Texas Education Code

Sec. § 37.005


The principal or other appropriate administrator may suspend a student who engages in conduct identified in the student code of conduct adopted under Section 37.001 (Student Code of Conduct) as conduct for which a student may be suspended.


A suspension under this section may not exceed three school days.


A student who is enrolled in a grade level below grade three may not be placed in out-of-school suspension unless while on school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off of school property, the student engages in:


conduct that contains the elements of an offense related to weapons under Section 46.02 (Unlawful Carrying Weapons) or 46.05 (Prohibited Weapons), Penal Code;


conduct that contains the elements of a violent offense under Section 22.01 (Assault), 22.011 (Sexual Assault), 22.02 (Aggravated Assault), or 22.021 (Aggravated Sexual Assault), Penal Code; or


selling, giving, or delivering to another person or possessing, using, or being under the influence of any amount of:


marihuana or a controlled substance, as defined by Chapter 481 (Texas Controlled Substances Act), Health and Safety Code, or by 21 U.S.C. Section 801 et seq.;


a dangerous drug, as defined by Chapter 483 (Dangerous Drugs), Health and Safety Code; or


an alcoholic beverage, as defined by Section 1.04 (Definitions), Alcoholic Beverage Code.


A school district or open-enrollment charter school may not place a student who is homeless in out-of-school suspension unless the student engages in conduct described by Subsections (c)(1)-(3) while on school property or while attending a school-sponsored or school-related activity on or off of school property. The campus behavior coordinator may coordinate with the school district’s homeless education liaison to identify appropriate alternatives to out-of-school suspension for a student who is homeless. In this subsection, “student who is homeless” has the meaning assigned to the term “homeless children and youths” under 42 U.S.C. Section 11434a.


A school district shall provide to a student during the period of the student’s suspension under this section, regardless of whether the student is placed in in-school or out-of-school suspension, an alternative means of receiving all course work provided in the classes in the foundation curriculum under Section 28.002 (Required Curriculum)(a)(1) that the student misses as a result of the suspension. The district must provide at least one option for receiving the course work that does not require the use of the Internet.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, Sec. 1, eff. May 30, 1995. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1055, Sec. 8, eff. June 20, 2003.
Amended by:
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 696 (H.B. 674), Sec. 2, eff. June 12, 2017.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 479 (H.B. 692), Sec. 1, eff. June 7, 2019.
Acts 2019, 86th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1150 (H.B. 3012), Sec. 1, eff. June 14, 2019.

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