Top Ten Alternatives to Suspension
Adapted from the work of: Reece Peterson, University of Nebraska – Lincoln & Russell Skiba, Indiana University
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.
9. Restitution - Financial or “in kind.” Permits the student to restore or improve the school environment.
8. Mini-Courses - Short courses or modules on topics related to their behavior as a disciplinary consequence.
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.
6. Counseling - Students required to participate in counseling.
5. Community Service - Required amount of time in community service in school system or in the community.
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.
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.
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.
1. 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.