A child who is expelled, unless an exception is made in the expulsion decision and/or agreement, may not attend any school within the district from which they were expelled. But, they still are entitled to an education. Per California Education Code section 48915(d), a student who is expelled shall be referred to a program of study which meets the following conditions:
who exhibit discipline problems.
high school, or at any elementary school.
at the time of suspension.
One good thing- usually the attendance at the assigned school is not mandatory (verify with your district), so a parent may attempt to enroll their child in another district, a charter school, a private school, or an on-line school. Often an on-line school may be the only option, but the others may be worth a shot as well. When applying, a parent must tell the new school they are trying to enter of the expulsion. However, they can still attempt to persuade the school to admit the student. A letter of their own and/or authored by their legal counsel explaining the situation, how it was flawed, etc. may be helpful.
Rather than take a shot at the expulsion hearing, and risk such a placement, it is strongly recommended that parents involve an attorney specialized in education law prior to the expulsion hearing so a more positive outcome may be sought. Expulsions are a big deal- don't chance it.
Education Law Attorney
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Sacramento, CA 95814