13-32-4 School board to assist in discipline--Suspension and expulsion of pupils--Report to local ...
School board to assist in discipline--Suspension and expulsion of pupils--Report
to local authorities--Hearings--Alternative settings.
The school board of every school district shall
assist and cooperate with the administration and teachers in the government and discipline of the
schools. The board may suspend or expel from school any student for violation of rules or policies
or for insubordination or misconduct, and the superintendent or principal in charge of the school may
temporarily suspend any student in accordance with § 13-32-4.2. The rules or policies may include
prohibiting the following:
The consumption or possession of beer or alcoholic beverages on the school premises or
at school activities;
The use or possession of a controlled substance, without a valid prescription, on the
school premises or at school activities; and
The use or possession of a firearm, as provided in § 13-32-7, on or in any elementary or
secondary school premises, vehicle, or building or any premises, vehicle, or building used
or leased for elementary or secondary school functions or activities.
In addition to administrative and school board disciplinary action, any violation of § 13-32-7
shall be reported to local law enforcement authorities.
The period of expulsion may extend beyond the semester in which the violation, insubordination,
or misconduct occurred. Any expulsion for consumption or possession of beer or alcoholic beverages
may not extend beyond ninety school days. If a student has intentionally brought a firearm onto
school premises, the expulsion may not be for less than twelve months.
However, the superintendent or chief administering officer of each local school district or system
may increase or decrease the length of a firearm-related expulsion on a case-by-case basis. The South
Dakota Board of Education shall promulgate rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 to establish
administrative due process procedures for the protection of a student's rights. The administrative due
process procedures shall include a requirement that the school give notice of a student's due process
rights to the parent or guardian of the student at the time of suspension or expulsion. Each school
district board shall provide a procedural due process hearing, if requested, for a student in accordance
with such rules if the suspension or expulsion of the student extends into the eleventh school day.
This section does not preclude other forms of discipline which may include suspension or
expulsion from a class or activity.
This section does not prohibit a local school district from providing educational services to an
expelled student in an alternative setting.
Source: SDC 1939, § 15.3008; SL 1955, ch 41, ch 12, § 18; SDC Supp 1960, § 15.3018; SL 1973,
ch 99; SL 1975, ch 128, § 209; SL 1981, ch 145, § 1; SL 1993, ch 141, § 1; SL 1995, ch 99; SL
1996, ch 122; SL 1999, ch 88, § 1.