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What to do When Your Child is Suspended from School

No parent wants to receive a call from the school informing them that their child has been suspended. But it happens, and when it does, it's important to know your rights and options. In this blog post, we'll outline some of the most common reasons for suspension and what you can do if your child is suspended from school.


The most common reasons for suspension are as follows:


1. Drug or alcohol use

2. Fighting

3. Insubordination

4. Profanity or obscene language

5. Threatening behavior

6. Tobacco use

7. Vandalism

8. Weapons possession

9. Cheating or plagiarism

10. Dress code violations


If your child is suspended, you will likely be notified via phone call or letter. The letter will outline the reason for the suspension, the length of the suspension, and any guidelines for reinstatement. It's important to review this information carefully so that you can determine your next steps.


Once you have received the notification of suspension, you generally have two options: accept the suspension or appeal the decision. If you decide to accept the suspension, your child will be required to stay home from school for the duration of the suspension and will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities. If you decide to appeal, you will need to request a meeting with the school principal within three days of receiving the notification of suspension.


At the meeting, you will have an opportunity to present your case and argue why you believe the suspension is unjustified. The principal will then make a decision about whether to uphold or overturn the suspension. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of this meeting, you can request a meeting with the superintendent of schools.


Receiving a call from school informing you that your child has been suspended can be stressful and confusing. But it's important to know your rights and options in this situation. In most cases, parents have three days to decide whether to accept or appeal the suspension decision. If you decide to appeal, you will meet with either the school principal or superintendent of schools to present your case and argue why you believe the suspension is unjustified. Knowing your rights and options will help you navigate this difficult situation in a way that is best for your child. Contact the North Carolina Education Lawyer for help with school suspensions.

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