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Policies and Regulations

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Regulation 5-21.2

STUDENTS

In-School Suspension (ISS)

A. Generally

In-school suspension (ISS) may be assigned for any offense deemed necessary by a school administrator and/or when the lesser punishments have not proven effective in modifying or correcting a student's behavior. ISS may be assigned for a portion of one day or for one, two, or three days, and additional days may be assigned by the ISS coordinator for violation of the rules and regulations of the ISS room. A student assigned ISS is excluded from all classes on the day or for the portion of the day assigned, but attends school and spends the assigned day, or portion thereof, in the ISS room.


B. Due Process

Prior to imposing a suspension, the principal, assistant principal or acting principal or designee must inform the student of the charges against him/her. If the student denies the charges, he/she must be given an explanation of the facts as known to school personnel and an opportunity to present his/her version of the facts.


C. ISS For Students with Disabilities

A student with a disability may be placed on ISS for no more than ten (10) days, whether consecutive or cumulative during the school year, without regard to his/her disabling condition. Thereafter, an additional ten (10) days of ISS may be imposed without initiating a Manifestation/IEP meeting only if the ten (10) additional days of ISS were included in the IEP as part of the behavioral intervention strategies. Written parental consent to the IEP containing the behavioral intervention strategies must be obtained before the ten (10) additional days of ISS may be utilized.

Editor's Note
Refer to Division Regulation 5-21.3 for suspension and expulsion of students with disabilities.

D. Procedures

School principals shall establish internal procedures for implementing this regulation for students without disabilities. However, when imposing ISS on students with disabilities, the principal or his/her designee must refer to the Virginia Beach City Public Schools Special Education Administrative Guidelines. ISS shall be considered a school-sponsored/related activity for purposes of determining excused absences pursuant to division regulation 5-17.1 (B).

The student and his/her parent(s)/legal guardian(s) must be informed in writing of the reason(s) for the disciplinary action, the right to review the evidence and present their side of the story, their right to an appeal of the decision pursuant to School Board Policy 5-6 and Division Regulation 5-6.1.



Statutory/Regulatory Authority:


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U. S. C. §§ 1401, et seq.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools Special Education Administrative Guidelines


Approved by Superintendent: September 21, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Approved by School Board: October 21, 1997
Amended by School Board: May 19, 1998
Amended by School Board: June 5, 2001