General Authority of School Personnel
Discipline of Students in Special Education Series
Part 1 of 9
General Authority of SchoolPersonnel
At the beginning of the school year, students often receive guidelines of expected standards of behavior, dress, academic integrity, and attendance, as well as the consequences of violating those standards. IDEA addresses the extent to which schools may take disciplinary action when a child with disabilities violates a local code of student conduct. These codes vary from place to place, so it may be important for you to get a copy of your local school district or State policies with respect to acceptable (and unacceptable) student conduct. Let us say that a child with a disability has violated a code of student conduct. The question that many school systems, families, and advocates then ask is: What authority do school personnel have to discipline that child? This issue of Discipline of Students in Special Education Series will address the authority that school personnel have to discipline children with disabilities
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