MA Appleseed has prepared this Parent Guide to help families who are facing problems resulting from a child’s discipline by, or exclusion from, school. When your child is disciplined by his or her school, it is important that you – as the child’s parent or guardian – understand: • Why is your child being disciplined? • What action is the school taking to discipline your child? • What steps can you take in order to help your child? • How can you limit the impact that the discipline has on your child’s education? Parents know that a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school can be harmed when that child is excluded from the classroom or punished in another way. When this happens, the most important thing you can do is become involved. As a parent you are your child’s best, and sometimes only, advocate. MA Appleseed has developed this Parent Guide to help you navigate through the discipline process. In it, we discuss the different types of disciplinary actions schools can take and ways to advocate for your child. We also provide detailed information in laymen’s terms on the legal framework that applies to different types of offenses and the range of disciplinary actions that may be taken, such as suspension and expulsion. Continue reading….