The effects of ISS and OSS

The effects of ISS and OSS

Selia Vargas

What are school suspensions? In school and out of school suspensions are given to students who have violated school policies. It is not meant to remove students from school education, but to urge the students to do better.

Suspension is a mandatory leave assigned to a student as a form of punishment. Suspension can last for a day or as long as several weeks depending on the situation. There are two types of suspension: in school and out of school suspension.

In school suspension (ISS) is when a student attends school but reports to an assigned room rather than to their regular classes. They are given work to do for the day. In an Out of School suspension (OSS) a student is sent home and banned from school grounds until their suspension is over. Sometimes a student with OSS will be given work to do but receive no credit.

“In an in-school suspension students are still in school, with all the potential for engaging them,” said Anne Wheelock, a research associate with the Progress Through the Education Pipeline Project at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. “Suspending students out of school means schools pass up the ‘teachable moment’ when they can connect with students, build relationships, and communicate that they belong in school.”

Out of school suspension goes on the students permanent record. The student is counted absent during the suspension but doesn’t receive credit for the work. This could ultimately leave the student with the possibility of failing. A student with too many absences must pass the final exams in order to pass the class.