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CAN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SUSPEND MY CHILD FOR MORE THAN 10 DAYS IF THEY HAVE AN IEP?
Generally speaking, yes. The school must have what is called a manifestation determination to determine if the disability has a causal relationship to the behavior. If there is no relationship, the school can continue with the discipline. If the school suspends beyond ten days, however, appropriate educational services must be continued.
WHAT IF A PARENT DOESN'T AGREE WITH THE DISTRICT ON THE PLACEMENT OF A CHILD?
Unanimous agreement is not required in an IEP meeting. The standard for agreement is general consensus. If the district feels strongly about the placement in spite of the parents objection, the parent does not have to sign or check 'agree' with regard to the IEP. The district will then have a short period of time (generally 10 days) to establish a reconvene ARD. During the reconvene ARD, the hope is to come to agreement and consensus of both the district and the parents. If agreement is not met, the parent has additional options and does not have to sign or check 'agree'. The next steps for the parent will depend on whether or not this is an initial placement or the district is attempting to change the current placement. What's known as the 'Stay Put Provision' comes into play if the child is in a current special education placement.