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...]

Are Services Provided During Disciplinary Removals?

September 2010 After a child with a disability has been removed from his or her current placement for 10 school days in the same school year, the school system must provide services to the student during any subsequent days of removal, to the extent required under §300.530(d). And what does §300.530(d) require? That is the subject of this article. ___________________________________ Which services, under what circumstances, and who … [Read more...]

Child’s Placement During the Appeal Process

September 2010 This article addresses a common concern—the child’s placement during the appeal process. Where will the child be placed until a decision on the appeal is issued—the original placement from which the child was removed during the disciplinary action, the interim alternative educational setting (IAES) to which he or she has been removed, or another setting that the parents and the school system agree to? General Answer: The … [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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