Student Discipline and Truancy
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. 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) 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.