Prior to any suspension, the school principal, or his/her designee, shall advise the pupil in question of the particular misconduct of which the pupil is accused as well as the basis for such accusation, and the pupil shall be given an opportunity at that time to explain the pupil's version of the facts to the school principal or the principal's designee. In each case of suspension or expulsion the school principal, or the principal's designee, shall contact by telephone at the telephone number shown on the pupil's registration card or send a certified letter at the address shown on the pupil's registration card to the parent, tutor or legal guardian of the pupil in question giving notice of the suspension or expulsion, the reason(s) therefore and establishing a date and time for a conference with the principal or his designee as a requirement for readmitting the pupil, provided that in case of expulsion, the contact with the parent, guardian, or tutor shall include a certified letter.
Any parent, tutor, or legal guardian of a pupil suspended shall have the right to appeal to the Superintendent of schools. The Superintendent or his designee shall conduct a hearing on the merits. The Appeal Of Suspension Form must be completed by and received from the parent, tutor, or legal guardian of the student by the principal or principal's designee within five (5) days of the first date of the suspension. The principal or his designee shall complete the response and forward the form and the principal's response and any attached documents to the Superintendent within two school days of the principal's receipt of the Appeal of Suspension Form. Upon receipt of the Appeal Of Suspension Form, the Superintendent will schedule a hearing as expeditiously as possible and within five (5) days of the Superintendent's hearing, the superintendent shall mail a decision to the principal and parent, tutor, or legal guardian of the student unless additional information is required by the Superintendent before a decision can be made. Any suspension shall be final and not appeasable if it is not appealed within the manner and time frame set forth in this policy. The decision of the Superintendent of schools on the merits of the case, as well as the term of suspension, shall be final, reserving to the Superintendent of schools the right to remit any portion of the time of the suspension.