Student Discipline and Truancy

The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provides guidance to parents and districts regarding questions about student discipline.

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release New Resources to Rethink Discipline In Schools
In July 2015, the U.S. Departments of Education (DOE) and Justice released new tools to help schools rethink discipline. At a White House event held on July 22, 2015, the DOE released new maps based on data from the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) illustrating out-of-school suspensions across the country to help support educators and communities understand the magnitude of the practice.

According to the CRDC, data, over 3 million students are suspended or expelled every year. Suspensions and expulsions can facilitate higher drop-out rates, entrance into the juvenile justice system, and untimely graduation.

View the July 22, 2015, DOE news release, which provides information and links to the DOE’S new resources, including Addressing the Root Cause of School Discipline Disparities, Rethink School Discipline: Resource Guide for Superintendent Action; Support for State and Local Educational Leaders and Partners from Other Systems; and the #RethinkDiscipline Public Awareness Campaign.

Access the U.S. Department of Education School Climate and Discipline page

To get truancy information for a specific school district, contact the local district administration office for a copy of their written discipline policies. Districts will refer truancy cases to the county where the student resides and the county attorneys’ office will determine whether it will proceed with a truancy petition.

The Disciplinary Incident Reporting System (DIRS)
The DIRS includes the reporting for all students of out-of-school suspensions of one day or more, expulsions and exclusions, and dangerous weapon incidents. It also includes in-school suspensions, removals of less than one day, and interim alternative educational placements for special education students.

Each year, MDE prepares the Dangerous Weapons and Disciplinary Incidents Legislative Report each year. The reports can be found on our Legislative Reports page.

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