The School Board of St. Lucie County Code of Student Conduct
B. Suspension Pending Hearing. Pending the hearing, the student may be temporarily suspended bythe Principal/Designee.C. Hearing on Suspension Pending Adjudication. The hearing shall be conducted by thePrincipal/Designee, and may be attended by the student, the parent, the student’s representative orcounsel, and any witnesses requested by the student or the Principal/Designee.1. The student may speak in his or her own defense, may present any evidence indicating hisor her eligibility for waiver of disciplinary action, and may be questioned on his or her testimony.However, the student shall not be threatened with punishment or later punished for refusal totestify.2. In conducting the hearing, the Principal/Designee shall not be bound by rules of evidence orany other courtroom procedure, and no transcript of testimony shall be required.D. Decision on Suspension Pending Adjudication. Following the hearing, the Principal/Designee shallprovide the student and parent with a decision, in writing, as to whether or not suspension will be made.1. In arriving at this decision, the Principal/Designee shall consider the conditions prescribed bysubsections (a) and (b) of Section 1006.09, Florida Statutes, under which a waiver ofsuspension may be granted, and may grant such a waiver when he or she determines suchaction to be in the best interests of the school and the student.2. Any suspension pending adjudication of guilt shall be made only upon a finding by thePrincipal/Designee, based upon conclusive evidence, that a felony charge has been formallyfiled against the student by a proper prosecuting attorney.3. Any suspension pending adjudication of guilt shall be made only upon a finding by thePrincipal/Designee that the alleged incident for which the student is charged has had anadverse impact on the educational program, discipline, or welfare in the school. In determining“adverse impact,” the Principal/Designee should consider the nature of the alleged offense (forexample, an alleged incident involving a violent felony may be more likely to have an adverseimpact on the education environment than a non-violent incident). The Principal/Designeeshould also consider the publicity relating to the incident within the school and surroundingcommunity, and any other circumstance that might either increase or diminish the possibility thatthe student charged would pose a threat to the students and staff.4. The Principal/Designee shall have authority to modify the decision to grant or deny a waiverat any time prior to adjudication of the student’s guilt by a court, provided that any suchmodification adverse to the student shall be made only following a hearing conducted as setforth above.5. A suspension pending adjudication of guilt shall be from all classes of instruction on publicschool grounds during regular classroom hours. The suspension shall not affect the delivery ofeducational services to the student, and the student shall be immediately enrolled in a daytimealternative education program, or an evening alternative education program, where appropriate.E. Proceedings after Adjudication. If the court determines that the student did commit the felony ordelinquent act that would have been a felony if committed by an adult, the Superintendent mayrecommend expulsion in accordance with the procedures set forth in this Code. Any such49
expulsion shall not affect the delivery of educational services to the student in any residential,nonresidential, alternative, daytime, or evening program outside of the regular school setting.CAUTION:Any Student who enters or remains on campus, at any school function orextracurricular/co-curricular program, or on District transportation while suspended orexpelled from school is subject to further disciplinary action or arrest for trespassing.50
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