Disciplinary Removal from Classroom
It is the policy of the Board to maintain classrooms in which student behavior does not interfere with the ability of the teacher to teach effectively or the ability of other students to participate in classroom learning activities.
Students shall be expected to abide by the code of conduct adopted by the Board and any other appropriate classroom rules of behavior established by the building principal and/or classroom teacher for the purpose of maintaining order and a favorable academic atmosphere. Any student who violates the code of conduct or other classroom rules may be subject to removal from class and/or disciplinary action. Upon the third formal removal from class, a teacher may remove the student from the teacher’s class in accordance with this policy, its accompanying regulation and applicable law.
Student removal from class is a serious measure and should not be imposed in an arbitrary, casual or inconsistent manner. Behavioral expectations are always more constructive and more likely to be followed when they are communicated as clearly as possible to students. However, it is neither possible nor necessary to specify every type of improper or inappropriate behavior, or every circumstance that would justify removal from class under this policy. Teachers are expected to exercise their best professional judgment in deciding whether it is appropriate to remove a student from class in any particular circumstance. All instances of formal removal from class shall be documented.
A teacher is authorized to immediately remove a student from the teacher’s classroom if the student’s behavior:
- violates the code of conduct adopted by the Board;
- is dangerous, unruly, or disruptive; or
- seriously interferes with the ability of the teacher to teach the class or other students to learn.
A student with a disability may be removed from class and placed in an alternative educational setting only to the extent authorized by state and federal laws and regulations.
Removal from class under this policy does not prohibit the district from pursuing or implementing additional disciplinary measures, including but not limited to detentions, suspensions, or expulsions for the conduct or behavior for which the student was removed, in accordance with Board policy concerning student suspensions, expulsions and other disciplinary interventions.
The superintendent is directed to establish procedures to implement this policy so that removals from a classroom occur in a consistent manner throughout the district. Parents/guardians shall be notified of the student’s removal from class in accordance with established procedures.
Adopted: August 9, 2005
Reviewed: September 23, 2014
LEGAL REF.: C.R.S. 22-32-109.1 (2)(a)(I)(B) (policy required as part of conduct and discipline code)
CROSS REFS.: JIC, subcodes (all pertain to student conduct)
JK, Student Discipline, and subcodes
Huerfano School District Re-1, Walsenburg, Colorado