Proposed amendments to Policy JKD, "Suspensions, Exclusions, and Expulsions of Students," are before the Board for Public Hearing. The proposed amendments are an explicit statement of the Board's commitment to the reduction and avoidance of out-of-school suspensions. They are the result of numerous discussions by the Policy Committee of ways to reduce the numbers of students in grades preK – 2 who receive out-of-school suspensions. In response to these discussions, a cross-functional team of staff has worked to increase effective interventions for young children who cause disruptions at school and to provide other supports for principals. This policy change was considered by the Policy Committee on June 22, 2017 and was approved by a 3 – 1 vote.