No student should ever be suspended or expelled from school without being placed in an alternative educational program. Putting students out of school altogether, for any reason, is the absolute worst action that could be taken.
Correction should ALWAYS be inclusive of education; if anything, it should include extra course work for violators, instead of time off, considering especially that a majority of individuals who commit and are incarcerated for criminal activity are under-educated.
Boot camps that would be managed by local school districts, in conjunction with local law enforcement agencies, and that would be available free of cost to all public school students or relevant conduct violators, would be an ideal intervention for students who commit serious infractions, from bullying to participation in gang-related crimes, on or off campus, etc. The camps and/or charter schools of the sort would also benefit other at-risk students.
The ultimate purpose of student boot camp would be to curtail youth violence through rigorous and therapeutic programs that would be designed to instill discipline/self-control, good manners, and studiousness into participants via reconditioning of negative behavioral patterns.
Student boot camps, which would entail both residential and non-residential options, would consist of the traditional drill sergeant chiding and mentoring by licensed counselors as well as law enforcement and other relevant officials; they would also entail kinesthetic training (with medical clearance), as well as community service in some instances, particularly where students would be participating in diversion programs or would be attending the program in lieu of incarceration.
The camps would emphasize the importance of education and would entail classrooms where students would complete all necessary assignments as forwarded to camp instructors by synonymous school instructors,* as for students who would be enrolled in the programs for brief periods of time, a practice that is or should always be followed in ISS or In-school suspension courses for lesser infractions.
Instructors could optionally distribute all of the assignments as would be covered during students’ suspensions or time of enrollment in boot camp with their written notices of suspension or boot camp referrals. All examinations and/or quizzes, with the exception of those as would be open-book and/or take-home, would be forwarded directly to boot camp instructors, who would distribute and collect them from students upon completion (a practice that should also be followed in ISS courses).
Students enrolled in boot camp for extensive periods of time, i.e. from six months to a year, would be assigned course work by camp instructors in lieu of traditional school instructors; all course work would align with the curriculum for the school district, however.
Students would be referred to boot camps, as prescribed, by school disciplinary and/or law enforcement officials, or by parents/guardians.