Utah School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Alternatives to Suspension

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Utah School Discipline Laws & Regulations: Alternatives to Suspension

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

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LAWS

§ 53G-8-207. Alternatives to suspension or expulsion.

(1) Each local school board or charter school governing board shall establish:

(b) alternatives to suspension, including policies that allow a student to remain in school under an in-school suspension program or under a program allowing the parent, with the consent of the student's teacher or teachers, to attend class with the student for a period of time specified by a designated school official.

§ 53G-8-210. Disruptive student behavior.

(1) As used in this section:

(f) "Restorative justice program" means a school-based program or a program used or adopted by a local education agency that is designed:

(i) to enhance school safety, reduce school suspensions, and limit referrals to law enforcement agencies and courts; and

(ii) to help minors take responsibility for and repair harmful behavior that occurs in school.

REGULATIONS

R277-609-1. Authority and purpose.

2)(a) The purpose of this rule is to outline requirements for school discipline plans, restorative practices and related policies.

R277-609-2. Definitions.

(16) "Policy" means standards and procedures that include:

(a) the provisions of Section 53G-8-202 and additional standards, procedures, and training adopted in an open meeting by a local board of education or charter school board that:

(iii) requires training regarding:

(B) the use of restorative practices, positive behavior interventions and supports, and emergency safety interventions. [...]

(19) "Restorative practice" means the building and sustaining of relationships among students, school personnel, families and community members to build and strengthen social connections within communities and hold individuals accountable to restore relationships when harm has occurred.

R277-609-4. LEA Responsibility to Develop Plans.

(4) A plan described in Subsection (1) shall include:

(n) direction for schools to determine the range of behaviors and establish the continuum of administrative procedures that may be used by school personnel to address student behavior, including students who engage in disruptive student behaviors as described in Section 53G-8-210. [...]

(w) a comparable restorative justice program.

R277-609-6. Implementation.

(1) An LEA shall implement strategies and policies consistent with the LEA's plan required in Section R277-609-4.

(2) An LEA shall develop, use and monitor a continuum of intervention strategies to assist students, including students whose behavior in school falls repeatedly short of reasonable expectations, by teaching student behavior expectations, reinforcing student behavior expectations, re-teaching behavior expectations, followed by effective, evidence-based interventions matched to student needs before suspension or court referral.

(3) An LEA shall implement positive behavior interventions, supports, and restorative practices as part of the LEA's continuum of behavior interventions strategies.

R277-613-2. Definitions.

(12) "Restorative justice practice" means a discipline practice that brings together students, school personnel, families, and community members to resolve conflicts, address disruptive behaviors, promote positive relationships, and healing.

R277-613-4. LEA Responsibility to Create or Update Bullying Policies.

(7)(c) An LEA shall ensure that a discipline plan required by Rule R277-609:

(i) directs schools to determine the range of behaviors and establish the continuum of administrative procedures to be used by school personnel to address the behavior of students.

R277-613-5. Reporting and Incident Investigations of Allegations of Bullying, Cyber-bullying, Hazing, Retaliation, and Abusive Conduct.

(7) Following an investigation of a confirmed allegation of an incident of bullying, cyber-bullying, hazing, retaliation, or abusive conduct, if appropriate, an LEA may:

(a) in accordance with the requirements in Subsection (6), take positive restorative justice practice action, in accordance with policies established by the LEA.

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