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5611 - Due Process Rights

The Board recognizes the importance of safeguarding a student's constitutional rights particularly when subject to the District's disciplinary procedures.

To better ensure appropriate due-process is provided a student, the Board establishes the following regulations:

  A. Students subject to suspension
    A student must be given both written notice of suspension and the reasons therefore and the opportunity to appear and respond to the charges prior to the suspension. An appeal may be addressed to the principal. Further appeal may be taken pursuant to procedures set forth in the Student Handbook. However, an appeal will not delay the suspension.


  B. Students subject to expulsion
    A student and a student's parent or legal guardian must be given written notice of the intention to expel and the reasons therefore, and an opportunity to appear with a representative before the Superintendent to answer the charges.
    The student and/or parent or legal guardian shall also be provided a brief description of the student's rights and of the hearing procedure. The Board shall act on any appeal to an expulsion.


The Superintendent shall ensure that all members of the staff use the above regulations when dealing with students. In addition, this statement of due process rights is to be placed in all student handbooks in a manner that will facilitate understanding by students and their parents.

F.S. 1006.07, 1006.09, 1001.51, 1002.20

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