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Disciplinary Transfers in the School District of Philadelphia

Students in the School District of Philadelphia Code may be disciplined in a variety of ways, including suspensions, transfers, and expulsions. SDAS helps advocate for students who are facing a disciplinary transfer to an alternative education for disruptive youth (AEDY) program.

Students in Pennsylvania must meet one of these seven categories to be considered “disruptive:”

  1. disregard for school authority, including persistent violation of school policy and rules;
  2. display or use of controlled substances on school property or during school activities;
  3. violent or threatening behavior on school property or during school activities;
  4. possession of a weapon on school property, as defined under 18 Pa. C.S. ยง912;
  5. commission of a criminal act on school property or during school-affiliated activities;
  6. misconduct that would merit suspension or expulsion under school policy;
  7. habitual truancy.

What Is The Process For a Disciplinary Transfer?

Before your student is transferred, they are entitled to an informal hearing at the school district office with a hearing officer where they can explain why they should not be transferred to an AEDY school.

After the hearing, the hearing officer will get back to you with their decision. This decision may be: a disciplinary transfer to an AEDY program, a lateral transfer to another neighborhood school in the district, or remain at the current school on a behavior plan.

More resources for School Discipline Rights in PA

Philadelphia School District Code of Conduct: https://www.philasd.org/studentrights/wp-content/uploads/sites/67/2019/08/19-20-Code-of-Conduct.pdf