension, expulsion or removal of pupils from school that disproportionately affect pupils who belong to a group of pupils listed in subsection 2 of NRS 385A.250.

(i) Be posted on the Internet website maintained by the school district.

2. On or before September 15 of each year, the principal of each public school shall:

(a) Review the plan established by subsection 1 in consultation with the teachers, school administrators and other educational personnel and support personnel who are employed at the school and the parents and guardians of pupils and the pupils who are enrolled in the school;

(b) Determine whether and to what extent the occurrences of the suspension, expulsion or removal of pupils from school disproportionately affect pupils who belong to a group of pupils listed in subsection 2 of NRS 385A.250;

(c) Based upon the review, recommend to the board of trustees of the school district revisions to the plan, as recommended by the teachers, school administrators and other educational personnel and support personnel and the parents and guardians of pupils and the pupils who are enrolled in the school, if necessary;

(d) Post a copy of the plan or the revised plan, as provided by the school district, on the Internet website maintained by the school; and

(e) Distribute to each teacher, school administrator and all educational support personnel who are employed at or assigned to the school a written or electronic copy of the plan or the revised plan, as provided by the school district.

3. On or before November 15 of each year, the board of trustees of each school district shall:

(a) Submit a written report to the Superintendent of Public Instruction that reports the progress of each school within the district in complying with the requirements of this section, including, without limitation, addressing the occurrences of the suspension, expulsion or removal of pupils from school that disproportionately affect pupils who belong to a group of pupils listed in subsection 2 of NRS 385A.250; and

(b) Post a copy of the report on the Internet website maintained by the school district.

​​​​​​4.    As used in this section, “restorative justice” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 392.472.

NRS 392.466. Plan of action for pupil who engages in battery on employee of school, possession of firearm or dangerous weapon or sale or distribution of controlled substance or is deemed a habitual disciplinary problem; appeal by employee who is victim of battery; suspension or expulsion of such pupils; modification to suspension or expulsion; limitations for pupils with disabilities.

1. Except as otherwise provided in this section, any pupil who commits a battery which results in the bodily injury of an employee of the school or who sells or distributes any controlled substance while on the premises of any public school, at an activity sponsored by a public school or on any school bus and who is at least 11 years of age shall meet with the school and his or her parent or legal guardian or, if the pupil is an unaccompanied pupil, the pupil. The school shall provide a plan of action based on restorative justice to the parent or legal guardian of the pupil. The pupil may be suspended or expelled from the school, in which case the pupil shall:

(a) Enroll in a private school pursuant to chapter 394 of NRS or be homeschooled; or

(b) Enroll in a program of independent study provided pursuant to NRS 389.155 for pupils who have been suspended or expelled from public school or a program of distance education provided pursuant to NRS 388.820 to 388.874, inclusive, if the pupil qualifies for enrollment and is accepted for enrollment in accordance with the requirements of the applicable program. [...]

4. If a school is unable to retain a pupil in the school pursuant to subsection 1 for the safety of any person or because doing so would not be in the best interest of the pupil, the pupil may be suspended, expelled or placed in another school. If a pupil is placed in another school, the current school of the pupil shall explain what services will be provided to the pupil at the new school that the current school is unable to provide to address the specific needs and behaviors of the pupil. The school district of the current school of the pupil shall coordinate with the new school to create a plan of action based on restorative justice for the pupil and to ensure that any resources required to execute the plan of action based on restorative justice are available at the new school.

5. Except as otherwise provided in this section, if a pupil is deemed a habitual disciplinary problem pursuant to NRS 392.4655, the pupil is at least 11 years of age and the school has made a reasonable effort to complete a plan of action based on restorative justice with the pupil, based on the seriousness of the acts which were the basis for the discipline, the pupil may be:

(a) Suspended from the school;

(b) Expelled from the school under extraordinary circumstances as determined by the principal of the school. [...] The superintendent of schools of a school district may, for good cause shown in a particular case in that school district, allow a modification to a suspension or expulsion pursuant to subsections 1 to 5, inclusive, if such modification is set forth in writing. The superintendent shall allow such a modification if the superintendent determines that a plan of action based on restorative justice may be used successfully.

NRS 392.472. Requirement to provide plan of action before expelling pupil; example plans of action; approval of plans of action; guidance document; regulations.

1. Except as otherwise provided in NRS 392.466 and to the extent practicable, a public school shall provide a plan of action based on restorative justice before removing a pupil from a classroom or other premises of the public school or suspending or expelling a pupil from school.

2. The Department shall develop one or more examples of a plan of action which may include, without limitation:

(a) Positive behavioral interventions and support;

(b) A plan for behavioral intervention;

(c) A referral to a team of student support;

(d) A referral to an individualized education program team;

(e) A referral to appropriate community-based services; and

(f) A conference with the principal of the school or his or her designee and any other appropriate personnel.

3. The Department may approve a plan of action based on restorative justice that meets the requirements of this section submitted by a public school.

4. The Department shall post on its Internet website a guidance document that includes, without limitation:

(a) A description of the statewide framework for restorative justice developed pursuant to section 2 of this act and the requirements of this section and NRS 392.462;

(b) A timeline for implementation of the requirements of this section and NRS 392.462 by a public school;

(c) One or more models of restorative justice and best practices relating to restorative justice;

(d) A curriculum for professional development relating to restorative justice and references for one or more consultants or presenters qualified to provide additional information or training relating to restorative justice; and

(e) One or more examples of a plan of action based on restorative justice developed pursuant to subsection 2.

5. The Department shall adopt regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.

6. As used in this section:

(a) "Individualized education program team" has the meaning ascribed to it in 20 U.S.C. § 1414(d)(1)(B).

(b) "Restorative justice" means nonpunitive intervention and support provided by the school to a pupil to improve the behavior of the pupil and remedy any harm caused by the pupil.

REGULATIONS

No relevant regulations found.

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