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 and batch submissions for the 2019-20 school year.
- June 30 - Principals must complete school-level reports and data review.
- July 31 - Superintendents must complete district-level data review and certify district data.
Current and Previous DIRS Notices2020-21 DIRS COVID-19 Reporting
Guidance for DIRS reporting during the 2020-21 school year can be found on our COVID-19 Updates web page in the 2020-21 Planning Guidance for Minnesota Public Schools.
2020-21 DIRS COVID-19 Reporting: Incidents Occurring at Alternate Locations
Use this supplemental form to report the location for any incidents that occurred at a location other than the student’s normal school of enrollment as indicated in MARSS.
2019-20 DIRS Update Memo
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 data submission requirements. Please read the memo above for a brief summary of these changes.
- Reporting requirements, data elements, and data requests: Carly Lykes - 651-582-8683
- Online DIRS processing and data entry technical assistance: 651-582-8352
- Clarification of legal due process requirements and statutes: 651-582-8689
- Batch submissions
Disciplinary Incident Reporting System (DIRS) Guide - 5/5/20
Updated user guide including data submission requirements, definitions for disciplinary actions and incident types, as well as step-by-step instructions for entering data online.
Batch User Access and File Upload Directions - 1/22/2018
DIRS user accounts for Data Entry, Principal and Superintendent roles allow users to enter data online and submit batch files. Access to DIRS is managed by the district IoWA through the MDE EDIAM Security System.
XML Batch File Upload Specifications
Below are documents software vendors and district staff supporting DIRS XML batch file submissions need to ensure batch files align with current specifications.