1. Verify that the suspension is true
If your child comes home and tells you that they have been suspended, the first thing you should do is call the school principal or assistant principal to make sure this is true. If you have not received notice of the suspension in writing, request a written report that states the reasons for the suspension and the number of days your child will be suspended.
2. Ask for schoolwork for your child
You should ask for schoolwork for your child during the suspension. This makes it easier for your child to keep up in school. In Chicago, principals must ensure that students receive schoolwork and are given the opportunity to take any missed tests or quizzes during the suspension.
3. Consider appealing the suspension
You may ask to appeal the suspension. At the appeal hearing, you may talk about the suspension and give reasons why you think your child should not be suspended. The meeting may not take place before the suspension ends.
At the meeting, you can ask the school to remove the suspension from your child’s school record. This may make it less likely that your child will be expelled for later alleged misconduct. It may also make it more likely that your child will be offered an alternative to expulsion for later misconduct.