StudentDiscipline and the Due Process
BaltimoreCounty Public Schools prepare students to be creative, smart,productive, and law-abiding citizens through the provision of a rangeof educational opportunities (Woodley& Abbott, 2016, p. 5).Cooperation and support among students, school staff, and parentsguarantee that the fulfillment of all the career, social, academic,and emotional requirements of students are met. Thus, the Codeof Student Conducthelps to bring a sense of discipline among the students while theyare on the property of the school (Woodley& Abbott, 2016, p. 14).The Board of Education Policy 5550 on Disruptive Behavior sets up thestandard for student behavior and the associated disciplinarymeasures for the violation of those regulations. The Administratorsare allowed to appraise and assess various situations beforedetermining the type of intervention or support to administer to astudent. The Baltimore County Public Schools policy reveals that theprocess of executing short-term and long-term suspensions is similarit is also consistent with Goss vs. Lopez.
Thedue process of implementing either a long or short-term suspension inBaltimore County Public Schools follows the Goss vs. Lopez statute. Ashort suspension constitutes the removal of a student from school fora period that is equal to but does not exceed three academic days fordisciplinary purposes by the principal (Woodley& Abbott, 2016, p. 20).A long-term suspension, conversely, is the exclusion of a learnerfrom school for a four to ten-day period for corrective reasons bythe superintendent or the principal. The Ohio Revised Code (3313.66)allows the administrators or directors to suspend students fromschool for a duration of not more than ten days (LegalInformation Institute, 2016). Thus, the BaltimoreCounty Public Schools’ suspension policy is in tandem with the Gossvs. Lopez statute.
Studentsalso receive a chance to be heard before they are suspended. Theschool’s due process stipulates that before any student issuspended, he or she will be given a written or oral notice (Woodley& Abbott, 2016, p. 20).The report highlights the charges that have been leveled against thestudent, the conduct that resulted in the prosecution, and thestudent behavior code offense(s). If a learner disputes the chargesthat have been brought against him, he will be furnished with theevidence that supports the accusation and afforded the chance topresent his or her account. The school’s policy is in tandem withthe Goss vs. Lopez decree since the law stipulates that the studentsthat are suspended for ten days or less deserve a written or oralnotice of the charges that have been leveled against them (LegalInformation Institute, 2016).
Studentsare usually given educational privileges while on suspension butprevented from taking part in any activities that the school holds.While on suspension, the learner is disallowed from partaking in anyactivity that the school sponsors off-site or on any property that isowned by the Boardof Education. The Goss vs. Lopez decree indicates that the studentsthat face temporary suspension from public educational facilitieshave liberal and property interests that should be protected underthe Due process (LegalInformation Institute, 2016).The Baltimore County Public Schools ensures that the assignments ofthe suspended students are evaluated on a weekly basis and given backto the student. Furthermore, a school staff personnel is appointed bythe principal to liaise between the learner and the teacher on out ofschool suspensions and to commune, on a weekly basis, aboutschool-related activities and schoolwork by email or phone.
Ina recap of the above discussion, the Baltimore County Public Schools’guiding principle shows that the due process of implementingshort-term and long-term suspensions is analogous it is also intandem with the Goss vs. Lopez statute. Thus, the Codeof Student Conducthelps to bring a sense of discipline among that students while theyare within the boundary of the school. The Board of Education Policy5550 on Disruptive Behavior develops the guideline for studentbehavior and the allied disciplinary actions for the breach of thoseregulations. The Administrators are permitted to evaluate and assessdifferent situations before coming up with the correct kind ofintervention to administer, as discussed above.
LegalInformation Institute. (2016). Gossv. Lopez. LII/ Legal Information Institute.Retrieved 11 November 2016, fromhttps://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/419/565
Woodley,L. & Abbott, F. (2016). 2016 – 2017 Student Handbook: BaltimoreCounty Public Schools, 5 – 22. Retrieved fromhttps://www.bcps.org/system/handbooks/Student-Handbook.pdf