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Table 11.  Percentage of public elementary schools reporting that specified disciplinary actions were allowed, and used during the school year, by selected disciplinary actions: 2009–10

Disciplinary action   Allowed   Used during the 2009–10 school year  
Removal or transfer for at least the remainder of the school year          
Removal with no continuing school services for at least the remainder of the school year   37.5   3.0  
Transfer to specialized school for disciplinary reasons1   50.9   10.9  
Transfer to another regular school for disciplinary reasons   34.2   7.0  
Removal with school-provided tutoring/at-home instruction for at least the remainder of the school year   47.4   5.3  
Suspension or removal for less than the remainder of the school year          
Out-of-school suspension or removal          
No curriculum/services provided   55.0   38.1  
Curriculum/services provided   71.1   41.1  
In-school suspension          
No curriculum/services provided   21.0   8.7  
Curriculum/services provided   77.3   63.6  
Provide instruction or counseling to reduce problems          
Referral to school counselor   90.6   87.7  
Assigned to program designed to reduce disciplinary problems          
During school hours   47.8   35.5  
Outside of school hours   24.3   12.8  
Punishment or withdrawal of services          
Loss of school bus privileges due to misbehavior   82.2   66.2  
Corporal punishment   10.8   7.0  
Placement on school probation with threatened consequences if another incident occurs   43.6   25.0  
Detention/and or Saturday school   54.9   46.5  
Loss of student privileges   92.2   88.6  
Requirement of participation in community service   23.2   14.0  
1Specialized school was defined for respondents as "a school that is specifically for students who were referred for disciplinary reasons, although the school may also have students who were referred for other reasons. The school may be at the same location as your school."
NOTE: Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. Elementary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not higher than grade 3 & the highest grade is not higher than grade 8.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2009–10 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS).