What is In School Suspension?
When a student violates a school’s code of conduct, that student may be placed in a designated location (the in-school suspension room) and is removed from their normal school schedule and activities for a specified period of time.
The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights defines (2011) “In-school suspension” as: Instances in which a child is temporarily removed from his or her regular classroom(s) for at least half a day but remains under the direct supervision of school personnel. Direct supervision means school personnel are physically in the same location as students under their supervision. (pp. 6-7)
In-school suspensions are often utilized for students who have violated a school rule, but have not engaged in serious disruption or endangerment, and have minimal history of problematic behavior (Connecticut State Department of Education, 2010). Out-of-school suspension is often reserved for more serious offences or for repeat offences. ISS is often considered a mechanism for removing disruptive students from the traditional classroom while allowing them to stay in school where they can complete academic assignments (Dickinson & Miller, 2006).