ST. LOUIS BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULATION
Admission -- Readmission of Persons Previously Suspended or Expelled
A. General Requirements
A suspension or expulsion is a forfeiture by a student of the right to attend a St. Louis Public School (as defined in regulation R5114.1). However, circumstances may arise that warrant the readmission or enrollment by the Board of Education of a student who had been suspended or expelled. The procedure for considering readmission requests or enrollment is described below.
The St. Louis Public Schools shall not readmit or enroll a student properly suspended for more than ten consecutive school days for an act of school violence regardless of whether or not such act was committed at a public school or private school in this state, provided that such act resulted in the suspension or expulsion of such pupil in the case of a private school, or otherwise permitted to attend school without first holding a conference to review the conduct that resulted in the expulsion or suspension and any remedial actions needed to prevent any future occurrences of such or related conduct. The conference shall include the appropriate school officials including any teacher employed by the board directly involved with the conduct that resulted in the suspension or expulsion, the student, the parent or guardian of the student, or any agency having legal jurisdiction, care, custody, or control of the student. The board shall notify in writing the parents or guardians and all other parties of the time, place, and agenda of any such conference. Failure of any party to attend the conference will not preclude holding the conference.
When readmitting a student previously suspended or expelled, the provisions of Regulation R5111.2 (concerning assignment of students charged with or convicted of certain crimes) may also apply.
To be eligible for readmission or enrollment, ninety (90) school days must have passed after expulsion and the student must apply through prescribed procedures.
2. Form of Request
A request for readmission must be in writing to the superintendent and must contain a brief statement of the reasons why re-admission is warranted. Readmission request forms will be provided by the elementary, middle, and secondary education offices upon request.
The written request shall be referred to the elementary, middle, or secondary education office for investigation. The investigation shall include the conference described in Section A of this regulation, and may also include a visit to the applicant's home. Factors to be considered in considering readmission should include, but not be limited to:
a. The circumstances surrounding the original misconduct, including whether the student was convicted of or charged with a crime.
b. The age and grade classification of the applicant.
c. The applicant's conduct since the expulsion occurred.
d. The applicant, if appropriate, has completed an approved drug rehabilitation program.
e. The applicant's family situation.
f. Recommendations from interested third parties.
g. The applicant has been cleared by the Office of Special Student Concerns.
The investigation normally shall be completed within ten working days from the date the request is received by the elementary, middle, and secondary education offices. The associate superintendent for site support/instructional and leadership shall send all written reports along with his/her recommendation to the superintendent.
4. Recommendation From Superintendent
The superintendent shall make a recommendation to the Board of Education.
The board, upon receipt of the superintendent’s recommendation, shall consider and act upon the request. The decision of the board shall be in writing and shall be final.
6. Probation Status
If the request is granted, a probation status of one school year may be established. During the probationary period the social worker and/or counselor will conduct periodic consultations as needed with the student, his parents or guardians, and appropriate personnel, such as teachers, counselors, and administrators. The elementary, middle, and secondary education offices also will respond to any special instructions that the board or superintendent may designate.
7. Recommendation From Superintendent
The associate superintendent for site support/instructional and leadership shall send written reports to the superintendent, who shall make a recommendation on the request to the board.
The Board of Education, upon receipt of the application request for re-admission, the report of the associate superintendent for site support/instructional and leadership, and the superintendent’s recommendation, shall consider and act upon the request. The board may grant or deny the request, may offer to re-admit the applicant subject to certain expressed conditions, and may determine the exact school or program to which the applicant may be admitted. The decision of the board shall be in writing and shall be final.
cf: Board Regulation R5114.1 Suspension and Expulsion of Students.