The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provides guidance to parents and districts regarding questions in the area of student discipline.
To obtain specific truancy information for a specific school district, contact the local district administration office for a copy of their written discipline policies. It is important to note that in Minnesota, districts refer truancy cases to the county where the student resides and the county attorneys’ office determines if it will proceed with a truancy petition.
The Disciplinary Incident Reporting System (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. Dangerous Weapons and Disciplinary Incidents is a report prepared by MDE each year for the legislature. Links are provided to DIRS and the Legislative Reports page, for your convenience.