The Pupil Services Department is held accountable in several areas. These include the following:
State and Federal Paperwork compliance
Federal/State Performance Plan Indicators
Civil Rights of students
Special Education Discipline
Disability specific training (Autism, FASD, etc.)
Transition from part C to B
Student behavior and social emotional considerations with studets
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.