General Authority of School Personnel

September 2010At the beginning of the school year, students often receive guidelines of expected standards of behavior, dress, academic integrity, and attendance, as well as the consequences of violating those standards. IDEA addresses the extent to which schools may take disciplinary action when a child with disabilities violates a local code of student conduct. These codes vary from place to place, so it may be important for you to get a copy of … [Read more...]

School Authority in Special Circumstances

September 2010 Links updated, May 2013 In addition to the general authority of school personnel to remove a student with disabilities from his or her current placement in disciplinary situations, school personnel also have the authority to remove a student with disabilities for what's known as “special circumstances.” These circumstances apply to a child with a disability: who carries a weapon to or possesses a weapon at school, on school … [Read more...]

Applying Discipline Rules to Students with Disabilities

October 2010 NICHCY is pleased to offer you three types of information about how discipline rules may be applied to students with disabilities who violate a code of conduct. These webpages are found in our section on Placement, under Children and Youth (3-22), with quick-links to them below. ________________________ Placement and School Discipline A not-so-brief overview of how disciplinary action at school can affect a student's placement. … [Read more...]

Module 19: Key Issues in Discipline

by Renee Bradley Office of Special Education Programs U.S. Department of Education October 2007 English only slideshow Handouts for Participants in English and in Spanish Module 19 discusses IDEA's very specific procedures for disciplining students with disabilities who violate a code of student conduct. These have changed significantly from prior law, where they were first introduced. Can a school suspend or expel a student with a disability … [Read more...]

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