Diocesan Board of Education
Diocese of Belleville
Suspension and Expulsion
The expulsion of a child from a Catholic school in the Diocese of Belleville is a serious action. It shall be invoked only after due consideration of all other possible solutions.
The principal shall use every means available to discover the cause of the problem and shall exhaust all appropriate remedies, such as, consultation with the parent(s) or guardian(s) and possible referral to appropriate counseling or medical assistance, prior to an expulsion.
All expulsion situations and reasons shall be documented. An expulsion shall be the result of a student seriously violating moral principles, civil laws, or seriously endangering the safety and welfare of other student(s), school personnel, and be known to the student and student's parent(s) or guardian(s).
A written record shall show that there were previous incidents which took place prior to the expulsion, and that a number of documented conferences were held with the parent(s) or guardian(s) to discuss the problems and infractions of the student. Accurate records of the time, place and substance of the material discussed shall be kept by the principal. The record shall show whether the student has been placed on probation or has been suspended, so that the student is fully aware of the consequences of subsequent misconduct.
It is generally not expected that expulsion will be the first action invoked against a student. There may be cases in which the one incident is serious enough to warrant immediate suspension followed by expulsion. The Director of Education for the diocese and the pastor , in cases of elementary schools, shall be notified and involved in all deliberations and shall approve the principal's recommendation for action.
Suspension From School
A student may be suspended by the principal for gross disobedience and misconduct. Each individual suspension of a student shall not exceed ten school days. Any suspension shall be reported immediately to the student's parent(s) or guardian(s) and to the pastor along with a full written statement of the reasons for the suspension. No student will be sent home on suspension unless the parents have been reached
and expect the child home early. At the elementary level, a conference between the parents, principal and pastor will precede the student's return to class. At the high school level, a conference between the parents and principal should precede the student's return to class.
Any academic ramification of suspension shall be determined by the principal at both the elementary and high school level.
Expulsion From School
When all other means have failed and expulsion is being considered, the following procedure shall be followed:
The student will be suspended for a period not to exceed ten school days.
- The parent(s) or guardian(s) shall be immediately informed in writing of the suspension, and that expulsion is being considered.
- The principal shall meet with the pastor to review the merits of the expulsion.
- When a decision for expulsion has been determined, the principal shall review the decision with the Diocesan Director of Education, along with the pastor, before an expulsion can be implemented.
- Decisions can only be overturned when local and diocesan policies and regulations were not appropriately followed.
- In the event of an expulsion, the principal will cooperate with the parents in attempting to make arrangements for the future education of the pupil in another school.
All parties involved in determining a suspension or expulsion of a student shall keep all information confidential.
Adopted: May 20, 1976
Revised: September, 24, 2013
The Most Reverend Edward K. Braxton
Bishop of Belleville