Every student expulsion hearing can and will lead to one of three possible outcomes. Out of these three possible outcomes, only one of them is especially desirable.
Going over the three possible outcomes of a student expulsion hearing and how to obtain the best outcome while speaking with a California school discipline attorney at the Law Office of Katie Walsh will allow you and your child to obtain the best possible outcome.
What Is A Student Expulsion Hearing?
A student expulsion hearing is a hearing in which it is determined whether or not a student will be expelled.
During a student expulsion hearing, you and your child have the right to bring an attorney. And, to go along with this right, your child has the right to question the evidence that is being used as a basis for expulsion, cross-examine witnesses, and present new evidence that contradicts the need for expulsion.
Outside of those rights, your child can also remain silent during the student expulsion hearing if they wish to do so.
Right after a student expulsion hearing has been conducted, no more than ten days afterward, a decision must be made regarding whether or not to expel the student or, in turn, pursue an alternative course of action.
What Are The 3 Possible Outcomes Of A Student Expulsion Hearing?
Every student expulsion hearing will lead to one of three possible outcomes. And with that fact in mind, the three possible outcomes a student expulsion hearing can lead to are as follows:
- The student is expelled from their current school.
- The student receives a suspended expulsion, which can last for as long as a single year.
- The student is reinstated back at their current school.
Out of all these outcomes, the latter is the most desirable. But, the second outcome can be desirable, as well, if the suspended expulsion isn’t too long and, sometimes, it and expulsion are the only possible outcomes.
What Are Your Options After A Student Expulsion Hearing?
A variety of options are available to you and your child after a student expulsion hearing. Some of the most important of these options are as follows:
- Your child can appeal the decision no more than thirty days after it has been made.
- Request that the expulsion be suspended so that they can complete a rehabilitation plan.
- Your child can obtain a written final decision.
Sometimes, an appeal can lead to a new decision. But, other times, it cannot. This is entirely dependent on the facts of the expulsion case, and, as such, it’s often worth speaking to an attorney before choosing to appeal.
Regarding the second decision, if your child would like to complete a rehabilitation plan – and, in turn, has a genuine desire to rehabilitate their behaviors – then they may be able to do so.
If they complete the rehabilitation plan that is developed for them, then they can remain within the school district and continue their schooling.
Speak With An Orange County School Discipline Attorney
A school expulsion is serious, and your child’s future can, and likely will, be greatly affected. Speak with an Orange County school discipline attorney at the Law Office of Katie Walsh, and we will help you and your child obtain the best possible outcome.