Discipline

Discipline generally refers to suspensions and expulsions, which remove students from their educational placement. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) set requirements and protections for the discipline of students with an individualized education program (IEP).

  • IDEA Discipline Requirements [PDF]
    IDEA requirements for disciplinary decisions.

  • Responding to and Counting Disciplinary Removals [PDF]
    This document provides guidance on counting disciplinary removals for students who are protected under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

  • Determining a Change of Placement [PDF]
    The purpose of this document is to build awareness and assist districts in developing a deeper understanding of one of the most important concepts involved in discipline protections afforded to students with disabilities. As districts implement the discipline protections for students with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) these include the obligation to consider positive behavior interventions and supports for a student whose behavior impedes their learning or the learning of others.

  • Shortened School Day [PDF]
    As part of the protections afforded under IDEA, students with disabilities have the right to attend school for the same length of time in each school day as non-disabled students. Absent a decision by the IEP team based on a student's unique educational needs, a FAPE includes the right to attend school for the full school day.

  • Conducting a Manifestation Determination Review [PDF]
    A manifestation determination review (MDR) is an individual entitlement, for a student with an individualized education program (IEP), who has experienced a change of placement due to a violation of a district’s code of student conduct.

    The purpose of this document is to assist districts in the implementation of discipline protections for students with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by developing a deeper understanding of an MDR, under the specific circumstances one must be completed, and the specific considerations participants must consider and discuss during an MDR.

  • Manifestation Determination Review (MDR) Model Form [PDF]
    A manifestation determination review is required within ten school days of any decision to change the placement of a child with a disability because of a violation of a code of student conduct.