• Under M.G.L. c. 71, § 37H¾, in cases where a suspension may be imposed, the principal will exercise discretion in deciding the consequence for the offense. The principal will avoid using long-term suspension until alternatives have been tried. A School Wide Services Plan is the document developed by the school principal, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 76, § 21, that includes a list of education services available to students who are expelled or suspended from school for more than ten consecutive days.


    The purpose of a School Wide Services Plan is to:


    For those discipline offenses subject to M.G.L. 71, § 37H¾, as set forth in 603 CMR 53.01(3)(a), 

    1. to limit the use of long-term suspension as a consequence for student misconduct until other consequences have been considered and tried as appropriate; 

    2. to promote engagement of a student's parent in discussion of the student's misconduct, and options for responding to it; 

    3. to assure that every student who is expelled or suspended, regardless of the reason for suspension or expulsion, has the opportunity to receive education services to make academic progress during the period of suspension or expulsion; and 

    4. to keep schools safe and supportive for all students while ensuring fair and effective disciplinary practices. 


    Implementation of the rules of conduct is the responsibility of the school principal. The principal must ensure that the rules of discipline are consistent with the MA General Laws and the School Committee Policies. 


    The primary purpose of Disciplinary action is to maintain safety, restore adaptive behavior, and to educate. At Dedham Public Schools, we believe discipline should be administered fairly and equitably while maintaining the rights of all students to a safe and supportive environment as well as access to the curriculum. We believe removal from the educational environment is a last resort. In keeping with that belief, Dedham Public Schools will offer educational services that serve as alternatives to discipline, as well as services that allow academic progress during a period of removal. Services include, but are not limited to:


    • Online academic services such as APEX

    • Tutoring services. The District may use a tutoring service such as Boston Tutoring or existing Dedham teaching and/or paraprofessional staff to provide tutoring.


    Alternatives may include but are not limited to:


    • Specific counseling modules intended to address root causes of behavior (eg. MATCH-ADTC)

    • Participation in a drug cessation program (eg. ASAP)

    • Participation in the RENEW (Resilience, Empowerment, and Natural Supports for Education and Work) wrap around program. The program facilitators use person-centered planning to assist students in developing goals and support networks for life. 

    • Think Kids strategies


    It is the responsibility of the building principal to notify and identify, in collaboration with the student (when appropriate), parents and/or guardians the educational services necessary for the student to continue to make academic progress. Once an Educational Service Plan is established, it is the responsibility of the building principal to verify and monitor student participation.