Special Education Discipline

The Pupil Services Department is held accountable in several areas.  These include the following:

Academic Achievement

State and Federal Paperwork compliance

Federal/State Performance Plan Indicators



Civil Rights of students

Special Education Discipline

Parent/Student rights

Disability specific training (Autism, FASD, etc.)

Secondary Transition

Transition from part C to B

Student behavior and social emotional considerations with studets

Budget compliance


 On this blog sight, I will begin a series of posts that talk about all of these areas and what is happing in our district in regard to each. Today I will focus on suspension of students with disabilities.

 All students may be suspended for up to ten school days per year.  What  happens when a student idnetified as having a disability has 10 consecutive days of suspension, or has over 10 cumulative days of suspension?  What if a student is suspended for drugs, a weapon, or serioulsy harming someone? Rather than write an answer to all the possible scenarios, I reference you to the below special education discipline flow chart.  The flow chart provides a step by step guide to suspension and expulsion. If you follow this process you will have no problems in this realm. This flow chart is found in board policy as an exhibit.



Please remember to always contact your  assigned school psychologist to help in these situations and  to contact the Pupil Services Department to help you determine if a pattern of exclusion exists (10 cumulative days suspended). 


Thank you, and contact me if you have any questions.

Math Curriculum and Placement Information

Hello Principals and Counselors…with the adoption of new Math courses by the curriculum committee there will be a new procedure needed for placing high school students into pre-algebra which will be re-named to Algebra Readiness.

The entry base level expectation for math placement in grade 9 is Algebra.  Obviously we will have students who have taken Algebra in middle school and those students will move on to Geometry in grade 9.  When it is the recommendation of the math instructor in middle school that an exiting grade 8 student is not ready for Algebra a student may be placed in Algebra Readiness (formally Pre-algebra)  with the recommendation of the IEP team (for a special education student) or the recommendation of the Intervention Team (for non- special education students).  As high schools start building schedules in February it is important to anticipate these new placement procedures. 

 Middle School Math courses will consist of: 

-7th Grade Math

– 8th Grade Math

– Algebra I (high school level) —Alaska Performance Scholarship Approved


High School Math Courses include:

-Algebra I (year-long) —Alaska Performance Scholarship Approved

-Geometry (year-long) —Alaska Performance Scholarship Approved

-Advanced Algebra (year-long) —Alaska Performance Scholarship Approved

-Pre-Calculus (year-long) —Alaska Performance Scholarship Approved

-Calculus or Advance Placement Calculus (year-long) —Alaska Performance Scholarship Approved

-Personal Finance (semester long course)

-Business Math (semester long course)

-Algebraic Modeling (semester long course) —Alaska Performance Scholarship Approved

-Statistics (semester long) —Alaska Performance Scholarship Approved

-***Algebra Readiness (formally Pre-Algebra IEP or I-team placement only)