IV. Waivers, Appeals, and Review
(a) In the case of short-term suspensions by the principal, the pupil and/or the pupil’s parent(s)/guardian(s) shall have the right to appeal the suspension to the Superintendent of schools.
(b) In the case of short-term suspensions upheld and/or imposed by the Superintendent of Schools, the pupil and/or the pupil’s parent(s)/guardian(s) shall have the right to appeal the suspension to the School Board.
(c) In the case of expulsion, the pupil and/or the pupil’s parent(s)/guardian(s) shall have the right to appeal the expulsion to the State Board of Education. Any appeal to the State Board of Education must be filed within twenty calendar days of receipt of the School Board’s written decision and must comply with RSA 541-A and Ed 200 of the Administrative Rules of the Department of Education.
(d) In the case of expulsion pursuant to RSA 193:13, II and/or this policy, written application may be made to the Board through the Superintendent’s office no later than one month prior to start of each school year. The application shall contain a statement in the pupil’s own words explaining why he/she should be considered for readmission. The application shall be accompanied by at least one recommendation from a member of the community, such as a counselor, minister or employer who has observed the pupil’s behavior during the period of expulsion. The application shall also be accompanied by the Superintendent’s and building administrator’s recommendation to the Board, which may include conditions for phased readmission.
(e) Pursuant to RSA 193:13, IV, the Superintendent may, upon written application of an expelled pupil, recommend to the Board modification of the expulsion requirements of paragraphs III, (a), (4) and (5) above. Prior to the School Board’s consenting to such a modification, the pupil shall be required to submit to the Superintendent sufficient evidence in the form of letters, work history or other documents or testimony demonstrating that it is in the school’s best interest and the pupil’s best interest to allow a modification. In making such a decision, due regard will be given to other pupils and staff whose safety and well-being shall be of paramount importance.
(f) The Superintendent may grant permission to any pupil to bring a firearm onto school property in accordance with both state and federal law.