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§18A-5-1d. Return to school through Juvenile Drug Court for certain students.

(a) When a student is expelled from school pursuant to section one-a of this article, the county board, county superintendent or principal for the school from which the student was expelled or the parent, guardian or custodian may refer the student to a Juvenile Drug Court, operated pursuant to section two-b, article five, chapter forty-nine of this code. Upon such referral, the judge assigned to Juvenile Drug Court shall determine whether the student is an appropriate candidate for Juvenile Drug Court.

(b) If the judge determines the student is an appropriate candidate for Juvenile Drug Court, then the court has jurisdiction over the student in the same manner as it has jurisdiction over all other persons in Juvenile Drug Court. Such jurisdiction over students includes the ability to issue any of the various sanctions available to the Juvenile Drug Court, including temporary detention.

(c)(1) Successful completion of Juvenile Drug Court or certification by the Juvenile Drug Court judge that the student is making satisfactory progress toward successful completion of Juvenile Drug Court warrants consideration for reduction of the expulsion period, pursuant to section one-a of this article.

(2) The Juvenile Drug Court shall notify the county superintendent of such completion or certification. The county superintendent shall arrange a meeting with the Juvenile Drug Court treatment team, the court and the student assistance team of the school from which the student was expelled to discuss the student's history, progress and potential for improvement.

(3) The student assistance team shall evaluate and recommend whether the student's expulsion period should be reduced and the student reinstated in school.

(4) The student assistance team's recommendation shall be presented to the superintendent, who shall make the final determination. The superintendent shall prepare a statement detailing reasons for or against school reinstatement and submit the statement to the county board. If the superintendent determines to reduce the expulsion period, he or she shall submit the statement required by subsection (i), section one-a of this article and place the student in an appropriate school within the district.

(5) A student to be reinstated shall be permitted to return to school no later than the tenth regular school day following notice by the court to the superintendent regarding the student's successful completion or satisfactory progress toward successful completion of Juvenile Drug Court.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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