Definition of Terms
Discipline - (WAC392-400-205(1) and WAC 392-40-235 (1&2))
Discipline shall mean all forms of corrective action or punishment other than suspension and expulsion by a teacher or administrator for a period of time not exceeding the balance of the immediate class provided that the student is in the custody of a school district employee for the balance of such period. Discipline shall also mean the exclusion of a student from any other type of activity conducted by or on behalf of the school district. Discipline shall not adversely affect specific academic grade, subject or graduation requirements.
Suspension - WAC 392-400-205 (2)
Suspension shall mean the denial of attendance (other than the balance of the immediate class period for "discipline" purposes) at any single subject of class, or at any full schedule of subjects or classes for a stated period of time. A suspension also may include denial of admission to or entry upon real personal property that is owned, leased, rented, or controlled by the school district.
Short Term Suspension - WAC 392-400-205 (3)
Short term suspension shall mean a suspension for any portion of a school day up to and not exceeding ten (10) consecutive school days. Separate short-term suspension shall not total more than fifteen (15) days in a semester (ten in a trimester) for a student.
Long Term Suspension -WAC 392-400-205 (4) and WAC 180-40-260 (5)
Long-term suspension shall mean a suspension which exceeds a "short term suspension" as defined in WAC 392-400-205 (3). No single long-term suspension shall be imposed upon a student in any other grade in a manner which causes the student to lose academic grades or credit for in excess of one semester or trimester, as the case may be, during the same school year.
Expulsion - WAC 392-400-205 (5)
Expulsion shall mean a denial of attendance at any single subject or class or at any full schedule of subjects or classes for an indefinite period of time. An expulsion also may include a denial of admission to or entry upon real and personal property that is owned, leased, rented, or controlled by the school district.
Emergency Expulsion - WAC 392-400-295
Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, a student may be expelled immediately by a school district superintendent or a designee of the superintendent in emergency situations: Provided, That the superintendent or designee has good and sufficient reason to believe that the student’s presence poses an immediate and continuing danger to the student, other students, or school personnel or an immediate and continuing threat of substantial disruption of the educational process. An emergency expulsion shall continue until rescinded by the superintendent or his or her designee, or until modified or reversed pursuant to the hearing provisions set forth in WAC 392-400-305 or the appeal provisions set forth in WAC 392-400-315.