The reality of suspension is that it is harmful to a student and often unnecessary. Louisiana schools suspend more than 62,000 students a year for offenses ranging from tardiness to uniform violations. Not only are excessive school suspensions taxing our state’s financial resources, but they’re also creating a long-term problem for our youth. Students who are suspended even once are associated with a 32% risk of dropping out of school altogether.
Louisiana schools suspend 62,000+ students each year.
Positive behavioral intervention and support programs allow students to adopt skills and access tools for managing issues like conflict and behavioral problems so that suspensions, expulsions, and school-based arrests don’t have to become a reality. By supporting students through trusted peer and educator groups rather than isolating them through drastic disciplinary measures, we have a better chance at helping Louisiana’s kids stay in school and become positive community members.
Positive behavioral intervention & support programs can reduce school discipline referrals by up to 50%.