SHEEPSCOT VALLEY RSU #12
Summary of Section 504 Discipline Procedures
I. School staff may suspend 504-eligible students for up to 10 consecutive school days in the same manner as non-disabled students are suspended.
II. There is no obligation under Section 504 to provide services when a student’s total removals exceed 10 cumulative days in a school year, unless ordered by the 504 Team.
III. A removal that is a “change of placement” triggers additional duties. A removal is a “change of placement” if:
The behavior is “substantially similar” to the behavior in previous incidents; and
The effect of additional factors such as the length of each removal, their proximity in time and the total length of the removals.
IV. If a removal is a “change of placement”:
If the behavior is a manifestation of the student’s disability, the district must return the student to his or her last placement unless the 504 Team decides on a different program and placement in response to the misbehavior, including further removal.
If it is not a manifestation, the district may use regular school discipline, with no need to provide services.
V. Manifestation Determination Standard
VI. Drug and Alcohol Offenses
If a 504 student whom the school determines is currently using illegal drugs or alcohol violates a school code of conduct, policy or rule related to the use or possession of alcohol or drugs, the district may discipline that student to the same extent it would a non-disabled student. The 504 Team is not required to meet or conduct a Manifestation Determination.