A student with a disability can be suspended for the same reasons as a student without a disability. But there is a limit to how many days a student with a disability may be suspended for in the same school year. So it is important to keep track of the number of days your child is suspended and the reasons why they are suspended. A school can never suspend a special education student for more than 10 school days in a row.
But sometimes, the school may suspend a special education student for more than 10 total days in the same school year. This can happen if the suspensions added up do not form a pattern that would be considered a change of placement. A change of placement occurs when a special education student is removed from school for a significant period of time. A pattern of suspensions may be a change of placement if:
- The suspensions total more than ten school days in a school year
- The student’s behavior is substantially similar to the student’s behavior in previous incidents that resulted in suspension
Other factors that may be considered are:
- The length of each removal
- The total amount of time the child has been removed
- The time between suspensions
If the student’s suspensions are a change of placement, the school must hold a Manifestation Determination Review (MDR).
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.