Almost every child will act up in school once in a while. When your child’s behavior or actions at school cause serious trouble, the situation can escalate quickly and have lasting results if not dealt with. As a parent, you should be aware of the school rules and know the process and procedures involved with the punishment of your child.
Schools now have zero tolerance policies for fighting; other conduct that could cause serious consequences such as home suspension and expulsions:
- Alcohol/Drug offenses
- Vulgar or obscene acts
- Weapons possession (The Federal Gun Free School Act of 1994 ensures a minimum one year suspension for bringing a gun to school)
Expulsions and home suspensions are often employed by schools as a way of punishing students for their behavior. Expulsions and suspensions are often on your child’s permanent record, jeopardizing college aspirations unless proper action (often legal action) is taken. As our children are our greatest investment, knowing your child’s legal rights and how to navigate the “system” to keep your child’s record clean is paramount to their chances at future success.
It’s important to know where to go for legal counsel before trying to take on the school system by yourself. The team at Vogler-Stockert-Koontz gives you the confidence you need to deal with a large entity such as a school or school system. We have the experience and knowledge of local school policies and can help you to understand what your child’s due process rights are.
We can help with school expulsion or suspension appeals. There are federal laws designed to protect students from discrimination based on race, gender or ability. If you feel your child has been singled out or discriminated against because of their race or disability issues, we can help you file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education (if filed within 180 days of incident).
Contact Vogler Koontz-Stockert now for a free, educational law consultation.