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How to prepare for your child’s disciplinary hearing

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2022 | Uncategorized

Schools are subject to specific disciplinary rules when it comes to their students. If your child faces allegations of an offense serious enough to warrant a disciplinary hearing, it is important to prepare for the hearing carefully.

In any incident, there are two sides to the story. Comprehensive preparation can help you and your child to advocate for his or her place as a student at the school.

Before the hearing

When your child experiences accusations of serious misconduct, it is a good time to ensure you have a clear understanding of what happened from your child’s perspective. Talk to your child and review any important documents to get the facts and details that you may expect to confront at the hearing.

As you assemble narrative details and get a statement from your child, gather any relevant school records, including past disciplinary history, letters from the school, police reports and contact logs.

There may be witnesses who can corroborate your child’s perspective of the incident. Ask these individuals if they are willing to attend the hearing or write a witness statement.

Possible outcomes

A school disciplinary hearing determines whether your child should remain in school or whether he or she should face suspension or expulsion. Prior to the day of the hearing, the school is responsible to notify your family of the offense and of the potential outcomes.

The hearing is an opportunity for you and your child to make the case for why removal is inappropriate. If the school did not adequately prepare for the hearing, or if the incident seems misconstrued, you have the right to address any of the school’s errors and defend your child against particular disciplinary action.