Code of the District of Columbia

§ 38–273.03. Restriction on out-of-school discipline for pre-k age students.

(a) Beginning in school year 2015-2016, no student of pre-k age may receive a disciplinary unenrollment, as defined in § 38-236.01(3), from any publicly funded community-based organization, school in the District of Columbia Public Schools system, or public charter school that provides pre-k care and education services to pre-k age children.

(b) Beginning in school year 2015-2016, no student of pre-k age may receive an out-of- school suspension from any publicly funded community-based organization, school in the District of Columbia Public Schools system, or public charter school that provides pre-k care and education services to pre-k age children, unless it is determined by a school or program administrator that the student has willfully caused or attempted to cause bodily injury, or threatened serious bodily injury to another person, except in self-defense. No student of pre-k age may be suspended for longer than 3 days for any individual incident.


(July 18, 2008, D.C. Law 17-202, § 303; as added June 23, 2015, D.C. Law 21-12, § 2(b), 62 DCR 5942; Aug. 25, 2018, D.C. Law 22-157, § 3(b)(2), 65 DCR 7499.)