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What Is A Student Suspension Extension Meeting?

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Last Updated on March 30, 2022 by Michelle Ball

By Michelle Ball, Sacramento California Expulsion, Special Education, sports/CIF, College, Education and School Attorney/Lawyer for Students since 1995

After a student is suspended from school for a serious offense, sometimes parents are told they have to attend another meeting before the student can return to school.  This initial meeting is usually a suspension extension or pre-expulsion meeting

What Is This Meeting?

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A student suspension extension meeting can be confusing for parents.

A suspension extension meeting is a meeting that has to be held if a school district may expel a student. It is usually held at the school district, while a student is still under suspension, and involves district and school personnel, the student (if a parent chooses to bring the student) and parents.

At this get-together, it will be decided if a student will be recommended for school expulsion and if their suspension will continue until the expulsion hearing is convened.

This is not the final student expulsion hearing.

What Causes This Pre-Expulsion Meeting?

When a school principal, vice principal or school district personnel recommend a suspended student be placed up for expulsion, a pre-expulsion meeting may be scheduled.

When Does a Suspension Extension Meeting Happen?

A suspension extension/pre-expulsion meeting occurs during the initial student suspension, so that the school can keep a student out of school longer (e.g. extend their suspension) while a student expulsion is moving forward. It thus must be held before a student heads back to school post-suspension.

What Should Happen at a the Suspension Extension Meeting?

Here is what should happen at a suspension extension meeting:

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Certain things should happen at the suspension extension meeting- but will they?

1)  School district administrator, school representative and family meet to discuss the student’s situation and allegations.  

2) The family is provided a school evidence packet.

3) The school district representative decides if the student’s matter will proceed to expulsion or they will be returned to school.

4)  The District representative makes a determination as to whether the:

“Presence of the pupil at the school or in an alternative school placement would cause a danger to persons or property or a threat of disrupting the instructional process.”  [California Education Code §48911(g)]

4a) If yes, the student’s suspension will be extended.

4b) If not, the student should go back to school while the expulsion hearing is pending.

What Actually Occurs at a Pre-Expulsion Supsension Extension Meeting

Usually what occurs is the student and family are told by the district representative:

1)  The student is up for school expulsion.

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Understanding what is coming can help everyone involved.

2)  The student must stay home until the expulsion hearing.

3)  The family is told the expulsion hearing will be scheduled.

4)  No determination is made regarding the student’s dangerousness, at least not with the parents input.

5)  The family may or may not receive a school evidence packet.

6)  Sometimes the family is handed a stipulated (aka agreed) expulsion agreement and pressured to sign it for the student to move on and avoid the expulsion hearing.  

7)  Sometimes arrangements are made for the student’s attendance at an alternative school program.

Other Uses for the Suspension Extension Pre-Expulsion Meeting

The pre-expulsion meeting sounds bad, but it also presents an opportunity for savvy parents. As parents have the ear of the school district and the school, they can try to negotiate a more positive outcome than school expulsion.

What is negotiated will depend on the student wrong alleged and the people involved. It is often worth a shot as all the key decisionmakers are present.

Expulsion and suspension student defense lawyer, Michelle Ball, can help parents in Sacramento, Roseville, Auburn, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Stockton, Yuba City, Chico, Fresno and other locations, with expulsion and other school legal problems.