A school can move a student with a disability to an alternative educational setting for up to 45 school days, regardless of whether or not the behavior is a result of the student’s disability. This can happen if a student does any of the following while at school, on school premises, or at a school function:
- Has a weapon;
- Has, uses, or sells illegal drugs;
- Physically injures someone in a very serious way.
A student in an interim alternative educational setting still has the right to a free, appropriate public education. The student has to be able to participate in the general education curriculum and to work on meeting the goals in the IEP.