Expulsions and Exclusions

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provides parents and school districts access to resources regarding statewide expulsion and exclusion procedures. These resources include a brief summary of expulsion procedures and statewide expulsion reports.

Expulsion means a school board action to prohibit an enrolled student from further attendance for up to 12 months from the date the student is expelled.

Exclusion means an action taken by the school board to prevent enrollment or reenrollment of a student for a period that shall not extend beyond the school year.

What parents should know:

  • If a district proposes to expel or exclude a student, the student can only be suspended for a total of 15 school days from the first day of the suspension until the school board issues an expulsion resolution.
  • The district must provide the parent and student with a copy of the Pupil Fair Dismissal Act (PFDA) when a student is suspended and when the district proposes to expel or exclude a student.
  • The district is responsible to provide the student with alternate education services during the expulsion/exclusion period.
  • If a student is expelled or excluded from school, the parent can appeal the decision to the Minnesota Department of Education within 21 calendar days of the date of the school board action.

Request for Expulsion Appeal

 Additional documents may be sent as an email attachment to mde.compliance-assistance@state.mn.us.
If you prefer, you may also write or email MDE letting us know you would like to appeal the school board’s expulsion or exclusion decision. List the name of your student, the school district, and the date of the expulsion.
Send your appeal to:
The Minnesota Department of Education
Division of Compliance and Assistance - Appeals
651-582-8725 (Fax)

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