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Discipline Length

Discipline Length: Discipline

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Number of school days during which student is removed for this school term, incident, and disciplinary action. Count days as follows:

  • If the discipline action is an Expulsion or Out-of-School Suspension, count days removed from the school's grounds for disciplinary purposes as a result of the expulsion or out-of-school suspension. The School Days Removed value should include days during which the student is receiving services in an alternative setting off-school grounds or at an alternative school.
  • If the discipline action is In-School Suspension or Placement in IAES, count days the student is removed from his/her educational placement, e.g., the student's regular classroom, for disciplinary purposes.

The School Days Removed value should be submitted in half-day increments. Do not count suspension or IAES discipline actions for less than half of a school day. For any removal of half of a school day in length or longer, round up to the nearest half-day increment. For example, removals of 1/3 day would not be counted, 2/3 day would round up to 1.0, and 1.2 days would round up to 1.5 days, etc. Do not count removals for less than a half of a school day. Under rare circumstances, zero may be valid for an expulsion. Expulsions may have length of 0 or greater. All other disciplines must have 0.5 or greater; do not round up to 0.5 for these other disciplines.

Discipline length is counted based on the student's scheduled school day. Note that for students with nonstandard school schedules, counting of days removed for discipline purposes will be different from counting days for attendance purposes. This is because counting of actual and possible days of attendance is based on the district's standard full school day.

USES: This data element is critical in tracking students' total discipline action lengths.


FAQs, Details, and Point to Note


  1. Discipline Action: The most common scenario is one student as the perpetrator in an incident who receives one discipline action. Only a subset of discipline incident, discipline type, and behavior information should be submitted to DPI:
    1. All expulsions, regardless of duration, should be submitted. In-school suspensions and interim alternative setting placements (IAES setting disciplines should be submitted only for IDEA-eligible students. These students must have an active student special education program association (sSEPA) which includes the incident date.
    2. Suspensions (in and out of school) and IAES removals should be submitted only when the student is removed for at least half of the regular school day.

  2. Zero Days Removed: Under rare circumstances, zero days removed may be valid for an expulsion. For example, a decision may be made to suspend a student prior to an expulsion hearing, and the expulsion order is issued after the student has met early reinstatement conditions. So the student is removed for the suspension but might not be removed for the expulsion. Another example would be an incident that occurs near the end of school term X, but the expulsion order is not issued until after the end of school term X, and so for school term X, the discipline length, as a result of the expulsion, is zero.

  3. Student With Nonstandard Schedule: For students with nonstandard school schedules, counting of days removed for discipline purposes will be different from counting days for attendance purposes. Discipline uses the student’s regular day, not a ‘regular’ day in the district. Discipline length rounds up for removals over a half day. Review the data element summary for discipline length.

  4. Summer School Discipline: Discipline information for this student should not be submitted to WISEdata. This student is removed zero days from the school year for a suspension, so no incident or action is submitted. Note, if the discipline action was an expulsion, then this incident-action pair would be submitted.

  5. Discipline FAQs & Use Cases: For more specific information, see the Discipline FAQs & Use Cases.

  6. DOC, DHS, PPP: No discipline information should be submitted for students in a Department of Corrections or Department of Health Services school or enrolled as a parentally-placed private student.



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