Can Teachers Remove Students from Classrooms in Arizona?
Can a teacher remove a student from the classroom? The answer to this is yes if there are certain conditions met. And I will go through those. But first, I just want to clarify that when I say a teacher can remove a student, I don’t mean physically remove. That would be considered a restraint or an escort. That’s not what we’re talking about. So, if a child is removed from the classroom in this blog, in this context, it just means that the teacher is sending the student to the principal’s office saying that they can no longer remain in the general education classroom.
Can that happen here in the state of Arizona? The answer is yes, and it’s outlined in state law. A teacher may do this, like I said, if one of two conditions are met. The first one is that the teacher has documented multiple times when a student has been so disruptive that has affected the teacher’s ability to communicate with a class or the other students in the class to learn effectively. If this happens, this is more over a length of time, repeated disruptive behavior, and it has been documented by the teacher in the classroom. The student can be asked to leave and go to the principal’s office, and then the principal would take over from there. They would follow the school district’s guidelines for discipline, depending on what type of behavior ensued inside the classroom that led up to that disruption.
The second condition that can be met is if the student’s behavior is so unruly, so disruptive that the teacher, to communicate effectively for students to learn, the student must be removed because it substantially impairing both the teacher’s ability to teach and the student’s ability to learn. So, this must be more of one incident, but it’s extreme. It must rise to the level that the teacher just cannot communicate with the class, the students cannot learn, all this behavior is going on, it’s so disruptive, and it’s disrupting everybody in the class. If that happens, then through Arizona state law, the teacher may then remove the student. And again, when I say remove, I do not mean physically. I mean by instructing the student to then go to the principal’s office, therefore no longer being in that environment.
Again, two conditions and either one of them can be met. It can be a period over time, the same disruptive behavior, or the disruptive behavior rises to such a level that it substantially impairs the teacher’s communication or student’s ability to learn. And like I said, once the student is sent to the principal’s office, then any of the school’s policies for behavior or discipline would then kick in. But yes, a teacher can remove a student. They absolutely can if one or one of those conditions is met.
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