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If your child is facing discipline, suspension, or expulsion from Rye Country Day School, and/or you have any questions regarding discipline, suspension, or expulsion procedures at Rye Country Day School, it may be beneficial to speak to an attorney. The attorneys at Maya Murphy, P.C. have extensive experience handling Connecticut education law matters, including school discipline, suspension, expulsion, and readmission, and are well-equipped to assist you in these proceedings.

Rye Country Day Lower School

“Consequences are typically meant for the student responsible for violating the guidelines, and the School will respect the privacy of the student involved in disciplinary situations. Therefore, it will not always be obvious to the community at large what the School’s response has been to a specific event.”

As a Lower School we embrace the Responsive Classroom philosophy, which uses the notion of “logical consequences” when responding to misbehavior. Students in the Lower School are learning not only academic subjects, but also appropriate behaviors for school. Consequences may include:

  • Removal from the classroom, lunchroom, gymnasium, playing field or outside play area.
  • Rescinding of privileges or restriction from special events.
  • Mandatory meetings of parents and student with the teacher(s) and/or the Principal, and where appropriate, the school psychologist or other school personnel.
  • Children being sent home.

Repeated, disrespectful behavior will be addressed in a most serious manner, which could include suspension, dismissal, or a decision not to re-enroll the student in the next year

Read more about student discipline at the Rye Country Day Lower School in the student handbook (from the 2019-2020 school year) here: https://www.ryecountryday.org/uploaded/Documents/Guides_and_Handbooks/Lower_School_Handbook_2019-20.pdf

Rye Country Day Middle School

Disciplinary Situations
  • Detention
  • Warning
  • Day of Reflection
More Serious Disciplinary Consequences
  • Suspension
  • Disciplinary Probation
  • Notification to Schools
  • Dismissal or Withdrawal Following a Disciplinary Situation

Read more about student discipline at the Rye Country Day Middle School in the student handbook (from the 2018-2019 school year) here: https://www.ryecountryday.org/uploaded/Documents/Guides_and_Handbooks/MS_Handbook_18-19.pdf

Rye Country Day Upper School

Disciplinary Committee

This Disciplinary Committee is called to session by the Principal as a result of a student’s serious infraction or repeated disregard of school rules. Following are some of the procedural guidelines:

  • At the time of a serious infraction, the advisor and the parents will be notified and the parents may be asked to take their son or daughter home pending a Disciplinary Committee meeting, which will usually take place at 7:30 a.m. on the next school day.
  • Those attending the meeting include the student, the student’s parents, the student’s advisor, the student’s peer advocate if requested, the Grade-Level Dean and the members of the Disciplinary Committee. The Principal and the Headmaster may attend.
  • The meeting proceeds as follows:
    • the student’s explanation of the infraction, followed by questions from the committee.
    • any clarification of information from the Grade-Level Dean or Principal.
    • an opportunity for the student’s advisor and/or peer advocate to speak.
    • an opportunity for the student’s parents to speak.
    • any questions/discussion deemed necessary by the committee.
  • After the meeting, the Committee will deliberate until arriving at a recommendation for the Headmaster and Principal. On occasion, the Committee may adjourn and reconvene later that day.
  • After the meeting, the student may return home until contacted by the Principal to receive the School’s decision.
  • It should be understood that any appearance before the Disciplinary Committee may result in expulsion from Rye Country Day School. Once a student is expelled, he or she may not return to the campus without the express permission of the Upper School Principal.
Disciplinary Consequences
  • Warning
  • Day of Reflection
More Serious Disciplinary Consequences
  • Suspension
  • Disciplinary Probation
  • Notification to Schools and Colleges
  • Dismissal or withdrawal following a disciplinary situation

Read more about student discipline at the Rye Country Day Upper School in the student handbook (from the 2018-2019 school year) here: https://www.ryecountryday.org/uploaded/Documents/Guides_and_Handbooks/US_Handbook_18-19.pdf

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If your child is facing suspension, discipline or expulsion from a private or public school in Connecticut, your child has rights. You should protect those rights by hiring an experienced education law attorney. Often, but not always, disciplinary charges may be accompanied by an arrest or criminal investigation. The sooner you hire a lawyer, the better off your child will be in terms of ensuring the protection of rights, and the ultimate outcome. Your child will achieve the best outcome with an experienced Connecticut Expulsion Attorney, who can try to reduce the expulsion to a stipulated agreement or dismissal of charges altogether. The experienced Connecticut Expulsion Law attorneys at Maya Murphy, P.C. can help you and your child navigate the difficult and emotional process of an expulsion proceeding.

When a child violates a school policy – even if off school grounds – the violation can sometimes rise to the level of an expulsion from private or public school. An expulsion can negatively impact a child’s educational and emotional success. It can also sometimes affect college admissions if not handled by an experienced Connecticut Education lawyer familiar with handling expulsions and suspensions.

At Maya Murphy, P.C. we only represent students and families, we never represent school districts against students. We are available 7 days a week to answer questions; if it is important to you, it is equally important to us. We can assist your child with any education related needs including special education, suspension, discipline, expulsion, and criminal or juvenile criminal charges. You can contact one of our experienced Education Law Attorneys in Connecticut directly by calling (203) 221-3100 in Connecticut, or (212) 682-5700 in New York. You can also email Joseph Maya, the Managing Partner directly at JMaya@mayalaw.com.

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