Alternatives to Suspension
Alternatives to Suspension
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Top Ten Alternatives to SuspensionAdapted from the work of: Reece Peterson, University of Nebraska – Lincoln & Russell Skiba, Indiana University1. Coordinated Behavior Plans for Any Student - Creation of a structured, coordinated behavior plan specific to the student and based on the assessment of the quantity and purpose of the target behavior to be reduced; should focus on increasing desirable behavior and replacing inappropriate behavior.2. Alternative Programming - Changes in the student’s schedule, classes or course content; assignment to an alternative school or program; independent study or work experience program. Should be tailored to the student’s needs.3. Behavior Monitoring - Strategies to monitor behavior and academic progress might include cards checked after each class regarding behavior, self charting of behaviors, strategies to provide feedback to the student, etc.4. Appropriate In-School Alternatives - In-school alternative in which academic tutoring, instruction related to the student’s behavior such as social skills, and a clearly defined procedure to return to class as soon as the student is ready is provided.5. Community Service - Required amount of time in community service in school system or in the community.6. Counseling - Students required to participate in counseling.7. Parent Supervision in School - Parents brainstorm with school; examples might be to “suspend” the parent to school – have the parent follow and supervise the student all day at school.8. Mini-Courses - Short courses or modules on topics related to their behavior as a disciplinary consequence.9. Restitution - Financial or “in kind.” Permits the student to restore or improve the school environment.10. Problem Solving/Contracting - Use negotiation/problem solving approaches to assist student to identify alternatives. Develop a contract which includes reinforcers for success, & consequences for continuing problems.
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