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 submission for the 2020-21 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 Reporting Updates and Reminders - 6/17/2021
Updated reporting guidance related to Questions and Answers: Distance Learning and School Discipline due process guidance. Review memo for additional details and other important 2020-21 reporting guidance.
2020-21 DIRS Update and Opening Memo - 1/12/2021
"Online" was added as a new location type for reporting incidents, which may be combined with other location types to best describe the learning environment. Please review the memo at the link above for a brief summary of this change.
2020-21 DIRS COVID-19 ReportingGuidance 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.
- User access assistance:
- Authorization for school or district access contact your district's Identified Official with Authority (IOwA)
- Password and account set up
- 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
- Technical specifications and batch submissions errors.
Disciplinary Incident Reporting System (DIRS) Guide - 7/6/21
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.