If your child has been suspended from school multiple times, you might see a pattern emerging. One suspension might not be that big of a deal, depending on the circumstances behind that suspension. When they start to be suspended over and over, it’s time to start looking at solutions to this issue. But what can you do in this situation? What is considered a reasonable response to being suspended from school?
Ask Your Child What Happened
It is feasible that your child might be suspended repeatedly because of another child’s actions or because of a conflict with a particularly strict teacher. It is as important to talk to your child and hear their side of the story as it is to hear what the school thinks happened. You will first of all, want to make sure that what happened is actually punishable by suspension and, for example, that your child was not suspended for “fighting” when he is actually being bullied.
Meet with the School
Contact the individual responsible for the suspension (usually the principle or another administrative authority) and ask for a meeting. In some instances, the official might be willing to offer your child a lesser punishment, if he is willing to take responsibility for his actions and do some sort of recompense.
Find an Alternative
For some children, traditional public and private schools are simply not a good fit. There may also be programs that can help your child better deal with the pressures of a traditional school environment. No matter what you choose to do, it is important that your child does not fall behind in their studies simply because they have been suspended from school. If they are going to return to school in a few days, make sure that they have access to their schoolwork and are able to make up any in-class work or quizzes or tests that might have been missed.
If your child has been suspended from school multiple times, it is worth your time to start looking at alternative programs or schools, specifically designed to help children and teenagers who have trouble adapting to these environments. Programs that help children learn interpersonal skills and the coping mechanisms they need to deal with stressful situations in a reasonable way can do a great deal of good for kids with behavioral issues.
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