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Discipline of Students with Disabilities

All students are expected to meet the requirements for behavior as set forth in this handbook. Chapter 71B of the Massachusetts General Laws requires that additional provisions be made for students who have been found by an evaluation team to have a disability, and whose program is described in either an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or a Section 504 plan. The following additional requirements apply to the discipline of students with disabilities. 
  • When the team determines that, due to a student’s disability, the student is unable to meet the requirements of the regular discipline code, it will be clearly indicated on the IEP or Section 504 plan.
  • The principal (or designee) will notify the Special Education Office of a suspension for a student with disabilities, and a record will be kept of such notices.
  • When it is known that the suspension(s) of a student with a disability will accumulate to ten days in a school year, a review of the IEP or Section 504 plan will be held to determine the appropriateness of the student’s accommodations, modifications, and placement of program.
  • The team will make a finding as to the relationship between the student’s misconduct and his/her handicapping condition, and revise the IEP or Section 504 plan as necessary.