If a student with a disability violates a school's code of conduct, the school can discipline them. This includes placing them in another setting. It could also include a suspension, up to 10 days in a row.
The school does not have to provide special education services during that time.
Change of placement
The discipline is considered a "change of placement" if:
- The student is removed for more than 10 days in a row, or
- The removals form a "pattern."
A "pattern" happens when:
- The removals total more than 10 school days in a school year,
- The student’s behavior is similar to past incidents,
- The removals are long,
- The total amount of time the child has been removed is long, and/or
- The time between removals is short.
If the student’s discipline is a change of placement, the school must hold a Manifestation Determination Review (MDR).
School bus suspensions
A student may also be suspended from riding the school bus for misconduct on the bus. Under certain circumstances, a school bus suspension can be considered a suspension. If your child has been suspended from the school bus, read Children with Disabilities Eligible for Transportation for more information on your child’s rights.
Learn more about placement and school discipline.
Updated: April 2018