Student Discipline and Truancy
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) provides guidance to parents and districts regarding questions in the area of student discipline.

U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release School Discipline Guidance Package
This Guidance Package can assist public schools in meeting their obligations under federal law to administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin. The package includes a January 8, 2014, Dear Colleague Guidance Letter, Guiding Principles, Directory of Federal School Climate and Discipline Resources, and Overview of the Supportive School Discipline Initiative. View the Guidance Package on the U.S. Department of Education website.

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.  

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