Disciplinary Incident Reporting System
The Disciplinary Incident Reporting System (DIRS) enables both the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and school districts to comply with state and federal reporting requirements for suspensions, expulsions, special education and dangerous weapons. DIRS is a web-based, password-protected system where all public school districts must report disciplinary incidents that result in suspension or expulsion.
State law requires us to annually report on disciplinary incidents and incidents involving dangerous weapons that occur in Minnesota public schools (Minn. Stat. § 121A.06, subd. 3). Data for this report is obtained from DIRS. Copies of past reports are available below.
DIRS is open for online data entry for the 2019-20 school year.
DeadlinesBatch data submission page is closed for the 2019-20 school year until further notice.
- June 30 - Principals must complete school-level reports and data review.
- July 31 - Superintendents must complete district-level data review and certify district data.
2019-20 DIRS Open Announcement
Several minor revisions were made to DIRS for the 2019-20 school year to improve data accuracy and the flow of online data entry. These changes do not change reporting requirements. Please read the memo above for a brief summary of these changes.
2018-19 DIRS Update Memo
Due to changes in federal reporting requirements school-related arrests and in-school suspensions for all students, including general education students and student receiving special education services must be reported in DIRS, effective for the 2018-19 school year. Read the memo above for a detailed description of the 2018-19 updates to DIRS.
- Data requests and reporting requirements: Carly Lykes - 651-582-8683
- Technical assistance with DIRS processing including approvals and set-up: Ann Iweriebor - 651-582-8352
- DIRS system problems and passwords: MDE Helpdesk Support
- Clarification of statutes and legal requirements: 651-582-8689
- DIRS batch set-up or support issues
Disciplinary Incident Reporting System (DIRS) Guide - 11/21/17
Helpful information to complete required incident reporting
Batch User Access and File Upload Directions - 1/22/2018
A DIRS user account with batch access is required to upload batch files. Review the instructions above to obtain DIRS batch access and complete a batch file upload.
XML Batch File Upload Specifications
January 22, 2020 Note: Updated batch file specifications for the 2019-20 school year will be sent to vendors on January 30, 2020, and posted shortly afterward.
Helpful information for software vendors providing an XML batch file upload process.
Summary of Changes to DIRS Schema - 3/18/2019
DIRS Fields and Values List - 3/18/2019