Students with Disabilities
District 31 complies with the provisions of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and provides a Free Appropriate Public Education, (FAPE). Special education and related services are provided to address the adverse effect(s) of the disability on a student’s education. Students already identified as having a disability and receiving special education services are provided with an Individual Education Program (IEP) created by student’s educational team and parents. Careful consideration and planning occurs during the student’s IEP meeting to ensure the student’s needs are being met in the Least Restrictive Environment.
Discipline of Special Education Students
District 31 complies with the provisions of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) when disciplining special education students. No special education student shall be expelled if the student’s particular act of gross disobedience or misconduct is a manifestation of his or her disability.
If a student is suspended for less than 10 days, the district shall follow the same due process procedures as are applicable to non-handicapped students. In addition, the district will conduct an IEP meeting to review the IEP, behavior management plan if one is in place, or create one if one is not in place, prior discipline record to determine whether there is any reason that the student should not be suspended on the same basis as non-special education students. A special education student may be suspended for a period of no more than ten (10) school days during any school year in response to separate incident of misconduct, regardless of whether the student’s gross disobedience or misconduct is a manifestation of his or her disabling condition.