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Board Of Education

West Hartford has an elected seven-member Board of Education which is required by State Statute and Town Charter to oversee public education.

Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process


The disciplinary policies of the West Hartford school system are intended to protect the rights of all West Hartford students.  Primary among those is the right to a safe school environment and one that is most conducive to the learning process.  The board respects that students have rights they do not relinquish upon entry to school. However, disruptive or destructive activities that interfere with the primary mission of the schools to teach will not be tolerated.


An authorized member of the administrative staff may suspend a student from school privileges or from transportation services whose conduct on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity, during or outside school hours is violative of a publicized policy of the Board of Education, or is seriously disruptive of the educational process or endangers persons or property, or whose conduct off school grounds is violative of a publicized policy of the Board and is seriously disruptive of the educational process.


Expulsion

The Board of Education may expel any student whose conduct on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity, during or outside school hours, is violative of a publicized policy of the Board or is seriously disruptive of the educational process or endangers persons or property or whose conduct off school grounds is violative of such policy and is seriously disruptive of the educational process provided that a formal hearing is held under Conn. Gen. Stat. § 4-177 through 4-180 plus 10-233d.


Mandatory Expulsion: It shall be the policy of the Board to expel a student for one full calendar year if the Board finds that the student (a) on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity, during or outside school hours, was in possession of a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. 921, as amended, from time to time, or deadly weapon, dangerous instrument or martial arts weapon, as defined in section 53a-3, as amended; (b) off school grounds was in possession of such a firearm in violation of Conn. Gen. State. § 29-35 or did possess and use such a firearm, dangerous instrument or weapon in the commission of a crime; or (c) on or off school grounds offered for sale or distribution a controlled substance as defined in Conn. Gen. Stat. § 21a-240(9) whose manufacture, distribution, sale, prescription, dispensing, transporting or possessing with intent to sell or dispense, offering or administering is subject to criminal penalties under Sections 21a-277 and 21a-278.  The Board may modify the period of expulsion on a case-by-case basis.


A person is in violation of Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-35 as defined in section 53a-3, as amended, if he/she is in possession of a deadly weapon or firearm without proper permit authorizing 
such possession consistent with federal and state statutes.  As used in this paragraph, a firearm means (1) any weapon that will, is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (2) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (3) a muffler or silencer; or (4) any destructive device (any explosive, incendiary, poisonous gas, bomb, rocket, missile, mine, grenade or similar device, or any weapon (other than a shotgun or shotgun shell particularly suited for sporting purposes) that will or may be converted to expel a projectile by explosive or other propellant having a barrel with a bore of more than ½" in diameter).  A deadly weapon means any weapon, whether loaded or unloaded, from which a shot may be discharged, or a switchblade knife, gravity knife, billy, blackjack, bludgeon or metal knuckles.  Dangerous instrument means any instrument, article or substance, which, under the circumstances in which it is used or attempted or threatened to be used, is capable of causing death or serious physical injury and includes a vehicle.  Martial arts weapon means a nunchaku, kama, kasari-fundo, octogon sai, tonfa or chinese star.


Mandatory Expulsion: In keeping with the intent of the federal Gun Free Schools Act, it shall be the policy of the Board to expel a student for one full calendar year for bringing a weapon to school.  For the purposes of this paragraph, a weapon is defined to mean (1) any weapon that will, is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (2) the frame or receiver of any such weapon; (3) a muffler or silencer; or (4) any destructive device (any explosive, incendiary, poisonous gas, bomb, rocket, missile, mine, grenade or similar device, or any weapon (other than a shotgun or shotgun shell particularly suited for sporting purposes) that will or may be converted to expel a projectile by explosive or other propellant having a barrel with a bore of more than ½" in diameter.)  The Board may modify the period of expulsion on a case-by-case basis.


Legal Reference:    Connecticut General Statutes:
4-177 through 4-180 Contested Cases.  Notice.  Record.
10-233a through 10-233f Suspension and expulsion of students (in general), as amended by P.A. 95-304 and P.A. 96-244.
21a-240(9) Definitions.
21a-277 Controlled Substances.
21a-278 Controlled Substances.
29-35 Definitions.
53a-3 Definitions.
53a-217b Possession of Firearms and Deadly Weapons on School Grounds. 18 U.S.C. 921 Definitions.

 

GOALS 2000: Education America Act, Pub. L. 103-227.
Title III - Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Sec. 314 (Local Control Over Violence).

Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 as amended by the Gun Free Schools Act of 1994.
P.L. 105-17 The Individuals with Disabilities Act, Amendment of 1997.
Kyle P. Packer PPA Jane Packer  v. Thomaston Board of Education.
20 U.S.C. Section 7114, No Child Left Behind Act.


Adopted:  February 8, 1988
Revised:  November 12, 1996
Reviewed:  April 25, 2007


West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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