District-provided data spells out incidents

March 6, 2019

In 2018, the Lake Havasu Unified School District conducted 89 student disciplinary hearings. Of those, 76 were high school students, nine were middle school students and four were elementary students.

Punishments include suspensions for longer than nine days or, in the extreme, expulsion.

A school district may refuse to admit any pupil who has been expelled from another educational institution or who is in the process of being expelled from another educational institution.

In charts that detail the types of infractions within the school district, the raw data suggests a higher number of infractions versus reality. This is because a student may have been responsible for more than one infraction stemming from the same incident. Or in other cases, one violation could trigger a second infraction. For instance, if a student is assigned to in-school suspension but fails to attend school to serve time in detention, failure to appear becomes an infraction.

When reviewing the data with Today’s News-Herald, district Superintendent Diana Asseier said she believes that disciplinary action incidents are very low and tied to minor violations.